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Come Over Here Where the Feast of the Lord is Going On – A Homily for the 18th Sunday of the Year

August 1, 2015 1 Comment

All of the readings in today’s Mass speak of human desire. The Israelites in the desert are hungry, so are the people by the lakeside with Jesus. And in the Epistle, St. Paul warns of corrupted desires. In all of the readings, God teaches us that our desires are ultimately directed to Him, who alone […]

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Faith Comes Through Hearing – As Seen in a Beautiful Video

July 31, 2015 4 Comments
Faith Comes Through Hearing – As Seen in a Beautiful Video

Below is a touching video of a hearing-impaired infant who, after being fitted with a hearing aid, hears the voices of his parents for the very first time. Initially, the child fidgets, afraid of what is happening. But as the voices of his parents reach his soul, a smile of joy and recognition blossoms on […]

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On the Biblical Roots and Requirements of Church Design

July 30, 2015 15 Comments
On the Biblical Roots and Requirements of Church Design

In yesterday’s readings at Mass we read about how Moses laid out the “tent of meeting” exactly according to the pattern God gave him up on the mountain. A millennium later John described a similar scene of the sanctuary in Heaven. Few Catholics today realize that God actually did indicate a good deal about how […]

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Pondering and Praying the Prefaces of the Sundays of the Year

July 29, 2015 3 Comments
Pondering and Praying the Prefaces of the Sundays of the Year

I wrote yesterday in a general way about the part of the Mass that is called the “preface.” It is called this because it introduces the Eucharistic Prayer by stating a theme or reason for our gratitude. The text of the preface has a standard opening and closing which surround a varying text that speaks […]

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Hidden Jewels: Appreciating the Prefaces of the Eucharistic Prayer

July 28, 2015 12 Comments
Hidden Jewels: Appreciating the Prefaces of the Eucharistic Prayer

In tomorrow’s blog I will be looking at a few of the “prefaces” we use at Mass (these occur just before the Holy, Holy, Holy (Sanctus)). As a preface to speaking about those prefaces tomorrow, today I would like to consider the purpose of the preface and the dialogue that precedes it. For, indeed, a […]

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

July 27, 2015 10 Comments
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 5 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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