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Why and How Does Satan Roam the Earth?

August 16, 2017 2 Comments
Why and How Does Satan Roam the Earth?

One of the more puzzling aspects of demonology is the freedom that Satan and demons appear to have in roaming the earth, causing trouble. If the condemned are consigned to Hell for all eternity, why is Satan allowed to wander about outside of Hell? Isn’t he supposed to be suffering in Hell along with his […]

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A Short Reflection on Beauty

August 15, 2017 1 Comment
A Short Reflection on Beauty

It is common to link the good, the true, and the beautiful; this is proper because truth is beautiful and a very high good. But as with most insights, some distinctions are necessary, because while truth is always beautiful, not everyone or everything that appears to be beautiful is thereby true. St. Augustine comments on […]

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Heaven is an Acquired Taste

July 30, 2017 4 Comments
Heaven is an Acquired Taste

There is a tendency today to forget that Heaven is an acquired taste; not everyone wants what God offers. While everyone wants to be happy, often happiness is conceived of in an egocentric way. Heaven is thought of as a personally designed paradise where we will be happy on our own terms. But that is […]

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What Does It Mean to Trust God? Maybe Not What You Think

July 27, 2017 15 Comments
What Does It Mean to Trust God? Maybe Not What You Think

We are often told to trust in God, and many of us have counseled others who are anxious or downcast to do so. But what does that mean? In some cases, when people give this counsel they mean this: Don’t worry, God will eventually give you what want. God will come around to your way […]

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One and One and One Are One – A Homily for Trinity Sunday

June 10, 2017 3 Comments
One and One and One Are One – A Homily for Trinity Sunday

There is an old spiritual that says, “My God is so high you can’t get over Him. He’s so low you can’t get under Him. He’s so wide you can’t get around Him. You must come in, by and through the Lamb.” It’s not a bad way of saying that God is “other.” He is […]

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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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