Fr. John Cush

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A Reappreciation of Pope Pius IX

Last week, in the Diocese of Rome, Italy, on Feb. 7, we celebrated the feast day of Blessed Giovanni Maria Mastai-Ferretti, more popularly known of Blessed Pope Pius IX (who reigned as pope 1846-1878.) His cause for canonization, compared to many...

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On the Joys of Saint Luke’s Gospel

I remember well the joy of learning about the four Evangelists for the first time. I was a boy in Catholic school in Brooklyn and, from attending Mass, knew that there were different names that were said when the priest at Mass proclaimed “A...

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The Call of Matthew and Double Discernment

There is a certain joy knowing that one lives in Rome. Yes, I realize that I can spend many of my days in absolute frustration concerning my host country of Italy. The people of Italy are very different from most Americans. They move a slower...

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The Three P’s of Saint Mark’s Gospel

We are blessed to proclaim from Saint Mark’s Gospel currently at Holy Mass in these early weeks of Ordinary Time. As we know, Mark is the most bare-bones of all the canonical Gospels and, as I have been told, one could successful read this Gospel...

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You Don’t Have to Be Nice, But You Have to Be Kind

In 1 Kings 17:7-16, we read of the Prophet Elijah and his encounter with the Widow of Zarephath. Perhaps it’s necessary to put this prophet into context, so that we can more fully understand who he is and why his request to this Widow of...

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Discovering New Theologians: Jacques Maritain

When I was a college seminarian, studying philosophy at New York’s Saint John’s University in the 1990s, I had an incredible professor, a priest of my diocese (Brooklyn), Fr. Robert Lauder. Fr. Lauder was (and still is) a full-time professor at...

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Fr. Matthias Scheeben and the Harmony of Truth

Let’s examine someone whose theology has stood the test of time. There are certain theologians whom even those who are just beginning their studies know like Saints Augustine, Anselm and Thomas Aquinas. There are some whom students of theology...

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10 Modern Theologians You Should Know

There are names which one encounters in the study of theology that one will read and say to themselves, “I really should get around to reading them.” Invariably, I know that I rarely do find the time to actually read them. After all, there is so...

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Deo Gratias: Cyprian, Dorothy Day, and the Theologian in the Streets

If you recall some months ago, in this column, I began discussing the nature of the theologian in the Catholic Church. I stated that there are three distinct styles of being a theologian — one that is primarily academic, one that is primarily...

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5 More Works of Classic Fiction That You Should Know

I promise that this is my last book recommendation list, at least for a while! Beginning next week, I will get back into more depth on specific theological and spiritual topics — although I must admit that I will miss writing these lists. They...