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Hard Spiritual Truths That Will Set Us Free

October 10, 2017
Hard Spiritual Truths That Will Set Us Free

In today’s post I would like to ponder some hard spiritual truths, but ones that will set us free. In calling them “hard truths”, I mean that they are not the usual cozy bromides that many seek. They speak bluntly about the more irksome and difficult realities we face. If we come to accept them, […]

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Something We Can Learn About Ourselves After the Las Vegas Shootings

October 9, 2017 1 Comment
Something We Can Learn About Ourselves After the Las Vegas Shootings

The recent shootings in Las Vegas have caused agony to many. May the dead rest in peace, the injured be healed, and families be consoled in their losses! Another lesser, but clearly expressed “agony” is apparent in the questions it raises: Why did he do it? Why did the shooter (I intentionally do not mention […]

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Bite Your Tongue! A Reflection on Common Sins of Speech

October 8, 2017 4 Comments
Bite Your Tongue! A Reflection on Common Sins of Speech

The Office of Readings this week features passages from the pastoral guide of St. Gregory the Great. In the opening line, Gregory reminds us: “A spiritual guide should be silent when discretion requires and speak when words are of service.” This is not easy. Indeed, self-mastery in speech is among the rarer gifts and usually […]

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Sinner Please Don’t Let This Harvest Pass

October 7, 2017 4 Comments
Sinner Please Don’t Let This Harvest Pass

There is an urgency and clarity about Sunday’s Gospel that is often lacking in modern Christians, including the clergy. The message is urgent, provocative, and clear: there is a day of judgment coming for every one of us and we must be ready for it. The message is a sobering one for a modern world […]

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The Disruption of Extreme Individualism, as Seen in a Commercial

October 6, 2017 3 Comments
The Disruption of Extreme Individualism, as Seen in a Commercial

The commercial below is a humorous illustration of the clash of cultures. As the scene opens, we see a formally clad orchestra performing the famed Brandenburg Concerto. The focus then shifts to a percussionist at the back of the orchestra. The man proceeds to bring the entire orchestra to a halt by engaging in a […]

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A Sobering Reminder on the Liturgy from the Book of Leviticus

October 5, 2017 13 Comments
A Sobering Reminder on the Liturgy from the Book of Leviticus

There is a sobering passage in the Book of Leviticus that speaks to the need for priests to be faithful to the prescribed liturgical norms. While the offense described in this passage is complex, the main point is clear enough: The liturgy is revealed by God and is not the personal plaything of the priest […]

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Things We Can Learn from Dogs and Cats

October 4, 2017 0 Comments
Things We Can Learn from Dogs and Cats

Here at Holy Comforter-St. Cyprian Parish in Washington, D.C., we celebrate the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi with the blessing of the animals. Although most folks bring dogs to be blessed, there are usually some who bring cats and a few other animals like ferrets. Once, someone even brought a snake! In the past […]

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God Can Make a Way Out of No Way: A Meditation on the Role of Adversity

October 3, 2017 2 Comments
God Can Make a Way Out of No Way: A Meditation on the Role of Adversity

Adversity comes to every one of us. The word’s Latin roots speak to the way in which things can turn against us; the winds, instead of moving us along, turn toward and against us and our progress seems stalled or even reversed. But has it? Or does adversity have a hidden, benign, or even good […]

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