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His Wrath is Not Turned Back, His Hand is Still Outstretched! Pondering the Wrath of God as a Work of Revelation

August 24, 2015 14 Comments
His Wrath is Not Turned Back, His Hand is Still Outstretched! Pondering the Wrath of God as a Work of Revelation

When reading Scripture that mentions the wrath of God, most think of His wrath in human terms. But we must be clear that God does not get angry the way we do. Further, our God is not moody: pleasant and patient one moment and then angry and punishing the next. No, God does not suffer […]

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Biblical Teaching on the Use of Colorful and Harsh Language

August 23, 2015 5 Comments
Biblical Teaching on the Use of Colorful and Harsh Language

In the Sermon on the Mount, the Lord warns of using uncivil and/or hateful words such as “Raqa” and “fool.” And yet the same Lord Jesus often used very strong language toward some of His opponents, sometimes calling them names such as vipers and hypocrites. We live in a world that often insists on the […]

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Two Hard Sayings in One Day – A Homily for the 21st Sunday of the Year

August 22, 2015 23 Comments
Two Hard Sayings in One Day – A Homily for the 21st Sunday of the Year

Today’s readings feature two “hard sayings,” one on the Eucharist, the other on marriage. One is hard because it defies our sensibilities, the other is hard because it is out-of-season and politically incorrect. The first hard saying is Jesus’ insistence that the Eucharist is actually His Body and Blood and that we must eat His […]

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Full yet Lonely – A Picture of the Modern Person, as Seen in a Video

August 21, 2015 8 Comments
Full yet Lonely – A Picture of the Modern Person, as Seen in a Video

One of the great “evils” of our time is satiation. I put the word “evil” inside quotation marks to emphasize that no particular good thing that God has made is, in itself, evil. But on account of our own inordinate drives, we accumulate and indulge beyond reason. And in becoming satiated, we leave little room […]

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Answering Those Who Say There Is Only One Mediator

August 20, 2015 23 Comments
Answering Those Who Say There Is Only One Mediator

There is a common Protestant claim that there is one (sole) mediator between God and Man—Jesus. Therefore, they say, asking the saints to pray for us is useless, wrong, and maybe even sinful. Those who object, usually cite some of the following texts: For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God […]

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Lord, Keep Your Arm Around My Shoulder and Your Hand Over My Mouth! A Reflection on Common Sins of Speech

August 19, 2015 17 Comments
Lord, Keep Your Arm Around My Shoulder and Your Hand Over My Mouth! A Reflection on Common Sins of Speech

One of the greatest gifts given to the human person is the capacity to speak. It is also one of our greatest weaknesses. The Book of James says, We all stumble in many ways. Anyone who is never at fault in what he says is perfect, able to keep his whole body in check. When […]

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Men and the Liturgy – Thoughts on a Recent Survey

August 18, 2015 26 Comments
Men and the Liturgy – Thoughts on a Recent Survey

A recent study of more than 1400 Catholic men from over 1000 parishes indicates a substantial disconnect from the Church and a dissatisfaction with what the Church offers and how she ministers to men. The survey was conducted in the fall of 2014 and an analysis of the results was published by Matthew James Christoff, […]

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Greek to You? Don’t Dismiss It! The Importance of Recourse to the Greek Text of the New Testament

August 17, 2015 12 Comments
Greek to You? Don’t Dismiss It! The Importance of Recourse to the Greek Text of the New Testament

often and to strive to master ancient Greek. I am no Greek scholar, but as the years tick by I am becoming more and more familiar with the language in which God chose to inscribe His Holy Word of the New Testament. Something of the hidden richness of the Greek text struck me recently as […]

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