The Quiet Corner
Father John A. Kiley
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When I was a newly ordained priest in 1966, a classmate, Vin Maynard, observed, “Kiley, you preach the same sermon every week: social justice through the liturgy.” The assessment was probably valid. more
Continued from last week’s column Unless there is a problem with impotency, a husband is always fertile. Men are capable of engendering children from their teenage years until death. more
One area of life that would seem to be exempt from the cross, at least in the popular imagination, is sexual relations. more
A few years ago, maybe 15 years ago, two young men moved into a neighborhood. They replaced a sagging gutter in the front of their home. more
No one receives a harsher assessment in the New Testament than the religious leaders of Jesus’ generation. Jesus excoriates the pious shepherds of his day labeling them “… brood of vipers … blind guides …whitened sepulchers. …” more
Somewhere within his voluminous works, Benedictine Dom Aelred Graham, prior at Portsmouth Priory during the 1950s and 60s, wrote tersely and perceptively, “God’s justice is subordinate to his mercy.” more
Every student knows the tragic end of King Louis XVI of France and his Austrian-born wife, Marie Antoinette. The sharp blade of the guillotine made swift work of their necks. more
The Vatican has approved a new English translation of some of the frequently used prayers of the Mass, prayers that are “common” to most Masses. more
A few years ago I visited a cousin in Florida. As I sat by her pool, I took advantage of several copies of the Smithsonian Magazine placed on a nearby table. more
John Newton was an 18th century Anglican clergyman and the author of the immensely popular hymn Amazing Grace. more
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