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Our Most Primal Fear and the Source of Our Bondage

July 20, 2016 3 Comments
Our Most Primal Fear and the Source of Our Bondage

Let’s ponder a significant yet often overlooked text from Hebrews, which describes our most basic and primal fear. Our inordinate fear of what people think of us is rooted in an even deeper fear, one which is at the very core of our being. The Hebrews text both names it and describes it as being the […]

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Fatherhood and Mercy

July 19, 2016 0 Comments
Fatherhood and Mercy

Last weekend I was out in Anacortes, Washington (about a hundred miles north of Seattle) preaching at the Faith on Fire conference. One of the talks I gave was entitled “Mercy and Fatherhood.” In it, I spoke about how a father can show mercy to his children. What follows is my notes for that talk. […]

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How Do You Solve the Problem of Violence? A Commentary on Superheroes

July 18, 2016 1 Comment
How Do You Solve the Problem of Violence? A Commentary on Superheroes

There was more violence this past weekend. A man, whatever his grievance, killed three police officers and wounded four others. Pray for their souls. And what has this gotten us? More anger. And no progress on justice at all. History is replete with the failures of those who thought they could usher in justice with […]

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Don’t Think, Look! A Meditation on the Need for the Mystical

July 17, 2016 3 Comments
Don’t Think, Look! A Meditation on the Need for the Mystical

Our intellect is our greatest strength and one of our greatest blessings, yet almost nothing gets us into as much trouble. Our strength is also our struggle. We think we know a few things, and indeed we do—a very few things. The greatest intellects, if they have wisdom and humility, know this. St. Thomas Aquinas […]

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The Priority of Personal Prayer

July 16, 2016 2 Comments
The Priority of Personal Prayer

Today’s Gospel is the very familiar one of Martha and Mary. Martha is the anxious worker seeking to please the Lord with a good meal and hospitality; Mary sits quietly at His feet and listens. One has come to be the image of work, the other of prayer. Misinterpreted? In my lifetime I have heard […]

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Judge Carefully, Slowly, and Humbly – As Seen in an Animated Short Film

July 15, 2016 2 Comments
Judge Carefully, Slowly, and Humbly – As Seen in an Animated Short Film

The video below contains a surprise, reminding us that not all things are as they appear. We should be careful about sizing things up, and when we must do so, do it with great humility. There is an old saying that seems appropriate: If your words are soft and sweet, they won’t be as hard […]

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

July 14, 2016 4 Comments
Straining Out Gnats but Swallowing Camels, as Seen in a Commercial

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

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There’s a Yoke to Be Carried in Following Jesus – Make Sure It’s Jesus’ Yoke, Not Yours

July 13, 2016 4 Comments
There’s a Yoke to Be Carried in Following Jesus – Make Sure It’s Jesus’ Yoke, Not Yours

The Gospel from Wednesday’s Daily Mass contains memorable but often misunderstood lines: Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest … Take my yoke upon you … For my yoke is easy, and my burden light. The most important word in this sentence is the word “my.” […]

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