30th Sunday in Ordinary Time 2012

October 28, 2012 Homily by Fr. John De Celles St. Raymond of Peñafort Catholic Church Springfield, Va. Today’s Gospel tells us the story of the blind man, Bartimaeus, whose faith leads Jesus to cure him. Of course, this story shows the mercy of Jesus in physically curing the blind. But it also reminds us of something even greater: that once Jesus cures him physically, Bartimaeus’ faith leads him to see Jesus spiritually, with the eyes of faith, and: “Immediately he …followed him on the way.” Unfortunately, there are a lot of folks nowadays, many Catholics, who suffer from spiritual blindness. … Continue reading

September 30, 2012

SOCIAL JUSTICE. The Catholic Church coined the term “social justice” in the mid-1800’s as part of a systematic effort to apply traditional Catholic doctrine to address the new problems raised by the Industrial Revolution, and to counter the evil proposals advanced by Marx and other socialists, i.e., “the left.” This effort reached official “doctrinal” status when Pope Leo XIII issued his encyclical Rerum Novarum in 1891, and almost every Pope since then has weighed in to further clarify and to apply the doctrine to their own times. Unfortunately, the doctrine has often been misunderstood, and even hijacked by the ideologies … Continue reading