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To Be Known And To Be Loved

I would briefly like to bring up a topic that many have asked about as relationships in their lives change over time — loneliness. An acquaintance of mine from my seminary studies, Fr. Peregrine O.Praem., a canon at St. Michael’s Abbey in Silverado, California, has recently offered a wonderful lecture on loneliness, that I highly recommend. I will introduce the topic and let him answer the following questions:

What is the Catholic response to loneliness and what can I do with the loneliness I experience?

What can I learn about loneliness and how can I draw strength from the loneliness of Christ?

 

From the very beginning man is created to be in relationship with both his creator and his neighbor: “Let us create man in our own image and likeness” (Gen 2:26-28). While this is clearly seen in the manner by which we receive and begin life, over the course of our …

Epiphany: A Revelation of Our Identity

I had the pleasure of covering the masses at Our Lady of Grace in Indian Land, SC for the feast of the Epiphany. As I was preparing for my homily a painting came to mind, which I falsely refer to as a Rembrandt, I actually meant Caravaggio who is considered a master of Chiaroscuro.

Chiaroscuro is a style of painting that displays extreme contrasts between light and dark, and the use of large sections of dark contrasted with minimal light is called Tenebrism. Artists who paint in this style are known as Caravaggisti. One such artist was Gerard van Honthorst, a Dutch Golden Age painter, whose three separate paintings of the adoration of the Christ child are what I was thinking about: two different Adoration of the Shepherds (one of which I assumed to be the Adoration of the Magi) and a third of the Adoration of the Children. I …

Prepare the Way of the Lord

How to Make a Good Confession
Confession, reconciliation, or penance are all common names for the sacrament instituted by Christ in which forgiveness of sins committed after baptism is granted through the absolution of the priest to the person who sorrowfully confesses his sins and promises to make satisfaction for them. Satisfaction means that the person will undertake actions in justice to make up for the consequences of the sins confessed. It is a sacrament because it is an outward sign — involves bodily actions — instituted by Christ to impart grace to the soul — of a spiritual reality.

There are two parts that make up each of the sacraments called matter and form. The matter is the bodily reality of the sacrament and the form is composed of the words and actions that proclaim the spiritual reality. The matter for confession is our personal sins auricularly offered to the …