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More Parish Closings Nationwide – What Are We to Learn and Do?

May 8, 2017 70 Comments
More Parish Closings Nationwide – What Are We to Learn and Do?

It was recently announced that a substantial number of Catholic parishes will be closing in Connecticut. This is just the latest in a national trend that is likely to affect the diocese where you live, especially in the north. I’d like to offer some rather quick thoughts and then ponder what I think is the […]

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What is the “Harlot City” in the Book of Revelation?

May 7, 2017 22 Comments
What is the “Harlot City” in the Book of Revelation?

Today, it is generally believed that the “Harlot City” referred to in the Book of Revelation is Rome. The opulence and the prominence of the city along with the mention of the seven hills on which it rests, its persecution of Christians, and the use of euphemisms such as “Babylon” are generally presented as evidence […]

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Are You Smarter than a Sheep?

May 6, 2017 5 Comments
Are You Smarter than a Sheep?

The Fourth Sunday of Easter is traditionally called Good Shepherd Sunday, for the readings focus on how our risen Lord Jesus is our shepherd, who leads us to eternal life. Of course the flip side is that we are sheep. We sometimes miss the humor of the Lord calling us sheep. He could have said […]

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Why Wasn’t the Resurrection More Like This?

May 5, 2017 2 Comments
Why Wasn’t the Resurrection More Like This?

I have often joked that from a worldly point of view, Heaven has a poor marketing department. Jesus’ saving actions were “publicity-poor” and many of the most important events, such as His birth and resurrection, were almost completely hidden. If I were God (and be glad that I’m not!), I would ride down on a […]

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The Key Question of Every Liturgy

May 4, 2017 9 Comments
The Key Question of Every Liturgy

There is a legend that explains how the liturgy and the faith took hold in Rus (Russia): Prince Vladimir of Kiev, seeking a right worship for his people, sent representatives to look into various faiths as well as liturgies. When emissaries went south to observe the Greek Christian Liturgy, they returned saying that they were […]

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A Summons to Humility in the Mystery of the “Seven Thunders.”

May 3, 2017 9 Comments
A Summons to Humility in the Mystery of the “Seven Thunders.”

In the Divine Office, we are reading some of the more terrifying passages from the Book of Revelation, related to the seven trumpets, seals, and bowls of wrath. There is also a reference to the underreported “seven thunders,” reminding us that there are some things that are not for us to know. Then I saw […]

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Five Good Things That Can Come from Temptation

May 2, 2017 4 Comments
Five Good Things That Can Come from Temptation

Temptation is something that every human person experiences. At times we may wonder why God permits it. Why does He allow moral and spiritual dangers to afflict us? Could He not prevent every temptation that confronts us? And if He can, why does He not? Is He just setting us up for failure? There are […]

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Pondering Questions Inspired by the Lord’s Instruction

May 1, 2017 1 Comment
Pondering Questions Inspired by the Lord’s Instruction

There is an interesting moment in John 6 that deserves both personal and ecclesial reflection. Jesus has just fed the multitudes by multiplying the loaves and fishes, a miraculous corporal work of mercy. Prior to this, of course, He had taught them at great length. Let’s just say that Jesus had them listen to a […]

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