Columns Archive

Miracle in D.C. Default Thumbnail
Perspective

Miracle in D.C.

In August 2018 a beautiful young lady living in Washington, D.C., experienced a sudden and excruciating headache. Seconds later she fell unconscious to the floor. Her dog, Lacey, sensed something […]

Exercising my right to choose Default Thumbnail
Perspective

Exercising my right to choose

I was cleaning the kitchen, the TV on in the background, the faces of glitz and glam celebrities flashing across the screen, the sounds of applause filling the room as […]

Sin is no match for God Default Thumbnail
The Sunday Gospel

Sin is no match for God

Third Sunday in Ordinary Time Matthew 4:12-23 The Book of Isaiah supplies this weekend’s first reading. It offers us a powerful lesson. When this part of Isaiah was written, God’s […]

A study of sloth in the life of Lot Default Thumbnail
Perspective

A study of sloth in the life of Lot

In Bible study in my parish, we have been reading through Genesis. On Jan. 12 we read of Lot and the horrifying results of his decision to pitch his tent […]

Understanding the debate about celibacy Default Thumbnail
Perspective

Understanding the debate about celibacy

In one of those embarrassing public dust-ups that occasionally afflict our Church, a soon-to-be published book on priestly celibacy was publicized as being co-authored by retired Pope Benedict XVI until […]

‘The Two Popes’: baloney, brilliantly acted Default Thumbnail
Perspective

‘The Two Popes’: baloney, brilliantly acted

I first met Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI in June 1988; over the next three decades, I’ve enjoyed many lengthy conversations and interviews with him, including a bracing discussion covering many […]

We have been called to know the Lord Default Thumbnail
The Sunday Gospel

We have been called to know the Lord

Second Sunday in Ordinary Time John 1:29-34 The Book of Isaiah furnishes this weekend’s first reading from the Scriptures. There is an overtone of relief and joy. There is the […]

Peace is the first greeting Default Thumbnail
Perspective

Peace is the first greeting

On Jan. 18, 1968, St. Paul VI inaugurated the World Day of Peace and designated the first day of every year for this focus. This day is also devoted to […]

The story of our lives Default Thumbnail
Perspective

The story of our lives

I’m beginning the new year with a clean office. It seems a good place to start, a practical way to set me up for any other resolutions I make. My […]

Why are we surprised the teaching of the Real Presence has become an abstraction? Default Thumbnail
Perspective

Why are we surprised the teaching of the Real Presence has become an abstraction?

On the Friday of the 33rd week of Ordinary Time, my wife and I attended Mass at SS. Peter and Paul here in Huntington, Indiana, because our second grader was […]

‘Do You Accept Being Drawn Into God’s Trinitarian Life?’ Default Thumbnail
Bishop's Column: In Truth and Charity

‘Do You Accept Being Drawn Into God’s Trinitarian Life?’

The following is the text of a homily given to the Cor Jesu Young Adult Group at St. John the Baptist Church, Fort Wayne, on Jan. 8. Every year during […]

We need Jesus, Son of the Father, to reconcile us with God Default Thumbnail
The Sunday Gospel

We need Jesus, Son of the Father, to reconcile us with God

Feast of the Baptism of the Lord Matthew 3:13-17 As winter begins each year, the Church presents three great feasts to celebrate our salvation in Jesus and also to teach […]