The Quiet Corner
Father John A. Kiley
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The four Gospel accounts from Saints Matthew, Mark, Luke and John were written perhaps thirty, forty, even fifty years after the events which they relate actually occurred. These four accounts were written possibly in Jerusalem, maybe in Syria, perhaps in Rome or elsewhere. One or two of these narratives were destined for Jewish readership; the other two were destined for Greek, Roman and Gentile circulation. more
Bill Donahue, the beleaguered and indefatigable defender of Catholic truth and rights, compiled a list of fifteen renegade Catholic organizations bent on radical changes within the Catholic Church. … more
The first Sunday of Lent last week highlighted the man Jesus Christ sorely tempted by Satan but mightily triumphant by heeding God’s Biblical word. The second Sunday of Lent now draws the … more
The canonization of St. Joan of Arc was delayed more than 500 years because, get this, she wore men’s clothing. Arrayed in battle garb, the French heroine famously led her nation to victory over … more
Pope Francis has stated on more than one occasion that the Catholic Church should not be intent on proselytizing the five-and-a-half billion persons who have not yet heard the Gospel message in its … more
The gentle sound of a Salvation Army volunteer’s bell at the market door, the stack of non-perishable food items left each Sunday morning in a church vestibule, the collation after a funeral Mass … more
Catholic education has been part of the Church’s ministry since Jesus ascended into heaven forty days after his resurrection. “Go, therefore, and teach all nations,” Jesus instructs his … more
Pope Francis recently gave a lengthy interview to an Italian newspaper which has happily been published as a small book entitled “The Name of God is Mercy.” At least three-quarters of this brief … more
The Jews endured seventy years of exile in Babylon about five hundred years before the birth of Christ. The first reading at Mass this Sunday celebrates the release of these Jews from this exile by the noble king Cyrus. A number of Scripture scholars have understood that this alien existence of the Jewish people actually led to the origin of the synagogue system and to the formulation of the Bible. Since the Jews had no temple in which to worship, it makes sense that they would gather in their alien neighborhoods to pray, reflect and sing the praises of God. Such neighborhood gatherings would have led to the synagogue system known today throughout the world. Also while in exile, it is plausible that the Jews might choose to write down the prophecies and note the prodigies that had marked their history. These reminiscences of course would be the beginning of the Bible. Certainly these events could have all happened. more
The annual liturgical season of Advent, observed during the four weeks preceding the Solemnity of Christmas, has long suffered in the shadow of the older and longer liturgical season, Lent. Advent … more
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