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If You Think You’re in a Hurry, You Have No Idea How Fast You’re Really Getting There

June 5, 2018 3 Comments
If You Think You’re in a Hurry, You Have No Idea How Fast You’re Really Getting There

Have you been feeling a little rushed lately? Well, you might be surprised to find out how fast you’re actually moving even when you think you’re “standing still.” Earth, at the latitude of Washington, D.C., is spinning at a rate of about 750 miles per hour [1]. At the same time, the spinning Earth is rotating […]

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Why is a Psalm About Creation Proclaimed on the Feast of the Apostles?

May 3, 2018 0 Comments
Why is a Psalm About Creation Proclaimed on the Feast of the Apostles?

Thursday’s feast of Saints Philip and James, like that for almost all the apostles, contains passages from Psalm 19. This has always intrigued me because this psalm is not a reference to human preaching or witness at all, but rather a reference to the wordless witness of creation. The heavens declare the glory of God, […]

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Of Mice and Men – Pondering the Strange Loss of Faith in an Age of Science

May 2, 2018 6 Comments
Of Mice and Men – Pondering the Strange Loss of Faith in an Age of Science

One of the more perplexing claims of the growing number of agnostics and atheists among us is that there is no evidence of an intelligent creator of the universe. Clearly, the created universe manifests intelligibility and order from the farthest reaches of outer space down to our small planet and further down into the “inner […]

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Two Questions on Creation

April 12, 2018 11 Comments
Two Questions on Creation

As most of you know, I write a “question and answer” type column for Our Sunday Visitor. (For those interested, back issues of my column are available here: Msgr. Pope at Our Sunday Visitor.) I recently received these two questions on creation: Q: I wonder if God has not finished creating the world, that we […]

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Cats at Christmas

December 15, 2017 1 Comment
Cats at Christmas

I grew up with dogs, not cats. Now that I live in the city, though, I have taken to cats because they are generally less trouble; they don’t need a yard to run around in or a daily walk. However, trying to decorate a Christmas tree with a cat in the room can be a […]

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The Sunlight by Which We See Is Ancient

October 22, 2017 8 Comments
The Sunlight by Which We See Is Ancient

I was meditating on time today, precipitated by some things I have recently learned about the light of the Sun that reaches Earth. I have long known that to look up into the night sky is to look far into the past. Looking up at the star Sirius, I am seeing 9 years into the […]

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Things We Can Learn from Dogs and Cats

October 4, 2017 0 Comments
Things We Can Learn from Dogs and Cats

Here at Holy Comforter-St. Cyprian Parish in Washington, D.C., we celebrate the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi with the blessing of the animals. Although most folks bring dogs to be blessed, there are usually some who bring cats and a few other animals like ferrets. Once, someone even brought a snake! In the past […]

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Earth, Air, Fire, and Water: Great and Yet Terrifying Blessings

September 8, 2017 0 Comments
Earth, Air, Fire, and Water: Great and Yet Terrifying Blessings

Given the terrible storm that has devastated parts of the Caribbean and is bearing down on Florida as I write, it is possible that questions come to mind. There is certainly a violent component to life on this planet. We might even play on the words of an ancient hymn Dies Irae, dies illa. Yet […]

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