Fr. John Hillier

Christ rising from dead produced unexpected fruits

by Fr. John Hillier

Article 58 – Catechism of the Catholic Church Series Paragraphs 648-655   The History Channel takes us on many interesting adventures. One recent show documented the horrors of World War II. Like the present-day devastation perpetrated by ISIS in Syria … Continue reading

Jesus Offered Himself

by Fr. John Hillier

Article 54 – Catechism of the Catholic Church Series Paragraphs 606-618   “I bring you good news of great joy . . . there has been born to you today … Christ the Lord” (Luke 2:10-11). Good news, indeed, for … Continue reading

“Crucify Him! Crucify Him”

by Fr. John Hillier

Article 53 – Catechism of the Catholic Church Series Paragraphs 595-605 Why did so many people hate Jesus? Answering this question may help explain why so many people hate Catholics today.   We know that many hated Christ in His … Continue reading

JESUS AND THE TEMPLE

by Fr. John Hillier

Article 52 – Catechism of the Catholic Church Series Paragraphs 583-591   The Temple in Jerusalem was first built by King Solomon around 957 BC. It was a place of ancient Israelite and later Jewish worship. The temple was totally … Continue reading

JESUS CHRIST SUFFERED UNDER PONTIUS PILATE

by Fr. John Hillier

Article 51 – Catechism of the Catholic Church Series Paragraphs 571–582 Father John G. Hillier   Religious freedom is a theme that continues to be debated and addressed by presidential candidates and other politicians to the present day. Religious freedom … Continue reading

MYSTERIES OF JESUS’ PUBLIC LIFE

by Fr. John Hillier

Article 50 – Catechism of the Catholic Church Series Paragraphs 535-560   Have your ever considered the 3 different types baptism found in Sacred Scripture? The first is the baptism by John the Baptist offered to his followers, “a baptism … Continue reading

JESUS’ INFANCY AND HIDDEN LIFE

by Fr. John Hillier

Article 49 – Catechism of the Catholic Church Series Paragraphs 522-534 Have you ever found it curious that preparation for the arrival of Christ into the world took many centuries while his actual time on earth in the flesh was … Continue reading

Mysteries of Christ’s Life

by Fr. John Hillier

Article 48 – Catechism of the Catholic Church Series Paragraphs 512-521 Father John G. Hillier   A recent Hollywood film called “The Young Messiah tells the story of Jesus at age seven as he and his family depart Egypt to … Continue reading

Mary – Motherhood – Virginity

by Fr. John Hillier

Article 47 – Catechism of the Catholic Church Series  Paragraphs 495-507 Father John G. Hillier It is most fitting that we reflect on the Blessed Virgin Mary as celebrate her birthday today.   I especially love this section of the … Continue reading

Conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit

by Fr. John Hillier

Article 46 – Catechism of the Catholic Church Series Paragraphs 484-494 Father John G. Hillier When I taught theology at one of our seminaries I especially enjoyed teaching a course called Pneumatology (a fancy way of referring to the study … Continue reading

Original Sin

by Fr. John Hillier

Article 41 – Catechism of the Catholic Church Series Paragraphs 396-412 Do you recall all the cuts, scrapes and other boo-boos you endured as a child from falling off a bike or from a tree? Do you also recall the … Continue reading

Fall of Angels

by Fr. John Hillier

Article 40 – Catechism of the Catholic Church Series Paragraphs 385-395 Like ourselves, saints and sinners down through the years have asked the question, “where does evil come from?” This question has become the topic of innumerable books and articles … Continue reading

In the Image of God

by Fr. John Hillier

Article 38 – Catechism of the Catholic Church Series Paragraphs 355-368   It occurred to me during a recent visit to JFK Hospital in Edison, NJ that the familiar and beautiful notion of being made in the “image and likeness … Continue reading

The Visible World

by Fr. John Hillier

Article 37 – Catechism of the Catholic Church Series Paragraphs 337-349 Father John G. Hillier Sing a song of sixpence a pocket full of rye. Four and twenty blackbirds, baked in a pie. When the pie was opened, the birds … Continue reading

Heaven – the Angels

by Fr. John Hillier

Article 36 – Catechism of the Catholic Church Series   Paragraphs 325-336 Father John G. Hillier   Do you remember the Swedish pop group, Abba, back in the 1970′s? Perhaps you recall one of their more famous songs, “I Have … Continue reading

The Creator – All Powerful

by Fr. John Hillier

Article 32: Catechism of the Catholic Church Series Paragraphs 268-274 Father John G. Hillier “I believe in God the Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth …” How many times have you spoken these words over the years? I watched … Continue reading

The Holy Trinity in the Teaching of the Faith

by Fr. John Hillier

Article 31: Catechism of the Catholic Church Series Paragraphs 249-260 Among the first questions we ask when interviewing a man who is considering a vocation to the holy priesthood is whether he has an undergraduate degree in “Philosophy.” In fact, … Continue reading

The Revelation of God as Trinity

by Fr. John Hillier

Article 30: Catechism of the Catholic Church Series Paragraphs 238-248 Father John G. Hillier   Have you ever considered the fact that the word “Trinity” is found nowhere in the Sacred Scriptures. Whether we look through the Books of the … Continue reading

The Holy Trinity in the Teaching of the Faith

by Fr. John Hillier

Article 29: Catechism of the Catholic Church Series Paragraphs 232-237 All Christians are introduced to the Holy Trinity on the occasion of their baptism. With these sacred words, the Holy Trinity takes up residence in our souls: I baptize you … Continue reading

