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Trademarks of the True Messiah – A Homily for the 22nd Sunday of the Year

September 2, 2017 4 Comments
Trademarks of the True Messiah – A Homily for the 22nd Sunday of the Year

In Sunday’s Gospel the Lord firmly sets before us the need for the cross, not as an end in itself, but as the way to glory. Let’s consider the Gospel in three stages. I.  The Pattern that is Announced – The text says, Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and […]

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The Testimony of Creation to its Creator

September 1, 2017 6 Comments
The Testimony of Creation to its Creator

On this “World Day of Creation” we ponder the glory and power of God in what he has made. One of the painful paradoxes of our time is that our scientific insights have increased unbelief rather than belief. Perhaps as never before we have come to know the astonishing interplay of creation at every level. […]

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A Lament on the Shrinking of Summer

August 31, 2017 9 Comments
A Lament on the Shrinking of Summer

It’s the end of August; not so long ago this was still a lazy time to enjoy the last few days of summer. It used to be that Labor Day marked the unofficial end of summer — not so any more. The erosion of summer is driven mainly by the start of school. I have […]

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Two Tragic Sins Seen in One Gospel Passage

August 30, 2017 1 Comment
Two Tragic Sins Seen in One Gospel Passage

The tragic Gospel passage about the death of St. John Baptist (which we read in daily Mass on Tuesday) is a study in two common sins that afflict most of us. While the results of these sinful tendencies may not always be this dire, the damage wrought is often significant. Let’s take a look at […]

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Is Anger Always a Sin?

August 29, 2017 4 Comments
Is Anger Always a Sin?

In the Gospel for Wednesday of the 21st week of the year, we see Jesus make some pretty angry denunciations of the religious leaders of His day. In fact, throughout the Gospels Jesus manifests quite a lot of anger and issues many denunciations, often accompanied by the phrase, “Woe to you!” In this way, He […]

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Recovering the Gospel from the Notion of Merely “Happy” or “Good” News

August 28, 2017 6 Comments
Recovering the Gospel from the Notion of Merely “Happy” or “Good” News

Luke gives a summation of the preaching of St. John the Baptist with a rather surprising and funny conclusion. Then John said to the crowds coming out to be baptized by him, “You brood of vipers, who warned you to flee from the coming wrath? Therefore, produce fruit worthy of repentance. And do not begin […]

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On Titles and Truth

August 27, 2017 2 Comments
On Titles and Truth

Most Catholics have heard the critique from non-Catholics that it is wrong to call priests “Father.” It is a rather tired old charge, which basically goes as follows: Jesus says, “Call no man on earth your father.” But Catholics call their priests “Father.” Therefore, the Catholic Church is wrong to espouse this and is likely […]

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Of Peter and the Papacy – A Homily for the 21st Sunday of the Year

August 26, 2017 11 Comments
Of Peter and the Papacy – A Homily for the 21st Sunday of the Year

The Gospel today sets forth the biblical basis for the Office of Peter, the Office of the Papacy, for Peter’s successors are the Popes. The word “pope” is simply an English version (via Anglo-Saxon and Germanic tongues) of the word “papa.” The Pope is affectionately called “Papa” in Italian and Spanish as an affectionate indication […]

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