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1968 – A Year When Many in the Church Drank the Poison of the World

June 19, 2018 0 Comments
1968 – A Year When Many in the Church Drank the Poison of the World

There was something awful about the year 1968. Fifty years later we are still reeling from its effects. Perhaps we do well to ponder the deep wounds that still fester today. I was a young lad at the time, and almost everything I saw on the television news terrified me. Harrowing nightly reports from Vietnam […]

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Fix Me, Jesus; Fix Me – Three Reasons Why Even Our Spiritual Life Needs Fixing

June 18, 2018 0 Comments
Fix Me, Jesus; Fix Me – Three Reasons Why Even Our Spiritual Life Needs Fixing

When I was a good bit younger, in college actually, I had to take a few economics and marketing courses. At that time I thought to myself, “God has a bad marketing department,” since things like Scripture and prayer were often so difficult to understand and do. God seemed to insist that we pray, but […]

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Does Jesus Forbid Self-Defense?

June 18, 2018 7 Comments
Does Jesus Forbid Self-Defense?

In daily Mass for Monday of the 11th Week of the Year, we read a passage from the Sermon on the Mount. It is a challenging text that raises many questions if read in a literal or absolute manner. You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for […]

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If You Can Use Anything Lord, You Can Use Me – A Homily for the 11th Sunday of the Year

June 16, 2018 6 Comments
If You Can Use Anything Lord, You Can Use Me – A Homily for the 11th Sunday of the Year

The readings for this Sunday speak of God’s providence, which is often displayed in humble, hidden, and mysterious ways. While it is true that God sometimes works in overpowering ways, His more common method seems to be using the humble and even unlikely things of the created order to accomplish His goals. For us who […]

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On Honesty and Sincerity, As Seen in a Commercial

June 15, 2018 0 Comments
On Honesty and Sincerity, As Seen in a Commercial

The word honesty comes from the Latin honestas meaning an honor received from others, a kind of “standing in honor” before others (honor + stas (to stand)). It’s interesting that most people are willing to be a little phony in order to get vague appreciation or to be thought well of. (The whole cosmetics industry […]

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What Buzz Lightyear Taught Me About Life

June 14, 2018 7 Comments
What Buzz Lightyear Taught Me About Life

I was interviewed on National Public Radio last year regarding a blog post I had written a few years previously about the movie “Toy Story.” The link to the interview is at the bottom of this post. You may wish to skip my written remarks below and just go to the interview instead, as it […]

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Time to Decide – A Reflection on a Question from Elijah

June 13, 2018 8 Comments
Time to Decide – A Reflection on a Question from Elijah

At Mass for Wednesday of the 10th Week in Ordinary Time, we read a crucial question from Elijah. It came at a time of widespread apostasy among the Jewish people. Elijah summoned a multitude to Mt. Carmel in the far north of Israel: Elijah appealed to all the people and said, “How long will you […]

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What Ails Us? The Rise of the Imperial, Autonomous Self

June 12, 2018 11 Comments
What Ails Us? The Rise of the Imperial, Autonomous Self

A rather succinct and accurate summary of our current malaise is that we live in the age of “the imperial, autonomous self.” In effect, many if not most people claim an authority, a right, to craft their own reality and live according to their own notions of it. Not so long ago, it was generally […]

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