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Three Insights of Pope Leo XIII That Diagnose Our Cultural Malaise

June 11, 2018 6 Comments
Three Insights of Pope Leo XIII That Diagnose Our Cultural Malaise

Pope Leo XIII penned an insightful analysis of three trends that both alarmed him and pointed to future problems. He wrote of these three concerns in 1893 in the Encyclical on the Holy Rosary entitled Laetitiae Sanctae (Of Holy Joy). The Pope laid out these three areas of concern and then offered the Mysteries of […]

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God Has His Seven Thousand: A Word of Encouragement from the Life of Elijah

June 10, 2018 6 Comments
God Has His Seven Thousand: A Word of Encouragement from the Life of Elijah

This week in daily Mass we read of the struggles of Elijah the Prophet, who spent his life fighting the influence of the Canaanite god Baal in Israel. Up on Mt. Carmel, Elijah was strong and fearless, but he also had moments of deep discouragement. Many of us today are discouraged in these times of […]

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Three Crucial Questions, One Crucial Plan: A Homily for the 10th Sunday of the Year

June 9, 2018 0 Comments
Three Crucial Questions, One Crucial Plan: A Homily for the 10th Sunday of the Year

In the first reading for Sunday (from Genesis) the Lord asks three important questions and sets into motion a “crucial” plan for our salvation. The word “crucial” is rooted in the Latin word for cross (crux or crucis). As such, it indicates something that is central by a coming together of the horizontal and vertical. […]

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The Passing of Things as Seen on Television

June 8, 2018 0 Comments
The Passing of Things as Seen on Television

Below is a link to a commercial that must have taken weeks to film. Regardless of its intent (selling home insurance), there is something of an admonition in both the visuals and the music, that life and the things of life slip away. While the music sets forth the theme, “Don’t stop thinking about tomorrow; don’t […]

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Beware the “Soloists” – A Concern for the Protestant “Solos”: Sola Fide, Sola Scriptura, Sola Gratia

June 7, 2018 6 Comments
Beware the “Soloists” – A Concern for the Protestant “Solos”: Sola Fide, Sola Scriptura, Sola Gratia

There are a lot of “solos” sung by our Protestant brethren: sola fide (saved by faith alone), sola Scriptura (Scripture alone is the rule of faith), and sola gratia (grace alone). Generally, one ought to be leery of claims that things work “alone.” Typically, many things work together in harmony; things are interrelated. Very seldom […]

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An Unequivocal Affirmation by Jesus that the Dead Will Rise

June 6, 2018 4 Comments
An Unequivocal Affirmation by Jesus that the Dead Will Rise

In the Gospel for Wednesday of the 9th week, the Church presents us with a strong reminder and teaching on the resurrection. Let’s look at what we are taught: The Ridicule of the Resurrection – The Gospel opens as follows: Some Sadducees, who deny there is a resurrection, came forward and put [a] question to […]

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If You Think You’re in a Hurry, You Have No Idea How Fast You’re Really Getting There

June 5, 2018 3 Comments
If You Think You’re in a Hurry, You Have No Idea How Fast You’re Really Getting There

Have you been feeling a little rushed lately? Well, you might be surprised to find out how fast you’re actually moving even when you think you’re “standing still.” Earth, at the latitude of Washington, D.C., is spinning at a rate of about 750 miles per hour [1]. At the same time, the spinning Earth is rotating […]

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The Fire Next Time: A Meditation on the Second Letter of Peter

June 4, 2018 3 Comments
The Fire Next Time: A Meditation on the Second Letter of Peter

The first reading for Mass this Tuesday, taken from the Second Letter of Peter, is a warning to us. There’s an old spiritual that says, “God gave Noah the rainbow sign, no more water but the fire next time.” This reading today speaks to us of the “fire next time” and reminds of the need […]

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