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“Just a Little While Longer…” – A Meditation on the Brevity and Urgency of Life.

May 10, 2018 0 Comments
“Just a Little While Longer…” – A Meditation on the Brevity and Urgency of Life.

There is a passage in John 16 that is unusual for its repetition. This past Sunday it was the assigned Gospel in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite. The expression “in a little while” is repeated seven times in the brief passage. Its repetition is almost to the point of being annoying, such that […]

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Is Your Spiritual Life Like a Sailboat or a Motorboat?

March 22, 2018 3 Comments
Is Your Spiritual Life Like a Sailboat or a Motorboat?

When I was about 10 years old I took some sailing lessons and then did so again when I was in my early 30s. Sailing involves a kind of romancing of the wind, wherein one observes it and then adapts to it, wooing it, learning its moves, its vicissitudes, its often subtle and changing signs. […]

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A Short Reflection on Pain

January 23, 2018 2 Comments
A Short Reflection on Pain

All of us ponder why God permits suffering. By faith we acknowledge that God never permits it except that a greater good may come from it. Perhaps He permits that we suffer loss in order to bestow some new gift in its place. Even beautiful relationships may hinder some new growth that God wants to […]

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A Meditation on Eternal Life

January 7, 2018 1 Comment
A Meditation on Eternal Life

We are concluding our reading of the First Letter of John during daily Mass. Many struggle to understand this letter because they miss the experiential aspects of the faith to which he refers. Consider just a few brief lines from the end of the letter: [God] has testified on behalf of his Son. Whoever believes […]

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Some Qualities of True Love in an Age of Distortion

October 29, 2017 4 Comments
Some Qualities of True Love in an Age of Distortion

We live in times in which love is presented in a distorted, even manipulative way. Some use a vague and all-encompassing notion of love to justify almost any behavior. They declare that if we do not approve of what they do, not only are we unloving, we are haters. In this way love is equated […]

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The Wonder of Life

October 11, 2017 2 Comments
The Wonder of Life

Read Cardinal Wuerl’s prepared remarks for the Lives Worthy of Respect Panel Discussion at Georgetown University on October 2, 2017. Some years ago, I visited a mother who had given birth to sextuplets – six tiny bundles of life. As I gave a blessing to them, with pride in her voice and joy in her […]

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God Can Make a Way Out of No Way: A Meditation on the Role of Adversity

October 3, 2017 2 Comments
God Can Make a Way Out of No Way: A Meditation on the Role of Adversity

Adversity comes to every one of us. The word’s Latin roots speak to the way in which things can turn against us; the winds, instead of moving us along, turn toward and against us and our progress seems stalled or even reversed. But has it? Or does adversity have a hidden, benign, or even good […]

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A Lament on the Shrinking of Summer

August 31, 2017 9 Comments
A Lament on the Shrinking of Summer

It’s the end of August; not so long ago this was still a lazy time to enjoy the last few days of summer. It used to be that Labor Day marked the unofficial end of summer — not so any more. The erosion of summer is driven mainly by the start of school. I have […]

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