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Two Stories About Detachment

July 2, 2018 2 Comments
Two Stories About Detachment

It is common to think of detachment as something the poor easily have and the rich seldom have. Whatever the statistics on detachment as related to wealth, it is certainly true that there are some poor folks who are greedy attached to this world’s riches, while there are some rich people who are quite generous […]

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Two Teachings on Discipleship from Jesus

July 1, 2018 2 Comments
Two Teachings on Discipleship from Jesus

In the Gospel for today (Monday of the 13thWeek of the Year) Jesus gives two teachings on discipleship. They are not easy, and they challenge us—especially those of us who live in the affluent West. Poverty– The text says, As they were proceeding on their journey someone said to him, “I will follow you wherever you […]

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Is this World a Womb or a Tomb for You?

May 23, 2018 0 Comments
Is this World a Womb or a Tomb for You?

There is a line in the first reading for Wednesday of the seventh week of the year that reminds us to be humble and to realize that things—including us—are passing: You are a puff of smoke that appears briefly and then disappears (James 4:14). This is an antidote of sorts to the modern tendencies of excessive […]

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Tearing Up the Memo, as Seen in an Animal Video

October 27, 2017 0 Comments
Tearing Up the Memo, as Seen in an Animal Video

At the bottom of this post is a video of dogs and cats who apparently never “got the memo” that they are supposed to fear and hate each other. As the video makes clear, they are bosom buddies who love to romp, play, wrestle, and even snuggle. How unlikely! And yet there it is before […]

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Demonstrating Nature in Airport Design

September 22, 2017 1 Comment
Demonstrating Nature in Airport Design

In our culture, many battles are fought on the question of nature. The word “nature” comes from the Latin natus, which means “birth.” Thus, nature is what we are intrinsically born with, what we are born to be. Church teaching and traditional philosophy insist that things have a nature. That is, they are endowed with […]

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We Need To Recover a Natural Understanding of Human Sexuality

July 12, 2017 15 Comments
We Need To Recover a Natural Understanding of Human Sexuality

I want to recommend a book by Daniel Mattson that can help us greatly in addressing the sexual confusion of our time, but first let’s do a quick review of where we are and what seems to be the central problem. The rise of “transgenderism” and the widespread approval of homosexual acts represent a resurgence […]

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