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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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On Hypocrisy and its Cure

June 20, 2018 3 Comments
On Hypocrisy and its Cure

In the Gospel for Wednesday of the 11th Week of the Year, Jesus gives an extended teaching on hypocrisy (Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18). Today we tend reduce the idea of hypocrisy to duplicity. The modern notion is that a hypocrite is someone who says one thing but does another, one who is two-faced or phony. While […]

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Does Jesus Forbid Self-Defense?

June 18, 2018 10 Comments
Does Jesus Forbid Self-Defense?

In daily Mass for Monday of the 11th Week of the Year, we read a passage from the Sermon on the Mount. It is a challenging text that raises many questions if read in a literal or absolute manner. You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for […]

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Four Rules for Effective Leaders

May 31, 2018 1 Comment
Four Rules for Effective Leaders

In modern bibles and in the breviary, Psalm 101 is often called the “Avowal of a Good Ruler.” In other words, it is a kind of oath a ruler takes pledging to promote virtue in the kingdom and to refute error and sin. One can imagine King David saying this himself. While this psalm is […]

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What is Humility? What are Its Limits?

April 29, 2018 1 Comment
What is Humility? What are Its Limits?

This post is part of an occasional series on the virtues At its heart, humility is reverence for the truth about oneself. We are neither to esteem ourselves too highly nor despise ourselves as bereft of God’s gifts. By humility we acknowledge that we depend on God and the gifts of others but also that […]

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The Need for Reverence, as Seen in a Remarkable Animation

April 27, 2018 0 Comments
The Need for Reverence, as Seen in a Remarkable Animation

The remarkable video below led me to ponder the relationship between reverence and fear and more importantly the difference between them. Reverence is a healthy form of fear, as contrasted with a cringing, hostile one. The word “reverence” is rooted in the Latin reveror, meaning “to stand in awe of, to revere or respect.” Reverence […]

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Humility is Hard – A Meditation on Some Aspects of Humility

April 26, 2018 7 Comments
Humility is Hard – A Meditation on Some Aspects of Humility

Pride is our most pervasive and serious sin. Humility is its antidote and the foundation of our spiritual life, and as the remedy to our most deep-seated pathology, it must be strong medicine. Humility is hard to swallow and has a lot of things it needs to work on. I. The Foundation of Humility – […]

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What a Pile of Dry Leaves Can Teach Us About Humility

April 18, 2018 0 Comments
What a Pile of Dry Leaves Can Teach Us About Humility

We tend to think that happiness is the result of the right circumstances or external factors. If I just have a little more money, or live in this place or that, or arrange the right sort of pleasures, or be with just the right people, then I will be happy. Of course, this doesn’t really […]

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