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The Seven Deadly Sins: Greed

February 22, 2018 4 Comments
The Seven Deadly Sins: Greed

One of the more underreported sins is greed. It is easy to conclude that greed is something manifested by “that other person,” who has more than I do. Yes, that rich guy over there, the one who earns a dollar more per hour than I do; he’s greedy, but I’m not. Honestly, does any one of […]

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The Seven Deadly Sins: Pride

February 21, 2018 2 Comments
The Seven Deadly Sins: Pride

Pride is a sin that is so pervasive, runs so deep within us, that we often don’t even sense it is there. Not only is it a sinful drive in itself, it also plays a role in every other sin we commit. Pride is the sin we most share with Satan and the fallen angels. […]

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An Overview of the Seven Deadly Sins

February 20, 2018 2 Comments
An Overview of the Seven Deadly Sins

Do you know what the Seven Deadly Sins are? It is valuable to name and begin to understand these deep drives of sin within us because the more we do so the more we can grow in self-knowledge. Further, it helps us to “know their moves” and gain mastery over them. As they stir deep […]

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On The Sad End of Solomon

February 11, 2018 2 Comments
On The Sad End of Solomon

The readings at daily Mass last week focused on the kingship of Solomon. Perhaps the high point of his life when he was given the opportunity to ask anything whatsoever from God and chose not gold or glory but wisdom. On Wednesday we read about the visit of the Queen of Sheba, complete with a […]

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Six Principles of Discernment

January 30, 2018 10 Comments
Six Principles of Discernment

As a priest and pastor I am often called to spend time with people as they discern the voice and the will of God in their life. I have about twenty lay people for whom I provide spiritual direction. In addition, I am sometimes approached by people who are facing a critical time in their […]

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The Need for Two Pockets

January 28, 2018 3 Comments
The Need for Two Pockets

Like so many things in life, self-esteem needs to be balanced. The balance is between humility and pride. The following is attributed to Rabbi Simcha Bunim, one of the leaders of Hasidic Judaism in Poland in the late 1700s and early 1800s: Everyone must have two pockets so that he can reach into one or […]

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A Brief Story About the Need for Prudence

January 24, 2018 1 Comment
A Brief Story About the Need for Prudence

God speaks to us through many experiences and images. Sometimes there are differing layers of meaning and we must carefully and prudently discern what God is saying to us. Prudence is not the same as caution. Rather, it is the virtue that bids us, in each situation, to keep in mind our deeper call and […]

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What Attachments Are and What They Are Not

January 22, 2018 5 Comments
What Attachments Are and What They Are Not

This past Sunday, we read St. Paul’s almost ominous words about our need to break free from attachments to this world: I tell you, brothers, the time is running out. From now on, let those having wives act as not having them, those weeping as not weeping, those rejoicing as not rejoicing, those buying as […]

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