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Is There Such a Thing as Pure Evil? Here’s What St. Thomas Says.

August 28, 2016 4 Comments
Is There Such a Thing as Pure Evil? Here’s What St. Thomas Says.

We human beings are inclined to thinking categorically and absolutely. But not all (or even most) categories are absolute. Is there such a thing as absolute goodness, with no error admixed? Yes, most assuredly. God is so, as are the saints He has perfected in Heaven. But is there such a thing as absolute evil, […]

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Is there Such a Thing as Pure Evil?

August 28, 2016 0 Comments
Is there Such a Thing as Pure Evil?

We human beings are inclined to thinking categorically and absolutely. But not all (or even most) categories are absolute. Is there such a thing as absolute goodness, with no error admixed? Yes, most assuredly. God is so, as are the saints He has perfected in Heaven. But is there such a thing as absolute evil, […]

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You Have to Serve Before You Sit – A Homily for the 22nd Sunday of the Year

August 27, 2016 3 Comments
You Have to Serve Before You Sit – A Homily for the 22nd Sunday of the Year

In the Gospel for Sunday’s Mass, the Lord Jesus summons us to a deeper appreciation for what brings true honor, for what makes a person truly great. As you may imagine, what the world considers great and honorable is rather different from what God thinks and sees. Let’s look at this Gospel in three parts […]

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Two Biblical Lessons in One Commercial

August 26, 2016 0 Comments
Two Biblical Lessons in One Commercial

In the video below, a little child is troubled by the presence of a golden retriever while strangely consoled by a stuffed lion. The solution? Disguise the dog as a lion so that the child will let the dog approach. It seems a rather strange tactic; most would say that dogs are much nicer than […]

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Decide! Parables on Judgment and the Drama of Human Life

August 25, 2016 3 Comments
Decide! Parables on Judgment and the Drama of Human Life

Today’s Gospel at daily Mass (Friday of the 21st Week of the Year) features one of the many parables in which Jesus paints a picture of the great drama of human life. We are caught up in a great and cosmic battle and must choose sides; there are only two armies and no third way […]

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If You’re Looking for a Book on Prayer, Get This One First

August 24, 2016 4 Comments
If You’re Looking for a Book on Prayer, Get This One First

The Lord says that we have to pray and indicates that without prayer we will give way to temptation. Thus prayer is essential for us to escape sin and keep our lives on the right path. While God offers many graces to overcome sin and live holy lives, those graces are often delivered through the […]

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A Good Reminder from the Lord on Titles and Honors

August 23, 2016 3 Comments
A Good Reminder from the Lord on Titles and Honors

Last Saturday (20th Week of the Year) featured a Gospel in which the Lord cautions us on the use and collection of titles. Speaking of the religious authorities of His day, Jesus lamented, They love places of honor at banquets, seats of honor in synagogues, greetings in marketplaces, and the salutation ‘Rabbi.’ As for you, […]

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Essential Catholic Teachings on the End Times

August 22, 2016 13 Comments
Essential Catholic Teachings on the End Times

We are currently reading from St. Paul’s Second Letter to the Thessalonians in daily Mass, and given the focus of on the “end times,” it might be good to review certain basic Catholic teachings on this matter, the theology of which is called eschatology. The Catholic approach to the end times is different from that […]

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