August 10, 2007

Today in his Gospel, our Lord Jesus Christ teaches us to hate.

It's in the Gospel for today's feast of St. Lawrence, Deacon and Martyr, for which I have posted a homily.
Click HERE for it.

August 09, 2007

The "fumes" of men in the priesthood and religious orders

I HATE to smell cologne or aftershave on a priest or a member of a religious order.

If you were to assemble a collage of the newspaper and magazine advertisements for men's fragrances, what kind of impression would you get from the words and pictures?

Sexy, luxurious, opulent, fashionable. I think any man in the priesthood or religious life who chooses to give that kind of impression is terribly confused in his values, to say the least.

I'm sad and irritated to be able to say I've smelled a few of those in recent days, and a lot more over the years. One of them is a priest who's been visiting my monastery at least since the year I entered (1981). He's now and old man.

August 07, 2007

"The New Catholic Manliness"

I recommend the article of that name in the current online issue of Crisis magazine.
Click HERE for it.

August 05, 2007

The Eighteenth Ordinary Sunday of the Church Year

Although it was not my turn to preside and preach at Mass in the monastery today, I have posted a homily that I wrote a few years ago for today's Gospel.
Click HERE for it.