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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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Just a Common And Often Used Word With a Star-Struck Meaning!

October 23, 2017 0 Comments
Just a Common And Often Used Word With a Star-Struck Meaning!

Every now and then a word suddenly catches your ear, and suddenly you notice it several times in one day. You’re tempted to say, “There it is again!” Recently, such was the case with the word “consider.” It’s just an ordinary, every-day word. Or is it? Why did it suddenly strike me so? With my knowledge […]

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The Journey of Abraham – Hope for the Rest of Us!

October 19, 2017 4 Comments
The Journey of Abraham – Hope for the Rest of Us!

In the reading at daily Mass for Friday of the Twenty-eighth Week in Ordinary Time, St. Paul speaks of Abraham’s faith. Abraham did come to strong faith, but it took time! One of the beautiful things about the Bible is that it does not present epic figures who never fell. Rather, it presents us with […]

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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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