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To Teach as Jesus Taught – A Reflection on the Qualities of Jesus as Preacher and Teacher

January 17, 2017 0 Comments
To Teach as Jesus Taught – A Reflection on the Qualities of Jesus as Preacher and Teacher

As a priest, I am called to preach and teach. As such, I must look to Jesus Christ as my model. In this, I refer to the real Jesus of Scripture. Too many people today have refashioned Jesus into a sort of “harmless hippie,” an affable affirmer, a pleasant sort of fellow who healed the […]

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God’s Mercy and Justice – Balance or Bust!

January 16, 2017 1 Comment
God’s Mercy and Justice – Balance or Bust!

One of the signs of orthodoxy is the ability to hold competing truths in tension, realizing that they are there to balance each other. For example, on the one hand God is sovereign and omnipotent, but on the other we are free to say no to Him. Both of these are taught in Scripture. Our […]

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The Hardening of Hearts Caused by the Deceit of Sin

January 15, 2017 8 Comments
The Hardening of Hearts Caused by the Deceit of Sin

Last week at daily Mass (Thursday of the First Week of the Year) we read from the Letter to the Hebrews. In it was an important admonition, especially appropriate for our times: Encourage yourselves daily while it is still today, so that none of you may grow hardened by the deceit of sin (Heb 3:12). […]

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Who Is Jesus Christ? A Homily for the 2nd Sunday of the Year

January 15, 2017 2 Comments
Who Is Jesus Christ? A Homily for the 2nd Sunday of the Year

As Ordinary Time (tempus per annum) opens up, the lectionary continues to “introduce” Christ to us. The Christmas cycle now done, we must ask, “Who is Jesus Christ? Who is this savior who has been born for us?” In today’s Gospel, John the Baptist elaborates on this. John’s words are brief, but they are packed […]

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Sins Against Hope

January 13, 2017 4 Comments
Sins Against Hope

In yesterday’s post, we discussed the theological virtue of hope. This is the supernatural virtue whereby we confidently expect God’s help in attaining eternal life. The object of hope is not earthly things (e.g., better health, a higher-paying job), but rather God and the things awaiting us in Heaven. Hope pertains to things that are […]

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Rescuing the Word “Hope” and Recovering Its Biblical Meaning

January 11, 2017 2 Comments
Rescuing the Word “Hope” and Recovering Its Biblical Meaning

Hope (like love) is a word that needs to be rescued from a world that has overused and misused it for so long that its original meaning has been nearly lost. Hope has come to imply more of a vague wish for something. Sometimes it’s used as a substitute for the word “maybe.” For example, […]

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Welcome to “Ordinary Time”

January 11, 2017 0 Comments
Welcome to “Ordinary Time”

Welcome to the wearing of the green, green vestments that is. The weeks of the year outside of seasons such as Advent, Christmas, Lent, and Easter are termed “ordinary time.” It’s a rather dull-sounding description, isn’t it? “Ordinary” time, hmm … But in this case, the word “ordinary” does not refer to its typical meaning, […]

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What we can learn about suffering in the story of Joseph, the Patriarch.

January 9, 2017 5 Comments
What we can learn about suffering in the story of Joseph, the Patriarch.

One of the greatest and most painful of mysteries is the problem of suffering and the broader problem of evil in the world. I was meditating with my Sunday School parents this past weekend on the Old Testament Patriarch Joseph. That story is rich with lessons about family struggles, envy, jealousy, pride, mercy and forgiveness. […]

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