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One and One and One Are One – A Homily for Trinity Sunday

May 26, 2018 0 Comments
One and One and One Are One – A Homily for Trinity Sunday

There is an old spiritual that says, “My God is so high you can’t get over Him. He’s so low you can’t get under Him. He’s so wide you can’t get around Him. You must come in, by and through the Lamb.” It’s not a bad way of saying that God is “other.” He is […]

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Of Letting Go, as Seen in a Commercial

May 25, 2018 0 Comments
Of Letting Go, as Seen in a Commercial

The commercial below should make us ponder what we might need to let go of. In it, a man is so attached to his prized video arcade game that he’s willing to risk his life to keep it. As this commercial shows, we often hang on to things even when we can see how they […]

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Pondering Isaiah’s Advice to Close Our Eyes Lest We “Look on Evil”

May 24, 2018 4 Comments
Pondering Isaiah’s Advice to Close Our Eyes Lest We “Look on Evil”

In this age of nearly instantaneous communication, there is an overwhelming amount of news and information available to us. There is nothing wrong with news and information, but each of us must decide how much exposure, in terms of time and content, is good for us. Not all “Breaking News!” is really that urgent. Too […]

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Is this World a Womb or a Tomb for You?

May 23, 2018 0 Comments
Is this World a Womb or a Tomb for You?

There is a line in the first reading for Wednesday of the seventh week of the year that reminds us to be humble and to realize that things—including us—are passing: You are a puff of smoke that appears briefly and then disappears (James 4:14). This is an antidote of sorts to the modern tendencies of excessive […]

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Why Is There Such Strong Hatred for the Church?

May 22, 2018 9 Comments
Why Is There Such Strong Hatred for the Church?

In the final week of Easter, there were frequent references in the readings to the fact that the world would hate true Christians. For example, If the world hates you, understand that it hated Me first. If you were of the world, it would love you as its own. Instead, the world hates you, because […]

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Five Images of the Holy Spirit from Scripture

May 21, 2018 0 Comments
Five Images of the Holy Spirit from Scripture

One of the quirks of the post-conciliar liturgy is that the octave of Pentecost was dropped. Generally, the post-conciliar age has tried to emphasize the gifts and works of the Holy Spirit, so eliminating the octave of Pentecost is quite paradoxical. The Feast of Pentecost ranks right up there with Easter and the Nativity, both […]

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A Look at the Fruits of the Holy Spirit

May 20, 2018 2 Comments
A Look at the Fruits of the Holy Spirit

On Pentecost, the Holy Spirit was given unto our mission to the ends of the earth. Among His gifts are the fruits of the Spirit which deserve our attention today. The Fruits of the Holy Spirit in the Catholic Catechism and Tradition are drawn largely from St. Paul’s letter to the Galatians where he writes, […]

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The Spirit of the Lord Filled the Earth – A Homily for Pentecost

May 19, 2018 3 Comments
The Spirit of the Lord Filled the Earth – A Homily for Pentecost

What a wondrous and challenging feast we celebrate at Pentecost! A feast like this challenges us because it puts to the lie a lazy, sleepy, hidden, and tepid Christian life. The Lord Jesus said to apostles, and still says to us, I have come to cast a fire on the earth (Luke 12:49). This is […]

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