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Moral Life

Who Am I Not to Judge? Correcting the Sinner is an Essential Work of Charity

June 25, 2017 9 Comments
Who Am I <I>Not</I> to Judge? Correcting the Sinner is an Essential Work of Charity

In the Gospel for Monday of the 12th Week in Ordinary Time, there is a Scripture passage that is almost too well known. I say this because the world has wielded like a club to swing at Christians. The text is quoted almost as if it represented the entirety of the Bible’s teaching; it is […]

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Love Your Enemies, says the Lord; I am Coming Soon!

June 20, 2017 2 Comments
Love Your Enemies, says the Lord; I am Coming Soon!

There is a specific depiction of Christ known as Christ Pantocrator.  It was widespread in the ancient world and still is today. The title “Pantocrator” is most often translated as “The Almighty One” or “The Omnipotent One.” It comes from the Greek words παντός (pantos, meaning all) and κράτος (kratos, meaning strength, might, or power). […]

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Fortitude, Patience, and Meekness: Three Virtues We Often Separate, but That Belong Together

June 15, 2017 8 Comments
Fortitude, Patience, and Meekness: Three Virtues We Often Separate, but That Belong Together

There is an important interplay and balance between the virtues that many modern minds set in opposition to one another. False dichotomies often prevail when the subtlety of virtues are lost or their meanings are grasped in simplistic or inaccurate ways. Consider three virtues that are related and which enable and moderate one other: fortitude, […]

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Some Basics on the Beatitudes

June 13, 2017 3 Comments
Some Basics on the Beatitudes

We began reading the Sermon on the Mount during daily Mass this week. One of the flawed ways of reading it is to see the Lord’s teaching merely as a list of moral demands that we must fulfill out of our own flesh or human ability. To do so is to miss the point. The […]

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Living Life at the Angle of 45 Degrees

June 12, 2017 3 Comments
Living Life at the Angle of 45 Degrees

At an angle of 45°, we look both up and out, and this is a good paradigm for life. At 45° degrees, we can view both up: seeing and loving God, and out: seeing and loving our neighbor. At 90° (i.e., straight up or straight out) our field of vision misses either God or the […]

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On the Paradoxical Beauty of Dying

November 6, 2016 3 Comments
On the Paradoxical Beauty of Dying

As most of you know, the Washington, D.C. City Council recently took a step toward legalizing physician-assisted suicide for those with less than six months to live. Although I have written elsewhere about the dangerous implications of this legislation, in today’s post I want to stand up for the dying, at home and in nursing […]

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Lessons Against Fascination with Evil

September 9, 2016 14 Comments

The video below is a trailer for an upcoming movie. I can’t comment on the full context of the movie (since it hasn’t yet been released), but there are several important messages in the trailer.  Allow it to bring forth in you a salutary fear; don’t be fascinated by the cheap parlor tricks of Satan […]

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Fraternal Correction, the Neglected Virtue

September 5, 2016 5 Comments
Fraternal Correction, the Neglected Virtue

In the first reading from today’s Mass (Tuesday of the 23rd Week), St. Paul is practically livid that the Corinthians have not sought to correct and discipline an erring brother who is indulging in illicit sexual union. He orders them to act immediately, lest the brother be lost on the day of judgment. Today, when […]

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