Fr. John Cush

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St. Irenaeus — A Martyr, But Not Yet a Doctor of the Church

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, along went some other episcopal conferences around the world, called for the Church Father, Saint Irenaeus (A.D. 140-202) to be declared a Doctor of the Church. Bishop Kevin C. Rhodes of the...

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What is Heresy, and How Did St. Irenaeus Fight It?

I was edified to see that Bishop Kevin Rhodes of Fort Wayne-South Bend, Indiana, called for a recognition of the great Father of the Church, Saint Irenaeus (A.D. 130-202), as a “Doctor of the Church” at the November meeting of United States...

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St. John Chrysostom and the Plank in Your Eye

Saint John Chrysostom (349-407) was known as the “Golden-Tongued one.” This Father of the Church was an eloquent preacher and, ultimately, a real pastor of souls. The patristic texts he composed were not meant for a classroom as a lecture, but as...

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The Three “P’s” of Priesthood

The words of Sirach 2:1-2 for us who are priests, and for future priests, can be seen as especially poignant: My son, when you come to serve the LORD, stand in justice and fear, prepare yourself for trials. Be sincere of heart and...

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2 Great Lessons for Young Men from St. Gregory the Great

Pope Saint Gregory the Great has become a real guide as I strive to grow in my understanding of what it means to be a priest and as a formator of priestly vocations as the academic dean of a seminary. Pope Saint Gregory the Great was the author...

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What We Love, We Shall Come to Resemble

St. Bernard of Clairvaux once said, “What we love, we shall grow to resemble.” Let’s examine that for a moment, shall we? It’s true on the natural level, in human relations, isn’t it? After all, isn’t this why parents warn their children about...

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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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How to Reclaim Affirmative Orthodoxy

In my last piece for the Register, I began to cover the last of the three transcendentals, truth. For those of us who are beginning to read this series with this article, permit me to give the definition of the transcendentals, according to the...

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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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Our Hearts Are Drawn to Veritas

In an effort to present a pathway for evangelizations, we come to the last of the transcendentals, namely truth. By way of a reminder, allow me to restate the definition of the transcendentals, according to the Catechism of the Catholic Church...