Michael Giesler

Education

University of Notre Dame
Dates: 1966

B.A.   General program of liberal studies (Great Books), with minor in Classics.

University of Navarre (Pamplona, Spain)
Dates: 1970

M.A.   Dissertation on Pre-Socratic Philosophy: The Meaning of the Logos in Heraclitus

University of Navarre (Pamplona, Spain)
Dates: 1971

S.T.D.   Doctoral dissertation on Psalm (117) 118: The Meaning of the Rejected Stone verse in the Bible and in the Church.

Experience

Teaching & Pastoral Experience

2014 -      Adjunct Professor, Kenrick-Glennon Seminary

2001-2013    Chaplain at Wespine Study Center

1998-2001     Chaplain at the Elmbrook University Center, Cambridge, MA

1990-1998     Chaplain at Wespine Study Center, St. Louis, MO

1982-1989     Member of the directive staff of the Midwest Theological Forum, an educational service of activity of priests of the Opus Dei prelature

1980-1982     Chaplain at Riverside Study Center (near Columbia University, New York)

1974-1979     Collaborated in educational efforts of Opus Dei in the United States

1979     Priestly Ordination

1971-1973     Associate Professor of Biblical Theology at the University of Navarre
 

Publications

Books

Christ the Rejected Stone (University of Navarre Press, Pamplona, Spain,  1974. 282 pages). Literary and theological study of Psalm 118:22-23, and its meaning "in Ecclesia". After a historical critical study of possible settings for the composition of the Psalm, the book traces the history and interpretation of the cornerstone verse in Hebrew Scripture, the New Testament, and later Church Fathers and councils.

 

Guidebook for Confessors (Scepter Publishers, New York, 2010. 139 pages)  Beginning with a consideration of the universal call to holiness, the book provides counsels for priests in administering the sacrament of Penance. It especially covers how to give pastoral care and effective advice for different kinds of penitents.

 

Trilogy of historical novels on the lives of the early Christians: Junia (2002, 120 pages); Marcus (2004 127 pages); Grain of Wheat (2008, 211 pages) All printed by Scepter Publishers, New York. Books depict the story of a fictional Roman family living in the second century, along with the experiences of the Christian community in that era. Based on the lives of Saint Cecilia and Saint Justin Martyr.

 

Called by Name (Create Space Independent Publishing, 2010, 112 pages) A series of reflections for diocesan priests, with a Foreword written by Most Reverend Robert Carlson of Saint Louis. Highlights the importance of generosity, piety, and fidelity within the priestly vocation, along with some of the most common pitfalls and temptations that priests today can face.

 

You see me, you hear me (Scepter, New York, 2012. 90 pages) A short guide to prayer for young adults. Includes the concept of communication with God, topics to consider in his presence, and the obtaining of resolutions, affections, and inspirations from prayer which can apply to daily life.

 

Articles

ARTICLES OF BIBLICAL CONTENT

 

"Mary and Scripture" (Midwest Theological Forum Address, Fourth Annual Seminar Proceedings, April 11-13, 1988, 6 pages) Analysis of key Marian texts in the Old and New Testaments, in the light of subsequent Magisterial teachings, particularly those of Pope John Paul II in his encyclical Mother of the Redeemer (1987).

 

"The Gospel Truth" (Scepter Booklet #178, Scepter Publishers, New York, 1989. 28 pages)  Critical study of the Sola Scriptura question as well as the influence of the "formegeschichte" school on modern biblical scholarship. The booklet emphasizes the need to read the gospels within the context of the living tradition of the Church.

 

"Sound Doctrine and the Dawn of Magisterium" (Homiletic and Pastoral Review, April 1997, 6 pages).  Study of the expression for sound doctrine (ougainousei didaskalia) in the pastoral letters to Timothy and Titus.  Emphasizes the reality of spoken traditions in early Christianity, along with the intrinsic connection between Christian catechesis and a good moral life.

 

"The Mystery of Actualization in the Bible" (Lay Witness, October 2000, vol.21, no.8   4 pages) Recapturing the original message of Scripture and bringing it to the present: the unique and indispensable role of the Holy Spirit in this process. The example of Psalm 118:22-23 and other texts.

