Fr. John Cush

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St. Thomas Aquinas is a Model for Vocations and Families

Saint Thomas Aquinas is a model of the Christian life and is an example of the virtues for all Christian people. However, as a priest, I’d like to put the focus on one aspects of Saint Thomas’ life: his vocational journey to religious life and...

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Our Lady of Sorrows is Our Lady of Hope

 “And Jesus gave him to his mother.” (Luke 7:15) So reads the climax of the action in the Gospel according to the Evangelist Luke’s seventh chapter. Do you recall the story? Our Lord Jesus meets a widowed mother with a beloved son who has a...

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The Science and Art of Pastoral Theology

Pastoral Theology: It’s one of those theological disciplines which is indeed a genuine theological discipline, but like fundamental theology, can be considered to have a certain vagueness to it. It can seem that professors of an academic pastoral...

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A Gracious, Fascinating, Tremendous Mystery

When I was studying for my doctoral degree in Rome at the Pontifical Gregorian University, I was blessed to be assigned as the summer priest in a wonderful parish in my Diocese of Brooklyn, Immaculate Heart of Mary. At IHM parish, it was a great...

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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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The Priesthood and the Lord of the Sabbath

Three times in the Gospels the Lord Jesus refers to himself as the “Lord of the Sabbath”: in the Gospel of Matthew 12:1-8; in Mark 2:23-28, and finally in Luke 6:1-5. When a term appears in the Gospels multiple times, we should pay extra...

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After the Signs, Before the Glory, Comes the Humiliation

Adapted from a homily given to seminarians at the Pontifical North American College, Vatican City State (April 2018) The 13th Chapter of the Evangelist John’s Gospel is a curious thing. For a moment, let’s remind ourselves of some of the rules...

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3 Life Lessons from Saint Paul the Apostle

Saul of Tarsus, about whom we have been hearing so much in the Acts of the Apostles at the first reading of the Mass during this Easter season, is a fascinating man. I would like to suggest that there are three things that we can learn from the...

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How St. Charles Borromeo Can Help Form Priests Today

Monsignor John Cihak, a priest of the Archdiocese of Portland in Oregon, along with Brother Ansgar Santogrossi, OSB, acting as translator, has offered us a tremendous gift as a Catholic people: a collection of homilies, speeches, and writings of...

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The First Thing You Should Know About the Four Last Things

When we read the epistles of Saint Paul, there’s a tremendous sense of urgency. Just look at Saint Paul’s first epistle to the Thessalonians. The Apostle writes (1 Thessalonians 5:1-5): Concerning times and seasons, brothers, you have no need...