No compromise with the Holy One of God

Some abandoned Jesus because of His hard teaching on eating His body and drinking His blood By Bob Hunt The Book of Joshua tells the story of Israel’s conquest of the Promised Land. Toward the end of the book, Joshua gathers the elders of Israel. He has led them through …

A lesson from the Book of Tobit

Giving up traditions, despite the circumstances, could lead to our forgetting who we are By Bob Hunt I recently read the Book of Tobit in the Old Testament. Tobit is a marvelous book. It’s a novella about a man who goes blind, then sends his son on a journey to …

The catholicity of the Catholic Church

Through every century, the Mass is the same: tell the story, pray the prayers, break the bread By Bob Hunt Every so often, I am struck by the catholicity of the Catholic Church. This usually happens when I am attending Mass on an occasion that brings together Catholics from all …

Four central dogmas related to the Blessed Mother

As the solemnity of the Assumption approaches, it is good to reflect on her role in our salvation By Bob Hunt Every August, the Church celebrates the solemnity of the Assumption of Mary. It is a good time to reflect on the four central dogmas of the Church related to …

Changes in life that are symbolized by a new name

From those received at baptism or upon becoming a dad and grandfather, names are intimate things By Bob Hunt There are only a few choices in life so significant that it changes who we are, and that change is symbolized by a new name. There is our baptism, a choice …

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Each Eucharist is a promise of eternal life

The Church, in her prayers, professes her faith in the Eucharist as the whole saving action of Christ by Bob Hunt The Catechism of the Catholic Church says that the Eucharist is “the source and summit of the Christian life. . . . For in the blessed Eucharist is contained …

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Where is our unity in Christ today?

Catholics often take their cues from political leaders rather than the teaching of the Church By Bob Hunt In his letter to the Ephesians, St. Paul wrote: “Now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near through the blood of Christ. It is he who …

How God has made His presence known to us

Before He ascended into heaven, Jesus left us with His glorious presence in the Eucharist By Bob Hunt The Advent and Christmas seasons are a good time to reflect on the presence of God in our Church and in our lives. God made His presence known in glory to Moses …

A parable that connects to ‘Cafeteria Catholicism’

We need to invest in the whole truth of God’s revelation in Christ, not just those parts we like By Bob Hunt “The kingdom of God is like a treasure buried in a field, which a person finds and hides again, and out of joy goes and sells all that …

The Good Samaritan story, for our current times

Tensions between the Jews and the Samaritans can be compared with today’s social upheaval By Bob Hunt These past several weeks, since the killing of George Floyd, our nation has been wracked with protests and social upheaval we have not seen in decades. Many have lost their lives in the …

Some endure months, years without sacraments

‘Our own experience during the lockdown can inspire us to appreciate the freedoms we possess’ By Bob Hunt As I write this, the Church is approaching the celebration of our Lord’s Ascension. The week after, Pentecost Sunday, our diocese will begin to celebrate public Sunday Mass again, with some restrictions …

In these times, meditate on faith, hope, and love

As Christians, we are called to a greater response to whatever challenges our community By Bob Hunt I am writing this in the middle of the coronavirus national emergency. As of this writing, my daughter’s school is on an extended spring break, many restaurants and other businesses have closed their …