Good Friday: A Call to Abolish Capital Punishment

The following is the full text of the homily that was delivered at St. Anthony Shrine and Ministry Center in Downtown Boston on Good Friday April 3, 2015. [Sung] Where you there when they Crucified my Lord? Where you there when they Crucified my Lord? Oh, OOOoohh, Sometimes it causes me to Tremble, Tremble, Tremble. Where […]

Good Friday: A Call to Abolish Capital Punishment

The following is the full text of the homily that was delivered at St. Anthony Shrine and Ministry Center in Downtown Boston on Good Friday April 3, 2015. [Sung] Where you there when they Crucified my Lord? Where you there when they Crucified my Lord? Oh, OOOoohh, Sometimes it causes me to Tremble, Tremble, Tremble. Where […]

Announcing the 2015 Events Schedule

Well, I’m back! You might have noticed that this blog has been quiet for the last few months. The primary reason for the infrequent postings and general slowdown around here had to do with the final preparation for and completion of my doctoral comprehensive exams. In addition to sacramental ministry, lecturing, directing retreats, and writing, I’m […]

‘It Is Finished’ — An excerpt from ‘The Last Words of Jesus’

The following reflection offered on this Good Friday is taken from chapter six of my new book, The Last Words of Jesus: A Meditation on Love and Suffering (2013). When Jesus had received the wine, he said, “It is finished.” Then he bowed his head and gave up his spirit. (John 19:30) There is a fine line […]

Pope Francis and a Powerful ‘Way of the Cross’

Today Pope Francis will lead the annual “Way of the Cross” service in the Colosseum in Rome. As an interesting aside, it was Franciscan friars that popularized the devotional series of meditations known as the “Way of the Cross” in its earliest years because of the in ability of pilgrims to make a physical trip […]