There is something deep in the human heart that always yearns for fresh starts and new beginnings.
Advent is a time of sustained hope.
Attitude of fairness, truth and respect is what we Christians must bring to all the challenges of our contemporary world.
It was Oct. 31, 1517 when Augustinian Friar Martin Luther allegedly posted the 95 statements/theses which he wanted to debate with anyone interested in serious and rigorous theological discussion. Church doors in the famous medieval German university town of Augsburg seemed as good a place as any to extend the invitation and initiate the conversation. […]
It’s not merely the “music” blaring through the open windows of the car momentarily parked next to us at the red light, nor the racket from the backyard party down the block. The shrill and often disrespectful rhetoric from talk show hosts and the disgraceful comments of some bloggers seem to have made our world […]
As god-awful violence in the Middle East spills over into Paris, Brussels and possibly to other parts as yet unknown, we hear fearful voices with increasing decibels eager to point out the verses of the Qur’an which encourage the use of force in the spread of that faith. We also experience our own demagogues who […]
Each year I continue to be amused by what I perceive as a radical contradiction between the Gospel of Ash Wednesday and the ritual for which the day is famous among Catholics. The Gospel passage, as we may recall, cites Jesus offering serious criticism of those who make sure that everyone knows they are fasting, […]
During my three years of special Biblical study in Rome after two wonderful years of parish ministry at St. Mary in Elm Grove, I had the opportunity to experience the ruins of ancient Roman antiquity as well as those left over from the fascist Mussolini years prior to and during World War II. In […]
Yesterday, on Oct. 28, 2015 to be exact, the Catholic Church worldwide celebrated the 50th anniversary of the solemn promulgation of Vatican II’s “Declaration on the Relationship of the Church to Non-Christian Religions.” Known as “Nostra Aetate” from the first words of its Latin text, the proclamation insisted the Catholic Church in a new and […]
A local tribute to Muslim/Catholic cooperation About four years ago I was privileged to convene a small dialogue group of local Catholic and Muslim leaders. Since then, meeting about every month or month and a half except for the major seasons of Easter and Ramadan, the nine of us explored our respective religious beliefs and […]