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Is Discretion Just Another Form of Deception?

November 25, 2016 2 Comments
Is Discretion Just Another Form of Deception?

The movie trailer below is for the upcoming move Jackie, about the life of Jacqueline Kennedy. The trailer sets before us the question of what should be exposed and what should remain private in the lives of public figures. We came to learn, well after John F. Kennedy’s death, that he was quite the womanizer. […]

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Run to Jesus! An Advent Reflection

November 24, 2016 3 Comments
Run to Jesus! An Advent Reflection

The Lord’s coming is near. And though we have all been well taught that the word “Advent” means “coming,” there is the danger that we think that we are only passively waiting for Him to come. It is not just that the Lord is coming to us; we are also journeying to Him. In fact, […]

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True Thanksgiving Isn’t Just Something We Do; It’s Something That Happens to Us

November 23, 2016 1 Comment
True Thanksgiving Isn’t Just Something We Do; It’s Something That Happens to Us

One of the dangers in presenting New Testament moral teaching is reducing the Gospel to a moralism, a rule to follow using the power of one’s own flesh. This is an incorrect notion because for a Christian, the moral life is not merely achieved; it is received. The moral life is not an imposition; it […]

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The Real Jesus of Scripture Might Surprise You

November 22, 2016 23 Comments
The Real Jesus of Scripture Might Surprise You

If we could travel back in time to 30 A.D. and meet the Lord Jesus as He carried forth His public ministry, we might be quite surprised by what we saw. I say this because many of us are heirs to a rather filtered description of Him that is both Western and modern. Most picture […]

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St. Cecilia, Patron Saint of Musicians and Evangelizer Extraordinaire

November 21, 2016 3 Comments
St. Cecilia, Patron Saint of Musicians and Evangelizer Extraordinaire

November 22nd is the feast day of St. Cecilia. She is the patron saint of musicians, especially church musicians, of which I am one. Prior to my ordination I was at various times a Cantor, a choir director, and an organist. St. Cecilia was born into a wealthy family in Rome in the 2nd or […]

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Why Was Christ Crucified Between Two Thieves?

November 20, 2016 5 Comments
Why Was Christ Crucified Between Two Thieves?

It is good and necessary to ponder more of the Gospel of yesterday’s Solemnity of Christ the King. It remains a profound teaching that Christ was crucified between two thieves. Why? St. Thomas Aquinas proposes three answers to the question. Let’s consider them, with particular emphasis on the third. I. To Identify with Fallen Sinners […]

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King of Thieves and King of the Universe – A Homily for the Solemnity of Christ the King

November 19, 2016 3 Comments
King of Thieves and King of the Universe – A Homily for the Solemnity of Christ the King

Jesus Christ is King of Thieves, though He never stole. He is savior of sinners, though He never sinned. Today’s Gospel chosen presents Jesus as reigning from the cross. Nothing could be more paradoxical. Let’s look at it from four perspectives:  I. Vision – Today’s Gospel presents a vision or image of the Church. We […]

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Our Strengths Are Often Our Struggles

November 18, 2016 3 Comments
Our Strengths Are Often Our Struggles

One of the things that I have learned about myself, and humans in general, is that our strengths are very closely related to our struggles. Some people are very passionate; this makes them dedicated and driven to make a difference. But it also makes them prone to anger or depression. Their passion in one area […]

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