Steven D. Greydanus

Male and Female: Catholic Teaching and Gender Ideology

“It is not good for the man to be alone.” The words “not good” jump out in the first reading, from Genesis 2 — especially if we go back and start reading in Genesis 1, with the six days of creation, in which God looks day by day at his work and...

Mary and the DC Sniper Attacks: My Rosary Story

When Suz and I first began to talk about becoming Catholic, one of the first things she wanted to know was: “If I become Catholic, will I have to pray the Rosary?” “No,” I assured her. “Catholics are not obliged to pray the Rosary.” She also...

Kavanaugh, Cosby, McCarrick, Compartmentalizing, Conversion — and Integrity

New York Times op-ed writer Frank Bruni writes in “The Many Faces of Brett Kavanaugh” about the different, sometimes conflicting facets that make up the people we know, or think we know. His comments resonate in part with some of my own recent...

Clerical Abuse: Thinking Like Human Beings, Thinking Like God

Note: This is one of the tougher homilies I’ve preached. It was also one of the best received. My takeaway: The faithful don’t want homilists to dodge the hard topics. We must not fear the truth. — SDG A few weeks ago my family and I were...

Being Pro-life 2: What About Contraception?

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 Part 1 summary: Life issues or pro-life issues are far broader than one or two issues (abortion and euthanasia). While this is debated by pro-life Catholics, Pope St. John Paul II clarifies the issues in

What Does it REALLY Mean to be ‘Pro‑Life’?

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 Within the last week, the term “pro-life” has come under crossfire from two Catholic writers coming from almost diametrically opposed perspectives. “The Pro-Life Movement Has Lost,” writes Rebecca Bratten...

The Surprise of Jesus

Recently Suzanne and I were talking with friends here at St. John’s about our first impressions of this beautiful church. I remember being here for the first time, over 16 years ago, and being amazed at the beauty of this church in comparison to...

Corpus Christi: What Would Be Too Much to Ask?

Sweetest Jesus, Body and Blood most Holy, be the delight and pleasure of my soul, my strength and salvation in all temptations, my joy and peace in every trial, my light and guide in every word and deed, and my final protection in death....

The Two Roadblocks on the Road to Holiness

On this Good Shepherd Sunday, the Fourth Sunday of Easter, we hear two great images of Christ crucified and resurrected as the basis of our life with God in the Church. The first, from the Gospel, is Christ the Good Shepherd who lays down his...

Stephen Hawking: Who Breathes the Fire?

When I woke up this morning to the news that Stephen Hawking had died, it felt oddly like I had only just seen him. I hadn’t, of course, but I was literally yesterday perusing one of his books while blogging about wormholes and quantum physics in...