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Five Disciplines of Discipleship – A Homily for the 13th Sunday of the Year

June 25, 2016 0 Comments
Five Disciplines of Discipleship – A Homily for the 13th Sunday of the Year

The Gospel today portrays for us some disciplines that are important for disciples. They are portrayed in the life of Jesus, but are to be applied in our lives. Let’s look at each of them in turn. I. Purposefulness – The text says, When the days for Jesus’ being taken up were fulfilled, he resolutely […]

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What If God Stopped Watching?

June 24, 2016 0 Comments
What If God Stopped Watching?

The commercial below imagines that God’s cell phone battery has run out of juice and He can no longer “watch” the earth. The result? Complete chaos! Of course if God really were to stop watching or regarding His creation, the actual result would be much worse than chaos; it would be complete annihilation. Fortunately, the […]

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Living Near the Edge – A Meditation on Some of God’s More Terrifying Gifts

June 23, 2016 6 Comments
Living Near the Edge – A Meditation on Some of God’s More Terrifying Gifts

Some of God’s gifts come in strange and terrifying packages. I was reminded of this when I read the following lines from the book of Job in the Office of Readings: The earth, though out of it comes forth bread, is in fiery upheaval underneath (Job 28:2). We live just above a fiery cauldron, separated […]

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Like Any Progressive Disease, Sin Has Stages

June 22, 2016 3 Comments
Like Any Progressive Disease, Sin Has Stages

How does it happen that so many people insist on living obstinately in sin until they are ultimately lost? As with all progressive diseases, sin is a sickness that moves through stages, further debilitating and hardening the sinner in his ways. St. Alphonsus Liguori laid out five stages through which sin (if not resisted and […]

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Three Hard Sayings of the Lord That Offend Against Modern Sensibilities

June 21, 2016 3 Comments
Three Hard Sayings of the Lord That Offend Against Modern Sensibilities

The Gospel for today’s Mass features three hard sayings of the Lord. They are difficult for us moderns to hear because they offend against modern sensibilities; we easily taken aback by their abrupt quality. Here are the first two “offensive” sayings: Do not give what is holy to dogs, (Mt 7:6) or throw your pearls […]

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The Lord’s Judgment Will Not Be Delayed Forever – A Meditation on the Ten Lost Tribes of Israel

June 20, 2016 3 Comments
The Lord’s Judgment Will Not Be Delayed Forever – A Meditation on the Ten Lost Tribes of Israel

This post is a kind of follow-on from yesterday’s post as we read the stories of wickedness in ancient Israel and what God did about it. The first reading from Monday’s Mass (of the 12th week of the year) describes a crucial, crushing moment in the history of ancient Israel: the loss of the Northern […]

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Marching to Save Lives and a Nation

June 19, 2016 2 Comments
Marching to Save Lives and a Nation

  The following is from a Homily I preached just prior to our march and prayer vigil at the Planned Parenthood “clinic” being built here in Washington, D.C. The first reading at Mass today (Saturday of the 11th week of the year) is from Second Chronicles; it details the reforms of King Joash and then […]

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Will the Real Jesus Please Stand Up? A Meditation on the Gospel for the 12th Sunday of the Year

June 18, 2016 2 Comments
Will the Real Jesus Please Stand Up? A Meditation on the Gospel for the 12th Sunday of the Year

Today’s Gospel sets forth some parameters for picturing Christ. Sadly, just as in the time of Jesus, many today worship a “designer Messiah.” It is not the real, revealed Christ whom they acknowledge and worship. Rather, it is a Christ of their own fashioning, whom they “carve” in the form of an idol and then […]

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