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Is It Time to Restore the Full Psalter to the Liturgy of the Hours?

January 8, 2017 24 Comments
Is It Time to Restore the Full Psalter to the Liturgy of the Hours?

One of the great gifts of reading the Liturgy of the Hours (also called the Breviary) faithfully over the years faithfully is that the Scriptures become deeply impressed upon the mind, heart, memory, and imagination. This is especially true of the psalms that are repeated every four weeks, all year long, every year. But there […]

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The Journey of Faith – A Homily for the Feast of Epiphany

January 7, 2017 4 Comments
The Journey of Faith – A Homily for the Feast of Epiphany

There are so many wonderful details in the Epiphany story: the call of the Gentiles, their enthusiastic response, the significance of the star they seek, the gifts they bring, the dramatic interaction with Herod, and their ultimate rejection of Herod in favor of Christ. In this meditation, I would like to follow these Magi in […]

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Practice and Perseverance Make Perfect – As Seen in a Video

January 7, 2017 1 Comment
Practice and Perseverance Make Perfect – As Seen in a Video

What do shots in the game of Pong have to do with holiness? Very little! But what if holiness isn’t so impossible after all and what it really takes is grace interacting with some practice and perseverance? Maybe then the seemingly impossible would be seen by our very eyes. Think about it and get started. […]

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A Daring Image of the Reason for the Incarnation

January 5, 2017 1 Comment
A Daring Image of the Reason for the Incarnation

Saints can be daring in their words. For example, St Athanasius said that God became man so that man might become God (De inarnationis c. 54, 3). And St. Thomas Aquinas said that pride is such a serious sin that, as a remedy for it, God permits other sins to humble us (Summa Theologica II […]

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On the Necessary Order of Love

January 4, 2017 2 Comments
On the Necessary Order of Love

A reading in the breviary this week from the preaching of St. Augustine offers sound advice on what theologians often call “the order of love.” It is a general obligation that that we must love all our fellow human beings. It is also true that we must love God with our whole heart and mind, […]

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Incarnation and the First Letter of John

January 3, 2017 4 Comments
Incarnation and the First Letter of John

In the weekday Masses following the Christmas octave we celebrate the Word becoming flesh. We read from the First Letter of John, which emphasizes the Incarnation of Jesus and demands that we experience the Word becoming Flesh in a practical way in our own lives. Fundamentally, the Incarnation, the Second Person of the Trinity becoming […]

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Resolution: Remember That the World Will Not Satisfy

January 2, 2017 1 Comment
Resolution: Remember That the World Will Not Satisfy

Here’s another New Year’s resolution: Remember that the world has only trinkets; God has treasure. It’s amazing how much effort we put into pursuing things that are like sand running through our fingers. In the end they cannot satisfy or last. In this new year, resolve to remember that world we know cannot satisfy us […]

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New Year’s Suggestions Regarding Your “Device”

January 1, 2017 4 Comments
New Year’s Suggestions Regarding Your “Device”

Most of us have those handheld “devices.” The antiquated cell phone has become a multifunction unit. It’s an internet portal, camera, computer, emailer, texting device, music and game center, GPS unit, and advisor (“Hey Siri!”). You might even use it to make a phone call! Devices, can’t live with them, can’t live without them. But […]

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