The Implications of Faith in One God

by Fr. John Hillier

Article 28: Catechism of the Catholic Church Series Paragraphs 222-227 Father John G. Hillier We have all had interesting encounters when visiting hospitals. It was my first visit to Roosevelt-Saint Luke Hospital in New York City on the afternoon of … Continue reading

I Believe in God the Father

by Fr. John Hillier

Article 26: Catechism of the Catholic Church Series Paragraphs 198-202 I Believe in God the Father Father John G. Hillier Over the years it both surprised and bothered me to hear people say that they could not identify with God … Continue reading

The Language of Faith

by Fr. John Hillier

Article 24: Catechism of the Catholic Church Series Paragraphs 170-175 For Catholic Spirit (Week of October 22, 2015 edition) Father John G. Hillier As a child, the language my faith was tied intimately to my imagination as I reflected on … Continue reading

I Believe … We Believe

by Fr. John Hillier

Article 23: Catechism of the Catholic Church series   Paragraphs 166-169   For Catholic Spirit (Week of October 8, 2015 edition)   I Believe … We Believe Father John G. Hillier   As a child, when I was learning to … Continue reading

The Characteristics of Faith

by Fr. John Hillier

Article 22: Catechism of the Catholic Church Series Paragraphs 153-165 For Catholic Spirit (Week of September 24, 2015 edition) Father John G. Hillier What does your faith look like? How would you describe it? What would your life be like … Continue reading

To Believe in God … Father, Son and Holy Spirit

by Fr. John Hillier

Article 21: Catechism of the Catholic Church series Paragraphs 150-152 For Catholic Spirit (Week of September 10, 2015 edition) Father John G. Hillier Throughout my priestly ministry, and even before as a lay Catholic, I do not recall meeting anyone … Continue reading

Humanity’s Response to God

by Fr. John Hillier

Article 20: Catechism of the Catholic Church Series Paragraphs 142-149 Father John G. Hillier   What set of circumstances placed you, yes you, the reader of this  Catechism Series, on the path to living a more faithful Catholic life? What … Continue reading

Sacred Scripture in the Life of the Church

by Fr. John Hillier

Article 19: Catechism of the Catholic Church Series Paragraphs 131-133 Father John G. Hillier   The old proverb, “you can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make it drink,” is probably the oldest English proverb that is still … Continue reading

The Unity of the Old and New Testaments

by Fr. John Hillier

Article 18: Catechism of the Catholic Church series Paragraphs 120-130 Father John G. Hillier   Among the most popular television programs are game shows. Millions of people follow with intense interest the fate of those who play “Jeopardy,” “Wheel of … Continue reading

Truth of Sacred Scripture

by Fr. John Hillier

Article 16: Catechism of the Catholic Church Series Truth of Sacred Scripture Father John G. Hillier When we hear about a popular book, especially one that is a bestseller, we naturally inquire about the author. With regard to the Bible, … Continue reading

Heritage of Faith

by Fr. John Hillier

Article 14: Catechism of the Catholic Church Series Paragraphs 84-95 For Catholic Spirit (Week of June 4, 2015 edition) Heritage of Faith Father John G. Hillier The heading for this section of the Catechism, the Interpretation of the Heritage of … Continue reading

Scriptures, Catechism provide best summary of faith

by Fr. John Hillier

Article 13: Catechism of the Catholic Church Series Paragraphs 80-83 Scripture and Tradition The hit musical “Fiddler on the Roof” almost immediately triggers in people’s minds the theme of “tradition.” The poor Jewish milkman, Tevye, the father of five daughters, … Continue reading

The Transmission of Revelation

by Fr. John Hillier

Article 12: Catechism of the Catholic Church series Paragraphs 74-79 The Transmission of Revelation Father John G. Hillier Each time a bishop is consecrated he receives, through the bishop who consecrates him, his Episcopal lineage. To say it another way, … Continue reading

Jesus: the Fullness of Revelation

by Fr. John Hillier

Article 11: Catechism of the Catholic Church series Paragraphs 65-67 Jesus: the Fullness of Revelation Most faithful Methodists in the middle of the 19th century would have been familiar with the lyrics of hymns written by sacred music author Fanny … Continue reading

Understanding essence of God’s promise of mercy

by Fr. John Hillier

Article 10: Catechism of the Catholic Church series Paragraphs 54-64 The Stages of Revelation Mary’s beautiful “Magnificat,” also known as the “Canticle of Mary” found only in the Gospel of Saint Luke (1:46-55), might be considered a summary of the … Continue reading

Role natural light of reason plays in knowing the Lord

by Fr. John Hillier

Catechism of the Catholic Church series Article 7: Catechism Paragraphs 36-38 Made in God’s Image Animals are “thinking beings” according to the 18th-century Scottish philosopher, David Hume (1711-1776). Using different terminology, German philosopher Immanuel Kant (1724-1804), comes to the same … Continue reading

Introducing the Second Vatican Council

by Fr. John Hillier

Our present Year of Faith (October 2012 to November 2013) coincides with the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council in 1962 and the 20th anniversary of the promulgation of the Catechism of the Catholic Church in … Continue reading

The slaughter of innocence in Newtown

by Fr. John Hillier

On Friday, Dec. 14, I was sitting in my office when I heard the tragic news that a man opened fire inside an elementary school in Newtown, Conn. The tragedy took me on an involuntary journey into the past to … Continue reading