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Will the Real Jesus Please Stand Up? A Meditation on the Gospel for the 12th Sunday of the Year

June 18, 2016 2 Comments
Will the Real Jesus Please Stand Up? A Meditation on the Gospel for the 12th Sunday of the Year

Today’s Gospel sets forth some parameters for picturing Christ. Sadly, just as in the time of Jesus, many today worship a “designer Messiah.” It is not the real, revealed Christ whom they acknowledge and worship. Rather, it is a Christ of their own fashioning, whom they “carve” in the form of an idol and then […]

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Words Do Not Make Reality, As Seen in a Commercial

June 17, 2016 0 Comments
Words Do Not Make Reality, As Seen in a Commercial

The situation of the man in this commercial reminds me of modern life in general. We talk a lot about freedom, but compulsiveness, addiction, and lack of self-control are more the case with the average person. We have collectively rejected the “Ten Big Laws of God,” declaring our freedom from being told what to do. […]

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A Parable to Ponder – Why Does God Permit Disability?

June 16, 2016 6 Comments
A Parable to Ponder – Why Does God Permit Disability?

Allow me to begin with a simple parable. Every now and then I take a perfectly good paper clip and untwist it, reconfiguring it for some other purpose. Once, I used them to hang Christmas ornaments on my tree. Another time I fashioned a paperclip into a hook to keep my broken file drawer from […]

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Accepting the Disabled in a World Obsessed with Physical Perfection

June 15, 2016 2 Comments
Accepting the Disabled in a World Obsessed with Physical Perfection

As mentioned in yesterday’s post, Pope Francis recently lamented the obsession of modern society with perfect bodies. Although our first thought on contemplating this might be cosmetics and plastic surgery, he was actually speaking about our increasing rejection of the disabled and the sick. This rejection is perhaps most sadly evidenced by the fact that […]

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Letting Go of Our Obsession with Having the Perfect Body

June 14, 2016 4 Comments
Letting Go of Our Obsession with Having the Perfect Body

The Pope’s recent remarks about the obsession with having the perfect body were intended as a commentary on the rejection by some of the dignity and quality of life of the disabled. I will be writing more on that topic tomorrow. Today, however, permit me some musings on the obsession that many of us have […]

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If You Don’t Know the Bad News, the Good News Is No News

June 13, 2016 5 Comments
If You Don’t Know the Bad News, the Good News Is No News

Following up on Sunday’s Gospel, I would like to propose the following reflection. There was a woman who was so moved by Jesus’ mercy that she wept for joy and showed extravagant, grateful love. Are we that way? Too often we are not. And as Jesus pointed out, a big reason for that is that […]

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Why Was Christ Crucified Between Two Thieves?

June 12, 2016 4 Comments
Why Was Christ Crucified Between Two Thieves?

There is a bit of puzzlement at the following question: Why was Christ crucified between two thieves? It might make one wonder why one would ask this question at all. Perhaps one could also ask why the Passion was on a Friday, or, why Jesus died at 3:00 PM instead of 4:00 PM. These sorts […]

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Always Remember – A Homily for the 11th Sunday of the Year

June 11, 2016 9 Comments
Always Remember – A Homily for the 11th Sunday of the Year

Every now and then some will suggest that the Church should speak less of sin and instead emphasize positive things. After all, it is said that one can attract more flies with honey than with vinegar. In that vein, we in the Church have been collectively de-emphasizing sin to a large degree for more than […]

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