Faith Life

December 15, 2017

Personal Reflection on Chapter 1 of ‘Ministries: A Relational Approach’

I found Edward Hahnenberg’s analysis of the contrast and balance between clergy and laity in Chapter 1 of his Ministries: A Relational Approach to be fascinating […]
November 27, 2017

Q&A: Reception of Baptised Christians into Full Communion

At one of the Masses last weekend in my home parish (the parish in which I’m also currently assigned), it was a pleasure to be assisting […]
October 14, 2017

Good, Evil, & God: Understanding the Old Testament’s “Dark Passages”

In the book of the prophet Isaiah, God teaches mankind, “my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways my ways… For as the heavens […]
September 24, 2017

Today’s Gospel: In the Vineyard

Today’s Gospel is deeply meaningful to me. When our initial cohort of our Diaconate formation class was told, in the summer of 2016, that our formation […]
September 24, 2017

Our Peaceful Protest

In the midst of all of the protests (and rioting) in St. Louis right now (just follow the Twitter hashtag #stlverdict for a bit), it was […]
July 19, 2017

The Call is Sacred

I awoke this morning to the tail end of a dream in which I was sitting in the kitchen of the (three advisers back) lead adviser […]
April 14, 2017

The power of Christ’s blood

From the Catecheses by Saint John Chrysostom, bishop If we wish to understand the power of Christ’s blood, we should go back to the ancient account […]
March 2, 2017

Which pattern? Adam or Jesus?

After the switch of liturgical seasons mid-week at Ash Wednesday, it might be hard to remember that just last Sunday, the Gospel reading at Mass reminded […]
February 28, 2017

So you think you’re going to heaven?

Years ago, when my wife and I were still dating (and definitely before we were married and had kids), I used to go to a coffee […]