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Ignoring the Poor Is a Damnable Sin – A Homily for the 26th Sunday

September 24, 2016 0 Comments
Ignoring the Poor Is a Damnable Sin – A Homily for the 26th Sunday

In the Gospel for today about the rich man and Lazarus the Lord gives us some important teachings on judgment and Hell. We live in times in which many consider the teachings on Hell to be untenable. They struggle to understand how a God described as loving, merciful, and forgiving can assign certain souls to […]

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A Glimpse of Our True Enemy, As Seen in a Commercial

September 23, 2016 1 Comment
A Glimpse of Our True Enemy, As Seen in a Commercial

The commercial below is a good illustration of a description of reality supplied by St. Paul. Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against […]

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The Lies of the Devil and the Empty Promises of the World

September 22, 2016 3 Comments
The Lies of the Devil and the Empty Promises of the World

One of the great illusions under which we labor is that if we only get just one more thing from this world, then we will be happy. Perhaps we think that if we just had a little more money, or a better job, or the latest iPhone, or if we were married to so-and-so, or […]

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On Jesus’ Merciful Call of St. Matthew, a Great Sinner

September 21, 2016 0 Comments
On Jesus’ Merciful Call of St. Matthew, a Great Sinner

On the Feast Day of St. Matthew (celebrated Wednesday of this week), we must acknowledge a great mercy in Jesus’ call. As a tax collector, Matthew was considered a great sinner. In fact, the term “tax collector” was a biblical euphemism for great sinner. Yet despite this, Jesus called him to be an Apostle. In […]

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Why Is Our Tolerance for Pain Greater Than It Is for Pleasure?

September 20, 2016 1 Comment
Why Is Our Tolerance for Pain Greater Than It Is for Pleasure?

One of the great mysteries of our life in this world is that we can endure more pain than pleasure. Indeed, we can endure only a little pleasure at a time. In fact, too much pleasure actually brings pain: sickness, hangovers, obesity, addiction, laziness, and even boredom. Yet we seem to be able to endure […]

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One, Holy, Catholic, Apostolic, and Organized! A Biblical Picture of the Early Church in Miniature

September 19, 2016 0 Comments
One, Holy, Catholic, Apostolic, and Organized! A Biblical Picture of the Early Church in Miniature

I’d like to return to a brief Gospel that was read last week at daily Mass (Friday of the 24th Week of the Year). Though terse to the point of leaving a preacher wondering what to say, it actually paints a beautiful picture of the Church. Here is that short passage, followed by some commentary. […]

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The Church Must Be Light, That the World May See

September 18, 2016 3 Comments
The Church Must Be Light, That the World May See

In the Gospel today (Monday of the 25th Week of the Year) the Lord says, No one who lights a lamp conceals it with a vessel or sets it under a bed; rather, he places it on a lampstand so that those who enter may see the light (Lk 8:16). In other words, the Lord […]

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On Being Faithful in a Few Things before Being Ruler over Many Things – A Homily for the 24th Sunday of the Year

September 17, 2016 4 Comments
On Being Faithful in a Few Things before Being Ruler over Many Things – A Homily for the 24th Sunday of the Year

In today’s Gospel, the Lord Jesus gives a penetrating analysis of the state of the sinner and some very sobering advice to us would-be saints. Let’s look at the Gospel in two stages: I ANALYSIS OF THE SINNER – In the opening lines of the Gospel, Jesus describes a sinful steward: DELUSION (of the sinner) […]

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