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Who Was Melchizedek?

January 23, 2019 1 Comment
Who Was Melchizedek?

Wednesday’s first reading spoke of the mysterious Melchizedek: This Melchizedek, king of Salem and priest of God Most High, met Abraham as he returned from his defeat of the kings and blessed him. And Abraham apportioned to him a tenth of everything. His name first means righteous king, and he was also “king of Salem,” […]

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What Is Time?

January 22, 2019 4 Comments
What Is Time?

So often in funerals I hear proclaimed the familiar lines from the Book of Ecclesiastes, which speaks to the great mystery we call time; more on its text, in a moment. If I were to ask you to define time, could you do it in a way that really satisfies? For example, some have defined […]

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The Word of God: Handle with Care

January 21, 2019 3 Comments
The Word of God: Handle with Care

The first reading from last Saturday’s daily Mass reminds us of the power that the Word of God can have in our lives if we listen to or read it with devotion. It also reminds us that God’s Word is like a scalpel with which to cut away evil. Indeed, the word of God is […]

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A Reflection on a Sermon of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Refuting Atheistic Materialism

January 20, 2019 2 Comments
A Reflection on a Sermon of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Refuting Atheistic Materialism

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., whose birthday we commemorate on Monday, is best known as a civil rights leader who worked to end racial injustice, but he had other things to say as he preached each Sunday, first in his own assembly and later as he spoke around the country. Among his recorded sermons is […]

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Biblical Basics about Mother Mary – A Homily for the Second Sunday of the Year

January 19, 2019 2 Comments
Biblical Basics about Mother Mary – A Homily for the Second Sunday of the Year

In this Sunday’s Gospel passage of the wedding feast at Cana, there is a theological portrait of both Mother Mary and prayer. Let’s look at the Gospel along five lines: I. The place that Mary has – The text says, There was a wedding at Cana in Galilee and the mother of Jesus was there. […]

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Less is More, as Seen in a Commercial

January 18, 2019 0 Comments
Less is More, as Seen in a Commercial

There is an old saying that sometimes “less is more.” In other words, at some point excess becomes burdensome and pointless. In the commercial below, the upgrades to mowing equipment begin as helpful, but end as silly and even dangerous. Meanwhile, the poor wife struggles with an “upgraded” watering can that is downright burdensome. One […]

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Proverbs for Pro-Lifers

January 17, 2019 7 Comments
Proverbs for Pro-Lifers

We who participate in the March for Life are always in need of the Lord’s strength and guidance, His grace and mercy, in order to see our goal of ending legalized abortion. To that end, I offer some lessons drawn from the 24th chapter of the Book of Proverbs: OUR SUMMONS TO TESTIMONY – If […]

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Our Most Primal Fear and the Source of Our Bondage

January 16, 2019 5 Comments
Our Most Primal Fear and the Source of Our Bondage

At Mass for Wednesday of the first week of the year, we read a text from Hebrews that describes our most basic and primal fear. Our inordinate fear of what people think of us is rooted in an even deeper fear, one that is at the very core of our being. The Hebrews text both […]

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