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A Summons to Courage and a Reminder of Victory in an Old Hymn

June 14, 2015 11 Comments
A Summons to Courage and a Reminder of Victory in an Old Hymn

There is a lesser known hymn, at least in Catholic circles, that is remarkably appropriate for our times. It challenges us to see the choice before us soberly, and encourages us with the fact that the victory is already ours if we choose Christ Jesus. In times like these we need courage and conviction; this […]

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

June 13, 2015 6 Comments
If You Can Use Anything Lord, You Can Use Me – Homily for the 11th Sunday of the Year

The readings today 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 to use the humble and even unlikely things of the created order to accomplish His goals. For us who are […]

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Set Your Focus and Simplify – As Seen in a Commercial

June 12, 2015 8 Comments
Set Your Focus and Simplify – As Seen in a Commercial

Life is filled with distractions and one of the most critical decisions we make from moment to moment is choosing what to focus on. Brain scientists have studied for years how our eyes and ears, along with our brain, filter out lots of background data. If they didn’t, our stress levels would be overwhelming, as we sought […]

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Forgive All Injuries – A Meditation on the Sixth Spiritual Work of Mercy

June 9, 2015 9 Comments
Forgive All Injuries – A Meditation on the Sixth Spiritual Work of Mercy

Of all the things about which I preach, very few (if any) provoke as strong (and usually negative) a reaction as the call to forgive. I get more angry pushback after a Mass at which I preach on forgiveness than when I speak about chastity, greed, or any other challenging moral topic. It would seem that the anger is rooted in […]

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On the Worthy Reception of Holy Communion – Part Two (Particular Issues)

June 8, 2015 33 Comments
On the Worthy Reception of Holy Communion – Part Two (Particular Issues)

In yesterday’s post we examined some fundamental principles related to Holy  Communion: that it is not akin to the “table fellowship” Jesus had with sinners but is rooted in the “family meal” of the Passover Celebration, and that it must be received worthily and authentically based on what Scripture and Tradition have set forth. Our “Amen” […]

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On the Worthy Reception of Holy Communion – Part One

June 7, 2015 40 Comments
On the Worthy Reception of Holy Communion – Part One

I indicated yesterday an intention to expand on the need for the reverent and worthy reception of Holy Communion, to develop an apologetic for the Church’s practice of what some call “closed communion.”  Not everyone who uses this terminology means it pejoratively, though some do. But to some extent it is fair to say that we […]

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Unless! A Homily for the Solemnity of Corpus Christi

June 6, 2015 17 Comments
Unless! A Homily for the Solemnity of Corpus Christi

In many places, this Sunday features the (moved) Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, Our Lord. While you may be puzzling over the title of today’s post, allow me to delay a bit before explaining. On a solemn feast like this many things occur that might be preached and taught. Here are three […]

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How God Must See Us – As Depicted in a Commercial

June 5, 2015 5 Comments
How God Must See Us – As Depicted in a Commercial

On one particular morning, just two weeks after His resurrection, Jesus stood on the shore of the Sea of Galilee. Seeing the Apostles in a boat just off the shore, he said, Little Children, Have you caught anything? (John 21:5) It is a rather strange way to speak to grown men: “Little Children” (παιδία = paidia […]

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