Read Well and Live

Deacon Koehr delivered a version of this homily for the men preparing to receive the Ministry of Lector this year.  He preached at the Holy Hour for the candidates preceding their Installation Mass. One of the most exhilarating movies in Hollywood history is a film called Ben-Hur.  I’m talking about the 1959 version with Charlton […]

Hope in the Face of Darkness

The seminary community joined the faithful of the Archdiocese at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul this past Friday, September 14, 2018, the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross for a holy hour of reparation.  Nearly all if not all the pews of the Cathedral Basilica were filled.  Most of the seminarians […]

Fandoms v Christianity

The notion of “fandoms,” while by no means a new concept, is being defined more recently in a broad manner. There are fandoms for practically — almost literally — every conceivable work of fiction: television shows, movies, video games and game franchises, comic books, and novels. It could be said that there are fandoms for […]


Seeing is …

If you said “believing” to fill in the title, you’d be correct!  But when it comes to religious “seeing” as inspired by art, that believing is much more than merely a sensory confirmation of something thought or proposed. Consider statues. Some may see them as relics of a religious past, remnants of a bygone age […]


Words are not neutral

Pope Francis recently wrote the preface to a new book by Bishop Nunzio Galantino called Vivere le parole: Per un vocabolario dell’esistenza (To Live Words: For a Vocabulary of Existence). The book is marketed as filling the “urgent need to penetrate words and live them more deeply,” especially “in times of hyper-information yet scorching non-communication […]

Empathy: Encountering the Heart

When I was younger I have often heard my teachers correct someone when they would confuse empathy with sympathy. The American Psychological Association (APA) defines sympathy as “feelings of concern or compassion resulting from an awareness of the suffering or sorrow of another” and empathy as “understanding a person from his or her frame of […]