Steve’s Columns

14th Sunday in Ordinary Time – 5 July 2020

See, your king shall come to you… He shall banish the chariot from Ephraim, and the horse from Jerusalem; the warrior’s bow shall be banished, and he shall proclaim peace to the nations. (Zec 9:9-10)       It seems unlikely that we will be witness to any more Christian victories such as at Covadonga (722 AD), Tours (732), Lepanto (1571) and Vienna (1683).  Christendom, or the concerted and united effort to maintain Catholic practice and civil concord on the earth, has past.  Not only this but Western civilization has suffered a self-inflicted de-Christianization and a deconstruction of classical wisdom which …

13th Sunday in Ordinary Time – 28 June 2020

So she said to her husband, “I know that Elisha is a holy man of God. Since he visits us often, let us arrange a little room on the roof and furnish it for him… Sometime later Elisha arrived and stayed in the room overnight. (2 Kg 4:9-11)  For those of us who remember when Steven Booth first arrived at the parish as a young man seeking counsel about the call to the priesthood… this is a glorious time!  Steven Booth was ordained “Father Steven Booth” on June 13th 2020, the memorial of St. Anthony of Padua. In the rite …

12th Sunday in Ordinary Time – 21 June 2020

“Jeremiah said: “I hear the whisperings of many: ‘Terror on every side! Denounce! Let us denounce him!’ All those who were my friends are on the watch for any misstep of mine. (Jer 20:10-13)  Do not we all feel like Jeremiah these days?  Mention God and be denounced at work; defend a moral principle and be suspected by neighbors; question the full motivation of the latest cultural movement and be pummeled on social media.  What is patently different in our situation from Jeremiah’s is that the enemies of God’s disciples no longer whisper. They bellow, they accuse, they threaten; they …

Feast of Corpus Christi – 14 June 2020

“I am the living bread that came down from heaven; whoever eats this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world.” (Jn 6:51)  Today is the solemn feast of Corpus Christi, or the Most Holy Body and Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ. We ought to celebrate it with an especial glorification in appreciation of our communal homecoming to the sacrament of the Holy Eucharist after an absence of a few months.  Hopefully this absence has magnified our devotion to this precious divine gift, a devotion which just …

The Most Holy Trinity – 7 June 2020

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with all of you. (2 Cor 13: 13)  It is quite possible that in spending so much time trying to understand the mysteries of our faith by studying the more difficult passages of the Bible that we overlook the simple passages that propound the mysteries of our faith with far less difficulty.  We see this with the last sentence of today’s second reading taken from the very last sentence of the last chapter of Paul’s second letter to the Corinthians …

Pentecost Sunday – 31 May 2002

When the time for Pentecost was fulfilled, they were all in one place together… Then there appeared to them tongues as of fire, which parted and came to rest on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:1-4) This year Pentecost Sunday falls on the last day of May, the day we conclude our traditional month-long devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary. This is therefore a fortuitous invitation to reflect on the Blessed Mother during this solemn feast especially since our salvation began when the Holy Spirit came upon the Virgin Mary at …

7th Sunday of Easter – 24 May 2020

After Jesus had been taken up to heaven the apostles… entered [Jerusalem]… they went to the upper room where they were staying.  All these devoted themselves with one accord to prayer, together with some women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and his brothers. (Acts 1: 12-14) Many years before St. Luke referred to Mary as “the mother of Jesus” in his Acts of the Apostles, Mary prophesied (during her visitation to her cousin Elizabeth) that “all generations” (or ages) would call her “blessed” (Lk 1:48).  In fact, St. Elizabeth filled with the Holy Spirit (Lk 1:41) weaves this wonderful …

6th Sunday of Easter – 17 May 2020

Jesus said to his disciples: “… I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate to be with you always, the Spirit of truth… he remains with you, and will be in you. I will not leave you orphans…” (Jn 14: 16-18) During the years of Jesus’ public ministry on earth, his companions, the twelve Apostles, could not have had a greater advocate. When St. John the Apostle closes his gospel narrative by declaring that there are not enough pages in the world to record all the amazing things that Jesus accomplished on earth (Jn 21:25), we …

5th Sunday of Easter – 10 May 2020

So the Twelve called together the community of the disciples and said, “It is not right for us to neglect the word of God to serve at table.  Brothers, select from among you seven reputable men, filled with the Spirit and wisdom, whom we shall appoint to this task…” (Acts 6:2-3)  In reading our scriptural quotation above from Sunday Mass one might think that the Apostles had forgotten Christ’s command at the Last Supper to serve humbly (Jn 13:14); for when approached by their flock to settle a dispute over the distribution of charity to widows, the Twelve seem to shun …

4th Sunday of Easter – 3 May 2020

When he was insulted, he returned no insult; when he suffered, he did not threaten; instead, he handed himself over to the one who judges justly. (1 Pt 2:23) Today’s first reading presents an extremely profound statement that would be quite at home in any book of proverbs: If you are patient when you suffer for doing what is good, this is a grace before God. First of all, this sentence is a conditional. St. Peter is telling us that it is only a grace before God if or under the strict condition that one suffers patiently for doing what is …

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