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Is this World a Womb or a Tomb for You?

May 23, 2018 0 Comments
Is this World a Womb or a Tomb for You?

There is a line in the first reading for Wednesday of the seventh week of the year that reminds us to be humble and to realize that things—including us—are passing: You are a puff of smoke that appears briefly and then disappears (James 4:14). This is an antidote of sorts to the modern tendencies of excessive […]

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Why Is There Such Strong Hatred for the Church?

May 22, 2018 16 Comments
Why Is There Such Strong Hatred for the Church?

In the final week of Easter, there were frequent references in the readings to the fact that the world would hate true Christians. For example, If the world hates you, understand that it hated Me first. If you were of the world, it would love you as its own. Instead, the world hates you, because […]

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Five Images of the Holy Spirit from Scripture

May 21, 2018 0 Comments
Five Images of the Holy Spirit from Scripture

One of the quirks of the post-conciliar liturgy is that the octave of Pentecost was dropped. Generally, the post-conciliar age has tried to emphasize the gifts and works of the Holy Spirit, so eliminating the octave of Pentecost is quite paradoxical. The Feast of Pentecost ranks right up there with Easter and the Nativity, both […]

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A Look at the Fruits of the Holy Spirit

May 20, 2018 2 Comments
A Look at the Fruits of the Holy Spirit

On Pentecost, the Holy Spirit was given unto our mission to the ends of the earth. Among His gifts are the fruits of the Spirit which deserve our attention today. The Fruits of the Holy Spirit in the Catholic Catechism and Tradition are drawn largely from St. Paul’s letter to the Galatians where he writes, […]

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The Spirit of the Lord Filled the Earth – A Homily for Pentecost

May 19, 2018 3 Comments
The Spirit of the Lord Filled the Earth – A Homily for Pentecost

What a wondrous and challenging feast we celebrate at Pentecost! A feast like this challenges us because it puts to the lie a lazy, sleepy, hidden, and tepid Christian life. The Lord Jesus said to apostles, and still says to us, I have come to cast a fire on the earth (Luke 12:49). This is […]

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The Power of God’s Breath and Spirit, as Seen in a Commercial

May 18, 2018 0 Comments
The Power of God’s Breath and Spirit, as Seen in a Commercial

The commercial in the video below is a strange and fanciful one. In it, Nike claims that it collects the “air” of the best athletes in the world and makes it available to you in their Nike Air shoes; but what it promises is something that only God can deliver. Unfortunately, as Scripture rightly notes, […]

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Is the Church a Cruise Ship or a Battleship?

May 17, 2018 5 Comments
Is the Church a Cruise Ship or a Battleship?

Some years ago, Fr. Patrick Smith, a friend of mine and a priest of this archdiocese, preached a sermon in which he asked if the Church was a clubhouse or a lighthouse. It seems that many people want the Church just to be a friendly place where people can gather. Many of these same people […]

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That at Least Peter’s Shadow Might Fall on Them: A Challenge to the Church in the Acts of the Apostles

May 16, 2018 3 Comments
That at Least Peter’s Shadow Might Fall on Them: A Challenge to the Church in the Acts of the Apostles

As this Easter Season is nearing a close, we do well to ponder the picture of the early Church described in the Acts of the Apostles. The kind of persecution and suffering they endured in those days should serve to remind us of the sacrifices we are often unwilling to make. Yet these early descriptions […]

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