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Straining Out Gnats but Swallowing Camels, as Seen in a Commercial

July 20, 2018 0 Comments
Straining Out Gnats but Swallowing Camels, as Seen in a Commercial

In the Gospel of Matthew (Mat 12:1-8), Jesus is rebuked for violating the Sabbath. This reminded me of the video below, which illustrates how we sometimes follow smaller rules while overlooking more important ones in the process. The Lord Jesus was often scorned by the people of His day, who claimed that He overlooked certain […]

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Recovering Reverence for the Lord

July 19, 2018 2 Comments
Recovering Reverence for the Lord

We live in times when many trivialize God or at least reduce Him to someone who can be managed and understood. God the Father has become more of a grandfather or a philosopher king than the Ancient of Days, dwelling in unapproachable light, surrounded in angelic praise and with fire going out before Him. Similarly, […]

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A Brief Reflection on Mortal Sin

July 18, 2018 13 Comments
A Brief Reflection on Mortal Sin

The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches, [M]ortal sin destroys charity in the heart of man by a grave violation of God’s law; it turns man away from God, who is his ultimate end and his beatitude, by preferring an inferior good to him. In mortal sin the will sets itself upon something that is […]

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The Pruning of the Church and Our Response to It

July 17, 2018 9 Comments
The Pruning of the Church and Our Response to It

As we go through the Book of the Prophet Isaiah at Mass this week, we read of Israel’s painful purifications as well as the subsequent punishment of the surrounding nations. God permitted the nations to persecute Israel in order that she be purified, but the iniquity and sin of the nations and of this world […]

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The Call to Integrity in Worship

July 16, 2018 7 Comments
The Call to Integrity in Worship

The first reading for Monday of the 15th week of the year is provocative, especially for those of us who hold the Liturgy in high esteem, as well we should. However, it is possible for us to distort even great things like the Mass and the sacraments. Let’s look at the reading and then draw […]

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The Difference Between Penance and Punishment

July 15, 2018 0 Comments
The Difference Between Penance and Punishment

There is an old rabbinic story that speaks to the danger of being “unbroken.” It also illustrates the difference between penance and punishment. I am relating this story from memory and may have adapted it somewhat over the years, so if you know it in a different way, please be merciful! Here is (my version […]

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Five Fundamental Freedoms for the Christian Evangelizer

July 14, 2018 1 Comment
Five Fundamental Freedoms for the Christian Evangelizer

One of the biggest reasons why most Christians have difficulty evangelizing effectively is that most lack the requisite freedom and simplicity of life to carry forth the task consistently and coherently. In Sunday’s Gospel, the Lord offers some counsel on what is required for effective evangelization. As we read a Gospel like this, it is […]

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Viva Cristo Rey, as Seen in a Commercial

July 13, 2018 2 Comments
Viva Cristo Rey, as Seen in a Commercial

In the car commercial below every imaginable attack is waged on the driver by various nefarious figures, but the driver just keeps on driving. Similarly, we must just keep on preaching and teaching no matter what foolish or evil things assail us, no matter the obstacles. St. Paul reminds us, I charge you in the […]

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