While greeting French pilgrims attending his weekly general audience in St. Peter’s Square May 22, Pope Francis said he was saddened to hear of the brutal murder of Daughter of Jesus Sister Ines Nieves Sancho, a 77-year-old Spanish missionary who was killed May 20 outside her convent.
Father Anthony V. Brennan, M.M., a native of Brooklyn, died in Vancouver, British Columbia, on May 19. He was 80 years old and a Maryknoll priest for 53 years. Born in Brooklyn, New York, he was raised in Manhattan. After ordination on June 10, 1961, he was assigned to Hong Kong to study Cantonese. In […]
I’M FORTUNATE TO hear good preaching on a regular basis. But even the best Catholic preaching leans far more toward moral exhortation than biblical exposition. This strikes me as a missed opportunity. For if one of the tasks of preaching today is to help the people of the Church “see” the world and our lives more clearly by piercing through the regnant fog of cultural confusion, then there’s no substitute for expository preaching that digs into the biblical text, unpacks it and shows how it provides a unique optic on the here-and-now.