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Two Presidents at Prayer

February 20, 2017 0 Comments
Two Presidents at Prayer

We live in an age of often strident secularism. If a religious utterance is made by a government official (or it would seem, even a First Lady) a loud cry goes up from an increasingly hostile minority. The platitude about “Separation of Church and State” is usually bandied about, a phrase that does not even […]

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Why Does God Make Us Wait?

February 19, 2017 2 Comments
Why Does God Make Us Wait?

One of the most common frustrations in the spiritual life is the fact that God often makes us wait. Many of our requests are made with an elevated sense of urgency. Frankly, we are in a big hurry about many things—but God is not. Although He could fix every problem in an instant, He does […]

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The Cycle of Hatred and Retribution Ends with Me – A Homily for the 7th Sunday of the Year

February 18, 2017 7 Comments
The Cycle of Hatred and Retribution Ends with Me – A Homily for the 7th Sunday of the Year

In today’s Gospel the Lord is teaching us, by His grace, to break the cycle of hatred and retribution. When someone harms me I may well become angry, and in my anger seek to get back at the offender. If I do that, though, then Satan has earned a second victory and brought the anger […]

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Did Noah Really Live to Be 950?

February 16, 2017 23 Comments
Did Noah Really Live to Be 950?

I occasionally get questions about the remarkably long lives of the patriarchs who lived before the great flood. Consider the ages at which these figures purportedly died: Adam – 930 Seth – 912 Enosh – 905 Jared – 962 Methuselah – 969 Noah – 950 Shem – 600 Eber – 464 Abraham – 175 Moses […]

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Two Pictures of Patience

February 15, 2017 4 Comments
Two Pictures of Patience

The readings from Mass yesterday (Wednesday of the 6th Week of the Year) give two helpful images that call us to patience. Patience is a virtue through which we are willing to endure as we look for something better that will come to pass. The word comes from the Latin patior, which means “to suffer.” […]

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Clarifications on the Biblical Flood Narrative

February 14, 2017 33 Comments
Clarifications on the Biblical Flood Narrative

As we read the flood story in Tuesday’s daily Mass, I feel that a few clarifications are in order. While we are not required as Catholics to interpret every detail of the flood story literally, there does seem to be some evidence (preserved in many ancient cultures) of a flood or “mega event” that drastically […]

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How Is Adam’s Sin Different from Eve’s?

February 13, 2017 24 Comments
How Is Adam’s Sin Different from Eve’s?

In yesterday’s post, we explored the details of original sin and learned that there are subtleties and stages to it that can teach us something. Original sin was more than eating a piece of fruit; there were things that led up to it, both externally and internally. I also mentioned that it was worth exploring […]

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The Anatomy of Original Sin

February 12, 2017 7 Comments
The Anatomy of Original Sin

Last week we explored the creation accounts of Genesis, finishing with the account of original sin, that committed by Adam and Eve. Today and tomorrow I’d like to examine original sin more closely. Today, I’ll present the stages of sin that are manifested in Adam’s and Eve’s struggle. Many tend to describe original sin merely […]

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