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St. Paul on Respect for Authority

October 9, 2018 3 Comments
St. Paul on Respect for Authority

In daily Mass we have been reading from second chapter of the Letter to the Galatians. In it, St. Paul recounts his personal history and describes his authority. St. Paul’s story is interesting for three reasons: It shows that St. Paul did not ascend to the office of apostle (bishop) overly quickly but rather was […]

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Five Lessons on Faith From Peter’s Time in Jail

June 28, 2018 3 Comments
Five Lessons on Faith From Peter’s Time in Jail

On today’s Feast of Saints Peter and Paul it behooves us to look in detail at the first reading from today’s Mass and see in it a kind of roadmap to growing in faith. Peter’s story and experience were not just for him; they were for us as well. Let’s see what we can learn […]

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When Theology Must Fall Silent: A Reflection on a Teaching from St. Bonaventure

July 16, 2017 1 Comment
When Theology Must Fall Silent: A Reflection on a Teaching from St. Bonaventure

Saints often say daring and even “dangerous” things. They are able to do this because their listeners and readers take for granted their orthodoxy and holiness. As a result, they are able to use hyperbole or speak with bold flourishes that a lesser person would be unable to carry off. Consider, for example, that St. […]

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12 More Steps: Out of Pride and into Humility, from St. Bernard.

March 21, 2013 14 Comments
12 More Steps: Out of Pride and into Humility, from St. Bernard.

In yesterday’s Post we considered the 12 Steps of Pride set forth by St. Bernard of Clairvaux. In escalating ways, the 12 twelve steps draw us up to an increasingly mountainous and enslaving pride. St. Bernard also lists the 12 steps to deeper humility (I am using the list from Vultus Dei HERE)  and it is […]

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The Real St. Nicholas – Not Fat and Not Very Jolly Either.

December 5, 2012 30 Comments

Today (Dec 6) is the Feast of St. Nicholas. The real St. Nicholas was nothing close to the St. Nick (Santa Claus) of the modern age. He was a thin curmudgeonly man with a zeal for the Lord that caused flairs of anger. Compromise was unknown to him. The slow transformation of him into “Jolly […]

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Ancient Witnesses to The Catholic Faith: The Didache

July 22, 2010 20 Comments

The Didache is one of the earliest written documents of the Church other than Scripture itself. It was written sometime between 90 and 110 AD. It may not have had a single author but may have been compiled from the Apostolic Teaching as a kind of early catechism and a summary of the essential moral […]

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It’s Not About You

May 22, 2010 8 Comments

We have come to the conclusion of the Easter Cycle as we celebrate Pentecost this weekend. All through this period we have been reading from the Acts of the Apostles. Fully the last two-thirds of Acts has focused on the Evangelical Mission of St. Paul as he made four journeys into Asia Minor and then […]

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Ordination to the Priesthood – The Church’s Physical Link to Christ and the Apostles is”Hands On”

May 2, 2010 4 Comments

We are entering the season for ordinations. And perhaps a worthy reflection is to recall that one of the great glories of the Catholic Church is her historical link to Christ and the Apostles.  The Catholic link to Christ himself and the apostles is not merely some moral unity, or a kind of invisible union, […]

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