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What Is the Math of Spiritual Goods and Why Is The World Such a Deadly Place Without It?

August 10, 2015 13 Comments
What Is the Math of Spiritual Goods and Why Is The World Such a Deadly Place Without It?

In an increasingly materialistic and secular world, a deadly math has set up. It is deadly because it has rejected the spiritual math of God and of spiritual goods. What is meant by “spiritual math”? It is a math that recalls that spiritual goods, in themselves, do not admit of division and subtraction, but only […]

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Humility is Hard – A Meditation on Some Aspects of Humility

August 9, 2015 15 Comments
Humility is Hard – A Meditation on Some Aspects of Humility

Pride is our most pervasive and serious sin; humility is its antidote and the foundation of our spiritual life. And as the remedy to our most deep-seated pathology, it must be strong medicine. Humility is hard to swallow and has a lot of things it needs to work on. Let’s consider humility under a number […]

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Faith or Famine – A Homily for the 19th Sunday of the Year

August 8, 2015 5 Comments
Faith or Famine – A Homily for the 19th Sunday of the Year

The gospel today amounts to a summons to faith by Jesus. In particular, He is summoning us to faith in Him and in the truth He proclaims about His presence in the Holy Eucharist. Last week’s gospel ended with Jesus declaring that He is the bread that has come down from Heaven. Today’s gospel opens […]

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A Humorous Look at Vanity, As Seen in a Commercial

August 7, 2015 4 Comments
A Humorous Look at Vanity, As Seen in a Commercial

Most people associate the word “vanity” with excessive concern or pride in one’s appearance, or sometimes with some other personal quality. But at its root the word “vanity” refers to emptiness. To say that someone is “vain” is to say that he or she is empty or lacking in meaning, depth, or substance. It makes […]

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Do You Mind? – A Reflection on a Recent Study on the Effects of Television on the Mind

August 6, 2015 8 Comments
Do You Mind? – A Reflection on a Recent Study on the Effects of Television on the Mind

A recent article by Mark Pattison of Catholic News Service summarizes a recent study that shows how too much television is detrimental to the life of the mind. Common sense has known this for years (after all, it is called the “boob tube”). But we moderns love our empirical data, and now the results are […]

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A Simple but Powerful Definition of Prayer

August 5, 2015 8 Comments
A Simple but Powerful Definition of Prayer

I have read many definitions of prayer, and I am especially fond of St Therese’s description. But one of the nicest and briefest descriptions of prayer that I have read comes from Dr. Ralph Martin in his book The Fulfillment of All Desire. Dr. Martin says beautifully, in a way that is succinct and yet […]

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Which Do You Prefer: Melons and Leeks, or the Bread of Heaven?

August 4, 2015 12 Comments
Which Do You Prefer: Melons and Leeks, or the Bread of Heaven?

The first reading for daily Mass on Monday (18th week of the year) was taken from the Book of Numbers. It features the Israelites grumbling about the manna in the wilderness: Would that we had meat for food! We remember the fish we used to eat without cost in Egypt, and the cucumbers, the melons, the […]

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Where Does Such Cruelty Come from in a Culture That Prizes Kindness?

August 3, 2015 19 Comments
Where Does Such Cruelty Come from in a Culture That Prizes Kindness?

What are we to make of cruelty in our culture? At one level, there is demonstrably less cruelty on a daily basis. Many hundreds of years ago, before the emergence of a common civil law, settled governments, and national boundaries, villages were often overrun by roving bands of plunderers or the armies of nearby towns. […]

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