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Three Reasons That Argumentation Is So Difficult Today

May 11, 2017 9 Comments
Three Reasons That Argumentation Is So Difficult Today

The discussion and debate of issues is problematic today for many reasons, among them the use of flawed logic, the tendency to engage in identity politics, and the widespread rejection of natural law. I would like to highlight three issues in particular that commonly interfere with discourse on the Internet, including the “Comments” section of […]

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Some Reasons God Leaves Things Unresolved

May 10, 2017 7 Comments
Some Reasons God Leaves Things Unresolved

One of the great mysteries of God’s providence is that He often leaves things unresolved or unattended to for a very long time. Despite our fervent prayers, He often doesn’t rush to fix everything and He has His reasons for this. Perhaps it is that we often grow through struggles. We discover strengths that we […]

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Our Blessed Mother’s Urgent Call

May 9, 2017 7 Comments
Our Blessed Mother’s Urgent Call

Continuing with the theme of urgency from yesterday’s post, we do well to consider Mary’s fervent requests at Fatima for prayer, conversion, and consecration. This Saturday will mark the 100th anniversary of Mary’s first appearance at Fatima. It was a critical time in human history. The First World War had claimed more than 17 million […]

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More Parish Closings Nationwide – What Are We to Learn and Do?

May 8, 2017 70 Comments
More Parish Closings Nationwide – What Are We to Learn and Do?

It was recently announced that a substantial number of Catholic parishes will be closing in Connecticut. This is just the latest in a national trend that is likely to affect the diocese where you live, especially in the north. I’d like to offer some rather quick thoughts and then ponder what I think is the […]

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What is the “Harlot City” in the Book of Revelation?

May 7, 2017 22 Comments
What is the “Harlot City” in the Book of Revelation?

Today, it is generally believed that the “Harlot City” referred to in the Book of Revelation is Rome. The opulence and the prominence of the city along with the mention of the seven hills on which it rests, its persecution of Christians, and the use of euphemisms such as “Babylon” are generally presented as evidence […]

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A Summons to Humility in the Mystery of the “Seven Thunders.”

May 3, 2017 9 Comments
A Summons to Humility in the Mystery of the “Seven Thunders.”

In the Divine Office, we are reading some of the more terrifying passages from the Book of Revelation, related to the seven trumpets, seals, and bowls of wrath. There is also a reference to the underreported “seven thunders,” reminding us that there are some things that are not for us to know. Then I saw […]

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Five Good Things That Can Come from Temptation

May 2, 2017 4 Comments
Five Good Things That Can Come from Temptation

Temptation is something that every human person experiences. At times we may wonder why God permits it. Why does He allow moral and spiritual dangers to afflict us? Could He not prevent every temptation that confronts us? And if He can, why does He not? Is He just setting us up for failure? There are […]

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Pondering Questions Inspired by the Lord’s Instruction

May 1, 2017 1 Comment
Pondering Questions Inspired by the Lord’s Instruction

There is an interesting moment in John 6 that deserves both personal and ecclesial reflection. Jesus has just fed the multitudes by multiplying the loaves and fishes, a miraculous corporal work of mercy. Prior to this, of course, He had taught them at great length. Let’s just say that Jesus had them listen to a […]

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