Father John A. Kiley
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The most recognizable emblem of Christianity is indeed the Cross. Church steeples, Catholic sanctuaries, and parish graveyards testify to Calvary’s solemn instrument of torture. The Cross holds … more
From the days of Pope Pius IX, in the mid-nineteenth century, through the brief papacy of Pope St. John XXIII, mid-twentieth century, Roman Catholicism was, indeed, a centralized establishment. Pius … more
A very joyous St. John shares a moment of personal satisfaction when his Book of Revelations records the worldwide praise accorded to God at the end of time: “Then I heard every creature in … more
Although the Church’s official calendar follows St. Luke’s lead and celebrates the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the infant Church on Pentecost Sunday, this coming Sunday’s … more
Cole Porter’s 1935 Broadway musical “Anything Goes” featured a snappy number entitled, “You’re the Top!” A suitor compares his beloved to all the celebrated … more
Very rarely do all four Gospel accounts relate an incident in the life of Christ. For example, the multiplication of the loaves is the only miracle reported by all four evangelists. So it becomes … more
Worshipers alert to the Church’s liturgical calendar might be surprised to see a passage from St. John read at Mass during Sunday cycle III which is dedicated to the writings of St. Luke. The … more
A recent blurb on Facebook announced that becoming a mother means that you are going to have to worry for the rest of your life. The same is no doubt true of dads. Childhood illnesses, incidents at … more
If a believer were asked to nominate the most essential Christian virtue, the obvious and most popular answer would no doubt be the virtue of love. After all, St. Paul clearly teaches that love is … more
Soon after the Second Vatican Council representations of the Risen Christ began to appear conspicuously in Catholic churches in America. Parishioners had become quite accustomed to prominent … more
Saints Matthew, Mark and Luke all report the temptations of Christ by the devil in their Gospel accounts. St. John’ Gospel narrative favors an already triumphant Christ, master of every … more
A great joy experienced by some few parish priests was the opportunity to concelebrate Mass with Pope St. John Paul II in his Vatican chapel. Msgr. Barry R.L. Connerton, pastor emeritus of St. … more
King Saul and King David, mentioned in this coming Sunday’s first reading, were both great men of Jewish history. King Saul was actually the first king of Israel, living ten centuries before … more
Quite memorable in the Gospel accounts is the lengthy sermon preached “on the mount” to the disciples according to St. Matthew or preached “on a level stretch” to the crowds … more
Blessed Joachim Fiore was an eleventh century Cistercian abbot who believed that history, like the Holy Trinity, could be expressed in three basic stages: The Age of the Father, corresponding to the … more
As noted in last week’s Quiet Corner, most of the Scriptural readings at Mass this liturgical year will be taken from St. Luke’s account of Christ’s Good News. Mentioned by St. Paul … more
From the Council of Trent in the sixteenth century until the Second Vatican Council in the twentieth century — that’s four hundred years — the Gospel passages at Sunday Mass were … more
St. John the Evangelist is unique among the Gospel writers in that he does not include the actual words of Eucharistic consecration within his Last Supper narrative. “This is my … more
Mark Twain, rightly celebrated for his quintessential American novels “Tom Sawyer” and “Huckleberry Finn,” also penned the quite English tale entitled “The Prince and … more
Gift giving is perhaps as old as mankind. Perhaps the devil offering an apple to Eve was the beginning of this widespread practice. The splendid gifts of the Magi to the Infant Christ seem right in … more
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