Msgr. Michael Heintz

Msgr. Michael Heintz

The Human Condition

Msgr. Michael Heintz is on the faculty at Mount Saint Mary’s Seminary, Emmitsburg, Md.

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The Eucharist at the heart of the faith

In early Christian mystical theology, drawing on the Platonic tradition, there was an aphorism commonly used by spiritual writers: “you become the object of your contemplation.” That is, whatever we […]

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Fasting and Abstinence

There are few practices that seem as distinctively Catholic as fasting and, in particular, abstinence. Fasting may be broadly defined as partially or completely refraining from eating, while abstinence means […]

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On orthodoxy

Orthodoxy is a multivalent term. It can refer in a more restricted or special sense to our brothers and sisters in the Eastern churches, and is often associated with particular […]

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On ‘Spirituality’

“Spirituality” or being “spiritual” means nothing more, but also nothing less, than being animated and guided by the Spirit of the Lord that is received at baptism. This is what […]

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Christmas martyria: The Octave of the Word Made Flesh

By Msgr. Michael Heintz A striking feature of the Western church’s festal calendar is the cycle of memorials and feasts, which “fill out” the Octave of Christmas. Unlike the Easter […]

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Personal prayer, public prayer and the presence of Christ

By Msgr. Michael Heintz, PhD There is no such thing as “private” prayer. There is – and certainly should be – deeply personal prayer, but really no such thing as […]

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The Holy Doors are closed, but the mercy endures forever

The late and abiding fruits of a jubilee year By Msgr. Michael Heintz The value of our prayer is not to be determined by our experience of it, but by […]

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Catholics and intercommunion

By Msgr. Michael Heintz Intercommunion, the reception of the Eucharist in the Catholic Church by non-Catholic Christians (or reception by Catholics in other Christian churches) is a very touchy subject. […]

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Observations on our baptismal vocation

By Msgr. Michael Heintz Baptism involves a whole new way of looking at things, a whole new way of feeling about things, a whole new way of doing things. This […]

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The value – and necessity – of petitionary prayer

In the 10th chapter of St Mark’s Gospel, Jesus encounters a blind man called Bartimaeus who sat begging at the roadside. Jesus asks him “What do you want me to […]

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Limping toward God

By Msgr. Michael Heintz Most, if not all, of us make progress in the faith. We make our way toward God, not by leaps and bounds, but by stutter-steps: slowly […]

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Weeds, wheat, and the perilous limitations of the human condition

By Msgr. Michael Heintz “Hate the sin; love the sinner.”  The Gospel about the wheat and weeds sown together reminds us about an inherent — and healthy —  tension in […]