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Many Have Reduced Love to Kindness, and Kindness to Mere Affirmation – A Further Reflection on the Moral Troubles of our Time

January 21, 2015 14 Comments
Many Have Reduced Love to Kindness, and Kindness to Mere Affirmation – A Further Reflection on the Moral Troubles of our Time

In yesterday’s post, there was a critique of a flawed moral perspective that sets up a false dichotomy between mercy  and moral teaching, and between love and the law. As noted yesterday, well-ordered love and mercy must be rooted in truth. The greatest mercy is to keep people out of Hell and to save them from […]

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A Lowly Pastor Comments on Troubling Developments in the "Divorce Debate"

January 20, 2015 107 Comments
A Lowly Pastor Comments on Troubling Developments in the "Divorce Debate"

It is sadly evident that the Church is currently divided into two camps over the question of divorce and remarriage, this in the aftermath (confusion) of the recent synod in Rome and in the rampup to the synod this coming October. Please pray a lot! If you read the blog here often, you know that I […]

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What Does Jesus Mean When He Says to Some, "I Do Not Know You"?

January 19, 2015 23 Comments
What Does Jesus Mean When He Says to Some, "I Do Not Know You"?

Every now and then someone will come past my door and request parish services of some sort. Maybe it’s to plan a wedding, a baptism, or a funeral; maybe it’s for money! And then I look at him or her and say, “Who are you?” (since I don’t recognize the person). “Oh, well Father, you […]

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A Glimmer of Light in a Very Bleak Decade – A Consideration of the Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

January 18, 2015 16 Comments
A Glimmer of Light in a Very Bleak Decade – A Consideration of the Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

It is difficult to describe the decade of the 1960s as anything but a near complete disaster for this country, Western culture, and the world. Like a tsunami that sweeps in and out in successive waves destroying and reworking the whole landscape and setting loose subsequent disasters, the 1960s was a disastrous series of revolutions […]

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The Formation of a Great Prophet – A Homily for the Second Sunday of the Year

January 17, 2015 12 Comments
The Formation of a Great Prophet – A Homily for the Second Sunday of the Year

The first reading today speaks to us of the call of Samuel. In examining it, we can see what it is that makes a great prophet. Put more theologically, we can see the ways in which God’s graces form a great prophet. Samuel was surely one of the most significant prophets of the Old Testament […]

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We Live for Others, Too – As Seen in a Touching Commercial

January 16, 2015 6 Comments
We Live for Others, Too – As Seen in a Touching Commercial

Some years ago, a priest friend urged me to return to a priest support group that all priests are encouraged to find and join. But as so often happens with everyone, priests get busy and we start missing the meetings. The leader of the group urged me to return. When I responded that I wasn’t […]

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Faith is not alone, Scripture is not alone, Grace is not alone. We ought not separate what God has joined.

January 15, 2015 52 Comments
Faith is not alone, Scripture is not alone, Grace is not alone. We ought not separate what God has joined.

There are a lot of “solos” sung by our Protestant brethren: Sola Fide (saved by faith alone), Sola Scriptura (Scripture alone is the rule of faith), and sola gratia (grace alone). (See the Protestant logo to the right.) Generally, one ought to be suspicious and careful of claims that things work “alone.” It is our […]

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When Science is Betrayed – and What Lessons We Should Learn

January 14, 2015
When Science is Betrayed –  and What Lessons We Should Learn

There is a great reverence for science in our culture. On the one hand, rightly so. Science has made enormous strides that have changed life as we know it. Profound discoveries have eradicated diseases, improved health, increased the world’s food supply, led to a computer revolution, drawn us higher into outer space and deeper into inner […]

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