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When Theology Must Fall Silent: A Reflection on a Teaching from St. Bonaventure

July 16, 2017 1 Comment
When Theology Must Fall Silent: A Reflection on a Teaching from St. Bonaventure

Saints often say daring and even “dangerous” things. They are able to do this because their listeners and readers take for granted their orthodoxy and holiness. As a result, they are able to use hyperbole or speak with bold flourishes that a lesser person would be unable to carry off. Consider, for example, that St. […]

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My Word Shall Not Return to Me Empty – A Homily for the 15th Sunday of the Year

July 15, 2017 5 Comments
My Word Shall Not Return to Me Empty – A Homily for the 15th Sunday of the Year

What do you expect to happen as a result of reading and hearing God’s Word? Do you expect to encounter something that will change you? The response of most people is pretty tepid and uninspired. Most don’t really expect much nor have they ever. For them, reading or hearing God’s Word is more of a […]

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Lose Your TV, Not Your Mind – As Seen in a TV Commercial!

July 14, 2017 1 Comment
Lose Your TV, Not Your Mind – As Seen in a TV Commercial!

The commercial at the bottom of this post is not in English, but its message is clear enough. The basic scenario is that a young woman is horrified by the appearance of a mere pimple on her face and decides to stay parked in front of the television rather than venturing out in public. She […]

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How the Liturgy is Healing Medicine for Strident Times

July 13, 2017 2 Comments
How the Liturgy is Healing Medicine for Strident Times

One of the most concise and cogent descriptions of these often strident times came from Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger in 1986. It is contained in, of all places, his treatise on the theology of sacred music in a book called The Feast of Faith (Ignatius Press, 1986). His comments have been republished in a larger compendium […]

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We Need To Recover a Natural Understanding of Human Sexuality

July 12, 2017 14 Comments
We Need To Recover a Natural Understanding of Human Sexuality

I want to recommend a book by Daniel Mattson that can help us greatly in addressing the sexual confusion of our time, but first let’s do a quick review of where we are and what seems to be the central problem. The rise of “transgenderism” and the widespread approval of homosexual acts represent a resurgence […]

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Five Hard Truths That Will Set You Free

July 11, 2017 15 Comments
Five Hard Truths That Will Set You Free

I have received many requests to republish a post from several years ago. The following five truths from that essay are indeed hard. They rock our world and stab at the heart of some of our most cherished modern notions. If they can be accepted for the truth they convey, however, they bring great peace. […]

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Don’t Forget the Old Evangelization

July 10, 2017 12 Comments
Don’t Forget the Old Evangelization

The term “New Evangelization” was originally used by Pope St. John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI to refer to the unique situation of the West, wherein we were not preaching the Gospel to a people who had not heard it, but were instead “re-presenting” the Gospel to a culture that had once embraced the […]

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A Battle You Can’t Afford to Win – The Story of Jacob’s Conversion

July 9, 2017 10 Comments
A Battle You Can’t Afford to Win – The Story of Jacob’s Conversion

One of God’s stranger affections is the special love He had for Jacob of the Old Testament. We are reading through this story in daily Mass this week. According to some, the name Jacob means “grabber” or “usurper.” Even while still in his mother Rebekah’s womb, Jacob wrestled with his twin brother, Esau. Although Esau […]

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