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How to Thank God as He Has Instructed – A Meditation on Thanksgiving Day

November 22, 2017 0 Comments
How to Thank God as He Has Instructed – A Meditation on Thanksgiving Day

Your grace and mercy, brought me through. I’m living this moment, Because of you. I want to thank you, And praise you too. Your grace and mercy, Brought me through! On this feast of Thanksgiving (here in America) we do well to ponder how we ought to give thanks to God. Indeed, how can one […]

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Why Damnation Is Eternal and Other Teachings on Hell

November 21, 2017 4 Comments
Why Damnation Is Eternal and Other Teachings on Hell

This is the thirteenth and final installment in a series on the Four Last Things: Death, Judgment, Heaven and Hell. The teachings of the Lord on Hell are difficult, especially in today’s climate. The most difficult questions that arise relate to its eternal nature and how to square its existence with a God who is loving […]

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Images of Hell

November 20, 2017 4 Comments
Images of Hell

This is the twelfth in a series of articles on the Four Last Things: death, judgment, Heaven, and Hell. Part of what makes Jesus’ teaching on Hell difficult is the severe imagery He uses. In pointing to Hell, he seems to point to its deepest pits. He warns of eternal fire, undying worms, and wailing […]

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Hell Has to Be

November 19, 2017 5 Comments
Hell Has to Be

This is the eleventh in a series of articles on the Four Last Things: death, judgment, Heaven, and Hell. Today we come to the final of the Four Last Things: Hell. I have written extensively on this topic over the years, largely in response to the widespread dismissal of the revealed doctrine of Hell. In […]

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Growing in the Fear of the Lord – A Homily for the 33rd Sunday of the Year

November 18, 2017 5 Comments
Growing in the Fear of the Lord – A Homily for the 33rd Sunday of the Year

The past few Sundays have featured the November theme of the Four Last Things: Death, Judgment, Heaven, and Hell. In today’s Gospel we are reminded that we will one day have to account for our use of the gifts and resources that God has given us. But today’s readings do more than that; they also […]

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On the Passing of Things, as Seen in a Commercial

November 17, 2017 2 Comments
On the Passing of Things, as Seen in a Commercial

The commercial below must have taken weeks to film. Regardless of its intent (selling homeowner’s insurance), there is something of an admonition in both the video and the accompanying music: life and the things of life slip away. Not a bad theme in November, when the Church bids us to meditate on the last things. […]

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What Do We Mean by the Communion of Saints?

November 16, 2017 1 Comment
What Do We Mean by the Communion of Saints?

This is the tenth in a series of articles on the Four Last Things: Death, Judgment, Heaven, and Hell. Continuing our series on the Four Last Things, in today’s post we consider an aspect of Heaven called the Communion of Saints. I have discovered that it is frequently misunderstood. Many of you know that I […]

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What Is Eternal Life?

November 15, 2017 9 Comments
What Is Eternal Life?

This is the ninth in a series of articles on the Four Last Things: Death, Judgment, Heaven, and Hell. I often think that we haven’t done a very good job of setting forth the doctrine of eternal life. For most people, the concept seems a rather shallow one: that we will live forever. Frankly, many […]

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