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Decide! Parables on Judgment and the Drama of Human Life

August 25, 2016 0 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 2 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 2 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 8 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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“I am Sending Timothy” – A Brief Summary of St. Paul’s Letters to the Thessalonians

August 21, 2016 0 Comments
“I am Sending Timothy” – A Brief Summary of St. Paul’s Letters to the Thessalonians

In daily Mass this week (21st Week of the Year) we are reading from the Second Letter of Paul to the Thessalonians. I thought it might be helpful to present some notes I have assembled over the years from various sources. My goal is to bring the text a bit more alive and to provide […]

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Sober and Serious about Salvation – A Homily for the 21st Sunday of the Year

August 20, 2016 3 Comments
Sober and Serious about Salvation – A Homily for the 21st Sunday of the Year

In the readings today the Lord describes a danger: our tendency to make light of judgment and not be sober that one day we must account for our actions. In the first reading the Lord sets forth His desire to save us, but we must understand that our will, our yes, is essential to our […]

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Better or Bitter? How Have We Left Our Children?

August 19, 2016 7 Comments
Better or Bitter? How Have We Left Our Children?

The message delivered in the commercial below is puzzling at first. In each case, the young boy on the left appears to be handing something “better” to the young girl on the right. But then you realize that it is actually a father handing something “better” to his daughter than he had as a child: […]

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I Got a Robe! A Teaching on One of the Most Shocking Parables Jesus Ever Told

August 18, 2016 4 Comments
I Got a Robe! A Teaching on One of the Most Shocking Parables Jesus Ever Told

The Gospel from Thursday’s Mass (Thursday of the 20th Week of the Year) contains one of the most shocking parables Jesus ever told. It is the Parable of the Wedding Feast from the Gospel of Matthew, and it tells the story of a king who gives a wedding banquet for his son. Most know it well, […]

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