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Four Aspects of the Early Church

May 15, 2017 3 Comments
Four Aspects of the Early Church

The first reading in today’s Mass (Tuesday of the 5th week of Easter) is very Catholic, and it’s too informative to just pass by. It presents the early Church as rather highly organized and possessed of some of the structures we know today in full form. Granted, some of these structures are in seminal form, […]

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When a Priest Should Not Sing – A Reflection on an Often-Forgotten Rubric

May 14, 2017 5 Comments
When a Priest Should Not Sing – A Reflection on an Often-Forgotten Rubric

I received a question last month in my Question and Answer Column at Our Sunday Visitor that I answered only briefly. I’d like to expand on it here. The new priest in our parish just stands there at the altar when we sing the acclamations such as the mystery of faith, the great Amen, Lamb […]

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Are You a Tombstone or a Living Stone? – A Homily for the 5th Sunday of Easter

May 13, 2017 2 Comments
Are You a Tombstone or a Living Stone? – A Homily for the 5th Sunday of Easter

By His resurrection, Jesus has brought us from death to life. He has snatched us from this present evil age (Gal 1:4) and from the death-directed desires of our body (Rom 6:12), and made us into a new and living creation (2 Cor 5:17). As such, we have exchanged the tombstones that once indicated we […]

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Three Reasons That Argumentation Is So Difficult Today

May 11, 2017 9 Comments
Three Reasons That Argumentation Is So Difficult Today

The discussion and debate of issues is problematic today for many reasons, among them the use of flawed logic, the tendency to engage in identity politics, and the widespread rejection of natural law. I would like to highlight three issues in particular that commonly interfere with discourse on the Internet, including the “Comments” section of […]

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Some Reasons God Leaves Things Unresolved

May 10, 2017 7 Comments
Some Reasons God Leaves Things Unresolved

One of the great mysteries of God’s providence is that He often leaves things unresolved or unattended to for a very long time. Despite our fervent prayers, He often doesn’t rush to fix everything and He has His reasons for this. Perhaps it is that we often grow through struggles. We discover strengths that we […]

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Our Blessed Mother’s Urgent Call

May 9, 2017 7 Comments
Our Blessed Mother’s Urgent Call

Continuing with the theme of urgency from yesterday’s post, we do well to consider Mary’s fervent requests at Fatima for prayer, conversion, and consecration. This Saturday will mark the 100th anniversary of Mary’s first appearance at Fatima. It was a critical time in human history. The First World War had claimed more than 17 million […]

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More Parish Closings Nationwide – What Are We to Learn and Do?

May 8, 2017 70 Comments
More Parish Closings Nationwide – What Are We to Learn and Do?

It was recently announced that a substantial number of Catholic parishes will be closing in Connecticut. This is just the latest in a national trend that is likely to affect the diocese where you live, especially in the north. I’d like to offer some rather quick thoughts and then ponder what I think is the […]

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What is the “Harlot City” in the Book of Revelation?

May 7, 2017 22 Comments
What is the “Harlot City” in the Book of Revelation?

Today, it is generally believed that the “Harlot City” referred to in the Book of Revelation is Rome. The opulence and the prominence of the city along with the mention of the seven hills on which it rests, its persecution of Christians, and the use of euphemisms such as “Babylon” are generally presented as evidence […]

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