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Lessons Against Fascination with Evil

September 9, 2016 14 Comments

The video below is a trailer for an upcoming movie. I can’t comment on the full context of the movie (since it hasn’t yet been released), but there are several important messages in the trailer.  Allow it to bring forth in you a salutary fear; don’t be fascinated by the cheap parlor tricks of Satan […]

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Hitherto You Have Asked Nothing in My Name …

September 8, 2016 1 Comment
Hitherto You Have Asked Nothing in My Name …

There is an old spiritual that says, “King Jesus is a-listenin’ all day long, to hear some sinner pray.” I thought of that line recently during my spiritual reading when, due to a page break, a quote from our Lord was interrupted. Here is the full verse: Hitherto you have asked nothing in my name; […]

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Where Does Our Sense of the Eternal Come from in a Finite World?

September 7, 2016 4 Comments
Where Does Our Sense of the Eternal Come from in a Finite World?

A common reading at the funeral Mass is this powerful one from the Book of Ecclesiastes: I have considered the task that God has appointed for the sons of men to be busied about. He has made everything appropriate to its time, and has put the timeless into their hearts, without man’s ever discovering, from beginning […]

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On Kindness to Animals and Why It Is an Important Virtue to Cultivate

September 6, 2016 2 Comments
On Kindness to Animals and Why It Is an Important Virtue to Cultivate

We live in times when excess is common. There is an old Latin saying Abusus non tollit usum (abuse does not take away the use). This certainly applies to our treatment of animals. There are some extremists who would equate the dignity of animals with that of humans, failing to understand that human abilities are […]

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Fraternal Correction, the Neglected Virtue

September 5, 2016 5 Comments
Fraternal Correction, the Neglected Virtue

In the first reading from today’s Mass (Tuesday of the 23rd Week), St. Paul is practically livid that the Corinthians have not sought to correct and discipline an erring brother who is indulging in illicit sexual union. He orders them to act immediately, lest the brother be lost on the day of judgment. Today, when […]

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Teachings on Human Labor from the Catechism

September 4, 2016 1 Comment
Teachings on Human Labor from the Catechism

Today is Labor Day in the United States. With this in mind, I thought it would be good to reflect on some teachings about human labor that are given in the Catechism of the Catholic Church. The text from the catechism is shown in italics, while my commentary is in red. Human labor precedes original […]

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Four Depictions of Discipleship – A Homily for the 23rd Sunday of the Year

September 3, 2016 4 Comments
Four Depictions of Discipleship – A Homily for the 23rd  Sunday of the Year

In today’s Gospel Jesus defines four Demands of discipleship. We can look at them one by one. I. The CONTEXT of the discipleship. The text says that large crowds were following Jesus and so he turned to address them. Just about any time you find a mention of a large crowd fasten your seat belts […]

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A Powerful and Humorous Look at Vanity in a Commercial

September 2, 2016 0 Comments
A Powerful and Humorous Look at Vanity in a Commercial

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

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