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The Gifts Bestowed by the Tenth Commandment, Which Forbids Coveting

The Tenth Commandment is You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his manservant, or his maidservant, or his ox, or his ass, or anything that is your neighbor’s.” (Ex 20:17). It is one of more rarely quoted commandments in conversation, yet frankly is confessed more often than [...] Read the rest of this entry »

Hyper-stimulation is an increasing evil about which we should be aware, learn its moves, and then rebuke its influence.

We live in an age of such overstimulation that it would be unimaginable to people even a hundred years ago, let alone to those of more ancient times. In fact, it is probably more accurate to say we are not simply overstimulated, we are hyper-stimulated. The number and kind of diversions available to us and [...] Read the rest of this entry »

Many Who Seek to “Reform” the Church fundamentally misunderstand her Mission and Purpose. A Response to a Recent Church Critic

I recently read an article by Damon Linker in The Week entitled Why Churches Should Brace for a Mass Exodus of the Faithful. And while the article presents a kind of doomsday scenario, the actual experience of the Catholic Church would be better described as a steady erosion in terms of weekly attendance. The prospect, in the light [...] Read the rest of this entry »

Do your work, and leave the harvest to God and the one to whom he assigns it.

In the Gospel of the Samaritan Woman from this past Sunday, Jesus gives an important teaching on sowing seeds and reaping harvests. The teaching has special importance for us who live in a modern, technological age that is so insistent on instant results. So easily we become resentful and discouraged when our efforts not yield [...] Read the rest of this entry »

Is the Lord’s Promise to Never Thirst Again Real? Yes! Here’s How.

The beautiful gospel of the woman at the well, which we read, Sunday, has so many wonderful teachings that not all can be dealt with in a single sermon. Hence, I’d like to consider today just a couple of the teachings that relate to this gospel. In this post, I’d like to deal with the [...] Read the rest of this entry »

Just a Little talk with Jesus – Homily for the 3rd Sunday of Lent

As we examine the Gospel for this weekend’s Mass, we do well to understand that it is fundamentally a gospel about our desires and how the Lord reaches us through them. Prior to looking at the text, consider a few things: What it is that really makes you happy?      There are endless ways this [...] Read the rest of this entry »

Ingenious in Passing Things and Foolish in Eternal Things, As Seen on T.V.

We live in times of great ingenuity. We have a lot of clever smarts. We have been to the moon and back. Our computers never cease to amaze, as we make them smaller and more powerful. We peer into outer space and see further than ever. And then we look ever deeper into inner space, [...] Read the rest of this entry »

The Two Most Crucial Requirements for any Theologian According to Origen

Back in my Seminary days we would often study the question of authorship when it came to books of the Bible. Especially in modern times there are extensive debates about such things. I remember being annoyed at the question, since in most cases I didn’t really care to whom the Holy Spirit gave the text; [...] Read the rest of this entry »

Why do many miss experiencing Jesus in our parishes? How can we change this?

We discussed two days ago on the blog how the Church is the Body of Christ and is the place where we first and foremost find Him. We cannot really have Jesus without his Body, the Church, despite the privatized claims of many. Just as it pertains for a head to be together with its [...] Read the rest of this entry »

On Suffering as A Remedy for Something Worse. A Meditation on a Teaching from St. Augustine

When asked, most people identify their most serious problems as issues related to their physical health, or finances. Family and career issues also rank up there. But frankly, our biggest problem is pride, and all the sins that flow from it. Nothing is more serious than our sins, which can destroy us forever. Worldly problems [...] Read the rest of this entry »

Who Needs the Church? You might as well ask, “Who needs Jesus?”

I was asked to go to a neighboring parish and address some fundamental questions related to the necessity of the Church. Many today question the need for a church or The Church and claim they can have Jesus without the Church. And thus the fundamental question “Who needs the Church?” ought to be addressed. I [...] Read the rest of this entry »

Remember when young people used to date? Whatever happened to that?

A radio listener recent wrote me about an interview I did on EWTN Radio with Barbara McGuigan. I mentioned that I had been doing a teaching on dating and modesty at a Theology on Tap session. At that session I charged the men not to leave that night until they had asked a woman out [...] Read the rest of this entry »