St. Martha Catholic Church. Harvey, LA. Crisis Magazine - March 14, 2019 Euphemisms are de rigeur for revolutionaries. Communist states call themselves “people’s republics.” When they instigate conflicts, they are called “wars of liberation.” Abortionists call their abattoirs “pregnancy centers” and their executions “terminations.” Most currently, surgeons call sexual mutilation “gender reassignment.” All of this a clever… Continue reading What in the World Is a “Worship Space”?
St. Teresa of Calcutta Much before Pope Francis infallibly declared Mother Teresa a saint, the world had already canonized her. But they did not see Mother Teresa, they saw what they wanted to see. Like a Rorschach test, they read onto the saint their own slanted ideas of society, the good and justice itself. The world saw her… Continue reading St. Mother Teresa: Loving the Poor – Catholic Style
Madonna and Child. Giovanni Bellini, c. 1480. May 2017 When the eminent scholar Mary Eberstadt penned her recent book How the West Really Lost God most readers thought the answer would certainly be the unmistakable decline of religion since the time of the Enlightenment. But after 200 pages of scrupulous analysis supported by the citation of hundreds of… Continue reading Mother’s Day Sermon
Sermon on the Mount. Fra Angelico, c. 1440. July 2017 But I say to you, that whosoever is angry with his brother, shall be in danger of the judgment. And whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council. And whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of… Continue reading Sermon for the Fifth Sunday After Easter
July 2011 Come to me, all you that labour, and are burdened, and I will refresh you. Take up my yoke upon you, and learn of me, because I am meek, and humble of heart: and you shall find rest to your souls. For my yoke is sweet and my burden light. Mt. 11:28-30 The Vale… Continue reading Sermon for Third Sunday After Pentecost
July 2017 Washing With Tears. Flemish Artist, 17th Century. Every painting of St. Mary Magdalene depicts her seated sorrowfully in a darkened cave. But that is not the detail that captures the observer: the human skull is. With eyes filled with tears, the Magdalene stares at the skull as though she was reading a book or listening to… Continue reading St. Mary Magdalene
Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano September 2018 “Beloved, do not be startled at the trial by fire that is taking place among you, as something strange were happening to you.’ I Pet 4:12 Well, what now? Where do we go from here? It is obtuse of any priest or prelate not to speak of the dark Crisis enveloping… Continue reading After Archbishop Vigano’s Letter: Now What?
St. Paul in Prison. Rembrandt, 1627. Death just isn’t what it used to be. That is, if the conversation I heard the other day was any indication. It was at a modest restaurant where a number of joined tables were accommodating a rather large family. My ears shot up when I heard the odd phrase “bereavement team”. Odder still… Continue reading O Death, Where is Thy… Tickle?
St. Michael defeating Satan. Guido Reni, 1635. Crisis Magazine - October 17, 2017 Until recently, the word snowflake enjoyed only one meaning: frozen rain in winter. But in the last year or so the word assumed a secondary meaning: students in elite college campuses who fall to pieces at the least offense or contrary opinion… Continue reading Catholicism, the World and a Warrior Angel
Fall of Man. Peter Paul Rubens, 1615. Crisis Magazine - December 17, 2017 Beware the disguises of sin. Its guise of choice is the brash and loud ugliness, atrocity, wantonness and ruin that makes our skin crawl. While this serves as splashy spectacle, it captures few. Its most effective tactics are never so meretricious. Sin… Continue reading The Bashfulness of Sin