Father John A. Kiley
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St. John the Evangelist and St. Luke, the author of Acts of Apostles, are 50 days apart chronologically but they are in total agreement theologically regarding the gift of the Spirit. more
A phrase that has stuck in my mind perhaps since seminary days is the observation, “There is no going beyond Jesus; there is just deeper and deeper involvement with him.” No doubt the “Quiet Corner” has been graced with these expressive words over the years in assorted forms and various renderings. more
Surely it no coincidence that the first words out of the mouth of the resurrected Christ in St. John’s Gospel are a challenge to the Eleven Apostles to continue the ministry of reconciliation that Jesus had just inaugurated by his death on the cross: “The disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. more
The divine and human natures of Jesus have regularly influenced church history. Sometimes the church has inclined greatly toward the divinity of Christ. During those centuries labeled the Dark Ages, monasticism, worship, prayer, the preservation of the Scriptures and other pious pursuits dominated most of Church life. more
The Council of Jerusalem, highlighted in this Sunday’s reading from the Acts of the Apostles, made Christianity’s gradual break with Jewish practices the official policy of the new church. more
In the late 1950s Father Francis Xavier Durwell published a book first in French and then in English entitled “The Resurrection.” The publication was an influential event in the renewal of church theology and church liturgy which would reach its summit (or nadir, some would say) after the Second Vatican Council. more
Good Shepherd Sunday is the ideal occasion to recall that the ecumenical movement within Christianity began in earnest in the 1920s when the various Protestant communities met to discuss agreements and disagreements concerning the Christian faith and similarities and differences regarding church order. more
The Bishop of Rome has many titles. Certainly referring to our church’s earthly leader as “pope” is the most common usage. “Pope” is probably a development from “pater,” the Latin word for “father,” into the Romanesque “papa” and then eventually into the Gallicized “pape” and the Anglicized “pope.” more
The old saying famously advises, “Seeing is believing.” But a closer examination of this familiar phrase reveals that the coupling of these two participles is quite mistaken. Seeing is not believing; seeing is knowing. more
A common but misleading expression is the phrase “Mass facing the people.” Equally misleading are the words “Mass with back to the people” or “Mass facing the wall.” Regardless of the architecture of a church or the interior design of a sanctuary, Mass is always, or always should be, offered facing God. more
It is helpful to recall from time to time that Christianity is 2,000 years old, and also to remember that the Judaeo-Christian tradition was established about 3,500 years ago. more
With all due respect, Jesus was a glutton for punishment. Jesus Christ exposed himself to the contempt of the Jewish leaders day after day, locale after locale. The Scribes, the Pharisees, the Sadducees, the Herodians and the Romans had nothing but scorn for the preacher from Galilee. more
The Ark of the Covenant was a large treasure chest which the Jews carried with them during their desert sojourn and finally enthroned in the temple of Solomon in the inner sanctum called the Holy of Holies. The contents of this sacred trunk are mentioned in both the Old Testament and the New Testament. more
It was a great privilege for Adam to be allowed by God to name all the animals. To name something or someone, or even to know the name of something or someone, was an ancient device for revealing a special relationship between the namer and the named. Adam gave names to all the animals as God had bid him. more
Fewer aspects of traditional Roman Catholic piety have changed more over the past 100 years than the various practices of self-denial that motivated and strengthened the saints and the faithful over the centuries. more
Mary Daly, militant feminist theologian, or perhaps better, belligerent feminist theologian from Boston College passed away recently. Daly made headlines a few years ago when she refused to allow men to attend her classes on the Chestnut Hill campus. more
English novelist W. Somerset Maugham observed that there is nothing particularly blessed about poverty. He wrote, “Poverty is the surest route to bitterness and resentment.” more
The Blessed Virgin Mary emerges twice in the Gospel according to St. John. Her initial arrival on the scene occurs in this coming Sunday’s Gospel account, the wedding feast at Cana, and her final appearance is made at the death and crucifixion of Jesus on Mount Calvary. Thus St. John frames Jesus’ entire pubic life with vignettes that feature Mary. more
The Gospel according to St. Luke is rightly called the “Gospel of Prayer.” The other Gospels certainly include several instructions of Jesus on the need and nature of prayer. Yet, it is St. Luke who actually records the words of prayers in his writings like the “Benedictus,” the “Magnificat,” the “Nunc Dimtiis” and the “Our Father.” more
St. Luke ends the childhood life of Jesus with Mary and Joseph finding of the young Christ in the temple and he ends the public life of the Savior with the two disciples discovering Jesus in the breaking of the bread. The two stories are actually one. The details are altered certainly, but the lesson is the same. more
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