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Of Hunger and Hallucinations – How the Stages of Starvation Describe the Decaying West

July 27, 2015 1 Comment
Of Hunger and Hallucinations – How the Stages of Starvation Describe the Decaying West

Yesterday’s post dealt with the capacity of this world, by God’s promise, to provide sufficient food for us. While hunger does exist, it is due more to human sinfulness than insufficient resources. But even more prevalent these days than physical hunger is spiritual hunger, if not outright starvation. As is the case with physical hunger, […]

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Of Plenty, Population, and Trust: A Further Reflection on the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fishes

July 26, 2015 8 Comments
Of Plenty, Population, and Trust: A Further Reflection on the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fishes

The multiplication of the loaves and fishes that we read about at Sunday Mass this week was a miracle so astonishing that it is recounted in all four Gospels. And a second, similar instance is recorded in another Gospel. In other words, this sort of miracle by Jesus is recounted five times within the four […]

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What Are Your Five Loaves and Two Fishes? A Homily for the 17th Sunday of the Year

July 25, 2015 3 Comments
What Are Your Five Loaves and Two Fishes? A Homily for the 17th Sunday of the Year

We have in today’s gospel the very familiar miracle of the loaves and the fishes. One is tempted to say, “Oh, that one …” and then tune out. But the gospel today contains a personal appeal from the Lord’s lips to your (my) ears: “Where can we buy enough food for them to eat?” Immediately, […]

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A Meditation on the Swift Brevity of Life, as Seen in a Video

July 24, 2015 2 Comments
A Meditation on the Swift Brevity of Life, as Seen in a Video

The short video below shows the span of one woman’s life, some seventy years in less than two minutes. How quickly she moves through the stages of her life, from infancy to her golden years! My mind drifted back to a photo album my father once assembled not long before his death. In the frontispiece […]

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Veil in Reverse – A Reflection on the Veiling of Moses’ Face

July 23, 2015 5 Comments
Veil in Reverse – A Reflection on the Veiling of Moses’ Face

In most traditional Catholic settings, we think of the veil as something a woman wears, a sign of traditional modesty and prayer. In this sense we consider it something good and positive, though perhaps some among us are less enthusiastic. But in the readings from Exodus that we are hearing in daily Mass, the veil […]

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The Fire Next Time: A Meditation on the Glance of God from the Fiery Cloud

July 22, 2015 10 Comments
The Fire Next Time: A Meditation on the Glance of God from the Fiery Cloud

As we read through the Book of Exodus in daily Mass at this time of year (16th Week of the year) there comes the passage about the crossing of the Red Sea. As God parted the waters, He went on ahead of the people in the fiery column of His presence. And describing the Egyptians […]

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God Still Has His Seven Thousand – A Meditation for Those Who Feel Alone and Discouraged

July 21, 2015 27 Comments
God Still Has His Seven Thousand – A Meditation for Those Who Feel Alone and Discouraged

Last week in the Office of Readings we read of the struggles of Elijah the Prophet, who spent his life fighting the influence of the Canaanite god Baal in Israel. Every now and again in times like these, times of cultural confusion, times when so many Catholics have fallen away from the practice of the […]

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Fortitude, Patience, and Meekness: Three Virtues We Often Separate, but That Belong Together

July 20, 2015 8 Comments
Fortitude, Patience, and Meekness: Three Virtues We Often Separate, but That Belong Together

There is an important interplay and balance between the virtues that many modern minds set in opposition to one another. False dichotomies often prevail when the subtlety of virtues are lost or their meanings are grasped in simplistic or inaccurate ways. Consider three virtues that are related and which enable and moderate one other: fortitude, […]

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