This week, I continue reflections on St. Matthew’s Passion narrative (Mt 26: 14 - 27:66).
In my first column this year, I mentioned that I had just returned from a retreat for bishops from Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and Iowa.
Last week, I had the opportunity to celebrate Mass and have dinner with eight of our Catholic school mothers who receive assistance from the Catholic Education Foundation (CEF). It was a very inspirational evening.
The cover story of the Jan. 11 edition of The Leaven featured Msgr. Heliodore Mejak, who died this past Christmas Eve at the age of 98.
Pope Benedict XVI, after seeing the great outpouring of affection by the youth of the world at the time of Pope John Paul II’s death, commented: “The church is young.”
It has been two years since I began writing these weekly columns for The Leaven.
Tucked in the octave celebration of the great solemnity of Christmas is the feast of the Holy Family.
From his prison cell in December 1944, German Jesuit Father Alfred Delp penned a meditation entitled “Figures of Advent.”
In the dreary and depressing circumstances of Nazi Germany, Father Delp found comfort, consolation and meaning in the liturgical themes of Advent.
Recently, I read a book entitled “Advent of the Heart,” a collection of seasonal sermons and prison writings of Father Alfred Delp, SJ.