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Beware the Sins of the Pious – A Reflection on the Ways Satan Uses Even Good Things to Entrap Us

August 8, 2017 5 Comments
Beware the Sins of the Pious – A Reflection on the Ways Satan Uses Even Good Things to Entrap Us

What is temptation? It is the work of Satan to drag you to Hell. He can read you like a book, play you like piano. Do not exaggerate his power—but do not underestimate it either. Some of Satan’s subtlest work is done in the area of religious observance. There, he can cloak himself in the lamb’s […]

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Which Do You Prefer: Melons and Leeks, or the Bread of Heaven?

August 7, 2017 0 Comments
Which Do You Prefer: Melons and Leeks, or the Bread of Heaven?

The first reading for daily Mass on Monday (18th week of the year) was taken from the Book of Numbers. It features the Israelites grumbling about the manna in the wilderness: Would that we had meat for food! We remember the fish we used to eat without cost in Egypt, and the cucumbers, the melons, the […]

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Getting Unbound: A Reflection on Deliverance Ministry

August 6, 2017 16 Comments
Getting Unbound: A Reflection on Deliverance Ministry

There is wide interest today in the topic of exorcism. The publication in 2010 of Matt Baglio’s The Rite: The Making of a Modern Exorcist and the subsequent movie and interviews with Fr. Gary Thomas have sparked some of this interest. Prior to this, books such as An Exorcist Tells His Story, by Fr. Gabriele […]

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Learning to See – A Homily for the Feast of the Transfiguration

August 5, 2017 5 Comments
Learning to See – A Homily for the Feast of the Transfiguration

The Feast of the Transfiguration is ultimately about vision. The Lord brought Peter, James, and John up a high mountain in order that they might come to see. Even the word that describes this day bespeaks vision. It is from the Latin transfiguratione. Trans means “across,” and by extension, “change.” Figura means “shape” or “form.” […]

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On Imperfection, As Seen in an Animation

August 4, 2017 0 Comments
On Imperfection, As Seen in an Animation

There are different ways to look at life, and two of these are captured in a couple of seemingly contradictory sayings. The more famous aphorism is this one: “The perfect is the enemy of the good,” but you’ll also hear its converse: “The good is the enemy of the best.” The second expression cautions that […]

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What Is It That Most Distracts Us?

August 3, 2017 1 Comment
What Is It That Most Distracts Us?

We think of distractions as coming mostly from the world around us, but is that really true? Consider the following, drawn from the stories of the early desert Fathers and monastic experience: Sometimes there would be a rush of noisy visitors and the silence of the monastery would be shattered. This would upset the disciples; […]

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Training for Testimony is Missing in Many Parishes

August 2, 2017 4 Comments
Training for Testimony is Missing in Many Parishes

Catholicism has glorious liturgical and intellectual traditions, but because we have not excelled in training Catholics to give joyful witness to wonder of the Lord and our faith, they are among the best kept secrets around. In certain denominations, giving witness is a major focus, and congregants are well-trained for it both through personal testimony […]

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Who is Really on Trial in Our Life?

August 1, 2017 12 Comments
Who is Really on Trial in Our Life?

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI possesses a keen ability to summarize the ideas and problems of our times both cogently and succinctly. Consider the following assessment of our age that he made during a 2015 interview: For the man of today…. things are, in a certain sense, inverted, or rather, man no longer believes he needs justification […]

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