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A Gentle Presence in a Threatening World

October 10, 2017 0 Comments
A Gentle Presence in a Threatening World

In a time when America can seem divided, sometimes beyond foreseeable repair, a beautiful sanctuary of unity and love can be found in the northwest reaches of our nation’s capital. A testament to the awesome power of optimism and devoted faith in Jesus, the Georgetown Visitation Monastery provides an example from which all of us […]

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A Healing Word for the Scrupulous and Fearful

June 1, 2017 3 Comments
A Healing Word for the Scrupulous and Fearful

Anyone who has the care of souls, be it a priest, parent, spiritual director, or teacher, realizes that there are many things that can hinder spiritual growth and progress. A pastor can look out on his flock on any given Sunday and see a wide spectrum. At the one end of the spectrum are those […]

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You Forgot! A Reflection on a Central Spiritual Struggle

May 30, 2017 6 Comments
You Forgot! A Reflection on a Central Spiritual Struggle

One of the more basic human problems in our relationship with God is that we forget. Over and over again in the Scriptures comes an almost exasperated accusation from God: “You forgot!” Consider just a few of hundreds of such texts: You deserted the Rock, who fathered you; you forgot the God who gave you […]

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The Problem of Pretending in the Spiritual Life

October 13, 2016 2 Comments
The Problem of Pretending in the Spiritual Life

The Gospel for today’s Mass (Friday of the 28th Week) opens up some important insights on the problem of “pretending” in the Christian life. One of the difficulties in arriving at these insights is the understanding we have today of the word hypocrisy. To some extent, it seems to have lost its subtler distinctions and […]

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How Can a Demon, Driven Out, Return with Seven More? A Meditation on a Puzzling Parable

October 6, 2016 12 Comments
How Can a Demon, Driven Out, Return with Seven More? A Meditation on a Puzzling Parable

The Gospel for Friday of this week (27th Week of the Year) features the puzzling parable about the cast-out demon who returns with seven others. What is most puzzling, is that finding the house (soul) “swept and clean” brings further trouble. One would think that a house that is swept and clean would be a good thing! For […]

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Never Give Up: St. Augustine’s Stirring Call to Pastors

October 2, 2016 4 Comments
Never Give Up: St. Augustine’s Stirring Call to Pastors

Today I would like to present excerpts from a stirring sermon that St. Augustine delivered to the priests and people of Hippo. In times like these we must all be reminded of the need to preach the Word of God even if the recipients of that word revile us, labeling our very proclamation of love […]

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Job and Suffering

September 26, 2016 5 Comments
Job and Suffering

We are beginning to read from the Book of Job in daily Mass. One of its core issues is the problem of suffering and why God allows it. If God is omnipotent and omniscient then how can He tolerate evil, injustice, and suffering of the innocent? Where is God when a woman is raped, when genocide is committed, […]

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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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