While I was at Notre Dame Seminary, we were asked probably 1000 times this simple question by one of our professors. What is the central question of moral theology? Without hesitation all of us could answer, "Teacher what good must I do to inherit eternal life." One of our moral theology professors wanted us to … Continue reading The Central Question of Moral Theology
Today is one of my favorite feasts of the year. Our Lord's glorious cross on which he won our salvation we celebrate today. It's a historic day for me, the first time I served as an altar server at the Abby Church. I was thurifer or the one who carries the incense for Mass. I … Continue reading The Triumph of the Cross
Today we remember September 11th where almost 3000 people who lost their lives. It is very natural for us as humans to call down fire and brimstone on those who cause great harm and evil. I was too young at the time to understand what was going on entirely but I know many people were … Continue reading God’s Reaction to Tragedy
Our parishes this weekend are hosting a priest from the Philippines for our annual mission appeal. That means I had the weekend off from preaching, but I did want to offer a brief reflection on the reading this weekend. I'd like to provide you with the example of a great saint of our Church who … Continue reading The Example of the Saints
At my previous assignment as a Deacon, I would post reflections based on my daily homily. I haven't done that yet, but I wanted to share with you what I preached this morning at Mass! A couple of years ago I went fishing with some seminary friends of mine went down to a camp near … Continue reading Come follow me and I will make you fishers of men!
Today is the feast day of St. John XXIII. For us in the Diocese of Baton Rouge he is a important figure for a couple of reasons. First and most well known he called Vatican II, but for us in Baton Rouge he also founded our diocese in the early 60s. When he was elected … Continue reading Sometimes, God surprises us!
In today's Gospel, we hear Jesus telling a man who he called to follow him that he can't go back and bury his father. There is speculation on why Jesus said this, was this man's father really dead, could his father had just been spiritually dead, we just don't know. I think of my own … Continue reading Jesus moritorium on Funerals?