Fr. John Cush

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In Praise of Having a Personal Missal

When I was in sixth grade, I had a wonderful teacher, a devout lay woman, who was an inspiration to me as a young boy to want to learn more about my faith. That year, the curriculum in the then-named Holy Name of Jesus School in Brooklyn (now...

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Perceiving the Working of God in History

In my last article for the Register, I wrote about the major difference between perception and seeing, using the example of the demons whom our Lord encountered in his life. We read of these encounter in Matthew 8:29, Mark 1:24, and Luke...

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‘I Know Who You Are’ — Why Demons are So Terrified of Christ

In my last article for the Register, I focused on the role of the Guardian Angels, particularly in the life and ministry of priests in this trying time in which we find ourselves. This reflection on the guardian angels led me to then reflect on...

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3 Ways Guardian Angels are Examples for Priests

A few months back, I read a wonderful Register article by Jimmy Akin entitled, “8 Things to Know and Share about the Guardian Angels.” As usual, he did a terrific job summarizing and clearly explaining the theology of guardian angels from the...

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Why Did Judas Iscariot Do What He Did?

Why did he do it? I mean, really, why did Judas betray Christ? There are just so many theories. Some believe that Judas betrayed Christ because he, in a misguided way, wanted to help Jesus “clear the air” with the Jewish authorities and thus be...

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St. John’s Gospel Give Us Plain Talk About the Priesthood

The Fourth Gospel, that of Saint John the Evangelist, has a curious makeup. Recall the basic structure of John’s Gospel — after the Prologue, the Book of Signs (John 1-11) begins with the changing of water into wine at the wedding feast in Cana...

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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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I’m Still Amazed By Saint Thérèse of Lisieux

I’ve previously explained why I believe that Saint Thérèse of Lisieux is one of the greatest Doctors of the Church. In this article, I had noted that there have been many who have objected to Saint Thérèse being named a Doctor of the Church in...

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What Priests Can Learn From David and Jonathan

The books from which we recently proclaimed at Mass, namely those of the Kings and Samuel, really demonstrate the effects of our fallen human condition. In this fierce national crisis, which is, in reality, only a small, family squabble blown out...

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Who Are My Mother and My Brothers?

We read in the 10th chapter of the Gospel of Mark: The mother of Jesus and his brothers arrived at the house. Standing outside, they sent word to Jesus and called him. A crowd seated around him told him, “Your mother and your brothers and your...