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Do You Fear the Right Thing? A Meditation on the Story of Chicken Little

May 23, 2017 0 Comments
Do You Fear the Right Thing? A Meditation on the Story of Chicken Little

Fear is a complex passion. On the one hand, there are things that we ought to fear such as grave physical and spiritual dangers. The fear of being near the edge of a cliff might well save our life. The fear of serious sin and the punishment we might experience or the offense to God […]

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Why Did St. Paul Get Arrested at Philippi?

May 22, 2017 1 Comment
Why Did St. Paul Get Arrested at Philippi?

At daily Mass, we are reading the story of St. Paul’s arrest, beating, and imprisonment at Philippi. It serves as a kind of metaphor for the radical nature of true Christianity and why it so perturbs many in this world. The Christian faith, its message, and the transformation it can effect can be very unsettling […]

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The Often-Disappointing Quality of the Prayer of the Faithful

May 21, 2017 4 Comments
The Often-Disappointing Quality of the Prayer of the Faithful

One of the parts of the Ordinary Form of the Mass that was “restored” from antiquity is the Prayer of the Faithful. In my mind, however, there is a certain disappointing quality to the intentions as they are used today. They are either overly particular and ideological or, at the other end of the spectrum, […]

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Living the Lessons of Love – A Homily for the 6th Sunday of Easter

May 20, 2017 3 Comments
Living the Lessons of Love – A Homily for the 6th Sunday of Easter

In the Gospel for today’s Mass, Jesus gives us three lessons on love meant to prepare us for the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. They also go a long way in describing the normal Christian life. Too many Christians see the Faith more as a set of rules to keep than as a […]

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An Image of Dying and Rising in a Touching Animation

May 19, 2017 2 Comments
An Image of Dying and Rising in a Touching Animation

One of the greatest paradoxes told to us in the Scriptures is that if we would save our life, we must lose it in Christ (Luke 9:24). That is, we must die to this world in order to inherit eternal life. “Eternal” does not simply refer to the length of the afterlife, but to its […]

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On the Paradoxical Connection Between Love, Law, and Joy

May 18, 2017 3 Comments
On the Paradoxical Connection Between Love, Law, and Joy

In the Gospel today (Thursday of the 5th Week of Easter), Jesus cuts right through the modern Western tendency to set law in opposition to both love and joy. He joins all three concepts and summons us to a new attitude. Jesus says, As the Father loves me, so I also love you. Remain in […]

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It is the Decision of the Holy Spirit and Us – A Reflection on the Catholicity of the Early Church

May 17, 2017 3 Comments
It is the Decision of the Holy Spirit and Us – A Reflection on the Catholicity of the Early Church

The first readings at daily Mass this week recount the Council of Jerusalem, which scholars generally date to around 50 A.D. It was a pivotal moment in the history of the Church, because it would set forth an identity for Her that was independent of the culture of Judaism per se and would open wide […]

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Remaining in the Lord

May 16, 2017 1 Comment
Remaining in the Lord

The text from today’s Gospel (Wednesday of the Fifth Week of Easter) speaks of the need to remain in the Lord. Remain in me, as I remain in you. Just as a branch cannot bear fruit on its own unless it remains on the vine, so neither can you unless you remain in me. I […]

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