Homily for the Anniversary of the Dedication of the Monastery Church

Church buildings are meant to be places of ‘epiphany’, the revelation of God’s nearness and love for us. How does church architecture contribute to this epiphany? Podcast: Play in new … Continue Reading →


Homily for the Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

In Saint Matthew’s gospel, Jesus uses numerous images for the Kingdom of Heaven. How are we to understand the composite effect of these images? Podcast: Play in new window | … Continue Reading →


Homily for the Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

The parable of the wheat and the tares can be interpreted on several levels; but the reference to the harvest highlights an important eschatological perspective. Podcast: Play in new window … Continue Reading →


Homily for the Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

How might we go about making sure that the soil of our hearts is good soil, soil in which the seed of God’s Word can take root and bear real … Continue Reading →


Can Music Be Sacred? Part 3

“Christianity, however, is in a profound sense the end of all religion….Nowhere in the New Testament, in fact, is Christianity presented as a cult or as a religion.  Religion is needed … Continue Reading →


Homily for the Feast of Saint Benedict

Saint Benedict is justly celebrated as the great monastic legislator. His biographer, Saint Gregory the Great, would have us remember him also as a contemplative and model for the life … Continue Reading →


Homily for Corpus Christi

It is an unlikely source, but Canon Law can offer us insights into the mystery of the Holy Eucharist. Podcast: Play in new window | Download


Homily for the Solemnity of Ss. Peter and Paul

Since 1969, the Patriarch of Constantinople has sent a delegation to Rome on today’s feast. What is the meaning of this custom, and how does it illuminate the place of … Continue Reading →


Homily for Pentecost

The Jewish feast of Pentecost celebrated the first fruits of the harvest and, more importantly, the giving of the Torah to Moses at Mount Sinai.  How does the Christian celebration … Continue Reading →


Can Music Be Sacred? Part 2

In my previous post, I suggested, without much justification (other than name-dropping), that the very idea of ‘sacred music’ should be re-examined.  Let me develop this a little bit. The … Continue Reading →