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From Trials to Transfiguration – A Homily for the Second Sunday of Lent

February 24, 2018 0 Comments
From Trials to Transfiguration – A Homily for the Second Sunday of Lent

What is it that gives hope, peace, and serene joy to the Christian life? Briefly, it is the vision of glory, a glimpse into the Promised Land of Heaven, which the Lord can and does give to His people. Today’s Gospel shows forth a kind of process through which the Lord lays the foundations of […]

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Are You Battle-Ready for the Army of the Lord?

February 23, 2018 3 Comments
Are You Battle-Ready for the Army of the Lord?

A disturbing report came from the Pentagon in 2014 that speaks to the overall condition of our country. Here is a summary: Nearly 71 percent of the 34 million 17-to-24-year-olds in the U.S. do not qualify for military service for reasons related to health, physical appearance, and educational background, according to the Pentagon. Obesity is […]

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The Seven Deadly Sins: Greed

February 22, 2018 4 Comments
The Seven Deadly Sins: Greed

One of the more underreported sins is greed. It is easy to conclude that greed is something manifested by “that other person,” who has more than I do. Yes, that rich guy over there, the one who earns a dollar more per hour than I do; he’s greedy, but I’m not. Honestly, does any one of […]

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The Seven Deadly Sins: Pride

February 21, 2018 2 Comments
The Seven Deadly Sins: Pride

Pride is a sin that is so pervasive, runs so deep within us, that we often don’t even sense it is there. Not only is it a sinful drive in itself, it also plays a role in every other sin we commit. Pride is the sin we most share with Satan and the fallen angels. […]

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An Overview of the Seven Deadly Sins

February 20, 2018 2 Comments
An Overview of the Seven Deadly Sins

Do you know what the Seven Deadly Sins are? It is valuable to name and begin to understand these deep drives of sin within us because the more we do so the more we can grow in self-knowledge. Further, it helps us to “know their moves” and gain mastery over them. As they stir deep […]

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Before There Was an Everywhere, I AM

February 19, 2018 3 Comments
Before There Was an Everywhere, I AM

The Baltimore Catechism asked the question Where is God? The answer given was God is everywhere. While this is certainly true, it is even more true that God is beyond the concept of “where.” Everywhere is too limiting to contain God, for He transcends His creation and cannot be contained even by the “everywhere” of […]

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On Presidents Day We Should Remember That Washington and Lincoln Often Called us to Prayer

February 18, 2018 0 Comments
On Presidents Day We Should Remember That Washington and Lincoln Often Called us to Prayer

We live in a secular age. Religious utterances by government officials are greeted with surprise or even indignation by some. While the primary role of civil leaders is not a religious one, insisting that never express religious sentiment is a form of extremism rooted in exaggerated conception of the idea of the separation of Church […]

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Wood and Water Work Wonders! A Homily for the First Sunday of Lent

February 17, 2018 0 Comments
Wood and Water Work Wonders! A Homily for the First Sunday of Lent

On the first Sunday of Lent the readings have a baptismal theme. This makes sense, for it is common that on this day the catechumens report to the Bishop for the Rite of Election, who officially recognizes them as the elect of God in these final weeks before their baptism. In today’s readings there are […]

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