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There Has Been No Loss of Wonders, Only a Loss of Wonder – A Brief Summons to Awe

April 14, 2016 4 Comments
There Has Been No Loss of Wonders, Only a Loss of Wonder – A Brief Summons to Awe

A big problem today is that of rampant boredom. One would think, with all the diversions available to us, we would be one of the least bored generations in history. There are various forms of entertainment available to us quite literally at our fingertips: television, radio, the Internet, Netflix, video games, and more. Yet it […]

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Priest and Victim Are One and the Same – A Meditation on Offering Our Lives to God as Members of a Royal Priesthood

April 13, 2016 6 Comments
Priest and Victim Are One and the Same – A Meditation on Offering Our Lives to God as Members of a Royal Priesthood

A key aspect of the priesthood, set forth by Jesus in the New Covenant, is that priest and victim are one and the same. Prior to this, the priests of the Old Covenant sacrificed animals: lambs, bulls, goats, turtle doves, etc. But in the priesthood of Jesus Christ, the priesthood of the New Covenant, the […]

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Pondering the Great Reversal Announced in Scripture

April 12, 2016 2 Comments
Pondering the Great Reversal Announced in Scripture

One of the strong traditions of Scripture is of the great reversal that will one day come for many. I have often been sobered by it when I consider how blessed I have been in this life. I have also been consoled by it when I struggle to understand why some people in this world […]

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The Passion of Anger and the “Miserable Truce” of the Modern Age

April 11, 2016 7 Comments
The Passion of Anger and the “Miserable Truce” of the Modern Age

Here in the Western world, we live in a culture that tends to treat anger as taboo. A common tactic to unsettle an opponent today is to accuse him or her of being angry. It is amazing how easily humiliated and/or defensive an adversary can become in response to such an accusation. Yes, it is […]

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Eradicating Poverty Is Not a Gospel Value – A Reflection on a Teaching by Cardinal Sarah

April 10, 2016 10 Comments
Eradicating Poverty Is Not a Gospel Value – A Reflection on a Teaching by Cardinal Sarah

The eradication of poverty is an oft-stated goal of the modern, liberal West. President Lyndon Baines Johnson’s pronouncement of a “war on poverty” so imprinted this notion in the Western mind that it has become almost axiomatic. It is now a fundamental pillar in the thinking of almost every person (and organization) in the Western […]

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Back to the Future – A Meditation on the Gospel for the Third Sunday of Easter

April 9, 2016 21 Comments
Back to the Future – A Meditation on the Gospel for the Third Sunday of Easter

Today’s Gospel is really quite remarkable. For despite the fact that the apostles have seen the resurrected Jesus several times now, they seem to be retreating into the past. They’re headed backwards and Jesus must summon them, if you’ll pardon the expression, “back to the future.” They were going back to fishing but the Lord […]

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A Powerful and Humorous Look at Vanity in a Commercial

April 8, 2016 0 Comments
A Powerful and Humorous Look at Vanity in a Commercial

Most people associate the word “vanity” with an excessive concern or pride in one’s appearance or sometimes in one’s qualities. But at its root, vanity refers to emptiness. To say that someone is vain is to say that it he or she is empty or largely lacking in meaning, depth, or substance. It makes sense […]

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The Whole Gospel, Please – A Reflection on a Popular Gospel Verse

April 7, 2016 3 Comments
The Whole Gospel, Please – A Reflection on a Popular Gospel Verse

The Gospel proclaimed on Wednesday of this week included the familiar John 3:16. So familiar is this verse, that many hold up signs or have bumper stickers that simply say, “John 3:16.” For God so loved the world that he gave his only-begotten Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but […]

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