Last Sunday, we heard about the incredible mission that Christ invites us to share in as members of His body the Church, His mission to preach the good news to the spiritually poor. Today, in the Gospel, we continue right where we left off. The results of our Lord’s invitation are not quite what we […]Read more "The Commercialization of Anger vs. Authentic Love"
Something incredible is about to happen! On this fourth and final Sunday of Advent, this year just the day before Christmas Eve, we are filled with expectation and longing for the coming of the Messiah. We listen as the prophet Micah foretells that Bethlehem of Judea, the lowliest of towns, will be the place from […]Read more "Behold, I Come to Do Thy Will!"
“Beware that your hearts do not become drowsy from carousing and drunkenness and the anxieties of daily life, and that day catch you by surprise like a trap.” Have you ever had the experience of being tired and not understanding why? I remember when I was in college I would come home for Christmas break […]Read more "Planning for Christ’s Coming"
One of the most popular tourist attractions in Italy is the Pantheon, visited by over six million people a year, and seen from outside by countless millions more. At nearly two thousand years old, it is the best-preserved ancient Roman structure, and is still the largest un-reinforced concrete dome in the world. During the middle […]Read more "Glorified with God"
“Every high priest is taken from among men and made their representative before God, to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins.” Before a priest is ordained, the Church requires that he make a week-long, silent retreat. When I was getting ready to make mine, my spiritual director instructed me to spend the week meditating on […]Read more "The Priesthood of Christ"
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Last Sunday’s sermon (https://fathergregerson.com/2018/08/19/a-purified-priesthood/) was unquestionably the most difficult one I have ever given, but unsurprisingly the most rewarding as well. I have been overwhelmed by the messages of thankfulness that I have received – many from people here at St. John’s, but many also from people around the […]Read more "Thoughts on Last Sunday’s Sermon"
Books on prayer: Treatise on Prayer and Meditation by St. Peter of Alcantara https://www.tanbooks.com/index.php/treatise-on-prayer-and-meditation-full-of-saintly-counsels-on-prayer.html In Silence with God by Benedict Bauer https://smile.amazon.com/Silence-God-Benedict-Baur/dp/0933932936?ie=UTF8&tag=ththve-20&link_code=btl&camp=213689&creative=392969 An Introduction to the Devout Life by St. Francis de Sales Prayer in the Home: The Little Oratory by David Clayton and Leila Lawler https://www.sophiainstitute.com/products/item/little-oratory Quotes about prayer: 1 Thes. 5:16-18: “Rejoice always, pray […]Read more "Quotes and Resources on Prayer"