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Triumphs, the Eagles, and Sunday Mass

It was a triumph. The Philadelphia Eagles’ Super Bowl win unleashed an unprecedented amount of civic pride and communal celebration. The festivities began as soon as the pass from Tom Brady fell incomplete in front of the end zone at Super Bowl LII. It continued right through the gathering of 2 million people (or 700,000?) […]

A Pilgrimage to the Heart of the Gospel

I recently returned from ten days in Israel. Since returning, I have told everyone I’ve spoken with to go whenever they get the opportunity. The trip was especially moving for me only a few months out from ordination to the priesthood. My friend, Father Ryan Kaup, wrote a reflection on his journey to the Holy […]

Building the “Beloved Community” in 2018

As we gather to reflect on the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., we recognize that there are many sad divisions which continue to persist in our country. If we are honest with ourselves, we might say that since the last time we commemorated Dr. King’s birthday, these divisions have only become […]

Why is Catholicism any more right than any other religion?

To most contemporary people, many of the claims of Christianity in general and of Catholicism in particular can only come off as hopelessly cruel or arrogant. It is the second category which prompts the question at issue here. How dare Catholics claim that they alone among the billions of people who have ever lived have […]

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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 […]

Priesthood: Not a Job for the Past

Good Evening! On this night when we gather in support of the Seminary’s mission, I thought it might be helpful to remind ourselves what that mission is. Pope Benedict XVI several years ago wrote a beautiful letter to seminarians around the world. I was not a seminarian yet – I was still an undergraduate at […]