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 →

Can Music Be Sacred? Part 1

Last February, I was invited by the St. Anselm Institute of the University of Virginia to give a talk entitled “What Makes Sacred Music Sacred?”  I decided to go ahead … Continue Reading →

Homily for the Ascension, 2014

St. Matthew ends his gospel with some disciples doubting. This doubt is removed, not so much by the Resurrection as by the Ascension. How can this be? And what relevance … Continue Reading →