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On the Paradoxical Connection Between Love, Law, and Joy

May 18, 2017 3 Comments
On the Paradoxical Connection Between Love, Law, and Joy

In the Gospel today (Thursday of the 5th Week of Easter), Jesus cuts right through the modern Western tendency to set law in opposition to both love and joy. He joins all three concepts and summons us to a new attitude. Jesus says, As the Father loves me, so I also love you. Remain in […]

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On the Passing of All Things, As Seen in a Commercial

November 20, 2015 0 Comments
On the Passing of All Things, As Seen in a Commercial

The clip below is of a commercial that must have taken weeks to film. And regardless of the intent of the commercial (selling insurance), there is something of an admonition, in both the video and the music, that life and the things of life slip away. While the music sets forth the theme, “Don’t stop […]

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What is the Wrath of God? A Study of a Common Biblical Theme

October 13, 2015 1 Comment
What is the Wrath of God? A Study of a Common Biblical Theme

In Tuesday’s reading at daily Mass (Tuesday of the 28th Week) there was a reference to the wrath of God: The wrath of God is indeed being revealed from heaven against every impiety and wickedness of those who suppress the truth (Romans 1:18). St. Paul goes on to set forth a host of social ills […]

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Love, It’s What God Does – As Seen in a Commercial

October 9, 2015 2 Comments
Love, It’s What God Does – As Seen in a Commercial

I’ve been enjoying the Geico “It’s what you do” commercials (in the less than one hour of television I watch each day). They remind me of a sort of syllogism I’ve used to explain why God’s loves us: God is love. When love is what you are, love is what you do. Therefore, God loves. […]

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His Wrath is Not Turned Back, His Hand is Still Outstretched! Pondering the Wrath of God as a Work of Revelation

August 24, 2015 14 Comments
His Wrath is Not Turned Back, His Hand is Still Outstretched! Pondering the Wrath of God as a Work of Revelation

When reading Scripture that mentions the wrath of God, most think of His wrath in human terms. But we must be clear that God does not get angry the way we do. Further, our God is not moody: pleasant and patient one moment and then angry and punishing the next. No, God does not suffer […]

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Is It Natural to Desire God?

November 15, 2012 3 Comments

Are You Smarter than a Fifth-Grader? Archdiocese of Washington: Year of Faith series Written by: Dominican Brothers of the Province of St. Joseph To outsiders, religious people can seem like entirely different kinds of people – a bit strange sometimes, fanatics to some, archaic at times, and a bit superstitious. This is all to say […]

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Our God Sits High, Yet Looks Low! A Meditation on the Fact that We are Nearly Invisible From Space.

June 9, 2011 0 Comments

There is a rather humorous aspect of the story of the Tower of Babel in the Book of Genesis. You likely know the basic story which begins with the men of that early time saying, Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens, so that we may make […]

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On the Dignity of Dogs and Glory of God

April 8, 2011 63 Comments

God gives many gifts, and one of the great gifts he has given me was the gift of our family dogs. Scripture says little about dogs and when it does it is never flattering. Most of the references make one think of wild dogs who ran in packs. Psalm 22:16 says, “Many dogs have surrounded […]

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