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Love Endures All Things, as Seen in a Commercial

August 17, 2018 0 Comments
Love Endures All Things, as Seen in a Commercial

In his classic description of love, St. Paul says, Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things (1 Cor 13:7). I remember discovering this when I was in the 7th grade. A very pretty girl needed help carrying some heavy books; I had wanted to meet her and saw my […]

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A Grief Observed

August 16, 2018 18 Comments
A Grief Observed

I like many of you am grieving these days. I will not speak directly to it here, but I think you know why I am grieving. I don’t do grief well. But I have learned to study it in others and thus find my way. My father died more than 10 years ago, and except for […]

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On the “Benefits” of Heresy

August 15, 2018 6 Comments
On the “Benefits” of Heresy

In times like these, filled with errors and a resurgence of heresies (old or recast as new), there is a cry that goes up among the faithful: “How long, O Lord?” We may wonder why the Lord permits such errors to flourish. St. Augustine pondered the question as well: But that is precisely why divine […]

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Important Reminder: God is more Powerful than Satan

August 14, 2018 0 Comments
Important Reminder: God is more Powerful than Satan

In the work of deliverance ministry, one of the first obstacles to overcome in the afflicted soul is an exaggerated notion of the power of Satan and his demons. Often the troubled person is experiencing a time of crisis. Overwhelmed, he is often scared and sees only darkness. The power of the evil one seems […]

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Here’s What Grows in King Jesus’ Garden

August 13, 2018 0 Comments
Here’s What Grows in King Jesus’ Garden

Flowers, besides being beautiful, have often been used in Christian tradition to signify virtues and remind us of the saints. For example, consider this brief meditation of St. Augustine on the virtues related to our state in life: I tell you again and again, my brethren, that in the Lord’s garden are to be found […]

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How Justice and Mercy are Alike with God

August 12, 2018 6 Comments
How Justice and Mercy are Alike with God

Many people today set mercy and justice in opposition to each other, but where is mercy if justice is absent? Could the victims of genocide really be said to experience mercy if their unrepentant killers were ushered past them into the Kingdom of Heaven? Could Heaven even be Heaven if unrepentant sinners dwelled there? At […]

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Five Aspects of Faith – A Homily for the 19th Sunday of the Year

August 11, 2018 1 Comment
Five Aspects of Faith – A Homily for the 19th Sunday of the Year

The Gospel this Sunday amounts to a summons to faith by Jesus. He is summoning us to faith in Himself and in the truth He proclaims about His presence in the Holy Eucharist. Last week’s Gospel ended with Jesus declaring that He was the bread come down from Heaven. This Sunday’s Gospel opens with His […]

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We Are Wayfarers and Our Food Is the Eucharist, as Seen in a Commercial

August 10, 2018 1 Comment
We Are Wayfarers and Our Food Is the Eucharist, as Seen in a Commercial

The commercial below reminds me of the fact that the Eucharist is our necessary food for the journey; it is the food of wayfarers. In John chapter 6, Jesus teaches that the miraculous manna described in Exodus and Numbers was the food that sustained the ancient Jews in the desert and strengthened them bodily for […]

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