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Beware the “Soloists” – A Concern for the Protestant “Solos”: Sola Fide, Sola Scriptura, Sola Gratia

June 7, 2018 6 Comments
Beware the “Soloists” – A Concern for the Protestant “Solos”: Sola Fide, Sola Scriptura, Sola Gratia

There are a lot of “solos” sung by our Protestant brethren: sola fide (saved by faith alone), sola Scriptura (Scripture alone is the rule of faith), and sola gratia (grace alone). Generally, one ought to be leery of claims that things work “alone.” Typically, many things work together in harmony; things are interrelated. Very seldom […]

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On the Humorous Side of Leaving Everything to Follow God

May 30, 2018 0 Comments
On the Humorous Side of Leaving Everything to Follow God

At Tuesday’s daily Mass, we read this funny story about Peter that speaks to the paradox of losing one’s life only to find it more abundantly: Peter began to say to Jesus, “We have given up everything and followed you.” Jesus said, “Amen, I say to you, there is no one who has given up […]

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Fundamentals for Fruitful Discipleship – A Homily for the 5th Sunday of Easter

April 28, 2018 3 Comments
Fundamentals for Fruitful Discipleship – A Homily for the 5th Sunday of Easter

In this Easter Season, we continue to reflect on how the Risen Lord Jesus minsters to us and supplies our needs. Last week we considered Him as our shepherd. This week we learn how He is the vine and we the branches, wholly dependent on Him for everything. As we consider how He cares for […]

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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 5 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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