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Why Is There Such Strong Hatred for the Church?

May 22, 2018 6 Comments
Why Is There Such Strong Hatred for the Church?

In the final week of Easter, there were frequent references in the readings to the fact that the world would hate true Christians. For example, If the world hates you, understand that it hated Me first. If you were of the world, it would love you as its own. Instead, the world hates you, because […]

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The Fading Glories of the World, as Seen in an Attic

May 8, 2018 2 Comments
The Fading Glories of the World, as Seen in an Attic

The photo at the right, which I took in the attic of our parish school, reminds me of the ancient Latin phrase Sic transit gloria mundi (Thus passes the glory of the world). These are the symbols of victory in sports events, much trained for and fought for. Once they were proudly displayed in the […]

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The Battlefield of our Mind

May 6, 2018 3 Comments
The Battlefield of our Mind

There is a war we must wage in our mind. Indeed, the mind is the central battlefield of our Christian journey. The mind is where we “live,” where we are alone with our thoughts and with God; it is where we think, deliberate, and decide. Our “thought life” determines our ultimate destiny: Sow a thought, […]

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Our Most Primal Fear and the Source of Our Bondage

April 17, 2018 5 Comments
Our Most Primal Fear and the Source of Our Bondage

Let’s ponder a significant yet often overlooked text from Hebrews, which describes our most basic and primal fear. Our inordinate fear of what people think of us is rooted in an even deeper fear, one which is at the very core of our being. The Hebrews text both names it and describes it as being […]

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There Has Been No Loss of Wonders, Only a Loss of Wonder – A Brief Summons to Awe

April 10, 2018 6 Comments
There Has Been No Loss of Wonders, Only a Loss of Wonder – A Brief Summons to Awe

A big problem today is that of widespread boredom. With all the diversions available to us, one would think we would be one of the least bored generations in history. There are various forms of entertainment available to us quite literally at our fingertips: television, streaming video, radio, the Internet, video games, and more. Yet […]

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On the Feast of All Saints, a Pastoral Letter on Racism Reminds Us of the Communion of the Saints

November 1, 2017 12 Comments
On the Feast of All Saints, a Pastoral Letter on Racism Reminds Us of the Communion of the Saints

On the Feast of All Saints we celebrate men and women of every place and time who lived with great sanctity. Many of them are known to us and are among our great heroes of the Faith; even more are unknown to us. The most common hymn for this feast day is “For All the […]

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Promises, Promises – A Parable on the False Promises of This World

October 25, 2017 2 Comments
Promises, Promises – A Parable on the False Promises of This World

One of the great illusions under which we labor is that if we only get just one more thing from this world, then we will be happy. Perhaps we think that if we just had a little more money, or a better job, or the latest iPhone, or if we were married to so-and-so, or […]

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Labor Day Reflection: We need each other to survive

September 3, 2017 1 Comment
Labor Day Reflection: We need each other to survive

Labor Day makes me mindful of our interconnectedness; we need one another in order to survive. Consider how we are each called to contribute as well as how we benefit from the labor of others. Even that simple can of corn you pull from the grocery store shelf has thousands of people standing behind it: […]

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