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On the Need for Curiosity in Evangelization (Part Two)

March 13, 2017 0 Comments
On the Need for Curiosity in Evangelization (Part Two)

This is part two of an article on curiosity. We are considering the following four aspects: I. Premises Related to Curiosity II. Problems Regarding Curiosity III. Pictures Reinforcing Curiosity IV. Personal Requirement of Curiosity Please see yesterday’s post for an introduction to the topic and a discussion of the first two items. In today’s post, […]

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On the Need for Curiosity in Evangelization (Part One)

March 12, 2017 2 Comments
On the Need for Curiosity in Evangelization (Part One)

In the world of evangelization, the concept of curiosity is almost never discussed. If anything, evangelizers are encouraged to quickly satisfy any curiosity by supplying all sorts of answers to questions that arise about the faith. Apologetical tracts, books, catechisms, and videos abound. Curiosity, it would seem, is something to be quashed or at least […]

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Every Round Goes Higher, Higher – A Homily for the Second Sunday of Lent

March 12, 2017 6 Comments
Every Round Goes Higher, Higher – A Homily for the Second Sunday of Lent

The second Sunday of Lent always features the Transfiguration. This is because we are following the Lord on His final odyssey to Jerusalem, and this journey up Mt. Tabor was one of His stops (with Peter, James, and John). It is commonly held that Jesus did this to prepare His apostles for the difficult days […]

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Seeing the Great Spiritual Battle and the Woman at the Well in a Commercial

March 10, 2017 1 Comment
Seeing the Great Spiritual Battle and the Woman at the Well in a Commercial

In the commercial below, a man is easily talked out of his meal by Yoda, the Star Wars Jedi Master. However, when the Jedi Master continues on to try to talk him out of his Pepsi, the man realizes that this is a bridge too far. He refuses to give way any longer. I wonder […]

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What Does Jesus Mean by Calling Us Evil?

March 9, 2017 8 Comments
What Does Jesus Mean by Calling Us Evil?

In the Gospel for today’s Mass (Thursday of the First Week of Lent) Jesus says, If you then, who are wicked, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the Father in heaven give good things to those who ask him? (Mt 7:11) A similar verse occurs in the Gospel […]

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What is the Sign of Jonah?

March 8, 2017 9 Comments
What is the Sign of Jonah?

In the Gospel for Wednesday (Wednesday of the First Week of Lent) the Lord says, This generation is an evil generation; it seeks a sign, but no sign will be given it, except the sign of Jonah (Lk 11:30). What is the sign of Jonah? Does it apply today? The Gospels of Matthew and Luke […]

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Three Teachings on Temptation

March 7, 2017 1 Comment
Three Teachings on Temptation

Sunday’s Gospel about the temptation of Jesus in the desert by Satan evokes several questions. The answers I propose are not intended to be a theological treatise, but rather a pastoral reflection. I. Why does God permit temptation? God does not permit any evil or problem unless it can serve some greater good. In the […]

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God’s Law is Personal, Loving, and Tender

March 6, 2017 4 Comments
God’s Law is Personal, Loving, and Tender

In Monday’s first reading (Monday of the First Week of Lent) there is a recitation of the law that features the refrain “I am the Lord.” What does this expression mean and why is it appended to each command? When we think of God’s law, there is a danger that we might think of it […]

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