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Moral Life

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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On Finding a Holistic Expression of the Church’s Moral Tradition

June 10, 2012 22 Comments

I just finished reading Ross Douthat’s (pronounced DOW-that) book, Bad Religion: How We Became a Nation of Heretics. As I have told you before, I highly recommend this to your reading attention. The book is an excellent summary of what has happened to the Christian faith in the last sixty years, especially in this country. […]

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What’s mine, is God’s. And What’s Yours is God’s. A presentation on the 7th Commandment

May 31, 2012 29 Comments

Some one stole my iPhone today, so I thought, maybe it would be good to post on the the 7th Commandment: You shall not steal! At first glance this commandment seems pretty simple and straight-forward: “Don’t take anything that doesn’t belong to you without permission.” True enough, the seventh commandment does call us to respect […]

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On the Sin of Rash Judgment as Humorously Depicted in a Commercial

April 20, 2012 17 Comments

On of the most common sins committed, and yet, one of the sins least confessed, is the sin of Rash Judgment. The commercial below humorously depicts the sin and how wrong we can sometimes be. But in reality the sin is not often humorous and can lead us to some very dark places. We may, […]

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What Is Sloth? It’s a bit more subtle than laziness

March 21, 2012 43 Comments

One of the more misunderstood of the Cardinal Sins is sloth. This is because most see it merely as laziness. But there is more to sloth than that. Lets take a moment and consider some aspects of the Cardinal sin we call in English, Sloth. The Greek word we translate as sloth is ἀκηδία akedia […]

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What is Our Most Serious Problem?

March 20, 2012 0 Comments

The Gospel from today’s Mass sets for the healing by Jesus of a man who had been paralyzed some 38 years. The Lord found him lying by the sheep gate of the Temple at the pools called Bethesda (A Hebrew word meaning “House of Mercy”). Having healed him the Lord says something unusual, Look, you […]

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