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How to Thank God as He Has Instructed – A Meditation on Thanksgiving Day

November 26, 2014 8 Comments
How to Thank God as He Has Instructed – A Meditation on Thanksgiving Day

Your grace and mercy, brought me through. I’m living this moment, Because of you. I want to thank you, And praise you too. Your grace and mercy, Brought me through! On this feast of Thanksgiving (here in America) we do well to ponder how we ought to give thanks to God. Indeed, how can one […]

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Thank God for the Little, Mysterious Pleasure of Yawning!

November 25, 2014 12 Comments
Thank God for the Little, Mysterious Pleasure of Yawning!

Yawning is an involuntary action that causes us to open our mouths wide and breathe in deeply. It is involuntary, since it occurs even before we’re born: yawning has even been observed in fetuses as young as 11 weeks old. The remarkable 3-D video at the bottom of the post is of a baby yawning in the womb. I was […]

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Love of the World Fuels the Fear of Death – A Meditation on a Teaching of St. Cyprian

November 24, 2014 20 Comments
Love of the World Fuels the Fear of Death – A Meditation on a Teaching of St. Cyprian

As November winds down and Advent still looms, the traditional meditation we make on the four last things (death, judgment, Heaven, and Hell) is still operative. A classic writing by St. Cyprian comes to mind. It is a meditation on the fundamental human struggle to be free of undue attachment to this world and to have God (and […]

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Satan at His Most Subtle: A Reflection on the Temptations and Traps of the Pious

November 23, 2014 74 Comments
Satan at His Most Subtle: A Reflection on the Temptations and Traps of the Pious

What is temptation? Temptation is the work of Satan to drag you to Hell. And Satan can read you like a book and play you like piano. Do not exaggerate his power, but do not underestimate it either. Some of his subtlest work is done in the area of religious observance. There, he can cloak […]

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The Strangest of Kings! A Homily for the Feast of Christ the King

November 22, 2014 17 Comments
The Strangest of Kings! A Homily for the Feast of Christ the King

The readings today on this Feast of Christ the King evoke three images of Christ as King. All of them are to some extent paradoxical, for they emphasize things about a king that we don’t usually think of in relation to a king. They also tell us that we have already met King Jesus, even […]

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America Loves Catholicism: As Seen in Place Names Everywhere

November 21, 2014 17 Comments

The video below boasts, “America loves Italy” and features a Fiat car driving through American towns with Italian names. If that is the case then America loves Catholicism even more, since thousands of towns and places are named for Catholic saints, themes, and objects. Consider the following: In California: San Diego, San Miguel, San Francisco, San Bernadino, […]

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May You Sleep the Sleep of the Just: A Short Meditation on the Burden that Sin Brings

November 20, 2014 36 Comments
May You Sleep the Sleep of the Just: A Short Meditation on the Burden that Sin Brings

There’s an old expression, seldom used today although I remember the old folks used it sometimes when I was young, “May you sleep the sleep of the just.” When my Great Aunt Polly used it, she meant simply, “May you sleep well.” But more richly and historically, the phrase speaks to a serenity that comes from […]

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Sweet Hour of Prayer! Or Not? How do You Experience Prayer?

November 19, 2014 9 Comments
Sweet Hour of Prayer! Or Not? How do You Experience Prayer?

How do you think of prayer? Is it another thing you “have to do” among many other things on your list? Or is prayer a time when you refrain from doing? Is prayer a requirement you regret or a rest you relish? What is prayer for you? The danger in answering questions like these is […]

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