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On the Loss of Faith as a Cause of Our Current Crisis

November 29, 2018 11 Comments
On the Loss of Faith as a Cause of Our Current Crisis

In the Liturgy of the Hours this week, we read a remarkable attributed to St. Macarius, a bishop of the early Church. I marvel at its vivid imagery, and yet at the same time, questions arise in my mind as to the general application of the text. In effect, the text states that if the […]

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The Not-so-Nice Origins and Meanings of the Word “Nice”

November 28, 2018 4 Comments
The Not-so-Nice Origins and Meanings of the Word “Nice”

Words can change meaning over time—sometimes dramatically. For example, “manufactured” originally meant “handmade” (manu (hand) + facere (make)). The word “decimate” used to mean “to reduce by a tenth” (decem = ten); now people usually use it mean “to wipe out completely.” The list of examples could go on and on. Yes, words do change […]

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Is the Modern Interpretation of the Book of Revelation Flawed? A Consideration of a Different View

November 27, 2018 9 Comments
Is the Modern Interpretation of the Book of Revelation Flawed? A Consideration of a Different View

In daily Mass we have recently been reading from the Book of Revelation. It is commonly read at this, the end of the liturgical year, because it speaks to the passing quality of the things of this world and to the end of the world itself. It is also a book of glory, depicting the […]

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Awesome or Awful? A Reflection on the Mosaic of Christ in Majesty at the Basilica in Washington

November 26, 2018 12 Comments
Awesome or Awful? A Reflection on the Mosaic of Christ in Majesty at the Basilica in Washington

I have spent quite a bit of time at the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception here in Washington, due to ordinations and other special occasions. As I walk up the main aisle I never fail to be moved by the scene above the apse of Christ in majesty. (See one of my photos to the right.) […]

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A Further Meditation on Christ the King and Son of Man

November 25, 2018 2 Comments
A Further Meditation on Christ the King and Son of Man

At Sunday’s Mass (Feast of Christ the King) we read an important passage from Daniel 7. It is important not only for its prophecy but also because Jesus implicitly sets it as an interpretive key for His own ministry and mission and an explanation of why He calls Himself the “Son of Man” so frequently. […]

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Is Christ Really Your King? A Homily for the Feast of Christ the King

November 24, 2018 2 Comments
Is Christ Really Your King? A Homily for the Feast of Christ the King

On the feast of Christ the King, we are called to acknowledge that Jesus is in fact our King. It is one thing to say that He is our King because the song in Church says so, or the preacher says so, or the Bible says so (yes, faith does come by hearing), but it […]

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A Survivor of a Once Dangerous World

November 23, 2018 1 Comment
A Survivor of a Once Dangerous World

In the video below, a comedy routine from Mad TV shows how many modern notions were non-existent even just fifty years ago. In the sketch, a pregnant mother drinks a martini and smokes a cigarette; children ride bikes without wearing helmets. Of course, like a lot of comedy, the topic is taken to excess for […]

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A Prayer for the Internet from the 1946 Roman Ritual? Sure, and It’s Wonderful!

November 22, 2018 0 Comments
A Prayer for the Internet from the 1946 Roman Ritual? Sure, and It’s Wonderful!

The old Roman Ritual (published in 1946) is a magnificent collection of blessings and prayers. It has some of the most amazing little blessings of things it would never occur to you to find in such a collection. Along with the blessings of expected objects (e.g., statues, religious medals) are blessings, often elaborately laid out, […]

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