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Ten Thousand Thanks Could Never Be Enough – A Meditation on the Astonishing Depth of Every Gift

July 26, 2016 0 Comments
Ten Thousand Thanks Could Never Be Enough – A Meditation on the Astonishing Depth of Every Gift

In developing gratitude, we do well to remember how intertwined our lives are. None of us lives in isolation—none of us can. We may think we’re pretty self-sufficient, but we drive on roads that others built and paid for, and we do so in cars developed and built by others. We use electricity powered by […]

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And with Sweet Sleep Mine Eyelids Close – A Meditation on a Beautiful Hymn of the Night

July 25, 2016 5 Comments
And with Sweet Sleep Mine Eyelids Close – A Meditation on a Beautiful Hymn of the Night

One of the great night prayer hymns, “All Praise to Thee My God This Night,” appears in numerous hymnals of the English tradition. Sadly, it is not in our current breviary, but I hope that the new one might feature it. It was written by Thomas Ken in 1709 and is most often sung to […]

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What Does Jesus Mean When He Says That We Will Be Salted with Fire?

July 24, 2016 0 Comments
What Does Jesus Mean When He Says That We Will Be Salted with Fire?

I was recently asked (through my Our Sunday Visitor column) about one of Jesus’ lesser known sayings. I would go into a little more detail in today’s post. Here is the passage: Everyone will be salted with fire. Salt is good, but if salt becomes insipid, with what will you restore its flavor? Keep salt […]

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Three Teachings from the Lord on Prayer

July 23, 2016 2 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 3 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 14 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 3 Comments
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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