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Pass the Salt and Put on the Light – A Homily for the 5th Sunday of the Year

February 5, 2017 4 Comments
Pass the Salt and Put on the Light – A Homily for the 5th Sunday of the Year

In the Gospel today the Lord describes metaphorically what a Christian is and what He expects of us. Note five things about what God says: I The Definitiveness of His Proclamation – The text says, You are the Salt of the earth. … You are the light of the World. … But if salt goes […]

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Not All Things Are as They First Appear, as Seen in a Commercial

February 3, 2017 2 Comments
Not All Things Are as They First Appear, as Seen in a Commercial

In the video below, things are not as they initially appear. Our eyes are easily deceived. Further, we tend to make rash judgments. Enjoy being fooled for a moment and then consider the need for deliberation and a patient spirit until all or most of the facts are in. Here are some appropriate references from […]

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Advice on Punishment from St. John Bosco

February 2, 2017 1 Comment
Advice on Punishment from St. John Bosco

Part of a healthy, well-ordered love is correction of the sinner. Admonishing the sinner is one of the spiritual works of mercy. St. Thomas numbers fraternal correction among the works of charity. Getting correction right is often difficult. Too often our ego gets in the way or our anger taints this necessary work. Parents have […]

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Many Titles of Christ from Scripture

February 1, 2017 8 Comments
Many Titles of Christ from Scripture

There are many, many different titles of Christ in both the New and Old Testaments. If one studies them carefully, they can provide a “mini-catechesis” of the Lord Jesus. Presented below are more than 150 different titles of Christ. For each title, I have included a link to the Scripture from which it was drawn. […]

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What Is the “Sin of Human Respect”?

January 31, 2017 7 Comments
What Is the “Sin of Human Respect”?

On one level “human respect” seems like a good thing. After all, we ought to respect, honor and appreciate one another. What then is meant by the “sin of human respect”? It is that sin wherein we fear man more than God; we are more concerned with what people think of us than what God […]

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A Meditation on the Brevity of Life, As Seen in a Video

January 30, 2017 10 Comments
A Meditation on the Brevity of Life, As Seen in a Video

My cousin, John Clem, died suddenly last week at the age of 52. It was likely a pulmonary embolism. The suddenness of his death shocked and deeply saddened many. He was dearly loved and was a great servant of God and man in the Charlottesville, Virginia area. At the funeral today, my mind drifted back […]

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100 Questions Jesus Asked and You Should Answer

January 29, 2017 2 Comments
100 Questions Jesus Asked and You Should Answer

One of the bigger mistakes one can make is to read Scripture as a spectator, treating it as merely a collection of stories and events that took place thousands of years ago. While these are historical accounts, they are much more than that. Truth be told, these ancient stories are our stories. We are in […]

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Picture This! A Homily for the 4th Sunday of the Year

January 28, 2017 2 Comments
Picture This! A Homily for the 4th Sunday of the Year

The Gospel passage on the Beatitudes is one of the most familiar. Yet the Beatitudes are difficult to understand because many of them are paradoxical. We do not usually refer to the poor as blessed, but rather the well-off; we do not typically call those who mourn blessed, but rather the joyful. The word “beatitude” […]

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