The Extraordinary Form – Essential?

To answer the question posed in our conversation – namely, Is the Extraordinary Form of the Mass essential to the life of the Church today? – it might be helpful to examine what we mean by essential. On a very basic level, the Church would exist – and did exist for a very long time […]

Want to change the world? Make your bed!

OK, OK!  If you’re a seminarian from Saint Charles Seminary reading this post, you’re saying to yourself, “OK, Deacon Brandon… what gives?!  We’ve heard this when Father Dailey preached during Forty Hours!”  Yes, it’s true.  HOWEVER, on the recommendation of Father Redcay, the pastor at my diaconate assignment, I picked up a copy of Admiral […]

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Being a Good Christian and a Good Hunter

There is no other feeling like the feeling we get from seizing an opportunity. It’s euphoric, all of the hours of hard work amounting to one moment where everything is on the line of winning or losing. It’s the climax, the split in the road where a major shift takes place. I have had a […]

Three reasons Catholics should not use the term “Illegals”

For Catholics, words are a very important aspect of our faith. God spoke and everything that we see came into being. The Word then became flesh. The words that the priest utters at Mass make Christ present Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity in the Blessed Sacrament. The words we recite at Mass express the deep […]

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These days of our lives

‘Tis the season!  The countdown to Christmas has begun, with a string of consecutive days to which we’ve given new names – and hashtags!  All except the middle one. #Thanksgiving – it needs no reference to the day of the week.  It’s always the fourth Thursday of November.  Legally, that designation comes by way of […]

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Calling out Goat Cheese Evangelization

I attended a new outreach event that the Archdiocese put on at Frankford Hall in Fishtown the other week. Food and beer galore, a packed house, unique music, young priests — it ended up being the place to be for a younger Catholic in the area. It was kicked off by Archbishop with an opening […]

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Digital signs of devotion

Yesterday, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia announced an innovative way to bring devotion into the digital world – the Religious Signs for Families app.  Touted as “a delightful and engaging way to learn ASL (American Sign Language),” the mobile tool offers everything “from signs for religious words and actions to everyday words and prayers.” The app […]