Thursday, December 24, 2020

Christmas During Covid

The importance of Christ coming in human form is something that we are particularly aware of during this Covid lockdown Episode 4 of “A Priest on a Medical Leave of Absence because of Chemo” Podcast

-- Father John Hollowell Fatherjohnhollowell Thursday, December 24, 2020

Episode 4 of "A Catholic Priest on Medical Leave because of Chemo" Podcast

"Read the Bible in a Year" Podcast, day 256: 2 Maccabees 11-13

 Where is Purgatory in the Bible?  Right here:


Friday, December 11, 2020

Saturday, December 5, 2020

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Sunday, November 29, 2020

"Read the Bible in a Year" Podcast, day 231: Daniel 12-14


If you are following along with us, these are the chapters for Sunday, November 29th, first Sunday of Advent

Saturday, November 28, 2020

Friday, November 27, 2020

Thursday, November 26, 2020

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

"Read the Bible in a Year" Podcast, day 226: Ezekiel 46-48


If you are following along with us, these are the chapters for Tuesday, November 24th, Memorial of the Vietnamese Martyrs

Monday, November 23, 2020

Sunday, November 22, 2020

Saturday, November 21, 2020

Friday, November 20, 2020

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

"Read the Bible in a Year" Podcast, day 219: Ezekiel 28-31

If you are following along with us, these are the chapters for Tuesday, November 17th, Memorial of St. Elizabeth of Hungary


Saturday, November 14, 2020

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

"Read the Bible in a Year" Podcast, day 212: Ezekiel 5-8

 If you are following along with us, these are the chapters for Tuesday, November 10th, Memorial of St. Leo the Great



Monday, November 9, 2020

Wednesday, November 4, 2020

"Read the Bible in a Year" Podcast, day 206: Jeremiah 46-50

If you are following along with us, these are the readings for Wednesday, November 4th

"Read the Bible in a Year" Podcast, day 205: Jeremiah 41-45

 

Message for the day after the Election

I was ordained in 2009 and had Mass regularly for President Obama 

I've spent the last 4 years having a regular Mass for President Trump

Whoever ultimately wins this year I will regularly have Mass and pray for them

This isn't saying that we don't fight it out with every thing that we have in the political realm, but it is saying that when the dust settles and a winner is determined, we will regularly pray for him and all our elected representatives!


Monday, October 26, 2020

My body, my choice?


 

"Read the Bible in a Year" Podcast, day 197: Jeremiah 35-37

 

12 Years a Deacon!

 12 Years ago at St. Meinrad Archabbey, on September 25th, 2008, Archbishop Daniel Buechlein ordained me to the diaconate.


He said, from the Rite of Ordination: 


"Believe what you read. Teach what you believe. Practise what you teach."  and later "May God, who has begun this good work in you, bring it to fulfillment!"







Thursday, October 22, 2020

MUST SEE! Aramaic Chant of Psalm 51

This was mistitled as being "The Our Father" when in reality it is Psalm 51.  MUST LISTEN!


Amazing that this Psalm is also the one sung in Latin by Allegri, titled "Miserere Mei, Deus", also stunningly beautiful in its own right.


"Read the Bible in a Year" Podcast, day 193: Jeremiah 17-22

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

God is in control!

 


Have No Anxiety!


 

"Read the Bible in a Year" Podcast, day 185: 2 Kings 20-21 and 2 Chronicles 32-33

"Read the Bible in a Year" Podcast, day 184: Isaiah 64-66

"Read the Bible in a Year" Podcast, day 183: Isaiah 59-63

"Read the Bible in a Year" Podcast, day 182: Isaiah 54-58

"Read the Bible in a Year" Podcast, day 181: Isaiah 49-53

"Read the Bible in a Year" Podcast, day 180: 2 Kings 9:18-37-19:37 and Psalms 46, 80, and 135

"Read the Bible in a Year" Podcast, day 179: Isaiah 44-48

Sunday, October 4, 2020

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

"Read the Bible in a Year" Podcast, day 171: Isaiah 23-27

If you are following along with us, these are the chapters for Wednesday, September 30th, Memorial of Saint Jerome

"Read the Bible in a Year" Podcast, day 170: Isaiah 18-22

"Read the Bible in a Year" Podcast, day 169: Isaiah 13-17

"Read the Bible in a Year" Podcast, day 168: 2 Chronicles 28 and 2 Kings 16-17

"Read the Bible in a Year" Podcast, day 167: The Book of the Prophet Micah

"Read the Bible in a Year" Podcast, day 166: 2 Chronicles 27 and Isaiah 9-12

"Read the Bible in a Year" Podcast, day 165: The Book of the Prophet Amos

"Read the Bible in a Year" Podcast, day 164: Isaiah 5-8

"Read the Bible in a Year" Podcast, day 163: Isaiah 1-4

"Read the Bible in a Year" Podcast, day 162: 2 Kings 15 and 2 Chronicles 26

"Read the Bible in a Year" Podcast, day 161: 2 Kings 14, 2 Chronicles 25 and the Book of Jonah

