• What Does Jesus Mean When He Says We Must Be Salted with Fire?

    The Gospel from last Thursday’s daily Mass featured one of Jesus’ lesser-known teachings: Everyone will be salted with fire. Salt is good, but if salt becomes insipid, with what will you restore its flavor? Keep salt in yourselves and you will have peace with one another (Mark... Read more
  • A Challenge to the Church in the Acts of the Apostles

    As this Easter Season is nearing a close, we do well to ponder the picture of the early Church described in the Acts of the Apostles. The kind of persecution and suffering they endured in those days should serve to remind us of the sacrifices we are often unwilling to make. Yet these early... Read more
  • How Christ’s Ascension is to Be Manifested in Us

    There is an interaction between Jesus and Mary Magdalene, recounted in John’s Gospel, teaching that Christ’s ascension is about more than just His going up to Heaven. In this, His ascension is like all of His actions: they are not just for Him but also for us. As Christ ascends, we are... Read more
  • “Just a Little While Longer” – A Meditation on the Brevity and Urgency of Life.

    There is a passage in John 16 that is unusual for its repetition. This past Sunday it was the assigned Gospel in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite. The expression “in a little while” is repeated seven times in the brief passage. In fact, its repetition is almost to the point of being... Read more
  • The Vine’s Commands

    In Sunday’s Gospel our Lord speaks of things that resonate deep in the human heart: love, joy, and friendship. We all desire these, so we delight in His words: Remain in my love. . . .I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and your joy might be complete. . . .I have called... Read more
  • Christ’s Astonishing Words After the Resurrection

    [caption id="attachment_98502" align="aligncenter" width="660"] Stunning 15th Century stained glass window detail with vibrant colors and excellent detail of resurrected Jesus and angels[/caption] The Sign of Peace is a staple of the Mass for most of us. The priest bestows the peace of Christ... Read more
  • The wounds of Christ and the doubt of Thomas

    The following homily was preached by the Reverend Peter M. J. Stravinskas, Ph.D., S.T.D., for the Second Sunday of Easter/Divine Mercy Sunday [April 8, 2018], at the Church of the Holy Innocents, New York City. An embarrassment of riches confronts us today as we observe the Octave Day of... Read more
  • Jim Caviezel on what he learned playing St. Luke—and why he thinks “We don’t love Jesus enough”

    Actor Jim Caviezel, made famous by his starring role in the 2004 film The Passion of the Christ, returns to the biblical genre in the new film Paul, Apostle of Christ. Produced by AFFIRM Films in association with Giving Films, the film opens on March 23. Caviezel plays the Evangelist Luke,... Read more
  • Doubting Sola Scriptura: My Road to Rome, Part 1

    Two of the most important books in my journey from Evangelicalism to Catholicism were a pair of older apologetical works — one anti-Catholic and one Catholic — which I found laughably unconvincing when I first encountered them in college some 30 years ago, and which I set out to refute at... Read more
  • A Catholic tours the Museum of the Bible

    On November 17, to much fanfare and both praise and criticism, the Museum of the Bible (MOTB) opened a short walk away from the Smithsonian museums and Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. Housed inside a converted 1923 warehouse, the 420,000 square foot building features six floors of exhibits... Read more