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A Look at the Fruits of the Holy Spirit

May 20, 2018 0 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 1 Comment
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 4 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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Pondering St. Paul’s Lament of Savage Wolves

May 15, 2018 11 Comments
Pondering St. Paul’s Lament of Savage Wolves

In the first reading for Wednesday of the 7th Week of Easter, St. Paul warns of perhaps the most damaging and wrenching evil that the Church must face: dissension from within. I know that after my departure savage wolves will come among you, and they will not spare the flock. And from your own group, […]

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We Must Teach and Insist on the “Whole Counsel of God”

May 14, 2018 0 Comments
We Must Teach and Insist on the “Whole Counsel of God”

The first reading from Tuesday’s Mass is Paul’s farewell speech to the presbyters (priests) of the early Church. Here is a skilled bishop and pastor exhorting others who have pastoral roles within the Church. Let’s examine this text and apply its wisdom to bishops and priests as well as to parents and other leaders in […]

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How Christ’s Ascension is to Be Manifested in Us

May 13, 2018 0 Comments
How Christ’s Ascension is to Be Manifested in Us

There is an interaction between Jesus and Mary Magdalene, recounted in John’s Gospel, teaching that Christ’s ascension is about more than just His going up to Heaven. In this, His ascension is like all of His actions: they are not just for Him but also for us. As Christ ascends, we are called to ascend […]

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