A Sin is a Sin: St. Thomas and Conscience 

In other words, a sin is a sin is a sin, and whatever we may think, it’s still a sin.  As Catholics, we have ample means of knowing the Moral Law, and therefore have no excuse for disobeying it. 

We Three Kings: Music for Epiphany

We Three Kings “We Three Kings of Orient Are . . .”  Is there anyone out there who doesn’t know this song? It’s easily the most familiar hymn associated with Epiphany, at least as it’s celebrated in the Western Church. I wrote more extensively about Epiphany itself in my post on Janauary 6th, the traditional date […]

Epiphany – Faith vs. Power

We can learn a lot from the faith of the Magi.  How often do we, who have the full revelation of Jesus Christ and his Gospel, instead seek our own worldly agenda, following the example of miserable King Herod?

9th Day of Christmas – God’s Ways Are Not Our Ways

 God’s Ways  God’s ways are not our ways.  We hear a lot of Isaiah through the seasons of Advent and Christmas, but the passage below expresses with particular clarity one of the most striking and curious things about Christmas: For my thoughts are not your thoughts,     neither are your ways my ways, says the Lord.For as the […]

6th Day of Christmas – The Holy Family and the Crisis of Our Family

Holy Family Gennari

 Holy Family  The Holy Family, whose feast we celebrate today, commemorates the Holiest Family, Jesus, Mary, and Joseph. But, as always, there’s more to it. The name of the feast also reminds us that “the family” in general, composed of father, mother, and children, is itself “holy.” It is, in fact, a gift of God.   […]

4th Day of Christmas – Holy Innocents and St. Vincent of Lerins

 It’s not that the power of the Herods, Huns, and other worldly tyrants has had no lasting effect. It’s just that their “power” doesn’t accomplish what they expect.  St. Paul again provides us with the key when he says: “We know that all things work for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28)