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Finding your Proper Focus as Seen in a Commercial

August 11, 2017 2 Comments
Finding your Proper Focus as Seen in a Commercial

While the commercial below is certainly over-the-top, it provides an image of the way too many people live their lives. The commercial depicts a ship being tossed about by a terrible storm at sea. In the midst of this crisis, however, all that the captain can think about is that he “needs” to make a […]

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If You Truly Want to Have Something, Lose It – A Mediation on the Economics of the Kingdom

August 10, 2017 0 Comments
If You Truly Want to Have Something, Lose It – A Mediation on the Economics of the Kingdom

The Feast of St. Lawrence, deacon and martyr, contains an important teaching on the economics of the Kingdom of God. As you might guess, they are quite paradoxical. The teachings come to us both through St. Lawrence’s life and the particular readings selected for his feast. When a persecution broke out in Rome in 257 […]

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A Warning About Sloth in a Story from the Old Testament

August 9, 2017 4 Comments
A Warning About Sloth in a Story from the Old Testament

This week in daily Mass we are presented with a vivid portrait of the sin of sloth and its effects: A critical moment has arrived for the people of Israel. Having seen the Egyptian army defeated at the Red Sea, they have now crossed the desert in a short period of time, perhaps a matter […]

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Beware the Sins of the Pious – A Reflection on the Ways Satan Uses Even Good Things to Entrap Us

August 8, 2017 5 Comments
Beware the Sins of the Pious – A Reflection on the Ways Satan Uses Even Good Things to Entrap Us

What is temptation? It is the work of Satan to drag you to Hell. He can read you like a book, play you like piano. Do not exaggerate his power—but do not underestimate it either. Some of Satan’s subtlest work is done in the area of religious observance. There, he can cloak himself in the lamb’s […]

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Which Do You Prefer: Melons and Leeks, or the Bread of Heaven?

August 7, 2017 0 Comments
Which Do You Prefer: Melons and Leeks, or the Bread of Heaven?

The first reading for daily Mass on Monday (18th week of the year) was taken from the Book of Numbers. It features the Israelites grumbling about the manna in the wilderness: Would that we had meat for food! We remember the fish we used to eat without cost in Egypt, and the cucumbers, the melons, the […]

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Getting Unbound: A Reflection on Deliverance Ministry

August 6, 2017 16 Comments
Getting Unbound: A Reflection on Deliverance Ministry

There is wide interest today in the topic of exorcism. The publication in 2010 of Matt Baglio’s The Rite: The Making of a Modern Exorcist and the subsequent movie and interviews with Fr. Gary Thomas have sparked some of this interest. Prior to this, books such as An Exorcist Tells His Story, by Fr. Gabriele […]

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Learning to See – A Homily for the Feast of the Transfiguration

August 5, 2017 5 Comments
Learning to See – A Homily for the Feast of the Transfiguration

The Feast of the Transfiguration is ultimately about vision. The Lord brought Peter, James, and John up a high mountain in order that they might come to see. Even the word that describes this day bespeaks vision. It is from the Latin transfiguratione. Trans means “across,” and by extension, “change.” Figura means “shape” or “form.” […]

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On Imperfection, As Seen in an Animation

August 4, 2017 0 Comments
On Imperfection, As Seen in an Animation

There are different ways to look at life, and two of these are captured in a couple of seemingly contradictory sayings. The more famous aphorism is this one: “The perfect is the enemy of the good,” but you’ll also hear its converse: “The good is the enemy of the best.” The second expression cautions that […]

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