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Preparing for Judgment

November 12, 2017 3 Comments
Preparing for Judgment

This is the sixth in a series on the Four Last Things: Death, Judgment, Heaven and Hell. In the past two articles we have recalled the reality of the judgment that is upon us when we die and we have surveyed the parables in which Jesus urgently warns us of it. In this post we […]

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Keep Your Lamps Trimmed and Burning – A Homily for the 32nd Sunday of the Year

November 11, 2017 1 Comment
Keep Your Lamps Trimmed and Burning – A Homily for the 32nd Sunday of the Year

The Gospel this Sunday presents a number of practical principles of preparation. As always the Lord has a way of teaching us in a very memorable way. Let’s look at four principles taught in the Parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins. In the end we will find that the Lord turns the tables on […]

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Three Images of a Christian – Which One Are You?

November 10, 2017 1 Comment
Three Images of a Christian – Which One Are You?

Consider the commercial below. It says a lot about how we can conceive of Christ, and the desire of some to refashion Him. Perhaps we do well to look at it by analyzing the dramatis personae (cast of characters) and weaving in the plot. As the scene opens there are three women who come upon […]

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Parables by Jesus on the Day of Judgment and on Our Need to be Ready

November 9, 2017 1 Comment
Parables by Jesus on the Day of Judgment and on Our Need to be Ready

This is the fifth in a series of articles on the Four Last Things: Death, Judgment, Heaven, and Hell. Jesus was urgent in warning us to be ready for judgment. He did this in many ways, but most notably in the parables. In this post let’s ponder His teachings and hear His urgency. Most casual […]

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Pondering Judgment, One of the Four Last Things

November 8, 2017 1 Comment
Pondering Judgment, One of the Four Last Things

This is the fourth in a series of articles on the Four Last Things: Death, Judgment, Heaven and Hell. We turn our attention now to the judgment that awaits us all. Scripture speaks in the Book of Hebrews speaks rather plainly to this day for us all: It is appointed for us to die once, […]

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And Death Is Gain: A Reflection on the Proper Christian Sense of Death

November 7, 2017 3 Comments
And Death Is Gain: A Reflection on the Proper Christian Sense of Death

This is the third in a series of articles on the Four Last Things: Death, Judgment, Heaven, and Hell. Yesterday we pondered the fear of death and some understandable reasons for it, but we also considered how a lack of lively faith can lead to a fear of death that is unchristian. As St. Paul […]

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On the Fear of Death

November 6, 2017 9 Comments
On the Fear of Death

This is the second in a series of articles on the Four Last Things: Death, Judgment, Heaven, and Hell. For the faithful, the day we die is the greatest day of our life on this earth. Even if some final purifications await us, the beatific vision for which we long lies just ahead; our exile […]

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The Mystery of Life and Death

November 5, 2017 1 Comment
The Mystery of Life and Death

This is the first in a series of articles on the Four Last Things: Death, Judgment, Heaven, and Hell. Note: I wrote this post prior to the terrible shooting that occurred Sunday in Texas. Once again we are confronted with terrible violence and the specter of sudden death. Please offer your prayers for those who […]

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