Fr. John Cush

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5 Reasons to Read and Love the Fathers of the Church

In my last article, I urged us to come to a greater appreciation of the Fathers of the Church and I suggested some fine books on how to read and understand these great friends of God from the Apostolic and Post-Apostolic age. You might recall...

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Why Read the Church Fathers? Because You Can’t Do Catholic Theology Without Them

Many years ago, when I entered the college level seminary in Douglaston, New York, I was handed a copy of Christian Prayer, the one-volume version of the Liturgy of the Hours. As a freshman in college, this little book was a mystery to me. For...

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Priests and Seminarians are Brothers of the Lord and Sons of Mary

A few Sundays ago, while I was home visiting my diocese from my assignment in Rome, I was blessed to be able to offer Holy Mass in the wonderful parish where I am in residence.  One of the big dangers of being a priest who doesn’t have the...

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Are We Blind to Transcendent Beauty?

The films of the late director, John Hughes, have shaped an entire generation of people and beyond and, most likely, even if you do not recognize his name, you probably have seen or at least heard of one of his films. Sixteen Candles, The...

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St. Thomas Aquinas is a Model for Vocations and Families

Saint Thomas Aquinas is a model of the Christian life and is an example of the virtues for all Christian people. However, as a priest, I’d like to put the focus on one aspects of Saint Thomas’ life: his vocational journey to religious life and...

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Our Lady of Sorrows is Our Lady of Hope

 “And Jesus gave him to his mother.” (Luke 7:15) So reads the climax of the action in the Gospel according to the Evangelist Luke’s seventh chapter. Do you recall the story? Our Lord Jesus meets a widowed mother with a beloved son who has a...

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The Science and Art of Pastoral Theology

Pastoral Theology: It’s one of those theological disciplines which is indeed a genuine theological discipline, but like fundamental theology, can be considered to have a certain vagueness to it. It can seem that professors of an academic pastoral...

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A Gracious, Fascinating, Tremendous Mystery

When I was studying for my doctoral degree in Rome at the Pontifical Gregorian University, I was blessed to be assigned as the summer priest in a wonderful parish in my Diocese of Brooklyn, Immaculate Heart of Mary. At IHM parish, it was a great...

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Why the Little Flower is One of My Favorite Theologians

I have to admit that I spend a great amount of time reading theology, both for pleasure and for my ministry here in the seminary. And, I have to admit that when it comes to certain theologians, I can go on a “spree,” reading everything that I can...

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The Priesthood and the Lord of the Sabbath

Three times in the Gospels the Lord Jesus refers to himself as the “Lord of the Sabbath”: in the Gospel of Matthew 12:1-8; in Mark 2:23-28, and finally in Luke 6:1-5. When a term appears in the Gospels multiple times, we should pay extra...