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At the Gate Called “Beautiful” – What the Miracle by Peter and John Teaches us about our Spiritual Journey

April 5, 2018 4 Comments
At the Gate Called “Beautiful” – What the Miracle by Peter and John Teaches us about our Spiritual Journey

At the daily masses of the Easter Octave, we have been reading about, among other things, the story of a paralyzed man whom Peter and John encounter just outside the Temple at the Gate called “Beautiful.” This paralyzed man’s story is our story and as we read it we learn something of our own spiritual […]

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The Paradoxical Source of Trust in the Lord

February 8, 2018 2 Comments
The Paradoxical Source of Trust in the Lord

One of the Five Hard Truths that will set us free is this one: “You are not in control.” This unnerves us, even terrifies us at times. We like to be in control, but control is an illusion; things you think you control are resting on things you cannot control such as the next beat […]

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On the Importance of Little Things

February 7, 2018 2 Comments
On the Importance of Little Things

I have found that one of my favorite quotes from St. Augustine is not all that well known. Here it is in Latin, followed by my own translation: Quod minimum, minimum est, Sed in minimo fidelem esse, magnum est. What is a little thing, is (just) a little thing, But to be faithful in a […]

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The Lament of God: You Forgot

February 6, 2018 5 Comments
The Lament of God: You Forgot

The following tale is from the Hasidic tradition: Yechiel was playing hide and seek with another child. He hid himself for some time, but his playmate did not look for him. Little Yechiel ran to Rabbi Baruch and said amid tears, “He did not look for me!” The Rabbi said, “That is also God’s complaint, […]

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What’s So Sinful About a Census and Why Was Israel Punished for Something David Did?

February 4, 2018 12 Comments
What’s So Sinful About a Census and Why Was Israel Punished for Something David Did?

Today I want to return to a reading from last week’s Mass. In that reading (from 2 Samuel 24) we hear the story of how King David ordered a census to be taken. Joab, David’s general, strongly cautioned the King against it, but David insisted. When the census had been completed, the Prophet Gad informed […]

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Eyes that Are Humble – A Meditation on the Conversion of St. Paul

January 25, 2018 7 Comments
Eyes that Are Humble – A Meditation on the Conversion of St. Paul

Today in daily Mass we read the well-known story of St. Paul’s conversion. There is a detail in the story that I have often pondered. Although I am speculating on the specifics, I think it ought not to be overlooked. Even my choice of the words “speculating” and “overlooked” (both of which refer to the […]

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If Demons Believe and Tremble, What about Us?

January 9, 2018 3 Comments
If Demons Believe and Tremble, What about Us?

As we begin the ordinary time of the Church year, we follow the Lord’s public ministry. The curtain lifts and we are in the synagogue at Capernaum: Jesus entered the synagogue and taught. The people were astonished at his teaching, for he taught them as one having authority and not as the scribes. In their […]

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Close Your Umbrellas! A Mediation on a Saying at Fatima.

October 24, 2017 5 Comments
Close Your Umbrellas! A Mediation on a Saying at Fatima.

On at least two different occasions, Sr. Lucia gave the following instruction to the crowd at Fatima: “Close your umbrellas. Our Lady is coming!” In the pictures of the throngs gathered on the 13th of each month in Fatima, one can often see umbrellas. They were sometimes used to shield people from the rain, but […]

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