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Three Oft-Forgotten Acclamations of Eucharistic Piety

June 3, 2018 13 Comments
Three Oft-Forgotten Acclamations of Eucharistic Piety

In the afterglow of Corpus Christi, we do well to consider some of our liturgical practices. Over the years on this blog we have done a good deal of this (e.g., Worthiness to receive Communion). In this post, I would like to consider three rather obscure but still important moments that are often lost in the […]

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Unless – A Homily for Corpus Christi

June 2, 2018 1 Comment
Unless – A Homily for Corpus Christi

I.  The Reality of the Eucharist On this solemn feast we are called above all to faith in the fact (as revealed by the Lord Himself) that the Eucharist, the Holy Communion of which we partake, is in fact a reception of the very Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Jesus Christ, whole and entire, […]

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Goldilocks or Gratitude

June 1, 2018 1 Comment
Goldilocks or Gratitude

It wasn’t so long ago that food was scarce, and we had to be satisfied with eating what was set in front of us. These days the sheer number of choices available in the local supermarket is mind-boggling. One doesn’t just select peas; there are multiple varieties of peas, each available frozen, canned, or fresh. […]

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Four Rules for Effective Leaders

May 31, 2018 1 Comment
Four Rules for Effective Leaders

In modern bibles and in the breviary, Psalm 101 is often called the “Avowal of a Good Ruler.” In other words, it is a kind of oath a ruler takes pledging to promote virtue in the kingdom and to refute error and sin. One can imagine King David saying this himself. While this psalm is […]

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On the Humorous Side of Leaving Everything to Follow God

May 30, 2018 0 Comments
On the Humorous Side of Leaving Everything to Follow God

At Tuesday’s daily Mass, we read this funny story about Peter that speaks to the paradox of losing one’s life only to find it more abundantly: Peter began to say to Jesus, “We have given up everything and followed you.” Jesus said, “Amen, I say to you, there is no one who has given up […]

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A Biblical Meditation on Aging

May 29, 2018 10 Comments
A Biblical Meditation on Aging

Last week in the Office of Readings we concluded the Book of Ecclesiastes. One of the more beautiful passages in the Old Testament is the 12th Chapter of Ecclesiastes. It is a melancholy but soulful meditation on old age. Its poetic imagery is masterful, as it draws from the increasingly difficult effects of old age […]

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What Does Jesus Mean When He Says We Must Be Salted with Fire?

May 28, 2018 4 Comments
What Does Jesus Mean When He Says We Must Be Salted with Fire?

The Gospel from last Thursday’s daily Mass featured one of Jesus’ lesser-known teachings: Everyone will be salted with fire. Salt is good, but if salt becomes insipid, with what will you restore its flavor? Keep salt in yourselves and you will have peace with one another (Mark 9:49-50). Let’s begin with a few observations about […]

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On the “Memorare” of Memorial Day

May 27, 2018 2 Comments
On the “Memorare” of Memorial Day

Memorial Day for many means the beginning of summer. To others, it is a day off to go shopping. But as I am sure you know, Memorial Day is really a day to honor those who have died in the service of this country. Here are some thoughts based on two words that arise on […]

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