Homily – Salvation is a Banquet

The Banquet St. Luke 14:16-24 ·      Greatest tragedies in history o   Separation from God o   Separation from one another ·      Two of the great epidemics of our time resulted from this o   Loneliness: we were made for community (yes, even introverts!) o   Meaning: §  We were made for a home, with a strong and enduring […]

Homily – The Whole Harmony of God

ST. PAUL’S LETTER TO THE EPHESIANS 6:10-17 Brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we are not contending against flesh and blood, but against the principalities, against the […]

FSAW – The Need for (Virtuous) Friendship

Today Fr. Anthony talks with Fr. Gregory Jensen, PhD, about his recent essay, “Friendship.”  They cover the differences between friendships based on utility, pleasure, and virtue, noting that a virtuous friendship cannot be rushed, assumed, or coerced.  They also compare the virtuous friendship, which needs to be reciprocal, with the relationship between a priest and […]

FSAW – Training the Youth

Father Speak a Word – Training the Youth Today Fr. Anthony talks with Fr. Gregory about his latest substack article; “When Adults Fail to Mentor Youth: A Lifetime of Failure for Graduation.”  In the spirit of St. Paul, they spend most of the conversation talking about the natural endurance of the family and comparing it with […]

Bible Study – Prophecies of the Nativity (Royal Hours and Vespers)

Nativity Bible Study The first Lord I Call verse from the Vespers of Nativity: Come, let us greatly rejoice in the Lord, as we sing of this present mystery. The wall which divided God from man has been destroyed. The flaming sword withdraws from Eden’s gate; The cherubim withdraw from the Tree of Life, and […]

Homily – Exposing Darkness

Ephesians 5: 8 – 19 For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light. (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth), finding out what is acceptable to the Lord. And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but […]

Ministry, Harmony, Resilience

Fr. Gregory Jensen, Ph.D., and Fr. Anthony talk about how important it is for priests to have balanced lives.  This means more than scheduling “self-care;” it means adjusting our activities and approaches so that a graceful harmony is maintained between our capabilities and resources and the needs of those whom we serve.  We should be […]

Homily – Walk Worthy of the Calling

[We’re still having audio issues – the mic cut off half-way through.  I re-read the second half but you’ll notice the change.  Thank you for your patience as we continue to work on this.] I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, with […]

Bible Study – Genesis 13 & 14 – The War of the Nine Kings

Today’s Bible Study on Genesis 13 and 14 covers Abram and Lot moving apart, the War of the Nine Kings, and the mysterious encounter with Melchizedek.  While Fr. Anthony relies primarily on St. John Chrysostom, he also draws from Fr. Patrick Reardon, St. Ambrose (numerology!), and academic research (via the Dictionary of Deities and Demons […]

Confession and the Holistic Art of Healing

In today’s conversation on the priesthood, Fr. Gregory Jensen, Ph.D. talks with Fr. Anthony about why we can’t get to holiness by maximizing our resistance to certain sins and why an approach based on virtue is bound to be more effective.  He also reminds us that it is best to think of confession as a […]