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What the Story of St. Mark Teaches Us About Reconciliation

April 25, 2018 0 Comments
What the Story of St. Mark Teaches Us About Reconciliation

Today’s Feast of St. Mark (also known as John Mark) reminds us that the Gospel occurs within the human setting and condition. Mark was at the center of the tension between Paul and Barnabas; their differences were so severe that it led to a parting of ways. Yet St. Mark, despite his less-than-stellar beginning in […]

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A Call to Humility in the Mystery of the Seven Thunders

April 24, 2018 1 Comment
A Call to Humility in the Mystery of the Seven Thunders

In the Office of Readings last week, we examined some of the more terrifying passages from the Book of Revelation, related to the seven trumpets, seals, and bowls of wrath. There is also a reference to the underreported “seven thunders,” reminding us that there are some things that are not for us to know. Then […]

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On the Worthy Reception of Holy Communion (part two)

April 23, 2018 13 Comments
On the Worthy Reception of Holy Communion (part two)

In yesterday’s post we considered the term “closed communion,” the practice of offering Holy Communion only to those who hold to the full doctrine of the Church. This practice emphasizes that communion of mind and heart to all the Holy Catholic Church teaches to be revealed by God is included in the “Amen” that affirms […]

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On the Worthy Reception of Holy Communion (part one)

April 22, 2018 14 Comments
On the Worthy Reception of Holy Communion (part one)

Last week in the Office of Readings of the Liturgy of the Hours, we read this from St. Justin Martyr: No one may share the Eucharist with us unless he believes what we teach is true; Unless he is washed in the regenerating waters of baptism for the remission of his sins, and unless he […]

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The King of Love My Shepherd Is – A Homily for the 4th Sunday of Easter

April 21, 2018 5 Comments
The King of Love My Shepherd Is – A Homily for the 4th Sunday of Easter

On this fourth Sunday of Easter, we turn a corner of sorts. Up until now we have been reading of the resurrection appearances themselves. Today we begin to see how the risen Lord ministers to us as the Good Shepherd. In effect, the Lord gives us four basic pictures or teachings of how, as the […]

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Picture This! A Reminder About Evangelization in a Commercial

April 20, 2018 0 Comments
Picture This! A Reminder About Evangelization in a Commercial

The commercial below reminds us of an important insight for evangelization. It features a barber shop where business is slow. Things pick up quickly, however, when they begin to post photos of recent customers sporting their new haircuts. The pictures showcase the good results of a haircut and bring “getting a haircut” from the world […]

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Your Life is Not About You, As Illustrated in a Biblical Story

April 19, 2018 1 Comment
Your Life is Not About You, As Illustrated in a Biblical Story

In Wednesday’s reading, the Acts of the Apostles sets forth an event that amounts to a tale of one Church in two cities or regions. It illustrates well a couple of points: that the Church is always in need of reform and that our lives are not merely about us and what we want. Let’s […]

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What a Pile of Dry Leaves Can Teach Us About Humility

April 18, 2018 0 Comments
What a Pile of Dry Leaves Can Teach Us About Humility

We tend to think that happiness is the result of the right circumstances or external factors. If I just have a little more money, or live in this place or that, or arrange the right sort of pleasures, or be with just the right people, then I will be happy. Of course, this doesn’t really […]

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