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Latest Articles By Fr. John
The Urge To Reverence
I have recently learned that there is a controversy in the Church over the posture of the priest during Mass; ad orientem vs. versus populum. The priests who would like to see a return to Masses offered more often ad orientem tend to be from the younger clergy. The rubric of the Missal allow for either option. The younger clergy sense an urgent need for reviving reverence.
I Need Help
I need help getting read on Catholic365. Is it possible to do so by reaching out to the other writers using Catholic365?
From Maintenance to Mission
The priest in his person doesn’t embody the need for the maintenance of the Church but her mission. That mission is for us to go from this world to the next one which is Paradise. There are two worlds, this one and the next, and they are not the same.
The Unspoken Something, or why I became a priest
There is an unspoken something that is always there. It makes culture possible. Its presence is why I’m a priest.
The End in View
The scourge of child trafficking has been brought into public view by the film, “Sound of Freedom.” Will the film have its intended effect—the ending of that evil.
The parables reveal things hidden since the foundation of the world. Those things are the truth about the divinely created goodness of the human person. The devil, whose goal is the triumph of evil, has been the agent of keeping that goodness, and the moral conversion it produces, hidden.
Between the Sacred and the Profane
With the removal of most of the communion rails in our churches, there has been a blurring of the line between the sacred and the profane. The profane is the place where sin, and thus violence, is always likely. The sacred is the supreme good where there is no sin and thus no violence. We are in need today of a clear awareness that there is a place where the sacred is.
The Weight of Reverence
I didn’t agree with what I wrote any more.
Can We Turn Eggs Red?
The question is are we good or are we bad? Are we good in the sense of having control over nature that would be to the glory of God? As was St. Mary Magdalene through whom God turned a hard boiled egg red. This essay is based on the Sunday readings for the Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, July 24th.
Why We Really Go To Mass
The reason we really go to Mass isn’t motivational. We have all been the recipients of people trying to motivate us into attending Mass; and we have also been among the motivators. The reason we really go to Mass comes from our fallen nature and we go because we need to go.
St. Padre Pio: Modern Saint of Obedience
By Amelia Monroe Carlson
‘Mary Did You Know’: The Catholic version
By Amelia Monroe Carlson
4 Candles Away...
By Michael A Lupo
The Holy Mass: What if I am Sick on Sunday?
By William Conboy
An Advent reflection
By Adam Charles Hovey