Fr. John Cush

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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...

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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...

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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...

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A Reflection on Saint Patrick and the Nature of Being Irish

There is a book which was published in 1995 entitled How the Irish Saved Civilization by Thomas Cahill. It is very true that the Irish did indeed save civilization . They went from a barbaric tribe, one which even the mighty Roman Empire could...

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Why I Love the Gospel of St. John

As I was thinking about what to write for this contribution to the Register, I realized that I did not finish my series on appreciating the Gospels and it’s high time that I get back to it, especially as we are beginning this Lenten season. On...

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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...