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Summoned, Sure, and Strong: Proverbs for Pro-Lifers

August 16, 2016 5 Comments
Summoned, Sure, and Strong: Proverbs for Pro-Lifers

By way of spiritually preparing for a pro-life project here in my parish and deanery, I asked the Lord to show me any biblical text He wanted me to see. I randomly opened the Bible and my eyes fell on Proverbs 24, which has some very good material for reflection for any and all engaged […]

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The Blessing of Pilgrimage – A Journey in Faith!

August 15, 2016 1 Comment
The Blessing of Pilgrimage – A Journey in Faith!

This coming March (19th – 30th), Patrick Coffin (of Catholic Answers) and I will lead a pilgrimage to the Holy Land. You are invited to come! Details are available here: Catholic Holy Land Pilgrimage. As I prepare for that trip I recall that one of the greatest moments in my entire life, and certainly in […]

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Modesty and Beach Volleyball

August 14, 2016 21 Comments
Modesty and Beach Volleyball

One of the less edifying aspects of the Summer Olympics in Rio is the attire of the women’s beach volleyball players from Western countries. Most of the women wear a tiny bikini with the bottom being especially tiny. (I do not show a picture here because I deem it immodest to do so. Instead, I […]

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Battle Plan – A Homily for the 20th Sunday of the Year

August 13, 2016 6 Comments
Battle Plan – A Homily for the 20th Sunday of the Year

The readings today speak of a great cosmic battle that is taking place all around us. In the Gospel, Jesus speaks of it vividly and of his own mission to engage our ancient foe and to gather God’s elect back from the enslaving clutches of Satan, who was a murderer and a liar from the […]

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Rock a My Soul in the Bosom of Abraham – Learning the Wisdom of an old Spiritual

August 12, 2016 0 Comments
Rock a My Soul in the Bosom of Abraham – Learning the Wisdom of an old Spiritual

There is an old African-American spiritual that says, “Rock a my soul in the bosom of Abraham. Oh, rock a my soul!” At first glance its meaning may seem obscure, but it speaks to a deep tradition and a kind of spiritual strategy that has great wisdom. Biblically, the “bosom of Abraham” referred to the […]

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What Are Our Pets Really Saying? A Meditation on the Eager Expectation of All Creation

August 11, 2016 1 Comment
What Are Our Pets Really Saying? A Meditation on the Eager Expectation of All Creation

I am often struck by the mystery of the relationship that dogs and cats set up with their owners. While I realize that we humans often project what we want their behavior to mean, I am still fascinated by the reality of how our pets come to “know” us and set up a kind of […]

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We Live in a Rebellious House

August 10, 2016 2 Comments
We Live in a Rebellious House

One of the observations that God makes about us over and over again is that we are stiff-necked (cf Ex 32:9, 33:3; Deut 9:3, 10:16; 2 Chron 30:8; 2 Kings 17:14; Jer 7:26; and many, many other texts). The charge occurs again in the reading from today’s Mass (Thursday of the 19th Week of the […]

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Is There a “Dark Delight” in Prophets Who Foretell Doom? A Consideration of a Text from Ezekiel

August 9, 2016 1 Comment
Is There a “Dark Delight” in Prophets Who Foretell Doom? A Consideration of a Text from Ezekiel

Today’s reading from daily Mass (Tuesday of the 19th Week of the Year) features an unusual image and a seemingly “dark delight.” It was then I saw a hand stretched out to me, in which was a written scroll which he unrolled before me. It was covered with writing front and back, and written on […]

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