Contributed on Aug 27, 2011
John, and we, need to be prophets to our cultures.
Martyrdom of John the Baptist August 29, 2011 Testimony of the Saints Popular culture almost always gets everything wrong. Thus today’s celebration, which in the pre-Vatican II liturgy was a feast, not a memorial, is totally misinterpreted by pop culture. In the view of the secular ...read more
Contributed on Sep 3, 2011
Like Peter Claver, we can be means of helping others to escape the slavery of sin.
September 5, 2011 Testimony of the Saints Labor Day I sometimes ask my students what occupation God would put on his tax return, if He had to file one. That usually brings puzzled looks until I say 45-2093, farming. God’s original occupation on earth is planting a garden. In it he put ...read more
Contributed on Sep 17, 2011
The martyr-bishop Januarius testifies to the truth of the Gospel, and his alleged blood miracle must get the attention of the unbeliever.
19 September 2011 St. Januarius There is a famous passage in the Acts of the Apostles in which the rabbi Gamaliel advises the Sanhedrin to leave the early Christian community alone, because if it is God’s will, they would not be able to destroy it, and if it is not God’s will, it ...read more
Contributed on Sep 24, 2011
"Mere" laymen can have a long-lasting impact by doing ordinary things extraordinarily well.
26 September 2011 Cosmas, Damian, and Lorenzo Ruiz The eighth chapter of the book of Zechariah is the last chapter that scholars attribute to the prophet, rather than one of his disciples. It was written after the Babylonian exiles, when the people of Judah had returned to Jerusalem and were ...read more
Contributed on Oct 1, 2011
Francis stands out as an example of radical following of Christ, and an impulsive drive to rebuild the Church.
Monday of 27th week in Course Testimony of the Saints Saint Francis of Assisi 3 October 2011 (one day early) Tomorrow we celebrate the day of St. Francis of Assisi, and on this note I will take a long break from this series on the Testimony of the Saints, and, God willing, begin next week a ...read more
Contributed on Jul 13, 2012
The life and death of Maria Goretti teaches us something about resisting evil.
July 6, 2012 St. Maria Goretti Mt 5: 38-41 The commandment to not resist the evildoer is one of the most stark and, admittedly, controversial ones in the NT. A few Christian pacifists have interpreted it to mean that we can neither resist evil persons or evil actions in any way. But that is ...read more
Contributed on Jul 5, 2013
Like St. Benedict, we must live simply if we are to successfully share the gospel of Jesus.
The great saints, like St. Benedict whom we celebrate today, bear witness that the words of today’s Gospel are not just for the first century. They are timeless instructions on our work of evangelism. Those who spread the good news are doing so as Jesus did. The effectiveness of the Church ...read more