Fr. John Cush

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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...

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Goodness, Like Truth and Beauty, is a Powerful Thing

Interpreting transcripts is a special skill that I have picked up over my years as the academic dean of the seminary division of the Pontifical North American College in Rome, Italy. It can sound mind-numbing, but, in fact, it is often like...

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Friendship is a Gift from God

One of the more interesting films of the past 20 years, Robert Zemeckis’ Castaway, was the story of a man, Chuck Nolan (played by Tom Hanks), whose FedEx freight airplane crashes on a desert island. This modern-day Robinson Crusoe is trapped,...

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A Summertime Reflection on St. Philip the Apostle

For three years, I had two Apostles as neighbors. I was living at the Casa Santa Maria of the Pontifical North American College, the residence for priests who are studying for graduate degrees, and I was studying for my doctorate in theology at...

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When You Share the Good News, Begin With Beauty

In my last contribution for the Register, I related the experience of searching for a theological underpinning for evangelization for young people in campus ministry. The occasion for my thoughts on this matter was when I was asked to offer a...

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How to Evangelize With Truth, Beauty and Goodness

In my role as a faculty member of the Pontifical North American College, I am blessed to give some formation talks to the seminarians. As the academic dean at the seminary and as a priest who has been involved in education for most of my...

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A Summertime Reflection on King David

From the First Book of Kings: When David’s time to die drew near, he charged Solomon his son, saying, “I am about to go the way of all the earth. Be strong, and show yourself a man, and keep the charge of the Lord your God, walking in his ways...