 

"Homily Guide" (Midwest Theological Forum,  1999, Chicago, IL. 28 pages).  A practical help for clergy in preparing homilies or talks. Provides leading ideas that connect Scripture readings for all Sundays and Feasts of the Liturgical Year with pertinent quotes from the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

 

"Brown's Birth of the Messiah Revisited" (Homiletic and Pastoral Review, February 2001, 8 pages).  A critical review of Father Brown's  1977 book.  The article questions some of its basic assumptions about the historicity and meaning of the Matthaean and Lucan infancy narratives, especially those derived from an overly narrow application of the historical critical method.

 

"The Rejected Stone and the Living Stones" (Journal Letter and Spirit, vol. IV Temple and Contemplation, Saint Paul Center for Biblical Theology, 2008 8 pages)  Based on the earlier published book, the article examines Psalm 118:22-23  in the light of New Testament Christology land Ecclesiology, especially in the light of Kingdom and Temple prophecies from Hebrew Scripture.

 

 

 

 

 

OTHER ARTICLES OF A MORAL OR SPIRITUAL NATURE

 

"Opus Dei and the Sanctification of Daily Work" (Homiletic and Pastoral Review, February,  1988, 6 pages)  A description of the spirituality of the Catholic prelature Opus Dei, and its contribution to the Church and humanity in the twentieth century. Includes a commentary on the concept of work as presented in the first chapters of Genesis.

 

"The Law Within" (This Rock, magazine of Catholic apologetics and evangelization, San Diego, January 1991,6 pages).  A brief review of the classical concept of the natural law in philosophy and theology, and some practical applications to daily life in the U.S. The twin dangers of relativism and individualism are examined, particularly in relation to family life.

 

"The Roots of Christian Optimism" (The Catholic Answer, March/April1994, Huntington, IN, 7 pages) An essay on the profound and continuing effect of the Incarnation on history, and on people's personal lives and attitudes. The true meaning of Christian joy and hopefulness.

 

"The Mystery of Co-Redemption" (The Catholic Answer, March/April  1995 Huntington, IN 6 pages)  The ability to co-redeem is founded on union with Christ the only Redeemer---through the sacraments, personal prayer, and sacrifice. The value of suffering because of its ability to transform lives and human society.

 

"Teaching and Preaching about Chastity" (The Priest Magazine, July 1991, Huntington, IN, 6 pages)  Practical advice for priests on how to appreciate and live chastity better in their own lives, and how to encourage and guide the faithful---through effective  preaching and spiritual direction---towards living this essential virtue within their state of life.

 

"Purity as a Joyful Affirmation" (Homiletic and Pastoral Review, January 2000, 4 pages) A sample homily that speaks of the greatness and importance of holy purity, along with the most common sins and faults against it The homily encourages the faithful to struggle sincerely and confidently to practice this virtue better, and to experience it as a true affirmation of love for God and others.

 

"The Enduring Value of Corporal Mortification" (The Catholic Social Science Review  10 2005, 23 pages)  Presents evidence from Sacred Scripture and the history of the Church on the importance of self-denial …in becoming more like Christ, and bringing redemption to others.  Addresses a few of the common misconceptions about corporal mortification in today's world, and cites many examples of bodily penance in the lives of the saints throughout the centuries.

 

"Celibacy in the First Two Centuries"  (Homiletic and Pastoral Review, January 2009, 6 pages)  A study of how the vocation to celibacy was lived by the early Christians ...not only by the ordained clergy, but by the lay faithful of both sexes.  Contains references to key testimonies from writers of both apostolic and immediate post-apostolic times.

 

"How the first Christians changed the world (and what we can learn from them)"  (This Rock, Catholic Apologetics and Evangelization,  October, 2008 6 pages).  An overview of the lives of the early followers of Christ, and how they transformed pagan society.  Contains specific examples of their love for the Eucharist, mutual charity and family life, divine filiation, and joy.

 

"Contracepting America: the Real War against Women"  (An article posted online at mercatomet.com  (June 12, 2012, 2 pages)  How contraceptive practices have hurt women, both physically and psychologically, despite claims to the contrary by the Media and other popular sources.