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Homiletic & Pastoral Review

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  • Homilies for February 2018
    Homily for the Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time—February 4, 2018 Readings: Jb 7:1-4, 6-7;  Ps 147:1-2, 3-4, 5-6; 1 Cor 9:16-19, 22-23; Mk 1:29-39 “For this purpose have I come.” Why are you here? There are obviously many layers of possible interpretation with a question like that: why are you looking at HPR right now? […]

  • A Reflection on Youth, College and Young Adult Ministries, Part I - Animating the Xennial, Millennial and Post-Millennial Generations with the Spirit of Christ
    Part I Building, re-building and restoring youth, high school/college campus, or young adult ministries: this is what our work has been for the past decade. When someone first arrives in a new youth ministry, or is given the task of creating a youth, high school/college campus, or young adult ministry, the task can seem overwhelming, […]

  • Reclaiming the Truth that God Is Spirit
    The scorn with which the new atheists heap on religion is understandable when one looks into their understanding of theology. The religion they reject is the religion of kindergarteners. There exists a Santa Claus that delivers presents at Christmas, an Easter Bunny who brings candy, a Tooth Fairy that takes their teeth, and a God […]

  • Dr. Curtis Boyd, Abortionist - The Tower of Abortive Choice, Anarchy, and the Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock
    The Scourge of Abortion in New Mexican Catholic Culture—an Introduction Albuquerque, New Mexico’s Dr. Curtis Boyd, is a cult hero to some. To others he is the devil incarnate. Boyd is an abortionist. He performs third-trimester, and even partial-birth, abortions as it is legal within the Albuquerque city limits. Tragically, when the issue was submitted […]

  • Being Open to Life—Abstract Norm, or Embodied Word?
    Preamble We have a temptation to separate a moral norm from its existential reality and, in so doing, to imagine that we have “an abstract norm”1 instead of an “embodied bioethical word”. In the very transposition of the concrete, incarnate, bioethical word of “being open to life” to an abstract norm, being open to life […]

  • Conversion, Consecration, Communion - Movements into Salvation
    The Sequence in Salvation History This sequence—Conversion, Consecration, Communion—can describe three steps in several important processes, in the Catholic Faith. Historically, it can describe periods in the salvation history of humanity. The word “conversion” can describe the first movement of His work in mankind, recalling them with His words and works among men, calling them […]

  • In Memoriam - Fr. Matthew Lamb Remembered by Two of His Students
    Theologian and priest Fr. Matthew Lamb (June 5, 1937 – January 12, 2018) will be missed in a special way by those of us who had the providential blessing to be his graduate students. He died peacefully and, as providence would have it, with doctoral students keeping vigil at his side. During his life, he […]

  • Homilies for January 2018
    Homily for the Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God—January 1, 2018 Readings: Nm 6:22-27; Ps 67:2-3, 5, 6, 8; Gal 4:4-7; Lk 2:16-21. Mary kept all these things, reflecting on them in her heart. After four months of seminary, I was fed up. As my first semester studying for the priesthood came […]

  • The True Christmas Exchange - Christ’s Striving to Take Flesh Anew
    Christmas did not happen only in Bethlehem some 2000 years ago. The coming of Christ is not simply an historical event recorded deep in our human history. If it were, you and I would be historians but not Christians. The days of preparation we have just experienced, the eve and morning of fun and gifts could […]

  • Conformed to a Vulnerable Savior - A Christmas Reflection for Priests
    Msgr. Stephen Rossetti’s 2011 study, Why Priests Are Happy,1 gave the lie to any number of prognosticators of doom, who saw in the post-2002 Catholic Church but dying embers, a Church and priesthood on the brink of oblivion. As the numbers show, the vast majority of Catholic priests in the U.S. today affirm: that they […]

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