Fr. John Cush

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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...

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On Being a Teacher and a Priest

A great reality check for a priest is being assigned full time to teach high school. Nothing, in my opinion, is as much a great equalizer for a young priest, after all his years of theological education, than being thrown into a high school...

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10 More Books Every Armchair Theologian Should Read

I was very surprised (and very edified) by the many, many reactions to my article “10 Books That Belong in Every Catholic Library”. I was especially thrilled that so many have added their own comments to my list, like “Fr. Z” and...

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We Laugh Because Satan Has Lost, and Jesus Has Won

In 2003, Mel Gibson released his film, The Passion of the Christ. It was, you might recall, somewhat controversial for its time and I was, as a young priest, drawn into a public debate on the merits of the film. I was on the positive side (which...

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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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10 Books That Belong in Every Catholic Library

I have to admit that I am not easily scandalized. Not to sound jaded or world-weary, but it takes an awful lot to shock me, and yet, as a very young priest, a simple statement spoken by an older priest, which, unfortunately was not made in jest,...

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Put on Christ Jesus, Even When it Infuriates the World

This homily was given at the Station Church of San Vitale in Rome, on the Friday of the Second Week of Lent (March 2, 2018). The story of Joseph and his brothers from the Old Testament’s Book of Genesis is no doubt familiar to all of us. Joseph...