Fr. John Cush

60887
6 Catechesis Tips for Busy Priests

One of the most influential educational theorists in the history of the world was the American John Dewey. Living in the early 20th century, Dewey felt that children in school should not be merely passive recipients of knowledge, but had to take...

60888
Why Philosophy is Crucial to Understanding Theology

A basic understanding of philosophy is needed in order to really understand theology. This may sound like a terrifying prospect, especially if you have ever had to take a class in philosophy that seemed like “navel gazing,” being all too...

60758
An Easter Season Reflection on Divine Mercy

The Octave of Easter is a continuation of Easter day liturgically. In the liturgical readings that week, we read again and again of the encounter of the Risen Lord Jesus, present in his glorified body, with those whom he had known in his earthly...

60711
St. Thomas Aquinas and Bishop Robert Barron

When one tries to examine exactly who the theological influences of Bishop Robert Barron are, one can clearly see that, first and foremost, pride of place belongs to Saint Thomas Aquinas. Barron acknowledges, time and again, the supreme influence...

60511
There Is No Better Time to Be a Catholic Priest

As a young Robert Barron clearly indicated in his 1997 interview in U.S. Catholic (“How to Build a Better Priest”) that the crisis in priesthood we’re facing in our time has everything to do with priestly identity. Who is the priest? What does he...

60408
Bishop Robert Barron on Heroic Priesthood

In this final section on Bishop Robert E. Barron’s theology of the priesthood, I would like to focus on two of his ideas: first, the image of the priest as a “soul doctor” and second, Barron’s concept from a few years ago of “Heroic Priesthood.”...

60339
The Ultimate Credibility of the Faith is Martyrdom.

(The following is adapted from a homily delivered by Fr. Cush on April 12, 2019, at the Roman Basilica of Santo Stefano Rotondo in Rome, Italy at the Station Church Mass for the English-Speaking Pilgrims) We are surrounded today, in this unique...

60202
Bishop Robert Barron on the Priesthood

Robert E. Barron, in a preface entitled “Cultivators of a Flourishing Garden of Life” found in his collection of essays Bridging the Great Divide: Musings of a Post-Liberal, Post-Conservative Evangelical Catholic (2004), states: I came of age...

60054
Appreciating Bishop Robert Barron as Theologian

Recently, Bishop Robert E. Barron, auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and the founder of Word on Fire, was awarded an honorary doctorate March 7 from the Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas (the Angelicum) in...

59886
Make the Last Gospel the First Thing You Do After Mass

One of the joys I have in my life as a priest who is assigned as a formator and as a theology professor is learning from my students. This semester, I am blessed to offer two different theological seminars in the field of dogmatic theology, both...