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Moral Life

Why and How Does Satan Roam the Earth?

August 16, 2017 6 Comments
Why and How Does Satan Roam the Earth?

One of the more puzzling aspects of demonology is the freedom that Satan and demons appear to have in roaming the earth, causing trouble. If the condemned are consigned to Hell for all eternity, why is Satan allowed to wander about outside of Hell? Isn’t he supposed to be suffering in Hell along with his […]

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The Biblical Roots of the Assumption of Mary

August 14, 2017 4 Comments
The Biblical Roots of the Assumption of Mary

While the actual event of the Assumption of Mary into Heaven is not recorded in the Scriptures, there is a biblical basis for the teaching that, considered as a whole, confirms Catholic teaching as both fitting and in keeping with biblical principles. Let’s ponder this feast in stages: The Assumption Explained – To be “assumed” […]

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Who is Really on Trial in Our Life?

August 1, 2017 12 Comments
Who is Really on Trial in Our Life?

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI possesses a keen ability to summarize the ideas and problems of our times both cogently and succinctly. Consider the following assessment of our age that he made during a 2015 interview: For the man of today…. things are, in a certain sense, inverted, or rather, man no longer believes he needs justification […]

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The Power of Repentance to Rewrite the Record

July 28, 2017 1 Comment
The Power of Repentance to Rewrite the Record

This animated short contrasts the consuming quality of envy, anger, and hate with the overwhelming power of love and forgiveness. It also depicts the possibility of repentance upon recognizing the damage caused. In the video, a little girl’s written resentments of her older sister spring forth from her diary to wreak their havoc. Witnessing the […]

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Greed: A Meditation on an Underreported Sin

July 20, 2017 11 Comments
Greed: A Meditation on an Underreported Sin

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. But honestly, does any one […]

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

June 25, 2017 12 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 it like a club to swing at Christians. The text is quoted almost as if it represented the entirety of the Bible’s teaching; it […]

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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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