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A Man with One Watch Knows What Time It Is; a Man with Two Watches Is Never Quite Sure – A Meditation on Following Only One Shepherd

September 2, 2015 3 Comments
A Man with One Watch Knows What Time It Is; a Man with Two Watches Is Never Quite Sure – A Meditation on Following Only One Shepherd

As a kind of follow-up to yesterday’s post on testing everything based on the truth of the Gospel, we might do well to consider that Jesus says, To what shall I compare the people of this generation? What are they like? They are like children who sit in the marketplace and call to one another, […]

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Test Everything; Hold Fast to What Is Good – A Meditation on a Teaching from the Imitation of Christ

September 1, 2015 6 Comments
Test Everything; Hold Fast to What Is Good – A Meditation on a Teaching from the Imitation of Christ

How do you and I regard this world? How do we perceive its offerings, philosophies, and standards? I pray that we soberly assess the things of this world. Sadly, many Christians pass through their days in this world in a very unreflective manner, accepting without critique many ungodly and harmful notions. Almost anything can be […]

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To Teach as Jesus Taught – A Reflection on the Qualities of Jesus as Preacher and Teacher

August 31, 2015 2 Comments
To Teach as Jesus Taught – A Reflection on the Qualities of Jesus as Preacher and Teacher

As a priest I am called to preach and teach, and as such I must look to Jesus Christ as my model. In this I refer to the real Jesus of Scripture. Too many people today have refashioned Jesus into a sort of “harmless hippie,” an affable affirmer, a pleasant sort of fellow who healed […]

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Healing Medicine for Strident Times – A Reflection on a Teaching on the Liturgy from Joseph Ratzinger

August 30, 2015 5 Comments
Healing Medicine for Strident Times – A Reflection on a Teaching on the Liturgy from Joseph Ratzinger

One of the most concise and cogent descriptions of these often strident times came from Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger in 1986. It is contained in, of all places, his treatise on the theology of sacred music in a book called The Feast of Faith (Ignatius Press, 1986). His comments have recently been republished in a larger […]

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The Love of the Law and the Law of Love – A Homily for the 22nd Sunday of the Year

August 29, 2015 6 Comments
The Love of the Law and the Law of Love – A Homily for the 22nd Sunday of the Year

Today’s readings teach a proper understanding of the Law and its relationship to our hearts. The readings go a long way toward addressing the false dichotomy that many set up between love and law, as though the two were opposed; they are not. For if we love God, we want what He wants and love […]

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Every Life is a Story, Only Known Fully by God – A Meditation on a Moving Video

August 28, 2015 8 Comments
Every Life is a Story, Only Known Fully by God – A Meditation on a Moving Video

When my father lay dying, I remember that one of the losses I began to grieve was that he was the keeper of so many family stories. He was the one who could look at an old family photograph, identify all the people, and tell you something about each one. As I saw him lying […]

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St. Monica and the Prayers of Mothers

August 27, 2015 35 Comments
St. Monica and the Prayers of Mothers

On this Feast of St. Monica, who prayed at length for her son, I’d like to say that my mother prayed for me, too! And I really needed (and still need) her prayers. Satan hates priests and seeks above all to get to us. Jesus remarked laconically and pointedly, quoting from Zechariah (13:7), Strike the […]

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Be Catholic to Save the World by Grace! Some Words of Encouragement from the Early Church

August 26, 2015 10 Comments
Be Catholic to Save the World by Grace! Some Words of Encouragement from the Early Church

There are some who would have the Church step back to avoid persecution or giving offense. Perhaps there are assets like buildings and land to protect. And maybe some rapprochement with the world will attract more members. Or so the thinking goes. But a study of earlier periods of persecution reveals a different plan for […]

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