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Moral Life

Wise Men, Flattering, May Deceive Us

November 15, 2018 3 Comments
Wise Men, Flattering, May Deceive Us

Judas Maccabeus was Handel’s most famous oratorio during his lifetime, more popular even than the Messiah. There are many wonderful moments in it, especially its bold and brave choruses. Written in 1746, it covers the biblical events of 170–160 B.C., when Judea was ruled by the Seleucids and the people were compelled to worship Zeus. […]

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A Reminder that Fornication is a Serious Sin that Can Exclude Us From Heaven

October 29, 2018 13 Comments
A Reminder that Fornication is a Serious Sin that Can Exclude Us From Heaven

The epistle from Monday’s daily Mass (30th Week of the Year) contains an admonition against unchastity. This grave warning is essential in times like these, when many call good or “no big deal” what God calls sinful. This is especially true in the realm of sexuality; entire sectors of society not only tolerate but even […]

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On the Adolescent Fixation of the Modern West

October 16, 2018 6 Comments
On the Adolescent Fixation of the Modern West

Recently at the Synod on Youth, Archbishop Charles Chaput made the following observation: Unfortunately, many “developed” countries today are actually “underdeveloped in their humanity. They’re frozen in a kind of moral adolescence; an adolescence which they’ve chosen for themselves and now seek to impose upon others. I have written on this topic as well. What […]

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On Bullies and Standing your Ground

October 5, 2018 1 Comment
On Bullies and Standing your Ground

There is a passage in the Sermon on the Mount that is often misunderstood: But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also. (Matt 5:39). Many think this passage tells us that we should accept abuse—even death—at the hands […]

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A Meditation on the Poverty of Riches, as Seen in a Video

September 26, 2018 4 Comments
A Meditation on the Poverty of Riches, as Seen in a Video

At Mass for Wednesday of the 25th Week of the Year, we read this passage: Give me neither poverty nor riches; Feed me [only] with food that I need for today: Lest I be full, and deny you, and say, Who is the LORD? or lest I be poor, and steal, and take the name […]

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A Journey to Detachment

September 12, 2018 4 Comments
A Journey to Detachment

In daily Mass (Wednesday of the 23rd Week of the Year) 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, […]

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On the Balance of Kindness and Correction

September 11, 2018 0 Comments
On the Balance of Kindness and Correction

As a follow-up from the recent blog post “Rediscovering a Lost Work of Mercy: Admonishing the Sinner,” it is important to reflect on balancing salutary discipline with necessary consolation and encouragement—never an easy task. For example, it is possible for parents to be so severe with their children that they become disheartened and lack necessary […]

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Rediscovering a Lost Work of Mercy: Admonishing the Sinner

September 9, 2018 5 Comments
Rediscovering a Lost Work of Mercy: Admonishing the Sinner

In the first reading from Mass for Monday 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. The current […]

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