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A Picture of Brotherly Love in a Commercial

February 24, 2017 0 Comments
A Picture of Brotherly Love in a Commercial

There’s something interesting about the love between brothers and the way in which they show it. There’s a combination of competitiveness and deep love: “I get to hassle you, but no one else had better do that!” In the video below, although the older boy continually reminds his younger brother who’s in charge, there’s actually […]

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What Does It Mean to Be Salted with Fire?

February 23, 2017 1 Comment
What Does It Mean to Be Salted with Fire?

The Gospel from yesterday’s daily Mass featured one of Jesus’ lesser-known teachings: Everyone will be salted with fire. Salt is good, but if salt becomes insipid, with what will you restore its flavor? Keep salt in yourselves and you will have peace with one another (Mark 9:49-50). Let’s begin with a few observations about salt […]

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It Is Sometimes Necessary to Risk Giving Offense

February 22, 2017 5 Comments
It Is Sometimes Necessary to Risk Giving Offense

We live in times when many people take offense very easily. While this may have been a human problem seen in all ages, it is particularly evident today, when relativism and subjectivism are so widespread. Relativism is essentially a form of subjectivism. In subjectivism, the measure of truth shifts from the object (i.e., that which […]

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Proverbs to Ponder

February 21, 2017 0 Comments
Proverbs to Ponder

In the Divine Office last week, we read from the Book of Proverbs; in this week’s Masses we are reading from Sirach. Both of these books are part of the Wisdom Tradition. Today, I’ll be reviewing a few of the sayings from Proverbs, but before doing so, I’d like to explain the use of the […]

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Two Presidents at Prayer

February 20, 2017 3 Comments
Two Presidents at Prayer

We live in an age of often strident secularism. If a religious utterance is made by a government official (or it would seem, even a First Lady) a loud cry goes up from an increasingly hostile minority. The platitude about “Separation of Church and State” is usually bandied about, a phrase that does not even […]

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Why Does God Make Us Wait?

February 19, 2017 5 Comments
Why Does God Make Us Wait?

One of the most common frustrations in the spiritual life is the fact that God often makes us wait. Many of our requests are made with an elevated sense of urgency. Frankly, we are in a big hurry about many things—but God is not. Although He could fix every problem in an instant, He does […]

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The Cycle of Hatred and Retribution Ends with Me – A Homily for the 7th Sunday of the Year

February 18, 2017 8 Comments
The Cycle of Hatred and Retribution Ends with Me – A Homily for the 7th Sunday of the Year

In today’s Gospel the Lord is teaching us, by His grace, to break the cycle of hatred and retribution. When someone harms me I may well become angry, and in my anger seek to get back at the offender. If I do that, though, then Satan has earned a second victory and brought the anger […]

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Meeting God in What Is – As Seen in a Commercial

February 18, 2017 4 Comments
Meeting God in What Is – As Seen in a Commercial

I wonder if many of us over forty would say that our life has gone as we planned. Very few of my college friends are now doing anything closely related to their degree. My degree is in computer science, yet today I am a priest. One of my friends studied engineering but is now doing […]

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