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Time to Decide – A Reflection on a Question from Elijah

June 13, 2018 8 Comments
Time to Decide – A Reflection on a Question from Elijah

At Mass for Wednesday of the 10th Week in Ordinary Time, we read a crucial question from Elijah. It came at a time of widespread apostasy among the Jewish people. Elijah summoned a multitude to Mt. Carmel in the far north of Israel: Elijah appealed to all the people and said, “How long will you […]

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Compared to the Giants of Old, My Lenten Practices Look Pretty Small

February 15, 2018 10 Comments
Compared to the Giants of Old, My Lenten Practices Look Pretty Small

I was explaining to a new Catholic recently that the color purple (violet) used during Lent symbolizes its penitential quality. Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of fasting and abstinence, and all Fridays of Lent are days of abstinence. These remind us that during Lent we are to give special attention to our sins […]

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An Arousal Gap, as Seen in a Humorous Sketch

February 9, 2018 0 Comments
An Arousal Gap, as Seen in a Humorous Sketch

The video below is a comedic depiction of our tendency to ignore things that we think don’t matter to us. If we aren’t careful we can live a self-centered life in which the sufferings of others are too remote; if it doesn’t affect us directly we are content to ignore it. Some have called this […]

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Envy Illustrated

January 17, 2018 5 Comments
Envy Illustrated

In the reading at daily Mass for Thursday of the Second Week in Ordinary Time, we encounter an envious Saul. Upon David’s return from slaying Goliath, the women sing a song praising him. Saul should rejoice with all Israel but instead he is resentful and envies David: Saul was very angry and resentful of the song, […]

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Jesus and Bending the Law

January 15, 2018 9 Comments
Jesus and Bending the Law

In the Gospels we are reading this week at daily Mass we see Jesus coming into conflict with the religious authorities of His day, who accuse Him of violating the law. In Monday’s reading Jesus is accused of not following the fasting rules observed by the Pharisees and the disciples of John the Baptist. Jesus […]

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Cardinal Wuerl’s Christmas Homily

December 25, 2017 1 Comment
Cardinal Wuerl’s Christmas Homily

On Christmas Eve, Cardinal Wuerl celebrated the Solemn Mass of Christmas. Below is his homily. May all of you have a blessed and holy Christmas.

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On the Mockery of Satan

December 18, 2017 6 Comments
On the Mockery of Satan

One of the common themes in demonology is the way Satan engages in the mockery of holy things. Most widely known are the Satanic “black masses.” Satanic mockery is also widely on display on Halloween, when the eve of all hallows (all saints) becomes a parade of the ghoulish, ugly, violent, unchaste, or just plain […]

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Thanksgiving 2017

November 21, 2017 1 Comment
Thanksgiving 2017

Earlier today, Cardinal Wuerl joined with other faith leaders of the Washington area to share a thoughts on the meaning of Thanksgiving. Read the message below or here.   Thanksgiving 2017 The American Holiday Across our nation, people of every background and tradition celebrate Thanksgiving as a distinctly American holiday, rooted in gratitude. In the […]

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