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Homiletic & Pastoral Review

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  • Proselytism, Evangelization, and “Ecumenism of Return”
    In a 2016 interview that was arranged by Fr. Antonio Spadaro, S.J., the editor of La Civiltà Cattolica, prior to the trip to Sweden for an ecumenical gathering anticipating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, Pope Francis expressed something that he has voiced several times during his pontificate: “to proselytize in the ecclesial field is […]

  • The Catechism of the Catholic Church and the Second Vatican Council
    The most mature and complete fruit of the conciliar teaching.1   1. The Council and the Catechism This past October (Oct 11, 2017) marked the 25th anniversary of promulgation of the Catechism of the Catholic Church [CCC]. This richest and fullest catechism ever produced, was offered to the world by St. John Paul II on […]

  • My Side of the Confessional - A Scrupulous Penitent’s Plea to Confessors
    For months, I had been mustering the courage to go to confession. I had faced the terror of Hell to marshal my sins. I had waited in the empty church for half an hour, palms in a cold sweat, rehearsing my lines. It had been three months and two weeks since my last confession. “Bless […]

  • Is There Really Any Hope for a Return to the Traditional Latin Mass? - Interview with Dr. Peter Kwasniewski
    In the essays by Dr. Peter Kwasniewski, collected in Noble Beauty, Transcendent Holiness: Why the Modern Age Needs the Mass of Ages, Dr. Kwasniewski writes as an unabashed adherent for the traditional Latin Mass. He is positive not only that “the Mass of the Ages” is far superior to the new Mass, which Pope Emeritus […]

  • The Significance of the Eucharist in the Apparitions at Fatima
    Introduction. One hundred years ago in May of 1917, Our Lady began a series of apparitions to three Portuguese children named Lucia Santos, Francisco Marto, and Jacinta Marto in the village of Fatima. In the very first apparition, Mary gave the children an experience of God’s grace in the form of a light so intense […]

  • Total Consecration to the Virgin Mary
    Introduction When we think of Jesus Christ, what do we think of first? Do we think of an ideal of unselfishness: “Do to others as you would have them do to you” (Luke 6:31)? Do we think of an institution divinely inspired: “You are Peter, and on this rock I will build my Church, and […]

  • Questions Answered
    Question: Please explain why “even attachment to venial sin” prevents one from obtaining a plenary indulgence. It seems no one can receive one as we all are attached to, and even commit, venial sins. Answer: The answers to this question are many and varied, but they all seem to boil down to many people claiming […]

  • Homilies for December 2017
    Homilies for the First Sunday in Advent—December 3, 2017 Readings: Is 63:16b-17, 19b; 64:2-7; Ps 80:2-3, 15-16, 18-19; 1 Cor 1:3-9; Mk 13:33-37. Author: Fr. Gregory Maria Pine, O.P. Be watchful! Be alert! You do not know when the time will come. May he not come suddenly and find you sleeping. What I say to […]

  • The Diaconal Call to Spiritual Martyrdom - The Foundation of the Servant Mysteries of Christ
    “Whoever wishes to be great among you shall be your servant; whoever wishes to be first among you shall be your slave. Just so, the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many.”1 “(T)he service of a dedicated soul is also […]

  • An October Mystagogy - A Proposal
    We count people in October. Each year in the parishes of the dioceses of the province of Atlanta, we count the number of people who are attending Mass each weekend. The reason for the choice of this particular month has been lost to history, as the origin of this practice predates the presbyteral memory. The […]

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