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What Does It Mean to Preach With Authority? A Consideration of the Concluding Line of the Sermon on the Mount

June 25, 2015 2 Comments
What Does It Mean to Preach With Authority? A Consideration of the Concluding Line of the Sermon on the Mount

On Thursday in daily Mass we finished reading the Sermon on the Mount (Mat 7-9). In it, there is a line describing the reaction of the crowd that day on the slopes of the Mount of Beatitudes: And when Jesus finished these sayings, the crowds were astonished at his teaching, for he was teaching them as one who […]

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Why Is the Road to Destruction Wide and the Road to Salvation Narrow? A Meditation on a Teaching by Jesus

June 24, 2015 22 Comments
Why Is the Road to Destruction Wide and the Road to Salvation Narrow? A Meditation on a Teaching by Jesus

In the gospel earlier this week, we read a warning from Jesus that too many people just brush aside: Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the road broad that leads to destruction, and those who enter through it are many. How narrow the gate and constricted the road that leads […]

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The Mystery of Being a Priest

June 23, 2015 36 Comments
The Mystery of Being a Priest

Each year I concelebrate with hundreds of others priests in the ordination Mass of new priests. I find such Masses deeply spiritual. I have no role other than to quietly concelebrate, so the readings and the rites move me deeply. As I sit quietly, I ponder the mystery of my own priesthood. When I was growing up, […]

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Four Common Tactics of the Devil

June 22, 2015 49 Comments
Four Common Tactics of the Devil

In recent years there has been a resurgence of interest in demonic possession. Movies and books, along with human fears and fascinations, are largely the cause. Although actual demonic possession is somewhat rare, it does occur. Each diocese ought to have an appointed exorcist to assess possession. This exorcist, with the permission of the bishop, […]

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A Powerful Parable Against the Premises of Unbelief

June 21, 2015 20 Comments
A Powerful Parable Against the Premises of Unbelief

There are many reasons for the unbelief rampant in our times. Among them is the claim by some that because they do not see or hear evidence of God or an afterlife, our belief in these is just wishful thinking on our part so as to avoid the conclusion that everything ends with our death, that this world is […]

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My Soul Looks Back and Wonders How I Got Over – A Homily for the 12th Sunday of the Year

June 20, 2015 1 Comment
My Soul Looks Back and Wonders How I Got Over – A Homily for the 12th Sunday of the Year

The gospel today is something of a storm journal, a kind of picture of the Christian life as we journey through a stormy world against winds contrary to the gospel. There are distinctive stages, beginning with the call of Jesus to cross to the other shore. But as we cross there are surely storms and difficulties […]

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Of Our Guardian Angels and the Care of the Father – As Seen in a Commercial

June 19, 2015 8 Comments
Of Our Guardian Angels and the Care of the Father – As Seen in a Commercial

With Father’s Day approaching, the commercial below seems very appropriate. God the Father is surely the origin of all fatherhood here on Earth. And yet most of us struggle with the fact that God allows bad things to happen. Why does he not intervene more often to protect us from attacks of various sorts and […]

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Family and Friends Lost in Cyberspace? Try This Handy Device to Reestablish Contact!

June 18, 2015 3 Comments
Family and Friends Lost in Cyberspace? Try This Handy Device to Reestablish Contact!

One of the great paradoxes of the modern age is that we have so many ways to communicate, yet seem to have so little in the way of authentic communion, friendship, and relationship. A look down the sidewalk, or in the subway, or even in restaurants will reveal people lost in their devices: texting, checking […]

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