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The Love of the Law and the Law of Love – A Homily for the 22nd Sunday of the Year

September 1, 2018 1 Comment
The Love of the Law and the Law of Love – A Homily for the 22nd Sunday of the Year

This Sunday’s readings teach a proper understanding of God’s Law and its relationship to our hearts. The readings go a long way toward addressing the false dichotomy that many set up between love and the Law, as though the two were opposed; they are not. If we love God, we want what He wants and […]

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Humility and Our Hidden Faults, as Seen in a Commercial

August 31, 2018 0 Comments
Humility and Our Hidden Faults, as Seen in a Commercial

The video below humorously illustrates a biblical principle about our hidden faults. Indeed, we all have sins and behaviors that are obvious to others but of which we are unaware. In addition, we have even deeper faults of which no one is aware except God Himself, who sees our innermost heart. Consider some of the […]

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Exorcism’s Ultimate Power Is the Word of God and the Prayer of the Church

August 30, 2018 4 Comments
Exorcism’s Ultimate Power Is the Word of God and the Prayer of the Church

The following essay is a companion essay to another post I wrote on deliverance: God is More Powerful than Satan. When thinking of deliverance and exorcism there is a tendency to imagine that they involve wresting demons from their place through the menacing use of sacramentals (e.g., crosses, holy water, relics) and a battle of […]

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He Will Come Like a Thief to Take Back What Is His

August 29, 2018 5 Comments
He Will Come Like a Thief to Take Back What Is His

One of the more interesting and surprising images the Lord used for Himself was “thief.” There is an example of the reading for Wednesday of the 21st week of the year. I’ll comment more on this specific passage in a moment, but first here are some other texts in which He used this imagery: But […]

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The Probability of You Existing at All Is Unbelievably Low

August 28, 2018 10 Comments
The Probability of You Existing at All Is Unbelievably Low

I was alerted to a fascinating article by Ali Binazir, who sets forth mathematically the probably that each of us exists. It turns out that when taking into account the astonishing number of possibilities of parents meeting, grandparents meeting before them, and so on going back generations, and then adding the vast number of sperm […]

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St. Augustine on Suffering as a Medicine

August 27, 2018 4 Comments
St. Augustine on Suffering as a Medicine

The feast of St. Augustine this Tuesday provides us yet another opportunity to learn from him. We can ponder his teaching on suffering and its role in preserving us from something far worse. When asked, most people identify their most serious problems as those related to their physical health or their finances; family and career […]

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St. Monica and Prayers for Priests

August 26, 2018 5 Comments
St. Monica and Prayers for Priests

On the Feast of St. Monica, who prayed at length for her son, I’d like to say that my mother prayed for me too! I really needed (and still need) her prayers. In this time of pain in the Church, when God’s people are rightly disturbed by the sins of the clergy, many of you […]

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Two Hard Sayings in One Day – A Homily for the 21st Sunday of the Year

August 25, 2018 3 Comments
Two Hard Sayings in One Day – A Homily for the 21st Sunday of the Year

The readings this Sunday feature two “hard sayings,” one on the Eucharist, the other on marriage. One is hard because it defies our sensibilities, the other because it is out-of-season and politically incorrect. This is a long reflection. What I present here is really two separate sermons, but both merit some attention. The first “hard […]

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