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Our God Sits High Yet Looks Low – A Meditation on Our Smallness

October 13, 2017 1 Comment
Our God Sits High Yet Looks Low – A Meditation on Our Smallness

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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A Meditation on the Delay and Silence of God

September 18, 2017 6 Comments
A Meditation on the Delay and Silence of God

I don’t know if you’ve noticed or not, but God doesn’t seem to be in a big hurry about most things. This has been a hard lesson for me to learn. We live in a loud, fast-paced world, one of constantly “breaking news,” in which crisis and urgency are the predominant mode. Instant communication and […]

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On Titles and Truth

August 27, 2017 2 Comments
On Titles and Truth

Most Catholics have heard the critique from non-Catholics that it is wrong to call priests “Father.” It is a rather tired old charge, which basically goes as follows: Jesus says, “Call no man on earth your father.” But Catholics call their priests “Father.” Therefore, the Catholic Church is wrong to espouse this and is likely […]

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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
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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