Which Marriages Are Sacred

I officiate a lot of weddings.  Most of them are sacramental; others probably are not.  According to the church, all of them are sacramental because I follow the form for marriage promulgated by the institution after the bride and groom complete obligatory requisites.  Some couples are genuinely interested in the sacramental preparation and intently desirous […]

Father-God, Mother-Earth

As we approach autumn and the feast of Saint Francis of Assisi, many bishops around the globe encourage priests to celebrate Green Masses to honor God’s creation of earth, rejoice in nature, promote ecology, and enhance environment.  Expanding beyond Blue Masses (that honor first-responders and those that protect and serve), Red Masses (that pay tribute […]

2 Fall Events

Here at Charles Borromeo, we host two big events that frame the autumn season.  The first is our Saint Charles Parish Fall Friend-raiser, held on Saturday, September 28, beginning with 4:00 Mass; the other is our Borromeo Academy Prayer Luncheon, held on Friday, December 13, beginning with a scholar’s prayer service at 11:30. The Friend-raiser […]

Sexy Senior Citizen

Years ago, a famous bumper sticker stated: “I’m not a dirty old man just a sexy senior citizen!”  Former Vice-president Joe Biden gets kidded by some for being too tactile and “handsy” while he gets condemned by others for groping and violating proper social and sexual boundaries.  This week, as I read names of priests […]

Absence of Psychosis

A popular priest-psychologist from Oregon, Father Ray Carey, has warned bishops for decades with his sage advice: “The absence of psychosis is not a valid reason to ordain someone a priest.” Recently, I’ve met with individuals and groups that have read Bishop Barron’s Letter to a Suffering Church.  With numerous questions and concerns, they are […]

Be Brave…& Right With God

“May the Good Lord be with you down every road you roam; may sunlight and happiness surround you far from home…may good fortune be with you and your guiding light be strong; build a stairway to heaven as prince or vagabond…be courageous and be brave and in my heart you’ll always stay forever young.”  Rod […]

The Office in The Office

“Your office looks like the office in The Office.”  That’s what one of our sixth or seventh graders at Saint Charles Parish recently proclaimed when he toured the parish office here for the first time with some classmates.  As I looked around, I saw that he was right; there are many similarities from the reception […]