"Read the Bible in a Year" Podcast, day 160: 2 Kings 12-13 and 2 Chronicles 24

Monday, September 28, 2020

"Read the Bible in a Year" Podcast, day 159: 2 Kings 9-11

"Read the Bible in a Year" Podcast, day 158: 2 Kings 5-8

"Read the Bible in a Year" Podcast, day 157: 2 Kings 1-4

"Read the Bible in a Year" Podcast, day 156: The Book of the Prophet Obadiah and Psalms 82-83

"Read the Bible in a Year" Podcast, day 155: 2 Chronicles 19-23

"Read the Bible in a Year" Podcast, day 154: 1 Kings 20-22 and 2 Chronicles 18

"Read the Bible in a Year" Podcast, day 153: 1 Kings 17-19

"Read the Bible in a Year" Podcast, day 152: 1 Kings 15-16 and 2 Chronicles 13-17

"Read the Bible in a Year" Podcast, day 151: 2 Chronicles 10-12

"Read the Bible in a Year" Podcast, day 150: 1 Kings 12-14

"Read the Bible in a Year" Podcast, day 149: 1 Kings 10-11, 2 Chronicles 9 and Proverbs 30-31

 

Friday, September 4, 2020

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

The Gates of Hell Shall Not Prevail Against the Church - what that means and does NOT mean

"Read the Bible in a Year" Podcast, day 135: Song of Solomon

If you are following along with us, these are the readings for Tuesday, August 25th



"Read the Bible in a Year" Podcast, day 134

"Read the Bible in a Year" Podcast, day 133

"Read the Bible in a Year" Podcast, day 132

"Read the Bible in a Year" Podcast, day 131

"Read the Bible in a Year" Podcast, day 130

"Read the Bible in a Year" Podcast, day 129

Sunday, August 9, 2020

Homily: God's Appearance


One of my top 5 favorite Scripture passages is today’s first reading. 

God not in the wind, not in the Earthquake, not in the fire…

After the fire there was a tiny whispering sound.  When he heard this, Elijah hid his face in his cloak.

 

Do we want God to be loud?  Do we want God to be earthquakes and fire and wind?

Certainly that is how his appearance is described throughout the Old Testament, most notably on Sinai.  Thunder, wind, earthquakes and fire.  What is going on there?  I have no doubt that there was fire, thunder, terror, fear, earthquakes, smoke etc. 

 

So how is it that God is a whisper?

I think we can safely say that what is happening is perfection coming into contact with sin.

God is perfect, unchanging…. He never left us in the sense that He is always sustaining everything that exists, always in every moment willing the existence, but also He can be said to have left in the sense that He’s not present in the world of the Old Testament in the way that He was in the Garden.

and so when He comes back into the story of humanity…that is an epic clash that produces thunder, smoke, earthquakes, lightning, etc.

one analogy: An asteroid travels silently through space, but when it hits the Earth’s atmosphere, there is fire, smoke, thunder and potentially earthquakes and explosions if it makes it to the Earth’s surface.  So is God when he appears in our world.

Or, to use another analogy, just as two opposites air masses colliding can create a thunderstorm so it is when the perfect God encounters the brokenness and sin of humanity.

So although there is smoke and fire and lightning, that is a result of perfection coming back into our atmosphere.  Those things are effects of God drawing near, but God is not in those fireworks.

 

We know that God ultimately has the plan of being able to be in our presence without the accompanying pyrotechnics.  He ultimately takes on human flesh, thus he’s able to walk about and be in our midst in a way that doesn’t produce the accompanying effects that we see in the Old Testament.  God “hides” his glory in human flesh. 

In conclusion, Christ is stillness.  He is peace.  He is rest for the weary.  Let us seek refuge in Him away from the pyrotechnics of our world on a daily basis.


Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Sunday, July 26, 2020

Catholic INformation Conference




Friends, I head up this Sunday for surgery but I’m participating in an online conference July 24-26.

I get half of the proceeds if you use 

Hollowell 

As your promo code. Everything I receive goes to our renovation/expansion project at St Paul’s. 





Tuesday, July 21, 2020

"Read the Bible in a Year" Podcast, day 100: Psalms 7, 35, 54, and 63

You'll need to be able to get these yourself for the next several days.  I am going into surgery early tomorrow but have prerecorded and scheduled them to post each morning.

If you are following along with us, these are the Psalms for Tuesday, July 21st.




