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What Does the Ascension Accomplish for Us? A Homily for the Feast of the Ascension

May 7, 2016 1 Comment
What Does the Ascension Accomplish for Us? A Homily for the Feast of the Ascension

This marvelous feast is not merely about something that took place two thousand years ago. For although Christ our head has ascended, we the members of His body are ascending with Him. Because He ascended, we too have ascended. In my own life as a Christian, I am brought higher every year by the Lord, […]

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Never Seldom Say Never – As Seen in a Great Commercial

May 6, 2016 0 Comments
Never Seldom Say Never – As Seen in a Great Commercial

I have met a good number of people who said that they would never become Catholic and now are. Some are lay leaders in the Church and some are even priests! I have met other people who said they would never believe in God, yield to any religious instruction, or confess to “any man” and […]

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Some Thoughts on Privacy – God Is Watching (And so Are Many Others)

May 5, 2016 5 Comments
Some Thoughts on Privacy – God Is Watching (And so Are Many Others)

At the bottom of this post is a 2010 CBS news story reporting hat anything you’ve copied on a digital copier going back years is stored on a hard drive inside the copier. These drives are evidently so large that they can store more than 20,000 documents and hundreds of thousands of pages. Hence if […]

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Is It Ever Right to Bend the Law?

May 4, 2016 4 Comments
Is It Ever Right to Bend the Law?

Our relationship with God’s law is complex and we don’t often get it right. When it comes to God’s law we cannot forget that it is personal. That is, it is given to us by a loving God who wants to save us. Therefore, it is important to know both the law and the lawgiver, […]

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Some Things You May Not Know About Vivaldi

May 3, 2016 5 Comments
Some Things You May Not Know About Vivaldi

One of my favorite composers is Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741). While I love his secular pieces (such as The Four Seasons), I am especially fond of his Church music. It is so light, bright, and tuneful! Vivaldi loved to go up and down the musical scale, varying the theme a half step at a time. Ah, […]

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Pulling up Roots from Reality – A Review of a Cogent Analysis of the Post-Cartesian West

May 2, 2016 25 Comments
Pulling up Roots from Reality – A Review of a Cogent Analysis of the Post-Cartesian West

Over the years I have attempted to trace the philosophical disaster of our modern world. Certainly the fundamental roots can be traced back to the breakdown of the medieval synthesis, the rise of nominalism, and the doubts of Descartes. These introduced a disconnect from reality. Descartes introduced a radical doubt in anything seen or experienced, […]

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On the Need to Be More Urgent in Preparing for Final Judgment

May 1, 2016 10 Comments
On the Need to Be More Urgent in Preparing for Final Judgment

At every funeral I celebrate, I spend a good portion of the sermon urging everyone, including myself, to be more intent on preparing for death and judgement. I remind the assembled of Jesus’ numerous parables on this theme. I remind them that no one loves them more than does Jesus, and yet no one issued […]

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Four Gifts of Grace – A Homily for the 6th Sunday of Easter

April 30, 2016 0 Comments
Four Gifts of Grace – A Homily for the 6th Sunday of Easter

The Gospel for today has a number of “sayings” of the Lord Jesus, which all amount to a kind of litany of love. It is a setting forth of the gifts that He, by His grace, is accomplishing and will accomplish in us. Let’s get right to work and consider the wonderful gifts of grace. […]

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