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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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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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