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Statistics, Praxis, and Teaching on Birth Control

In April’s edition of First Things, Mary Eberstadt presents a compelling case for the continuing relevance of Paul VI’s Humanae Vitae, despite its continual disparagement from both outside the Church and inside (particularly in the last few years). She notes toward the end that the Episcopal Church in the United States, which basically embraced the […]

Manhood, True and False

A seminarian relayed a story to me of a priest saying, “Boys are not ordained. Men are ordained.” Does that mean every human being with an XY chromosome over a certain age? Does that mean a man has proven himself through multiple demonstrations of machismo? What does it mean to be a man in today’s […]

John 8-32

Steps we can take to “remain” free

In a recent homily, one of our deacons publicly announced a literary lacuna on this blog site!  He told the congregation he could not find any post that offered “five easy steps” to put into practice the Gospel teaching in which Jesus proclaims that “the truth will set you free.” It’s good to know SemCasual […]

Boys Will Be Boys

My grandfather on my mother’s side had often entertained holiday tables with stories of his youth taking place in 1930’s Chester that were never without a mix of childlike innocence and boyish impishness. And many of those adventures may have included the confectionary concoction of a boy using his penknife to cut a small sliver […]

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Living in Darkness: A Homily for the Fourth Sunday of Lent (Year B)

“Just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, so that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life (John 3:14-15). Do we recall the story of Moses lifting up the serpent in the desert? Similar to today’s first reading (II Chronicles 36:14-16, 19-23), […]

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I can think of a few off the top of my head. Just to get a peak of Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa or Michelangelo’s David, people will put themselves through all sorts of inconveniences, travel thousands of miles, wait in long lines in the early morning and in the rain, hoping that they will be […]