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S+L BLOG: Fr. Thomas Rosica, CSB



The Feast Day of St. Maximilian Kolbe, OFM, Conv. (1894-1941) As we look back on the events surrounding the Second World War, a time of unprecedented human devastation and unimaginable suffering, we remember the systematic efforts of the evil Nazi regime to annihilate over six million Jews. It was not long after this massive annihilation ...read more
Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A – August 13th, 2017 Chapter 19 of the First Book of Kings presents us with the aftermath of Elijah’s brilliant victory in the contest with Jezebel and the priests of Baal atop Mount Carmel. Just when Elijah should have been triumphant, he receives a message telling him of ...read more
Feast of the Transfiguration of our Lord – Sunday, August 6th, 2017 The theological meaning of the Transfiguration is central to our understanding of the mission of Jesus of Nazareth. It was not only Jesus who was “transfigured” on Mount Tabor but also Peter, James and John who were transformed with him. Their eyes were ...read more
Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A – July 30th, 2017 Solomon seeks wisdom It is important to know the historical background for today’s first reading from the First Book of Kings 3:5-12. Solomon had just been installed as the third king of Israel. The lot of leadership fell to him, the favoured son of ...read more
Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A – July 23rd, 2017 Once again in this week’s Gospel passage, images of growing trees, shrubs and plants provide us with powerful insights into the quiet and slow ways that God’s Kingdom grows among us and within us. Today’s Gospel story is peculiar to Matthew (13:24-33). Central to ...read more
In response to numerous questions over the past two weeks about Jesuit Fr. James Martin’s book, Building a Bridge: How the Catholic Church and the LGBT Community Can Enter into a Relationship of Respect, Compassion, and Sensitivity, I have prepared the following reflection. ...read more
Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A In verse 10 of today’s first reading from chapter 55 of the prophet Isaiah, we read: “As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for ...read more
In this tiny but powerful Rule, Benedict put what he had learned about the power of speaking and oratorical rhythms at the service of the Gospel. He did not drop out of school because he didn't understand the subject! Scholars have told us that his Rule reflects an understanding of and skill with the rhetorical rules of the time. ...read more
Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A – July 9th, 2017 During one of my summer undergraduate study programs in France, I recall visiting the Abbey of Saint-Honorat on the Îles de Lérins in southern France. I was particularly struck by a medieval figure of the crucified Christ in the Abbey Church. The Crucified One, ...read more
The following is the homily of Fr. Thomas Rosica, CSB preached on Monday, July 14, 2008 during WYD Sydney at the Prayer Vigil and Eucharistic Adoration with the body of Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati in St. Mary’s Cathedral, Sydney, Australia. Dear Friends, Dear Wanda, niece of Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati, What an honour and privilege ...read more