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Archive for May, 2011

Proud or Humble?

May 31, 2011 0 Comments
Proud or Humble?

At first glance, Mary appears to speak out of both sides of her mouth in today’s gospel. On one hand, she rejoices that God scatters the proud in their conceit. Yet on the other hand, she rejoices that all generations will call her blessed- an assertion that, taken in isolation, sounds like a prideful boast. […]

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Downward and Deeper into Sexual Confusion: Parents Choose to Raise "Genderless" Child

May 30, 2011 52 Comments

It is no secret that our culture as a whole is descending into an ever-deeper sexual confusion. Recently two examples of this were in the news. In the first article which I summarize here, a Canadian couple have chosen to raise (impose upon?) their child a “genderless” upbringing. For now, they have refused to tell […]

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On the Memorare of Memorial Day

May 29, 2011 9 Comments
On the Memorare of Memorial Day

Memorial Day, for many, means the beginning of Summer. To others, it is a day off to shop. But, as I am sure you really know Memorial Day is a day to honor those who have died in the service of this country. The word “memorial” comes from the Latin Memorare which is in an  […]

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The Hungers of Our Hearts

May 29, 2011 9 Comments
The Hungers of Our Hearts

While teaching a group of small children, Sister Briege McKenna said, “When you receive your first Holy Communion, Jesus will come and live in your heart.” One little girl piped up and asked, “Oh, do you mean with his furniture and everything?” Well, there is no furniture involved, of course. But Jesus does come and […]

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Living the Lessons of Love – A Meditation on the Gospel for the 6th Sunday of Easter

May 28, 2011 13 Comments

In the Gospel for today’s Mass Jesus gives us three lessons on love which are meant to prepare us for the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. They also go a long way towards describing the normal Christian life. Too many Christians see the Christian Faith more as a set of rules to keep, […]

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Just Doing Our Job

May 28, 2011 0 Comments
Just Doing Our Job

Few of us welcome being challenged, criticized, or told that something about us needs to change. Instead of keeping an open mind, we usually react with defensiveness, anger, or fear. We might make excuses, stop our ears, or dismiss our critic as being off-kilter or a “goody two-shoes.” It’s easier to silence the challenging voice, […]

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Picturesque and Pilgrim Papa – Two Lighthearted Videos on Pope Benedict

May 27, 2011 10 Comments

I don’t know why, but it’s funny to see the Pope on the phone. I am not sure where I got this photo. It has just been in my collection since shortly after Pope Benedict became Pope. But again I say, that it strikes me as odd to see him on the phone, and I […]

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God in the Midst of the Storm – A Meditation on the Mystery of God’s Providence

May 26, 2011 33 Comments
God in the Midst of the Storm – A Meditation on the Mystery of God’s Providence

We are all struck by the fury and devastation in the Midwest this year. And we are left to wonder why and how God allows it. And old song says, Does any one know where the love of God goes when the waves turn the minutes to hours? ….And all that remains is the faces […]

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