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The Book of Revelation Is a Sure Guide to What Is Really Going On

April 4, 2016 11 Comments
The Book of Revelation Is a Sure Guide to What Is Really Going On

In the Office of Readings this Easter season, we are reading from the Book of Revelation. This choice might seem surprising, but there are good reasons for it. While many suppose that the Book of Revelation is merely about the end of the world, it is about far more; it is also about what is […]

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Fearful Yet Overjoyed – The Journey to Resurrection Faith

March 30, 2016 2 Comments
Fearful Yet Overjoyed – The Journey to Resurrection Faith

The gospels of the Easter Octave describe not just an event, but even more so, a journey. We are tempted to think that the disciples and apostles, having seen the risen Lord, were immediately confirmed in their faith and stripped of all doubt. But that is not the case. Nearly all of the resurrection accounts […]

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Why Was the Resurrection Such a Hidden Event?

March 27, 2016 8 Comments
Why Was the Resurrection Such a Hidden Event?

There is something of a hidden quality to the resurrection appearances that has always puzzled me. St. Peter gives voice to this when he says to Cornelius, God raised Jesus from the dead on the third day and granted that he be visible, not to all people, but to us, the witnesses chosen by God […]

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My Way Gets Brighter, My Load Gets Lighter – A Homily on the Easter Emmaus Gospel

March 26, 2016 3 Comments
My Way Gets Brighter, My Load Gets Lighter – A Homily on the Easter Emmaus Gospel

There are four different Gospels proposed by the Church for Easter Sunday. Here I offer a homily on the Lucan account of the two disciples on the road to Emmaus. I have written sermons and commentaries on two of the other Gospels; they are available here: John 20:1-8 The Journey from Fear to Faith Matt […]

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The Resurrection Appearances Chronologically Arranged

April 9, 2012 45 Comments

This blog post is a follow-up from yesterday’s blog. You can read yesterday’s post by clicking HERE When we encounter the resurrection accounts in the New Testament we face a challenge in putting all the pieces together in a way that the sequence of the events flow in logical order. This is due to the […]

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On The Spiritual Attack of our Converts and What to Do About It

May 4, 2011 91 Comments

Back just before Holy Week I read an interesting and provocative essay by Jennifer Fulwiler at the National Catholic Register. It is about the need to more clearly instruct Catechumens and those being received into the Church about spiritual attack. Plain and simple, the devil wants to destroy the faith of those who have newly […]

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Making Sense of the Resurrection Accounts – Are there Discrepancies?

April 26, 2011 9 Comments

When we read the various accounts of the Resurrection in the four Gospels, Acts and Pauline Epistles we can easily be puzzled by some apparent discrepancies in the details. The Pope in his recent book, Jesus of Nazareth (Vol II) says, We have to acknowledge that this testimony [of Scripture] considered from an historical point […]

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Happy Easter – Jesus is on line one

April 23, 2011 0 Comments

Do you have a cell phone?  Does your cell phone tell you who it is that is trying to call you?  Do you usually check that caller ID and decide, based on who it is, whether to answer the phone or not? “Answer”, “Ignore” or “Send to voicemail”? I do! In all honesty, when someone […]

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