Fr. John Cush

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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...

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James and John, the “Sons of Thunder”

The Evangelist Saint Mark tells us: And he went up into the hills, and called to him those whom he desired; and they came to him. And he appointed twelve,[ to be with him, and to be sent out to preach and have authority to cast out demons: Simon...

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Bishop Robert Barron and Another Thomas

I studied in the seminary from 1994-1999, and, to be very honest, I rarely heard the name of Thomas Merton mentioned even once during those years, and, if I did, it was usually used in derision, as a product of a time period long passed. It...

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6 Catechesis Tips for Busy Priests

One of the most influential educational theorists in the history of the world was the American John Dewey. Living in the early 20th century, Dewey felt that children in school should not be merely passive recipients of knowledge, but had to take...

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Why Philosophy is Crucial to Understanding Theology

A basic understanding of philosophy is needed in order to really understand theology. This may sound like a terrifying prospect, especially if you have ever had to take a class in philosophy that seemed like “navel gazing,” being all too...

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An Easter Season Reflection on Divine Mercy

The Octave of Easter is a continuation of Easter day liturgically. In the liturgical readings that week, we read again and again of the encounter of the Risen Lord Jesus, present in his glorified body, with those whom he had known in his earthly...