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What Is the Wrath of God?

April 27, 2017 0 Comments
What Is the Wrath of God?

In yesterday’s Mass (Thursday of the Second Week of Easter) there was a reference to the wrath of God and the fact that only Jesus can save us from it. The Gospel warns, whoever disobeys the Son, will not see life, but the wrath of God remains upon him (John 3:36). But what is God’s […]

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Why Didn’t Christ Stay with His Disciples Continually from the Resurrection to His Ascension?

April 26, 2017 0 Comments
Why Didn’t Christ Stay with His Disciples Continually from the Resurrection to His Ascension?

After Christ rose from the dead, He appeared to His disciples at certain places and times, but did not seem to stay with them continuously. On the first Easter Sunday, He appeared six times in rather rapid succession: first to Mary Magdalene, then to the women at the tomb, third as the women left the […]

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The Four Basic Pillars of the Christian Life

April 24, 2017 0 Comments
The Four Basic Pillars of the Christian Life

On Sunday we read from the Acts of the Apostles and we do well to look back at the opening verse of that passage (Acts 2:42). There we discover a four-point plan that describes the Christian life. Of the life of the early Christians it is said, They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and […]

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Four Qualities of Bold and Believable Witnesses to Jesus

April 23, 2017 2 Comments
Four Qualities of Bold and Believable Witnesses to Jesus

It is worthwhile to look back at a text that was read on Saturday (Saturday of the Octave of Easter). It is from Acts and sets forth a picture of courage and holy boldness that is too little evident in many Catholics. Let’s look at the passage and then reflect on four qualities that the […]

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From Fear to Faith – A Homily for the Second Sunday of Easter

April 22, 2017 3 Comments
From Fear to Faith – A Homily for the Second Sunday of Easter

In today’s Gospel, the risen Lord appeared to the Apostles, who were gathered together in one place. The fact that they were gathered in one place is not without significance, for it is there that the Lord chose to appear to them. One of them was not in the gathering and thus missed the blessing […]

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Why Jesus’ Resurrected Body Still Had Wounds

April 20, 2017 9 Comments
Why Jesus’ Resurrected Body Still Had Wounds

When Christ rose from the dead, His body was the same one that had been cast down in death. Yet it manifests qualities not currently enjoyed by our bodies. It was truly Christ’s same body, with its bones and muscles, but it was also a glorified body, wholly reflective of and subservient to the glory […]

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Why Did Christ Rise?

April 20, 2017 2 Comments
Why Did Christ Rise?

Did Christ have to rise? No, God could have chosen other methods to show us His justice and love. However, for many reasons it was fitting that Jesus should rise bodily and present Himself to His disciples and other believers. St. Thomas Aquinas presents us with five reasons that the resurrection was fitting. Let’s examine […]

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From Fear to Faith on Easter Morning

April 16, 2017 2 Comments
From Fear to Faith on Easter Morning

One option for Easter Sunday morning’s Mass is from the Gospel of John (20:1-8). (I have written before on the Matthean Gospel option (here)). Like most of the resurrection accounts, John’s version paints a portrait of a journey that some of the early disciples have to make: out of fear and into faith. It shows […]

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