Wednesday, July 15, 2020

"Read the Bible in a Year" Podcast, day 94: 1 Samuel 16-18

If you are following along with us, these are the chapters for Wednesday, July 15th, Memorial of Saint Bonventure



Monday, July 13, 2020

"Read the Bible in a Year" Podcast, day 92: 1 Samuel 10-12

If you are following along with us, these are the chapters for Monday, July 13th


I leave for surgery on Sunday, so you will want to practice getting them on your own.  I will prerecord and have them automatically post each day, so you'll want to see that you are able to get them from iTunes or Podbean

Practice, and let me know if you have questions.



Saturday, July 11, 2020

Racism, Margaret Sanger, Riots, Planned Parenthood, etc.




Saint Paul: “We know that all creation is groaning in labor pains even until now; and we also groan within ourselves as we wait for the redemption of our bodies.”

Translation: We are waiting on Christ’s return, and the world is in turmoil until what we are waiting for happens, when Christ returns at the end of time.

In this homily, I hope to establish 3 things.

1) The Catholic Church could not speak more strongly against racism

2) I want to talk about a racist antiimmigrant who has miraculously escaped mainstream scrutiny for 100 years.

3) And then in conclusion I want to note that a saint has noted that as long as abortion is legal, we can’t expect anything other than violence and turmoil

1) In our own day, lots of people are rightly upset about racism.  The Catholic Church has ALWAYS been against racism, and can’t say it more strongly.  We’ve been against it since the first chapter of Genesis, since God said we are all made in God’s image and likeness

A sampling of teachings through the centuries: since all people have the same dignity as creatures made in his image and likeness…Since something of the glory of God shines on the face of every person, the dignity of every person before God is the basis of the dignity of persons before other persons. Moreover, this is the ultimate foundation of the radical equality and brotherhood among all people, regardless of their race, nation, sex, origin, culture, or class.

Elsewhere (just 2 of thousands of places) “For those who live a new life in Christ, racial and cultural differences are no longer causes of division”

Has every Catholic lived that belief perfectly – absolutely not.  Some today are pointing to the sins of the past, of the Church, Christianity, etc. and we own all of that.  But Catholicism should not be judged by the people who don’t live the faith out.  Hitler, and Mussolini were baptized Catholics.  Yet no one judges Catholicism by those two.

2) So, as we have riots going on around the country about racism, I’d like to talk about the racism of seemingly the one person who has not been targeted: Margaret Sanger who would eventually become the founder of Planned Parenthood.  I’d like to give you a few quotes than because this is probably the most under-reported story of the last 100 years, and I want you to ask “why are we not hearing about these things”

You don’t have to go back through decades of obscure tweets, rereading with a fine tooth comb old social media posts.  These are all in her short, accessible, writings.

In a letter to Dr. C.J. Gamble “We do not want word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population and the minister is the man who can straighten out that idea if it ever occurs to any of their more rebellious members.”

In a letter concerning the Negro Project she founded in 1939 we read: “The project would hire three or four ‘colored Ministers, preferably with social-service backgrounds, and with engaging personalities’ to travel throughout the South and propagandize for birth control, since ‘the most successful educational approach to the Negro is through religious appeal.’ . 

Sanger spoke at a Ku Klux Klan rally in 1926 in Silver Lake, New Jersey. Following the invitation, Sanger describes her elation after receiving multiple speaking requests from white supremacy groups. She writes of the experience on page 366 of her book, An Autobiography:

“I accepted an invitation to talk to the women’s branch of the Ku Klux Klan … I saw through the door dim figures parading with banners and illuminated crosses … I was escorted to the platform, was introduced, and began to speak … In the end, through simple illustrations I believed I had accomplished my purpose. A dozen invitations to speak to similar groups were proffered.”

Do we have a documented case of someone proud to have spoken at a Klan rally who still has streets and awards named after her, and statues still standing?  We have statues being pulled down of Frederick Douglas and Abraham Lincoln, but Sanger’s legacy has remained unquestioned for the past 100 years?  How is that possible?

A sampling of her statements on immigrants:

“There were 1.6 million illiterate foreigners in the United States when the 1910 Census was taken.  Do these elements give promise of a better race?  Are we doing anything genuinely constructive to overcome the situation?”         Women and the New Race

“These foreigners who have come in hordes have brought with them their ignorance of hygiene and modern ways of living and that they are handicapped by religious superstitions is only too true”  Women and the New Race

“Civilized nations are penalizing talent and genius, to coddle and perpetuate the choking human undergrowth, which, as all authorities tell us, is escaping control and threatens to overrun the whole garden of humanity.”  Pivot of Civilization

“We are paying for, and even submitting to, the dictates of an ever-increasing, unceasingly spawning class of human beings who never should have been born at all.”

