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If You Don’t Know the Bad News, the Good News Is No News

June 13, 2016 5 Comments
If You Don’t Know the Bad News, the Good News Is No News

Following up on Sunday’s Gospel, I would like to propose the following reflection. There was a woman who was so moved by Jesus’ mercy that she wept for joy and showed extravagant, grateful love. Are we that way? Too often we are not. And as Jesus pointed out, a big reason for that is that […]

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Why Was Christ Crucified Between Two Thieves?

June 12, 2016 4 Comments
Why Was Christ Crucified Between Two Thieves?

There is a bit of puzzlement at the following question: Why was Christ crucified between two thieves? It might make one wonder why one would ask this question at all. Perhaps one could also ask why the Passion was on a Friday, or, why Jesus died at 3:00 PM instead of 4:00 PM. These sorts […]

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Always Remember – A Homily for the 11th Sunday of the Year

June 11, 2016 9 Comments
Always Remember – A Homily for the 11th Sunday of the Year

Every now and then some will suggest that the Church should speak less of sin and instead emphasize positive things. After all, it is said that one can attract more flies with honey than with vinegar. In that vein, we in the Church have been collectively de-emphasizing sin to a large degree for more than […]

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This Role Used to Be Filled by a Father

June 10, 2016 4 Comments
This Role Used to Be Filled by a Father

If you ask me (and even if you don’t ask me) something in the video below is amiss. Twenty years ago a father would have filled the role depicted in it. Watch it and see what you think. In making my observation I am not blaming women/mothers. But if any video could demonstrate that we […]

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Adam Lived to Be 900? Maybe, but Our Shorter Life Spans Tell Us More Than We Might Like to Admit

June 9, 2016 29 Comments
Adam Lived to Be 900? Maybe, but Our Shorter Life Spans Tell Us More Than We Might Like to Admit

I sometimes get questions about the remarkably long lives of the patriarchs who lived before the great flood. Consider some of their reported ages when they died: Adam 930 Seth 912 Enosh 905 Jared 962 Methuselah 969 Noah 600 Shem 600 Eber 464 Abraham 175 Moses 120 David 70 How should we understand these references? […]

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It’s Time to Shine or It’ll Be Over Soon – A Meditation on Being Called the Light of the World

June 8, 2016 3 Comments
It’s Time to Shine or It’ll Be Over Soon – A Meditation on Being Called the Light of the World

In the Gospel yesterday (Tuesday of the 10th week) the Lord describes what a Christian is and what He expects of us. He uses two different metaphors: salt and light. Yesterday’s post considered the metaphor of salt. Today let’s consider the metaphor of light. The Lord says, You are the light of the world. A […]

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Salt or Bust! A Consideration of the Lord’s Uncompromising Stance in Calling Us the Salt of the Earth

June 7, 2016 0 Comments
Salt or Bust! A Consideration of the Lord’s Uncompromising Stance in Calling Us the Salt of the Earth

In the Gospel today (Tuesday of the 10th week) the Lord describes metaphorically what a Christian is and what He expects of us. You are the salt of the earth … You are the light of the World … But if salt goes flat it is good for nothing … No one lights a lamp […]

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When God Says No – A Meditation On the Sometimes Mysterious Providence of God

June 6, 2016 9 Comments
When God Says No – A Meditation On the Sometimes Mysterious Providence of God

In last Sunday’s Gospel, we heard the story of the widow at Nain, whose son Jesus raised from the dead. Beautiful though that story is, there are some who may wonder sadly why they did not receive a better answer to their prayers; why their loved one died. Such stories might even serve to deepen […]

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