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Is There a “Dark Delight” in Prophets Who Foretell Doom? A Consideration of a Text from Ezekiel

August 9, 2016 1 Comment
Is There a “Dark Delight” in Prophets Who Foretell Doom? A Consideration of a Text from Ezekiel

Today’s reading from daily Mass (Tuesday of the 19th Week of the Year) features an unusual image and a seemingly “dark delight.” It was then I saw a hand stretched out to me, in which was a written scroll which he unrolled before me. It was covered with writing front and back, and written on […]

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If We Understand the Sacrifice of the Mass to Be a Meal, We Must Clarify What Sort of Meal It Is

August 8, 2016 4 Comments
If We Understand the Sacrifice of the Mass to Be a Meal, We Must Clarify What Sort of Meal It Is

There been much tension regarding the Mass as both a meal and a sacrifice. A necessary corrective was introduced in the past twenty years to rectify the overly strong emphasis, heavily advanced during the 1970s and 1980s, on the Mass as a meal. The purpose of the corrective was to bring back needed balance with […]

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Holy Land Trip

August 8, 2016 0 Comments
Holy Land Trip

I will write more on this later in the Week. But For now, please consider: 

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Clearing Up a Confusion on the Temple Tax

August 7, 2016 1 Comment
Clearing Up a Confusion on the Temple Tax

The Gospel for today’s Mass (Monday of the 19th Week) is likely confusing to anyone who hears it proclaimed in the U.S., because the New American Bible Revised Edition (NABRE) (which is used for our lectionary) makes a strange, and I would argue inaccurate, translation of the Greek. Here is the passage in question (the […]

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On Forsaking Fear by Remaining Ready – A Homily for the 19th Sunday of the Year

August 6, 2016 1 Comment
On Forsaking Fear by Remaining Ready – A Homily for the 19th Sunday of the Year

In the Gospel for this weekend (Luke 12:32-40) the Lord Jesus presents a “recipe for readiness.” He gives it to us so that we can lay hold of His offer that we not be afraid. He is not simply saying, “Be not afraid.” He is explaining how we can battle fear by being ready. Frequently, […]

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What Did You Say?

August 5, 2016 2 Comments
What Did You Say?

Voice recognition software has a long way to go.  Every now and then I foolishly assume that dictating some text into my phone will save me some time, but invariably it takes me so long to correct the result that I might as well have typed it to begin with! I wonder if God doesn’t […]

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The Look of Christ

August 4, 2016 0 Comments
The Look of Christ

I have a large icon of Christ in my room (see photo at right). What icons from the Eastern tradition do best is to capture “the look.” No matter where I move in the room, Christ is looking right at me. His look is intense, though not severe. In the Eastern spirituality, icons are windows […]

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What is Life?

August 3, 2016 8 Comments
What is Life?

What is life? It seems the simplest and most basic reality, but it is hard to define in a way that is satisfying. One philosopher I know defined it as “ordered energy.” But does that really advance the understanding of the mystery we call life? Consider an example: I have in one hand a small […]

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