She uses “feeble minded” seemingly 2,000 times.  It is chilling.  She means, one can assume, all those not as smart as her, those suffering mental illness and she makes the case, over and over again, that “the feeble minded are notoriously prolific in reproduction.”

She also was supportive of, get this, the FORCED STERILIZATION of these human persons:
“The emergency problem of segregation and sterilization must be faced immediately.  Every feeble minded girl or woman of the hereditary type, especially of the moron class, should be segregated during the reproductive period.  Otherwise, she is almost certain to bear imbecile children, who in turn are just as certain to breed other defectives.  The male defectives are no less dangerous….we prefer the policy of immediate sterilization, of making sure that parenthood is absolutely prohibited to the feeble minded…”

She wrote into the charter of the American Birth Control League “Sterilization of the insane and feebleminded and the encouragement of this operation upon those afflicted with inherited or transmissible diseases”

“The grosser, the more obvious, the undeniably feeble minded should, indeed, not only be discouraged BUT PREVENTED from propagating their kind.”  Pivot of Civilization

And she was for purifying the white race:

“Birth control itself, often denounced as a violation of natural law, is nothing more or less than the facilitation of the process of weeding out the unfit, of preventing the birth of defectives or of those who will become defectives”  Women and the New Race

“Every detail of this sordid situation means a problem must be solved before we can ever clear the way for a greater race in America”

“The mating of a moron with a person of sound stock may gradually disseminate this trait far and wide until it undermines the vigor and efficacy of an entire nation and an entire race.”  Pivot of Civilization

All this just to establish that for one hundred years, the work of Margaret Sanger has avoided scrutiny by people otherwise (and thankfully) looking to uproot any one who has said anything hinting at racism.  A person who spoke at a Klan Rally, was completely focused on rooting out immigrants, and was for a purification of the white race and forced sterilization of people with mental illness…how has she survived scrutiny?

And even SHE HATED ABORTION.  In fact, it seems, from a Catholic perspective, to be the one thing Margaret Sanger got right.

She said: “I assert that the hundreds of thousands of abortions performed in America each year is a disgrace to civilization” Women and the New Race

Planned Parenthood, founded by Margaret Sanger to AVOID abortions, is now the largest abortion provider in our country

Dr. Alveda King, niece of Doctor Martin Luther King Jr., remarked on the error of Planned Parenthood’s abortion-on-demand corporate ideology:
“The most obvious practitioner of racism in the United States today is Planned Parenthood, an organization founded by the eugenicist Margaret Sanger.”

Saint Mother Teresa knew that if a mother could kill her child in the womb, then anyone could do anything imaginable to any other person. 

As long as abortion is allowed, this violence and upheaval that we see is the culmination of 50 years of legalized abortion

Contraception championed by Margaret Sanger has undeniably resulted in an absolute implosion of the family.  And abortion, following in contraception’s wake, has resulted in an absolutely hardened, cold, and cruel world wherever it is practiced. 

At the beginning of the Book of Deuteronomy, God tells Moses the Israelites will be given the authority to wipe out the people living in the Promised Land because the occupants of the land at the time did two things:
1)   Worship false gods
2)  Sacrifice their children to these false gods

In a moment, toward the end of the Eucharistic Prayer, I will say “May this Sacrifice of our reconciliation, we pray, O Lord, advance the peace and salvation of ALL the world.”

Sacrificing children to other gods has never worked, but has only brought destruction on people.  This is the only sacrifice, the Sacrifice of Christ on the Cross, that can ever bring peace to our broken world.  Thanks be to God for the opportunity to join ourselves to this Sacrifice while we groan in labor pains for the redemption of our bodies and the return of Christ.

"Read the Bible in a Year" Podcast, day 90: 1 Samuel 4-6

If you are following along with us, these are the chapters for Saturday, July 11th, Memorial of Saint Benedict



Tuesday, July 7, 2020

"Read the Bible in a Year" Podcast, day 86: Judges 16-18

"Sampson and Delilah"

If you are following along with us, these are the chapters for Tuesday, July 7th



Friday, July 3, 2020

"Read the Bible in a Year" Podcast, day 82: Judges 4-6

If you are following along with us, these are the chapters for Friday, July 3rd, Feast of St. Thomas the Apostle




Thursday, July 2, 2020

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Monday, June 29, 2020

Sunday, June 28, 2020

Saturday, June 27, 2020

Friday, June 26, 2020

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

"Read the Bible in a Year" Podcast, Day 73: Psalm 91 and Joshua 1-3

If you are following along with us, these are the chapters for Wednesday, June 24th, the Solemnity of the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist



Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Monday, June 22, 2020

Homily: "Do not judge" is NOT the same as "be silent"

Admonishing the sinner is a WORK OF MERCY Deal with the beam in your eye. Then... be merciful. Admonish the sinner.