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The Paradoxical Source of Trust in the Lord

February 8, 2018 2 Comments
The Paradoxical Source of Trust in the Lord

One of the Five Hard Truths that will set us free is this one: “You are not in control.” This unnerves us, even terrifies us at times. We like to be in control, but control is an illusion; things you think you control are resting on things you cannot control such as the next beat […]

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On the Importance of Little Things

February 7, 2018 2 Comments
On the Importance of Little Things

I have found that one of my favorite quotes from St. Augustine is not all that well known. Here it is in Latin, followed by my own translation: Quod minimum, minimum est, Sed in minimo fidelem esse, magnum est. What is a little thing, is (just) a little thing, But to be faithful in a […]

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The Lament of God: You Forgot

February 6, 2018 5 Comments
The Lament of God: You Forgot

The following tale is from the Hasidic tradition: Yechiel was playing hide and seek with another child. He hid himself for some time, but his playmate did not look for him. Little Yechiel ran to Rabbi Baruch and said amid tears, “He did not look for me!” The Rabbi said, “That is also God’s complaint, […]

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Has Jesus Saved You from This Present Evil Age?

February 5, 2018 1 Comment
Has Jesus Saved You from This Present Evil Age?

Jesus Christ came to save us from our sins; that is certainly true. St. Paul said, The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost (1 Tim 1:15). St. Paul mentioned another truth, however, one we too often forget. It came […]

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What’s So Sinful About a Census and Why Was Israel Punished for Something David Did?

February 4, 2018 12 Comments
What’s So Sinful About a Census and Why Was Israel Punished for Something David Did?

Today I want to return to a reading from last week’s Mass. In that reading (from 2 Samuel 24) we hear the story of how King David ordered a census to be taken. Joab, David’s general, strongly cautioned the King against it, but David insisted. When the census had been completed, the Prophet Gad informed […]

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When Troubles Rise – A Homily for the 5th Sunday of the Year

February 3, 2018 1 Comment
When Troubles Rise – A Homily for the 5th Sunday of the Year

In life we face many difficulties; they challenge us and our faith. Deep struggle can lead us to question God, His love, or even His existence. The readings today speak to us of these sorts of difficulties and prophetically interpret them for us. Let’s take a look at these readings in three stages. I.  The […]

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The Destructive Power of Distraction – As Seen in a Commercial

February 2, 2018 1 Comment
The Destructive Power of Distraction – As Seen in a Commercial

In our spiritual lives there is a battle going on for our mind. Satan and the world seek access to our thoughts through temptation and allurements. St Paul writes often of the mind as a source of our renewal and, by extension, as a kind of battleground: Do not be conformed to this world, but […]

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A Dramatic Biblical Moment That Nearly Everyone Missed

February 1, 2018 16 Comments
A Dramatic Biblical Moment That Nearly Everyone Missed

The moment of the Presentation of Jesus was one of the most dramatic in biblical history, yet almost no one noticed. The first part of this post is review for those of you who read my blog regularly. To skip to the newer insights, skip down to the sentence in red. Joseph and Mary have […]

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