On Thanksgiving

by Fr. Charles Irvin November, 1997 Given at an Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service for the Village of Manchester, Michigan   Jesus gave us the Beatitudes as guideposts for happiness, happiness being not something that we get but rather something that results from the way we live. We are not able to Continue Reading →

On The Cross

by Fr. Charles Irvin March, 1997 The Cross of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is a sign of contradiction. It is the core symbol of all Christians. It stands at the very summit of Christ’s saving entrance into humanity, and it stands at the very bottom of Christ’s degradation. Continue Reading →

On Natural Law – Part I

by Fr. Charles Irvin May,1995 Natural Law is found in human reason; human reason discovers Natural Law. Natural laws are those first principles, those self- evident principles, that require no proof; that demand the assent of the human mind, unless it wishes to risk insanity; they are not simply the Continue Reading →

Give to Caesar…

by Fr. Charles Irvin October, 1996 [These observations were written for a homily given on October 20, 1996, the Twenty-Ninth Sunday of the Year, in the Lectionary’s A-Cycle, the scripture passages being taken from Isaiah 45:1,4-6; 1 Thessalonians 1:1-5; Matthew 22:15-21] One of the most vexing issues of our time, Continue Reading →

On The Ordination of Women

by Fr. Charles Irvin July, 1996 Ordaining women as priests? There have been a lot of arguments both for and against this proposal from varying points of view, the more popular of them being politically based. I say politically based because they are constructed on grounds that assume the Church Continue Reading →