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Marriage Is About What Is Best For Children

October 7, 2018 5 Comments
Marriage Is About What Is Best For Children

As a kind of follow-up from yesterday’s Gospel on marriage, we do well to ponder where our focus on marriage is, both personally and nationally. Finding our way back – Part of the essential work we must do in re-establishing a coherent vision for marriage rooted in tradition, Natural Law, and, for believers, Scripture, is to restore […]

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Marriage Is a Miracle! A Homily for the 27th Sunday of the Year

October 6, 2018 4 Comments
Marriage Is a Miracle!  A Homily for the 27th Sunday of the Year

Both today’s first reading and the Gospel speak to us of the miracle of marriage. If your marriage is working even reasonably well, it is a miracle! We live in an age that is poisonous to marriage. Many people look for marriage to be ideal, and if there is any ordeal, they want a new […]

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On Bullies and Standing your Ground

October 5, 2018 1 Comment
On Bullies and Standing your Ground

There is a passage in the Sermon on the Mount that is often misunderstood: But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also. (Matt 5:39). Many think this passage tells us that we should accept abuse—even death—at the hands […]

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Recovering the Gospel from the Notion of Merely “Happy” or “Good” News

October 4, 2018 1 Comment
Recovering the Gospel from the Notion of Merely “Happy” or “Good” News

Luke gives a summation of the preaching of St. John the Baptist with a rather surprising and funny conclusion. Then John said to the crowds coming out to be baptized by him, “You brood of vipers, who warned you to flee from the coming wrath? Therefore, produce fruit worthy of repentance. And do not begin […]

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Things we Can Learn From Dogs and Cats

October 3, 2018 4 Comments
Things we Can Learn From Dogs and Cats

With the Feast of St. Francis upon us we do well to thank God for many things. It is a tradition in many parishes to bless animals on this feast. It is also a good time to ponder what our pets and animals can “teach” us. In the past I have shared a list of […]

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Don’t Name Your Guardian Angel

October 2, 2018 14 Comments
Don’t Name Your Guardian Angel

The Feast of the Guardian Angels, celebrated on Tuesday, seems an appropriate time to point out that the common practice of naming one’s guardian angel should be avoided. A document authored by the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments in 2001 states, “The practice of assigning names to the holy angels […]

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Of the Angels and of the Mysterious Providence of God

October 1, 2018 4 Comments
Of the Angels and of the Mysterious Providence of God

God most often works through His angels; He mediates His presence through them. Why is this? He is of course all-powerful and therefore does not need the mediation of the angels, but He does seem to will it. It is common in both Scripture and doctrinal traditions to ascribe to the angels the work of […]

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Learning to Name Sins Is to Have More Power Over Them – Part Two

September 30, 2018 13 Comments
Learning to Name Sins Is to Have More Power Over Them – Part Two

Recently I wrote about the need to recover a vocabulary of sin and posted an example related to lying. A good number of readers asked for the other lists I have been compiling. I include them here along with introductory material similar to that in the first post. These lists are always a work in […]

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