Review: The Iron Hand of Mars

The Iron Hand of Mars by Lindsey Davis My rating: 3 of 5 stars Our hero, Marcus Didio Falco, is sent to Germany by the Emperor on a special mission, but not before the Emperor's son exhibits signs of having designs on Falco's noble girlfriend. She disappears prior to his departure adding a level of … Continue reading Review: The Iron Hand of Mars

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The Power of Traditionalism

Written from an Orthodox perspective, the article below, which appears on the website of Public Orthodoxy from Fordham University in the United States, has more than a few resonances with contemporary Catholic debates. My thesis is very simple: the use of the word “traditionalist” and its derivative forms (“Orthodox morality,” “traditional values”) is philosophically untenable, i.e., … Continue reading The Power of Traditionalism

Homilies: 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C

My homily for the 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C) as preached at the 9.30am Mass in the Sacred Heart Cathedral, Hamilton. The readings were Jeremiah 17:5-8; 1 Corinthians 15:12, 16-20; Luke 6:17, 20-26. "Luke's version of the Beatitudes reminds us that God's salvation will not be found in trusting to our own efforts … Continue reading Homilies: 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C

Review: A Liturgical Companion to the Documents of the Second Vatican Council

A Liturgical Companion to the Documents of the Second Vatican Council by Various My rating: 3 of 5 stars There can be little doubt that the documents of the Second Vatican Council represent a very significant contribution to the ongoing theological life of the Catholic Church. To look at them from a particularly liturgical lens, … Continue reading Review: A Liturgical Companion to the Documents of the Second Vatican Council

Homilies: 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C

My homily for the 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C) as preached during the 5pm Sunday Mass at Sacred Heart Cathedral, Hamilton. The readings were Isaiah 6:1-8; 1 Corinthians 15:1-11; Luke 5:1-11. "Confronted with the Presence of the Divine in Jesus, Simon owns his unworthiness and sinfulness. Jesus, however, invites Simon to 'be not … Continue reading Homilies: 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C

Homilies: 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C

My homily for the 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C) as preached during the 9.30am Mass at the Sacred Hamilton Cathedral, Hamilton. The readings were Jeremiah 1:4-5, 17-19; 1 Corinthians 12:31 - 13:13; Luke 4:21-30. "Without love, we are nothing at all. St Paul reminds the church in Corinth, and reminds us, that to … Continue reading Homilies: 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C

Papal Prayer Intention for February 2019

Each month a prayer intention is released, either for a universal need or for a specific evangelism need, through which Catholics are asked to join in praying with the Holy Father, Pope Francis. The intention for February 2019 is: For a generous welcome of the victims of human trafficking, of enforced prostitution, and of violence. … Continue reading Papal Prayer Intention for February 2019

Homilies: 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C

My homily for the 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C) as preached at the 5.30pm Saturday evening Mass at Sacred Heart Cathedral, Hamilton. The readings were Nehemiah 8:2-6, 8-10; 1 Corinthians 12:12-30; Luke 1:1-4, 4:14-21. "Ten words were all that Jesus spoke after reading in the Nazareth Synagogue. There was no need to say … Continue reading Homilies: 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C

Homilies: 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C

My homily for the 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C) as preached during the 9.30am Mass at Sacred Heart Cathedral, Hamilton. The readings were Isaiah 62:1-5; 1 Corinthians 12:4-11; John 2:1-11. "The Holy Spirit is given to all who are able to proclaim Jesus as God and Saviour, and then manifests in many different … Continue reading Homilies: 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C

From Liturgy to Action in the World

Sacrosanctum Concilium's call for revisions in liturgical rites and texts made it easier for the Church to recognize and engage the public nature of liturgy. It also empowered the worshipping faithful to take part in efforts to reform social, economic, cultural, and political systems of society. The latter emphasis is what Gaudium et spes brought to our understanding … Continue reading From Liturgy to Action in the World