Blog Posts - Father George Rutler



Father Rutler: "A Sign That A Dawn Awaits"

The maxim “It is always darkest before the dawn” supposedly dates to the seventeenth century, but sentiments like it have been around forever. Holy Mother Church moves it beyond the platitudinous “self-help” literature to the realm of fact. C...
by SUNLIT UPLANDS on Dec 18, 2016

A Christian Duty in the Face of Terror

by SUNLIT UPLANDS on Jul 27, 2016

Father Rutler: Ordinary Time

Father George RutlerThe city during summer has a different tone, with many people away but also with all sorts of tourists. In these weeks we are deep into “Ordinary Time” and unless the liturgical meaning of that is understood, it does not seem...
by SUNLIT UPLANDS on Jul 24, 2016

Father Rutler: The Enemies of Religion

At a Vigil Service before the burial of a friend who was a Knight of Malta, a comfortable attorney who was a self-styled “progressivist” took umbrage at a phrase I had read from the daily prayer of that Order: “Be it mine to practice and defend...
by SUNLIT UPLANDS on Jun 12, 2016

Father Rutler: Evidence of Things Unseen

The liturgical calendar is filled with events in the earthly life of Christ. The one time in the year when nothing seems to happen, when chronology is a vacuum, is that space between the Crucifixion and the Resurrection. But the Creed does not admit...
by SUNLIT UPLANDS on May 9, 2016

Father Rutler: The Ocean of God's Mercy

Fr. George RutlerThere is an account of some poor man with nothing to say for himself, nonetheless begging Alexander the Great for a pittance, only to be astonished when the king handed him more than a few gold coins. “Why gold when copper would su...
by SUNLIT UPLANDS on Apr 17, 2016

Father Rutler: A "Beauty Ever Ancient, Ever New"

Fr. George RutlerIt was not enough for Professor Albert Einstein to tell the priest and physicist Father Georges Lemaître that his hypothesis of the Big Bang, which he called the “First Atomic Moment,” was true. He said that it was beautiful, wh...
by SUNLIT UPLANDS on Apr 3, 2016

Father Rutler: Purging the Truth from Language

The fine Latinity of Laetare Sunday means to be joyful, and as the mother of civilization, the Holy Church encourages her children to keep pressing on toward the Easter prize. Just as Eskimos and Arabs have many words for snow and sand, the ample res...
by SUNLIT UPLANDS on Mar 6, 2016

Father Rutler: The Temptation to Fly

Of the temptations to which our Lord allowed himself to be subjected, the most difficult to understand was the temptation to fly. Actually, wanting to fly is not all that peculiar, if by peculiar is meant unique or unusual. Everyone is tempted to fly...
by SUNLIT UPLANDS on Feb 21, 2016

Father Rutler: Fishers of Men

“Duc in altum.” Cast into the deep—or, take the plunge. Christ said it to his disciples (Luke 5:4). When they did as they were told, they caught an astonishing number of fish, and then they left everything and followed him (Luke 5:11). When Bis...
by SUNLIT UPLANDS on Feb 14, 2016

Father Rutler: The Daily Human Struggle

By Father George RutlerThe earliest that Easter can be celebrated is March 22, and that last happened in 1818 when we were not, and it will not happen again until 2285 when we shall be gone. It was very late, April 20, two years ago. That was close t...
by SUNLIT UPLANDS on Feb 7, 2016

Father Rutler: "The Still Small Voice"

Our recent snowstorm missed setting a record by just one-tenth of an inch, almost matching the blizzard of 2006. Even so, it surpassed the storms of 1888, 1947, 1996 and 2010. Going through my files, I found my message in the weekly bulletin of my fo...
by SUNLIT UPLANDS on Jan 31, 2016

Father Rutler: "Yogi" Berra, the Incarnation, and Déjà Vu All Over Again

When Lawrence “Yogi” Berra died last September at the age of ninety, he was remembered with true affection, not only for the kindness that wreathed his life, but also for his charming ways with the English language. He may have seemed like Sherid...
by SUNLIT UPLANDS on Jan 23, 2016

Father George Rutler: Fighting the Good Fight

The following column was written, as he mentions, on New Year's Eve.  We have since learned that Father Rutler has had two major heart surgeries in the past five weeks.  We are appending the following column with a message from Father Rutle...
by SUNLIT UPLANDS on Jan 11, 2016

Father George Rutler: The Brightness of Christmas

It would seem odd that as Christmas draws closer, the Church makes a point of reminding us of Hell. There is no need of reminding if one is awake to the manifestations of great sadness and suffering along the city streets. The whole world is a hodgep...
by SUNLIT UPLANDS on Dec 20, 2015

Father George Rutler: The Parameters of Religion and Science

By Father George RutlerParameters are measurable factors that define a system, in the sense of a criterion or framework—like the parts that make the whole. The parameters of religion and science complement and serve each other, but are not to be co...
by SUNLIT UPLANDS on Dec 14, 2015

Father George Rutler: Christ the King

Our former church was begun in 1857 and rebuilt after a fire in 1892. When I kneel before the high altar, which was moved to its present location in 1907 to make room for the Pennsylvania Station, I think of how the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass has bee...
by SUNLIT UPLANDS on Nov 22, 2015

Father George Rutler on the Supreme Court's Abuse of its Authority

The Supreme Court’s abuse of its authority in the decision redefining marriage as an institution based on feelings rather than fact and sanctioning deviancy as a civil right was expected, but the surprise was its sentimental substitution of nih...
by SUNLIT UPLANDS on Jul 5, 2015

Father George Rutler on the Irish Blasphemy

The Constitution of Ireland begins: “In the name of the Most Holy Trinity, from Whom is all authority and to Whom, as our final end, all actions both of men and States must be referred, / We, the people of Éire, / Humbly acknowledging all our o...
by SUNLIT UPLANDS on May 28, 2015

Father Rutler on "Principalities and Powers"

A weekly column by Father George Rutler.   During the years I have been pastor here, I have written b...
by SUNLIT UPLANDS on Jul 21, 2013


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