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It’s Not About You: A Meditation on the Abrupt End of the Acts of the Apostles

May 26, 2016 1 Comment
It’s Not About You: A Meditation on the Abrupt End of the Acts of the Apostles

Last week as we finished the Easter Cycle and crowned it with Pentecost. We also finished the lengthy reading of the Acts of the Apostles. There are two parts of the Acts of the Apostles: The Acts of Peter and those of Paul. But to be honest, the book has an unfinished quality to it. […]

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Evidence of Envy? A Reflection on the Elimination of Valedictorians

May 25, 2016 7 Comments
Evidence of Envy? A Reflection on the Elimination of Valedictorians

Some of you have heard the news that a local school board in Charlotte, North Carolina voted to eliminate the naming of valedictorians. The following appeared on FoxNews.com: Citing what it calls “unhealthy” competition among students, the Wake County school board is the latest in the country to make valedictorians and salutatorians a thing of the past, […]

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And Out You Go! Why Fainting Is So Common in Church

May 24, 2016 0 Comments
And Out You Go! Why Fainting Is So Common in Church

In my over 26 years as a priest (even longer serving in some capacity at the Holy Liturgy) I have witnessed more than a few people faint. Some just slump over; others go out with a real bang. Weddings are a big source of fainting spells, but just about any long Mass produces its share […]

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Why Does Jesus Call the Father Greater If We Teach That the Members of the Trinity Are Equal?

May 23, 2016 7 Comments
Why Does Jesus Call the Father Greater If We Teach That the Members of the Trinity Are Equal?

Many of you know that I write the Question and Answer column for Our Sunday Visitor. Given the celebration of Trinity Sunday this past Sunday, I thought I might reproduce here on the blog a question/answer regarding the Trinity. It is a fairly common question; perhaps you have it, too. Remember that my answers in […]

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Is Love the Cause of Hatred? The Answer May Surprise You

May 22, 2016 7 Comments
Is Love the Cause of Hatred? The Answer May Surprise You

There is an old saying that the opposite of love is not hate; it is indifference. Indeed, it’s pretty hard to hate or even to have a strong aversion to something or someone we don’t really care about. But when we do love, we care. And the stronger our love, the more intense our concern, […]

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One and One and One Are One – A Homily for Trinity Sunday

May 21, 2016 7 Comments
One and One and One Are One – A Homily for Trinity Sunday

There is an old spiritual that says, “My God is so high you can’t get over Him. He’s so low you can’t get under Him. He’s so wide you can’t get around Him. You must come in, by and through the Lamb.” It’s not a bad way of saying that God is “other.” He is […]

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A Dad’s Gotta Do What a Dad’s Gotta Do

May 20, 2016 3 Comments
A Dad’s Gotta Do What a Dad’s Gotta Do

The video below is a bit over the top, but it still communicates a basic point that is too often absent today: a father ought to protect his daughter’s honor. I was a teen in the late 1970s, and though it was towards the end of an era, most of us young men still knew […]

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Nine Brief Examples of the Power of Metaphor

May 19, 2016 4 Comments
Nine Brief Examples of the Power of Metaphor

Words, while an important part of our toolset, can also get in the way of reality. But how can we live without them? On some level we must allow a deep level of language to help us in sorting out reality; words are something that help us to form a mental picture. In particular, we […]

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