The following three articles were recently posted on the Homiletic & Pastoral Review website:
• "Same-Sex Marriage and the Natural Law" by Rev. Robert A. O' Donnell, C.S.P.
(Editor’s note: Rev. Robert A. O’Donnell, C.S.P., died in December 2012. This may have been one of his last writing efforts. HPR wishes to honor his memory in publishing this article, thanking him for his many years of service to the Church. Please remember him in your prayers. May he rest in peace.)
Unless you can profess with the author of this article the following
creed, which was composed by the Fathers of the Council of Nicea in 325
A.D., and which is professed by Catholics around the globe every Sunday
at Mass, please do not read further into this article; it will make no
sense to you at all... Continue reading...
• "Getting a Grip on Gossip" by Dr. Joseph R. HollcraftMaybe we can all remember our first encounter with gossip, maybe not, but we can all certainly recall a time when we have been directly affected by the words of others. Moreover, just as we can recall a time that we have been hurt by the harsh words of others, so should we be able to identify a time that our own uncharitable remarks have been the cause of great pain. Either way, everyone has been on both sides of the gossip mill.
Furthermore, the gossip mill of sin has its way of penetrating every
setting. Whether it is our home and immediate relationships with spouse,
sibling, etc.; our work setting and piers at work; or, even our local
Church (the last place you expect to see it is where at times it becomes
most aggressive); one thing is for sure, as long as we are vested with
the flesh and belong to the human race with a fallen nature, we have to
be on guard against the snares of the adversary and his plotting to
break down the beauty of relationships. There is no one walk of life, or
demographic, that is immune from the injustices of speech. Continue reading...
• "Four Rocks in a Garden" by Thomas W. Jodziewicz
Outside of the window is a small garden. There is no need to feel guilty about not being able to name each of the flowers. My own Little Flower can do that as well as almost all of the labor the cultivation requires. I can simply enjoy the small spectacle and acknowledge that Fr. Gerard Manley Hopkins’ testimony to “the grandeur of God” does not require a grand canvas.
In the garden are four small rocks, each inscribed with a capitalized word: BELIEVE, HOPE, TRUST, WAIT. The alphabetical order is easy enough to arrange. If the small garden—with its beauty, but also its predatory insects and ever-present weeds (despite all good intentions)—can imaginatively serve to suggest the divine “grandeur”; how might one order the realities represented by the four rocks? Continue reading...