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Three Insights of Pope Leo XIII That Diagnose Our Cultural Malaise

June 11, 2018 6 Comments
Three Insights of Pope Leo XIII That Diagnose Our Cultural Malaise

Pope Leo XIII penned an insightful analysis of three trends that both alarmed him and pointed to future problems. He wrote of these three concerns in 1893 in the Encyclical on the Holy Rosary entitled Laetitiae Sanctae (Of Holy Joy). The Pope laid out these three areas of concern and then offered the Mysteries of […]

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God Has His Seven Thousand: A Word of Encouragement from the Life of Elijah

June 10, 2018 6 Comments
God Has His Seven Thousand: A Word of Encouragement from the Life of Elijah

This week in daily Mass we read of the struggles of Elijah the Prophet, who spent his life fighting the influence of the Canaanite god Baal in Israel. Up on Mt. Carmel, Elijah was strong and fearless, but he also had moments of deep discouragement. Many of us today are discouraged in these times of […]

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On the “Memorare” of Memorial Day

May 27, 2018 2 Comments
On the “Memorare” of Memorial Day

Memorial Day for many means the beginning of summer. To others, it is a day off to go shopping. But as I am sure you know, Memorial Day is really a day to honor those who have died in the service of this country. Here are some thoughts based on two words that arise on […]

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A New Movie: Paul, Apostle of Christ

March 23, 2018 2 Comments
A New Movie: Paul, Apostle of Christ

Over a month ago I was blessed to get an early view of the new movie, Paul, Apostle of Christ. It is indeed wonderful — beautifully filmed and with a moving ending. It is not a simple retelling of the Acts of the Apostles; such films have already been made. Instead, it is a moving […]

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On Presidents Day We Should Remember That Washington and Lincoln Often Called us to Prayer

February 18, 2018 0 Comments
On Presidents Day We Should Remember That Washington and Lincoln Often Called us to Prayer

We live in a secular age. Religious utterances by government officials are greeted with surprise or even indignation by some. While the primary role of civil leaders is not a religious one, insisting that never express religious sentiment is a form of extremism rooted in exaggerated conception of the idea of the separation of Church […]

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Has Jesus Saved You from This Present Evil Age?

February 5, 2018 1 Comment
Has Jesus Saved You from This Present Evil Age?

Jesus Christ came to save us from our sins; that is certainly true. St. Paul said, The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost (1 Tim 1:15). St. Paul mentioned another truth, however, one we too often forget. It came […]

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Can We Talk? A Brief List of Annoying Expressions and Verbal Fumbles

January 18, 2018 61 Comments
Can We Talk? A Brief List of Annoying Expressions and Verbal Fumbles

We all have certain phrases that annoy us; oddities creep into the language that invite comment or could use correction. To that end, I propose below a list of ten annoying and/or misused words and expressions. Please accept this list in the humorous vein in which it is intended. I am playing the role of […]

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Where Are You from? A Reflection on Recent Tensions over Immigration, Race, and Ethnicity

January 14, 2018 2 Comments
Where Are You from? A Reflection on Recent Tensions over Immigration, Race, and Ethnicity

A priest friend of mine who immigrated to this country from Jordan back in the 1970s is often asked, “Where are you from?” He humorously answers, “I am from my mother’s womb.” True enough! There is an even more fundamental answer, rooted in Scripture, which speaks to the origin of every human person: You are […]

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