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St. Paul Was Not Ashamed of the Gospel — Are We?

October 16, 2017 1 Comment
St. Paul Was Not Ashamed of the Gospel — Are We?

St. Paul writes this in today’s reading from the Letter to the Romans: “I am not ashamed of the gospel. It is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes” (Rom 1:16). “Gospel” here refers to the whole of the New Testament rather than merely the four Gospels. The gospel is the […]

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Faith Is About Obedience

October 15, 2017 4 Comments
Faith Is About Obedience

There is a very important phrase in the beginning of St. Paul’s Letter to the Romans, which we are reading in daily Mass. A common modern conception of what it means to have faith has an egocentric element, for which St. Paul provides a remedy. In describing his authority and mission as an apostle, he […]

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The Human Tendency Toward Acquired Deafness

October 1, 2017 2 Comments
The Human Tendency Toward Acquired Deafness

There was an important passage in the Gospel for Saturday’s Mass (Saturday of the 25th Week of the Year). It displays the human tendency to filter out or ignore what we do not want to hear. Jesus had been casting out demons. We then read, While they were all amazed at his every deed, Jesus […]

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Pondering the Night of the Senses and the Paradox That We See Farther in the Darkness

September 14, 2017 5 Comments
Pondering the Night of the Senses and the Paradox That We See Farther in the Darkness

As human beings we are very visual; there is a certain demand of our flesh to see on its own terms. But of course God, who is pure spirit, will not be seen in this way. How can the human eye perceive what is spiritual? It is not designed to do so. We cannot see […]

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A Warning About Sloth in a Story from the Old Testament

August 9, 2017 5 Comments
A Warning About Sloth in a Story from the Old Testament

This week in daily Mass we are presented with a vivid portrait of the sin of sloth and its effects: A critical moment has arrived for the people of Israel. Having seen the Egyptian army defeated at the Red Sea, they have now crossed the desert in a short period of time, perhaps a matter […]

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Which Do You Prefer: Melons and Leeks, or the Bread of Heaven?

August 7, 2017 0 Comments
Which Do You Prefer: Melons and Leeks, or the Bread of Heaven?

The first reading for daily Mass on Monday (18th week of the year) was taken from the Book of Numbers. It features the Israelites grumbling about the manna in the wilderness: Would that we had meat for food! We remember the fish we used to eat without cost in Egypt, and the cucumbers, the melons, the […]

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Time to Decide – A Reflection on a Question from Elijah

July 19, 2017 18 Comments
Time to Decide – A Reflection on a Question from Elijah

In this week’s Office of Readings comes a crucial question from Elijah. It came at a time of widespread apostasy among the Jewish people. Elijah summoned a multitude to Mt. Carmel in the far north of Israel: Elijah appealed to all the people and said, “How long will you straddle the issue? If the Lord […]

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Three Words That Can Change Your Life

July 6, 2017 4 Comments
Three Words That Can Change Your Life

Sometimes we like to complicate things, but every now and again it’s good to simplify, to make things plain and simple. The other day it occurred to me that three words describe the wellbeing that I have discovered in my physical, emotional, and spiritual life: move, breathe, and trust. “Move” pertains to the physical, “breathe” […]

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