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Sweet Hour of Prayer! Or Not? How do You Experience Prayer?

August 9, 2018 2 Comments
Sweet Hour of Prayer! Or Not? How do You Experience Prayer?

How do you think of prayer? Is it another thing you “have to do” among many other things on your list? Or is prayer a time when you refrain from doing? Is prayer a requirement you regret or a rest you relish? What is prayer for you? The danger in answering questions like these is […]

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In Loud and Strident Times, the Sacred Liturgy Can Restore Us to Balance

August 8, 2018 1 Comment
In Loud and Strident Times, the Sacred Liturgy Can Restore Us to Balance

One of the most concise and cogent descriptions of these often-strident times came from Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger in 1986. It is contained in, of all places, his treatise on the theology of sacred music in a book called The Feast of Faith (Ignatius Press, 1986). His comments have recently been republished in a larger compendium […]

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A Prophetic Tour in the Land of Ruin

August 7, 2018 1 Comment
A Prophetic Tour in the Land of Ruin

At Mass for Tuesday of the 18th Week of the Year, we read from one of the later chapters of Jeremiah the Prophet, who wrote during the time of the Babylonian exile. He serves as a kind of “tour guide” through a land of ruin, one that seems all too familiar to us today. The […]

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Who Was Jeremiah the Prophet?

August 6, 2018 7 Comments
Who Was Jeremiah the Prophet?

God called Jeremiah a fortified city, an iron pillar, and a bronze wall (Jer 1:18); a tester and refiner of metals, a tower and fortress (Jer 6:27); a man through whom He would speak against false prophets and shepherds who mislead their sheep. Is not my word like fire, declares the LORD, and like a […]

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By Breaking a Wooden Yoke, You Forge an Iron Yoke!

August 5, 2018 2 Comments
By Breaking a Wooden Yoke, You Forge an Iron Yoke!

This Monday is the feast of the Transfiguration, which means that we missed reading a powerful passage from the Book of Jeremiah that was otherwise assigned to Monday of the 18th week of the year. It is practical, profound, and sweeping in its implications, and it comes to us from the Lord through the mouth […]

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Come Over Here Where the Feast of the Lord Is Going On – A Homily for the 18th Sunday of the Year

August 4, 2018 3 Comments
Come Over Here Where the Feast of the Lord Is Going On – A Homily for the 18th Sunday of the Year

All of the readings in this Sunday’s Mass speak of human desire. In the first reading, the Israelites in the desert are hungry, so are the people by the lakeside with Jesus in the Gospel reading, and in the Epistle, St. Paul warns of deceitful desires. In all these passages, God teaches us that our […]

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Let’s Be Careful in Our Charges Regarding the New Wording of the Catechism on the Death Penalty

August 3, 2018 101 Comments
Let’s Be Careful in Our Charges Regarding the New Wording of the Catechism on the Death Penalty

As most of you know, the Pope has directed that the wording of the Catechism of the Catholic Church about capital punishment be changed. The new wording is as follows: 2267. Recourse to the death penalty on the part of legitimate authority, following a fair trial, was long considered an appropriate response to the gravity […]

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The Battle of Anger in God’s Prophets

August 2, 2018 4 Comments
The Battle of Anger in God’s Prophets

We recently read a passage from the Book of the Jeremiah in daily Mass (Wednesday of the 17th Week of the Year) that provides an important teaching on righteous anger and the need for meekness. Meekness is the virtue that moderates anger; it is a form of temperance that controls resentment. The biblical prophets were […]

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