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Three Teachings from the Lord on Prayer

July 23, 2016 0 Comments
Three Teachings from the Lord on Prayer

Last week’s Gospel featured the Lord insisting that prayer was “the one thing necessary.” This week, we see the disciples’ request that the Lord teach them on prayer. In answer, the Lord gives three basic teachings or prescriptions for prayer. Let’s look at these three prescriptions. I. Pattern of Prayer – The Gospel opens as […]

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Not All Things Are as They First Appear, As Seen in a Commercial

July 22, 2016 0 Comments
Not All Things Are as They First Appear, As Seen in a Commercial

In the video below, things are not as they initially appear. Our eyes are easily deceived. Further, we tend to make rash judgments. Enjoy being fooled for a moment and then consider the need for deliberation and a patient spirit until all or most of the facts are in. Here are some appropriate references from […]

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Why is Original Sin Called the “Sin of Adam”?

July 21, 2016 0 Comments
Why is Original Sin Called the “Sin of Adam”?

Original sin is that first sin of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, committed when they ate the forbidden fruit of the Tree of the knowledge of good and evil (Gen 3:1-7). And while it clearly involved both of them, Scripture and Tradition refer to it formally as the “Sin of Adam” or “Adam’s […]

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Our Most Primal Fear and the Source of Our Bondage

July 20, 2016 1 Comment
Our Most Primal Fear and the Source of Our Bondage

Let’s ponder a significant yet often overlooked text from Hebrews, which describes our most basic and primal fear. Our inordinate fear of what people think of us is rooted in an even deeper fear, one which is at the very core of our being. The Hebrews text both names it and describes it as being the […]

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Fatherhood and Mercy

July 19, 2016 0 Comments
Fatherhood and Mercy

Last weekend I was out in Anacortes, Washington (about a hundred miles north of Seattle) preaching at the Faith on Fire conference. One of the talks I gave was entitled “Mercy and Fatherhood.” In it, I spoke about how a father can show mercy to his children. What follows is my notes for that talk. […]

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How Do You Solve the Problem of Violence? A Commentary on Superheroes

July 18, 2016 1 Comment
How Do You Solve the Problem of Violence? A Commentary on Superheroes

There was more violence this past weekend. A man, whatever his grievance, killed three police officers and wounded four others. Pray for their souls. And what has this gotten us? More anger. And no progress on justice at all. History is replete with the failures of those who thought they could usher in justice with […]

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Don’t Think, Look! A Meditation on the Need for the Mystical

July 17, 2016 3 Comments
Don’t Think, Look! A Meditation on the Need for the Mystical

Our intellect is our greatest strength and one of our greatest blessings, yet almost nothing gets us into as much trouble. Our strength is also our struggle. We think we know a few things, and indeed we do—a very few things. The greatest intellects, if they have wisdom and humility, know this. St. Thomas Aquinas […]

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The Priority of Personal Prayer

July 16, 2016 2 Comments
The Priority of Personal Prayer

Today’s Gospel is the very familiar one of Martha and Mary. Martha is the anxious worker seeking to please the Lord with a good meal and hospitality; Mary sits quietly at His feet and listens. One has come to be the image of work, the other of prayer. Misinterpreted? In my lifetime I have heard […]

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