Embracing the Dark Night of the Soul

For priests seeking to enter into and embrace the deepest meaning of the dark night of the soul there can be no better guide than St. John of the Cross (1542-91). This 16th-century master of ascetical-mystical theology wants God’s... Read More

Thy Will Be Done

Alphonsus de Liguori’s short treatise “Conformity to the Will of God” numbers among the most focused and practical of...

Lessons from the Sermons of St. Bernard of Clairvaux

St. Bernard of Clairvaux (1090–1153) was a Cistercian monk and founder of the Abbey of Clairvaux in France. Although...

Learning from Others

“The greatest sin in terms of one’s relationship with God is apathy,” I said as I pontificated years ago...


The Gift of Spiritual Communion

The outbreak and spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) presents a major pastoral challenge in the weeks and months... Read More

Praying the Mass Without a Congregation

The COVID-19 pandemic necessarily introduced many and varied responses on the part of everyone to stem the spread of... Read More

Ministry During COVID-19

Conducting ministry in the face of a potentially devastating disease requires us to find ways to offer a healing,... Read More

The Pealing of Church Bells

Something has become increasingly apparent since the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. It has temporarily changed the landscape in... Read More


Prayer, Care and Generosity Mark the Priesthood of St. John Vianney

There is something attractive to following an underdog. The underdog is someone who typically has low odds to succeed,... Read More

Outdoor Masses during Pandemic

“For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them”... Read More