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Some Proverbs for the Bishops Gathered in Rome

February 21, 2019 1 Comment
Some Proverbs for the Bishops Gathered in Rome

As the summit on sexual abuse begins in Rome, the prelates of the Latin Rite of the Church are reading from the Book of Proverbs in the Office of Readings of the Liturgy of the Hours. Some of the proverbs listed in today’s reading are particularly appropriate to the task at hand. He who winks […]

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Rare Jewel: Earth-Like Planets May Be Very Rare

February 20, 2019 0 Comments
Rare Jewel: Earth-Like Planets May Be Very Rare

As we conclude our mini-series on the Genesis accounts of creation and the fall, I would like to ponder God’s magnificent work. We are not here by accident; God has carefully arranged things so that we can exist and flourish. In this regard, I have written a good bit over the years about what is […]

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The Mystery of Iniquity – A Meditation on the Mystery of Rebelliousness

February 19, 2019 7 Comments
The Mystery of Iniquity – A Meditation on the Mystery of Rebelliousness

There is a phrase in the Scriptures that, while speaking of mystery, is itself a bit mysterious and is debated among scholars: the “mystery of iniquity.” St. Paul mentions it in Second Thessalonians and ties it to an equally mysterious “man of iniquity” who will appear before Jesus’ second coming. The Latin root of the […]

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Why is Original Sin called the “Sin of Adam,” not the Sin of Adam and Eve?

February 18, 2019 11 Comments
Why is Original Sin called the “Sin of Adam,” not the Sin of Adam and Eve?

Original sin is that first sin of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, committed when they ate the forbidden fruit from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil (Gen 3:1-7). While it clearly involved them both, Scripture and Tradition refer to it formally as the “Sin of Adam” or “Adam’s Sin,” not […]

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How Is Adam’s Sin Different From Eve’s?

February 17, 2019 26 Comments
How Is Adam’s Sin Different From Eve’s?

In Friday’s blog post, I sought to explore the details of original sin and to convey that there are subtleties and stages to it. The sin was more than eating a piece of fruit; there were things that led up to it, both externally and internally. Today I would like to consider how the sacred […]

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Blessing or Woe: You Decide. A Homily for the 6th Sunday of the Year

February 16, 2019 0 Comments
Blessing or Woe: You Decide. A Homily for the 6th Sunday of the Year

The Gospel passage this Sunday is Luke’s version of the Beatitudes. Being paradoxical, they are difficult to understand. We do not usually refer to the poor as blessed, but rather the well off; we do not typically call those who mourn blessed, but rather the joyful. The word “beatitude” itself means “supreme blessedness.” In ancient […]

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A Funny but Helpful Look at Original Sin in a Doritos Commercial

February 15, 2019 2 Comments
A Funny but Helpful Look at Original Sin in a Doritos Commercial

People oversimplify Original Sin in various ways. Some reduce it to the mere eating of a piece of fruit rather than the act of disobedience, mistrust, and ingratitude it really was. Others miss the subtle but important difference in the descriptions of Adam’s sin compared to Eve’s. Of Eve’s sin, Eve herself is a witness. […]

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The Anatomy of Original Sin

February 14, 2019 6 Comments
The Anatomy of Original Sin

In the readings at Mass this week we are pondering the account of original sin. Let’s explore the stages of sin that are manifested in Adam’s and Eve’s struggle. Many tend to describe original sin merely as the eating of a forbidden fruit. While this accurate, it is incomplete and leads many to wonder why […]

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