The Quiet Corner
Father John A. Kiley
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Other than the impressive changes in the Holy Week liturgy proposed by Pope Pius XII in the 1950s, the first change in the church's ritual before the Vatican Council’s dramatic adjustments was the dropping of the second Confiteor by Pope John XXIII in the early 1960s. more
American Christmas cards and English Christmas carols will more often than not proclaim, “Peace on earth; good will toward men.” more
Saints Matthew, Mark and Luke all locate Jesus’ temptations in the wilderness immediately after his baptism at the Jordan by the Baptist. Some Biblical commentators see a constant Scriptural theme in this juxtaposition: commitment is always followed by testing. The Jordan baptism signaled Jesus’ commitment to public life. He would no longer be the reclusive carpenter at home in Nazareth with his widowed mother. more
The brief Letter to Philemon, written by St. Paul from his Roman prison cell, will be proclaimed as the second reading at Mass this coming Sunday. The letter is certainly the most personal writing … more
One area of life that would seem to be exempt from the cross, at least in the popular imagination, is sexual relations. more
The part of the Mass known today as the Psalm Response, recited in chorus with the congregation after the first reading, was formerly listed in missals as the Gradual. It received this practical … more
Certainly among the most quoted words of Jesus Christ are the few phrases found in this coming Sunday’s Gospel. How often are offended parties told to “turn the other cheek!” Countless times … more
A thoughtful reading of the Sermon on the Mount, actually chapters five, six and seven of St. Matthew’s Gospel, provides overwhelming testimony to the centrality of the fatherhood of God in the thought and ethics of Jesus. The fatherhood of God was no metaphor in the preaching of Christ. more
Pope Francis raised hope in some quarters, and eyebrows in other quarters, when he took the world’s monetary practices to task in his first public exhortation, “The Joy of the Gospel.” The Pontiff had challenging words for those responsible for what he termed “an economy of exclusion.” The Holy Father decried “the new idolatry of money” and was certainly harsh on “a financial system which rules rather than serves.” more
The calendar of the ancient world followed closely the changing of seasons: the plantings of spring and the harvestings of autumn, the brilliance of summer and the gloom of winter. What started as an … more
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