Thoughts on the Feast of Christ the King

Happy Feast of Christ the King of the Universe! Pope Pius XI initiated this feast in 1925 in response to the rise of secularism and a waning faith in Christ as a king. As we know, Jesus was called the Christ, the anointed one and ruler who would ultimately free the Jewish people from the hands of Roman rule. Pius XI in the early 1900s could see nationalism and secularism on the rise and faith in Christ’s ‘reign’ waning, so Continue reading Thoughts on the Feast of Christ the King

Robbing Peter to Pay Paul

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I’ve often wondered about the origin of the phrase “robbing Peter to pay Paul,” but never bothered to look it up. Since today is the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles, I thought I would take the time to do some research and get to the origin of this phrase. The meaning of the phrase is “taking something from one person/source, and using it to pay another.” As a child, I had hoped there was a more specific Biblical origin Continue reading Robbing Peter to Pay Paul

Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God and Our “Yes”

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Today’s feast, formerly known as The Circumcision of Jesus, was replaced by Pope Paul VI in 1974 as the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God. The law prescribed by Moses in Genesis 17:12 asked that males be circumcised on the eighth day. Apparently, this has proven to be scientifically accurate as a safe day to be circumcised. The number eight, according the Kabala, also represents the infinite and supernatural, whereas the number seven represents the finite. So Jesus would have Continue reading Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God and Our “Yes”

Holy Old Saint Nicholas

We celebrate Christmas — the birth of Christ — each December 25th. On a more secular note, it is also the day during which Santa travels around the world delivering presents to all the boys and girls. But the basis for Santa is anything but secular, and each December 6th is a wonderful opportunity to remind ourselves of Saint Nicholas, and the meaning of selflessness. 1,670 years ago, Santa Claus still walked amongst us. Prior to moving to the North Continue reading Holy Old Saint Nicholas

Saint Andrew, the Inspirational Apostle

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Today we celebrate the feast of Saint Andrew, the Apostle. Saint Andrew was the brother of Saint Peter, and the first called of all the disciples. It was Saint Andrew who convinced his brother, Peter, to leave behind their fishing business and to follow Christ. Saint Andrew appears in the Bible by name on twelve separate occasions and can be found in all four gospels and in the Acts of the Apostles. Saint Andrew in the Bible According to the Continue reading Saint Andrew, the Inspirational Apostle

My Two (Peter’s) Pence: Thoughts on the Pope Francis Interview

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I should have known better than to get my information about the content and tenor of America Magazine‘s now famous interview with Pope Francis from the folks on Twitter. It’s surprising that I went so long without reading the full text of the interview, choosing instead to get my information in 140-character nuggets from the Twitterati. Considering that I have a great obsession with all things papal, and more than a mild distaste for Twitter, probably my best bet is Continue reading My Two (Peter’s) Pence: Thoughts on the Pope Francis Interview

Feast of the Assumption: Questions and Answers

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Today we celebrate the feast of the Assumption of Mary. The Assumption is a solemnity (the highest type of feast) and a Holy Day of Obligation for Catholics in the United States and elsewhere. (A Holy Day of Obligation is a feast that is so important, that attending Mass is a “requirement.” These Holy Days of Obligation are outlined in the Code of Canon Law; however, local conferences of bishops can move or remove these feast days without seeking papal Continue reading Feast of the Assumption: Questions and Answers

Meaningful Dialogue & the Myth of the Vatican

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The Vatican is a myth. That’s the first lesson to be learned from John Allen‘s book All the Pope’s Men: The Inside Story of How the Vatican Really Thinks. To be clear, there is a small city-state completely surrounded by Italy and recognized as Vatican City. That part is real. There are also Vatican gardens and museums. But to assert that there is a monolithic entity known as “the Vatican” that represents one point of view is to tell an untruth. Continue reading Meaningful Dialogue & the Myth of the Vatican