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Proverbs to Ponder

February 21, 2017 0 Comments
Proverbs to Ponder

In the Divine Office last week, we read from the Book of Proverbs; in this week’s Masses we are reading from Sirach. Both of these books are part of the Wisdom Tradition. Today, I’ll be reviewing a few of the sayings from Proverbs, but before doing so, I’d like to explain the use of the […]

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Two Presidents at Prayer

February 20, 2017 0 Comments
Two Presidents at Prayer

We live in an age of often strident secularism. If a religious utterance is made by a government official (or it would seem, even a First Lady) a loud cry goes up from an increasingly hostile minority. The platitude about “Separation of Church and State” is usually bandied about, a phrase that does not even […]

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Why Does God Make Us Wait?

February 19, 2017 2 Comments
Why Does God Make Us Wait?

One of the most common frustrations in the spiritual life is the fact that God often makes us wait. Many of our requests are made with an elevated sense of urgency. Frankly, we are in a big hurry about many things—but God is not. Although He could fix every problem in an instant, He does […]

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Meeting God in What Is – As Seen in a Commercial

February 18, 2017 4 Comments
Meeting God in What Is – As Seen in a Commercial

I wonder if many of us over forty would say that our life has gone as we planned. Very few of my college friends are now doing anything closely related to their degree. My degree is in computer science, yet today I am a priest. One of my friends studied engineering but is now doing […]

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Did Noah Really Live to Be 950?

February 16, 2017 23 Comments
Did Noah Really Live to Be 950?

I occasionally get questions about the remarkably long lives of the patriarchs who lived before the great flood. Consider the ages at which these figures purportedly died: Adam – 930 Seth – 912 Enosh – 905 Jared – 962 Methuselah – 969 Noah – 950 Shem – 600 Eber – 464 Abraham – 175 Moses […]

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Two Pictures of Patience

February 15, 2017 4 Comments
Two Pictures of Patience

The readings from Mass yesterday (Wednesday of the 6th Week of the Year) give two helpful images that call us to patience. Patience is a virtue through which we are willing to endure as we look for something better that will come to pass. The word comes from the Latin patior, which means “to suffer.” […]

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Clarifications on the Biblical Flood Narrative

February 14, 2017 33 Comments
Clarifications on the Biblical Flood Narrative

As we read the flood story in Tuesday’s daily Mass, I feel that a few clarifications are in order. While we are not required as Catholics to interpret every detail of the flood story literally, there does seem to be some evidence (preserved in many ancient cultures) of a flood or “mega event” that drastically […]

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How Is Adam’s Sin Different from Eve’s?

February 13, 2017 24 Comments
How Is Adam’s Sin Different from Eve’s?

In yesterday’s post, we explored the details of original sin and learned that there are subtleties and stages to it that can teach us something. Original sin was more than eating a piece of fruit; there were things that led up to it, both externally and internally. I also mentioned that it was worth exploring […]

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