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The Origin of Thanksgiving as a National Holiday

November 20, 2018 0 Comments
The Origin of Thanksgiving as a National Holiday

The Thanksgiving holiday that is upon us, while religious in theme, has a secular origin. Two presidents, Washington and Lincoln, are most responsible for its existence on our national calendar in late November. Here is President Washington’s proclamation: Whereas it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey […]

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Pondering the Night of the Senses and the Paradox That We See Farther in the Darkness

November 19, 2018 1 Comment
Pondering the Night of the Senses and the Paradox That We See Farther in the Darkness

As human beings we are very visual; there is a certain demand of our flesh to see on its own terms. But of course God, who is pure spirit, will not be seen in this way. How can the human eye perceive what is spiritual? It is not designed to do so. We cannot see […]

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Pulling Back the Veil – An Overview of the Book of Revelation

November 18, 2018 14 Comments
Pulling Back the Veil – An Overview of the Book of Revelation

In daily Mass we are currently reading selections from the Book of Revelation—not a bad choice as the end of the liturgical year swiftly approaches. While many suppose that the Book of Revelation is merely about the end of the world, it is about far more; it is also about what is happening right now. […]

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The Word of the Lord Remains Forever! A Homily for the 33rd Sunday of the Year

November 17, 2018 9 Comments
The Word of the Lord Remains Forever! A Homily for the 33rd Sunday of the Year

As winter approaches and the end of the liturgical year draws near, we ponder the passing quality of this world and the fading of its glories. Jesus’ words in today’s Gospel reading must surely have shocked, even horrified, His apostles. Let’s look at His stunning words and seek to apply them in our own life. The […]

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The Measure You Measure Will Be Measured Back to You, as Seen in an Advertisement

November 16, 2018 0 Comments
The Measure You Measure Will Be Measured Back to You, as Seen in an Advertisement

There are many biblical texts that speak of being generous to the poor, for to do brings bountiful blessings. Or, put negatively, if we are stingy, we will come up short in our own blessings. Consider the following verses: Here is a promise from the Lord: Give, and it will be given to you. A […]

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Wise Men, Flattering, May Deceive Us

November 15, 2018 4 Comments
Wise Men, Flattering, May Deceive Us

Judas Maccabeus was Handel’s most famous oratorio during his lifetime, more popular even than the Messiah. There are many wonderful moments in it, especially its bold and brave choruses. Written in 1746, it covers the biblical events of 170–160 B.C., when Judea was ruled by the Seleucids and the people were compelled to worship Zeus. […]

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A Hidden Mass in the Gospel of the Ten Lepers

November 14, 2018 2 Comments
A Hidden Mass in the Gospel of the Ten Lepers

The Gospel for Wednesday of the 32nd Week of the Year teaches that the Mass is the perfect offering of thanks to the Father. It does so in a remarkable and almost hidden way, but it is right there for us to see if we have eyes to see it. The Gospel telling the story […]

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A Word of Encouragement from Elisha the Prophet

November 13, 2018 4 Comments
A Word of Encouragement from Elisha the Prophet

There is an old saying, “Stop telling God how big your storm is and start telling the storm how big your God is.”  In other words, we often need to shift our focus, building up our trust and confidence. Because we are so wired for fear, we tend to overestimate the power and shrewdness of […]

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