"In verbo veritatis" (2 Cor 6:7)

February 28, 2013

Letter and spirit, constraint and freedom

Filed under: Essays — komonchak @ 3:08 pm

Here is an article by Fr. William Van Roo, S.J., “Law of the Spirit and Written Law in the Spirituality of St. Ignatius,” whose first part sets out various texts from the founder of the Jesuits and whose second part offers a theological reflection that provides a convenient summary of the views of St. Thomas on the relationship between external law and the law the Spirit etches on our hearts.   Van Roo on letter & spirit


February 10, 2013

Thomism and Vatican II

Filed under: Essays, Vatican II — Tags: , , — komonchak @ 9:16 am

Here is an essay on what role  St. Thomas and his thought played at the Second Vatican Council:

JAK – Thomism at Vatican II

February 9, 2013

What could happen in a church

Filed under: Homilies — komonchak @ 4:24 pm

Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time – February 7, 2010 – St. John’s Goshen

What links our Old Testament reading with the Gospel is the encounter of unworthy men with the holy God, Isaiah in our first reading, Simon Peter in the Gospel. Isaiah’s might be thought the more usual case; after all he was in the temple, the holy place, the place of God’s presence–where else would you expect to encounter God? Certainly not in a little fishing boat smelling of teeming fish on a small lake in an insignificant country, which is where a sweaty Simon is said to have met the Holy One. (more…)

The inner and the outer words

Filed under: Homilies — komonchak @ 4:21 pm


Well, we certainly cannot complain that today we have heard scripture-passages of minor weight! These texts bring us to the heart of Christianity, concentrate on the essentials, pose challenges of depth.

The passage from St. Paul’s Epistle to the Corinthians includes one of the earliest formulas of Christian faith. Paul recalls in brief, creed-like form, what he had himself received and what he handed on to the Corinthians: that Christ died for our sins, that he was buried, that he rose on the third day, that he was seen by Cephas and the Twelve. Literary analysis places it back to a period when Aramaic was still the Church’s language, within ten or fifteen years of the events it reports, perhaps even much closer. We are here brought very close to the historical origins of the Church. (more…)

February 7, 2013

The redemption

Filed under: Essays — komonchak @ 12:07 pm

Here is an article on Christ’s redemptive work that was published as “The Violence of the Cross: A mystery, not a punishment,” Commonweal122 (January 28, 2005) 19-22.

Atonement – Love not Suffering

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