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Five Brief Advent Meditations

December 4, 2017 0 Comments
Five Brief Advent Meditations

The following are five Advent reflections that I prepared for catechumens and candidates in our RCIA program. (They are also available in PDF form here: The Season of Advent.) Advent is witnessed by creation Late autumn and early winter are times of great seasonal change. The leaves turn brilliant colors, then fade and fall. Shadows […]

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In Christ, the Son of Man, Our Total Victory Is Certain

December 3, 2017 3 Comments
In Christ, the Son of Man, Our Total Victory Is Certain

At daily Mass last week, we read from an important passage in Daniel 7. It is important not only for its prophecy, but also because Jesus implicitly sets it an interpretive key for His own ministry and mission and for why He calls Himself the “Son of Man” so frequently. Let’s consider the passage from […]

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Watch! A Homily for the First Sunday of Advent

December 2, 2017 3 Comments
Watch! A Homily for the First Sunday of Advent

The Sunday Gospel announces a critical Advent theme: While I want to comment primarily on the Reading from Isaiah, the Gospel admonition surely deserves some attention as well. Too many today hold the unbiblical idea that most if not all people are going to Heaven. For weeks now we have been reading parables in the […]

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Let God Find You – As Seen in a Touching Christmas Commercial

December 1, 2017 1 Comment
Let God Find You – As Seen in a Touching Christmas Commercial

It may seem odd to say, “Let God find you.” After all, God knows just where we are. But there is something very respectful about a God who, as Jesus says in the Book of Revelation, stands at the door and knocks. Even back in the Garden of Eden, as sinful Adam and Eve hid, […]

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The “Fruits” of Contraception

November 30, 2017 16 Comments
The “Fruits” of Contraception

In our culture’s current self-examination on sexual harassment and sexual abuse, we would also do well to ponder how the “contraceptive mentality” has contributed to the many sexually related problems of the day. This view insists that there is no necessary connection between sex and having children; it separates what God has joined. This has […]

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A Culture Without God Is Like a Ship Without a Pilot

November 29, 2017 6 Comments
A Culture Without God Is Like a Ship Without a Pilot

In the Liturgy of the Hours this week we read a remarkable attributed to St. Macarius, a bishop of the early Church. I marvel at its vivid imagery, and yet at the same time, questions arise in my mind as to the general application of the text. In effect, the text states that if the […]

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Only What You Do for Christ Will Last – A Meditation on the Rise and Fall of Civilizations

November 28, 2017 7 Comments
Only What You Do for Christ Will Last – A Meditation on the Rise and Fall of Civilizations

In the readings for Tuesday of the 34th Week of the Year, both Daniel and Jesus speak of the destruction that is upon nations and empires of this world. Daniel spoke to the people of his time and indicated that the Jewish people would suffer from four oppressive kingdoms, which though unnamed we now know […]

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A Biblical Portrait of Christ Our Risen and Glorified King

November 27, 2017 0 Comments
A Biblical Portrait of Christ Our Risen and Glorified King

Given that Sunday was the Feast of Christ the King and that we have begun to read the Book of Revelation in the Office of Readings, this is an opportune time to examine the glorious portrait of Jesus Christ presented in Revelation 1:8-20. It is a portrait of the risen Christ in all His glory. […]

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