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What Were Houses Like at the Time of Jesus?

March 21, 2017 3 Comments
What Were Houses Like at the Time of Jesus?

N.B.: I am in the Holy Land at this time. As my travel schedule is heavy, I am republishing some articles about life in Jesus’ day. I hope you will enjoy reading (or re-reading) them as much as I did. The smallest homes of the very poor might be little better than a square, stone […]

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St. Joseph and Manhood

March 19, 2017 4 Comments
St. Joseph and Manhood

I remember once being amused to hear that a 19th century Franciscan theologian (whose name I cannot recall) wrote a six-volume set called “The Life of St. Joseph.” How could one possibly get enough material to fill six volumes? We know so little about Joseph from Scripture. He seems to have been the strong, silent […]

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Straining Out Gnats but Swallowing Camels, as Seen in a Commercial

March 17, 2017 1 Comment
Straining Out Gnats but Swallowing Camels, as Seen in a Commercial

In the Gospel of Matthew (Mat 12:1-8), Jesus is rebuked for violating the Sabbath. This reminded me of the video below, which illustrates how we sometimes follow smaller rules while overlooking more important ones in the process. The Lord Jesus was often scorned by the people of His day, who claimed that He overlooked certain […]

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Learning the Lessons of Lazarus and the Rich Man

March 15, 2017 8 Comments
Learning the Lessons of Lazarus and the Rich Man

The well-known story of Lazarus and the rich man was read at Mass this morning (Thursday of the Second Week of Lent). On one level the message of the story seems plain enough: neglecting the poor is a damnable sin. However, there are other important teachings: about death, judgment, Heaven, and Hell. Those teachings are […]

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On the Need for Curiosity in Evangelization (Part Two)

March 13, 2017 0 Comments
On the Need for Curiosity in Evangelization (Part Two)

This is part two of an article on curiosity. We are considering the following four aspects: I. Premises Related to Curiosity II. Problems Regarding Curiosity III. Pictures Reinforcing Curiosity IV. Personal Requirement of Curiosity Please see yesterday’s post for an introduction to the topic and a discussion of the first two items. In today’s post, […]

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On the Need for Curiosity in Evangelization (Part One)

March 12, 2017 2 Comments
On the Need for Curiosity in Evangelization (Part One)

In the world of evangelization, the concept of curiosity is almost never discussed. If anything, evangelizers are encouraged to quickly satisfy any curiosity by supplying all sorts of answers to questions that arise about the faith. Apologetical tracts, books, catechisms, and videos abound. Curiosity, it would seem, is something to be quashed or at least […]

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Every Round Goes Higher, Higher – A Homily for the Second Sunday of Lent

March 12, 2017 6 Comments
Every Round Goes Higher, Higher – A Homily for the Second Sunday of Lent

The second Sunday of Lent always features the Transfiguration. This is because we are following the Lord on His final odyssey to Jerusalem, and this journey up Mt. Tabor was one of His stops (with Peter, James, and John). It is commonly held that Jesus did this to prepare His apostles for the difficult days […]

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Seeing the Great Spiritual Battle and the Woman at the Well in a Commercial

March 10, 2017 1 Comment
Seeing the Great Spiritual Battle and the Woman at the Well in a Commercial

In the commercial below, a man is easily talked out of his meal by Yoda, the Star Wars Jedi Master. However, when the Jedi Master continues on to try to talk him out of his Pepsi, the man realizes that this is a bridge too far. He refuses to give way any longer. I wonder […]

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