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Things Are Often Not as They Seem – A Lesson from the Life of Moses

July 15, 2015 5 Comments
Things Are Often Not as They Seem – A Lesson from the Life of Moses

We are currently reading the story of Moses in daily Mass. The story reminds us that not all things are as they appear, and that God’s ways are not our ways. Moses’ early years are marked with clear signs that he is gifted and chosen. Drawn from the water by Pharaoh’s own daughter, Moses’ very […]

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Three Helpful Prayers from the Roman Missal for Those Living in Dark and Difficult Times

July 14, 2015 13 Comments
Three Helpful Prayers from the Roman Missal for Those Living in Dark and Difficult Times

One of the great and often-missed moments in the Mass is the opening prayer, also known as the “collect.” It is called this because after priest says to the faithful, “Let us pray,” he waits a moment as they do so and then “collects” their prayers and directs them to God. Most of the collects […]

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It Happened, but It Wasn’t Holy or Helpful – Biblical Teaching Against Polygamy

July 13, 2015 30 Comments
It Happened, but It Wasn’t Holy or Helpful – Biblical Teaching Against Polygamy

Given cultural trends and recent court decisions to redefine marriage, the move to accept and legalize polygamy and polyandry has intensified. For example, an essay at Politico declares, “It’s time to legalize polygamy.” Another article at Slate Magazine is entitled “Legalize polygamy.” Some are already coining the term “trouple” or “throuple” to describe “marriages” of […]

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How Do You Dress for Church? Some Helpful Encouragement from a New Video

July 12, 2015 45 Comments
How Do You Dress for Church? Some Helpful Encouragement from a New Video

I have written at length before on the issues of modesty and how we dress for Mass: http://blog.adw.org/2010/05/adore-the-lord-in-holy-attire-on-proper-dress-for-mass/ http://blog.adw.org/2012/04/i-miss-women-wearing-hats-and-veils-in-church-a-brief-reminiscence-of-days-gone-by/ http://blog.adw.org/2013/07/have-we-lost-reverence-in-church-these-days-how-can-we-recover-it/ http://blog.adw.org/2010/02/modesty-is-reverence-for-mystery/ http://blog.adw.org/2010/04/modesty-and-men/ Rather than repost all that commentary here, I would like to focus on a new video (thanks to Brandon Vogt and the other producers) that invites us to be more considerate about how […]

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Five Fundamental Freedoms for the Christian Evangelizer

July 11, 2015 7 Comments
Five Fundamental Freedoms for the Christian Evangelizer

One of the great obstacles to effectively evangelizing is that most Christians lack the requisite freedom and simplicity of life to carry forth the task consistently and coherently. In today’s gospel, the Lord offers some counsel on what is required to evangelize effectively. As we read a gospel like this, it is tempting to think […]

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An Image of Dying and Rising in a Touching Cartoon

July 10, 2015 3 Comments
An Image of Dying and Rising in a Touching Cartoon

One of the greatest paradoxes told to us in the Scriptures is that if we would save our life, we must lose it in Christ (Luke 9:24). That is, we must die to this world to inherit eternal life. “Eternal” does not simply refer to the length of the afterlife, but to its fullness as […]

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Patriarchs Are People Too – A Reflection on the Fact That the Bible Speaks Frankly About the Faults of Our Heroes

July 9, 2015 20 Comments
Patriarchs Are People Too – A Reflection on the Fact That the Bible Speaks Frankly About the Faults of Our Heroes

Over the years, I have written a number of articles on the men of the Bible: many of the patriarchs of the Old Testament such as Abraham, Moses, David, Eli, and most recently, Lot and Jacob. Likewise, I’ve written on Peter and Paul, and on John the Baptist. I find the biblical portraits of these […]

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Join the Movement – Help Us Oppose Physician-Assisted Suicide

July 8, 2015 30 Comments
Join the Movement – Help Us Oppose Physician-Assisted Suicide

Here in Washington D.C., the City Council has before it a bill modeled after Oregon’s physician-assisted suicide law. Listed as the “Death with Dignity Act of 2015,” a public hearing will take place this Friday, July 10th at 11:00 AM in the District building. Experience thus far with legalized assisted suicide should alarm anyone who looks seriously into […]

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