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Eschatology

An Unequivocal Affirmation by Jesus that the Dead Will Rise

June 6, 2018 4 Comments
An Unequivocal Affirmation by Jesus that the Dead Will Rise

In the Gospel for Wednesday of the 9th week, the Church presents us with a strong reminder and teaching on the resurrection. Let’s look at what we are taught: The Ridicule of the Resurrection – The Gospel opens as follows: Some Sadducees, who deny there is a resurrection, came forward and put [a] question to […]

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The Fire Next Time: A Meditation on the Second Letter of Peter

June 4, 2018 3 Comments
The Fire Next Time: A Meditation on the Second Letter of Peter

The first reading for Mass this Tuesday, taken from the Second Letter of Peter, is a warning to us. There’s an old spiritual that says, “God gave Noah the rainbow sign, no more water but the fire next time.” This reading today speaks to us of the “fire next time” and reminds of the need […]

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Who or What Is the Antichrist? A Reflection on the Biblical Teaching

January 3, 2018 27 Comments
Who or What Is the Antichrist? A Reflection on the Biblical Teaching

There is much lore about the antichrist (especially among certain Evangelicals) that is out of proportion to the attention Scripture pays to the concept, and more importantly is at possible variance from what is certainly taught. It easily becomes fodder for movies and novels: the antichrist figure steps on the scene, deceiving many, and mesmerizing […]

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The Bridegroom is Near

December 19, 2017 0 Comments
The Bridegroom is Near

Christ came at Christmas as an infant and thus we don’t usually think of wedding imagery. Because the first coming has already been fulfilled, however, we can focus more on His second coming, of which the first is a sacramental reminder. Thus, during Advent, our longing and excitement are also directed to His glorious second […]

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The Second Coming and Its Stages

December 7, 2017 3 Comments
The Second Coming and Its Stages

During Advent, as we continue to meditate on the Parousia (the Second Coming), we do well to allow our imaginations to be engaged in contemplating the glory that awaits those who are faithful, to meditate on the joy and ecstasy of the culmination of all things! We must soberly admit our need to be ready […]

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Only What You Do for Christ Will Last – A Meditation on the Rise and Fall of Civilizations

November 28, 2017 7 Comments
Only What You Do for Christ Will Last – A Meditation on the Rise and Fall of Civilizations

In the readings for Tuesday of the 34th Week of the Year, both Daniel and Jesus speak of the destruction that is upon nations and empires of this world. Daniel spoke to the people of his time and indicated that the Jewish people would suffer from four oppressive kingdoms, which though unnamed we now know […]

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Why Damnation Is Eternal and Other Teachings on Hell

November 21, 2017 6 Comments
Why Damnation Is Eternal and Other Teachings on Hell

This is the thirteenth and final installment in a series on the Four Last Things: Death, Judgment, Heaven and Hell. The teachings of the Lord on Hell are difficult, especially in today’s climate. The most difficult questions that arise relate to its eternal nature and how to square its existence with a God who is loving […]

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Images of Hell

November 20, 2017 4 Comments
Images of Hell

This is the twelfth in a series of articles on the Four Last Things: death, judgment, Heaven, and Hell. Part of what makes Jesus’ teaching on Hell difficult is the severe imagery He uses. In pointing to Hell, he seems to point to its deepest pits. He warns of eternal fire, undying worms, and wailing […]

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