Category: Pastoral Theology

  • The Garden of the Soul

    The Garden of the Soul

    Good news: Jesus is here for the whole garden.

  • We are living in “The Era of the Holy Spirit”

    We are living in “The Era of the Holy Spirit”

    This era, in which we are now living, is an era where Jesus is no longer with us in bodily form, but in a new way— in the presence of his Spirit. We have been assured the Gift of that Holy Spirit, but still down through the ages the Church never ceases to cry out, “Come,…

  • Together in Christ: Remembering Bishop Patrick McGrath

    Together in Christ: Remembering Bishop Patrick McGrath

    “He was prophetic in a gentle way, and in his words and actions he expressed the things that we wish so many more bishops would say: you are loved, all are welcome, I am sorry, we need you.”

  • Brief Book Review: Guide for Forming a Parish Bereavement Ministry

    Brief Book Review: Guide for Forming a Parish Bereavement Ministry

    A concrete example of how to do liturgical/sacramental theology with the Church’s rites as a starting point, and how to incarnate that theology in the spiritual life of the parish and its members.

  • Hurried Solemnities

    Hurried Solemnities

    Solemnities and the many other liturgical feasts that fill our calendar are meant to be true celebrations.  Our current Missal translation even uses the word “festival” in some of the prayers. However, sometimes the added liturgical elements can provide a challenge to celebration.  I remember as a seminarian, that when a solemnity added a third…

  • How Big is Too Big?

    How Big is Too Big?

    In May 1999 Pope St. John Paul II warned the Bishops of Ontario on their Their Ad Limina Visit, “the anonymity of the city cannot be allowed to enter our Eucharistic communities.” I remembered this point recently when reading two news articles.  The first is about the dedication of the new St. Charles Borromeo Church,…

  • How to Sanctify the World

    How to Sanctify the World

    Ask a hundred Catholics what is most important in the Church. They will answer: Mass. Ask a hundred Catholics what is most important in Mass. They will answer: Transubstantiation, the transformation of bread and wine into Christ’s body and blood. Tell a hundred Catholics that the most important thing in the Church is, therefore, transformation.…

  • Book Review: Intercultural Marriage

    Book Review: Intercultural Marriage

    Theologically speaking, the process of interculturality is revelatory of the Church’s understanding of the sacramental union, which reconciles, heals, and unites the barriers created by differences.

  • Book Review: Remove the Pews

    Book Review: Remove the Pews

    “Contrary to the trend among some to sell off or completely redo sacred spaces, Schaper insists that they have deep roots in neighborhoods, in families, in peoples hearts even if they do not regularly attend services in them.”