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Is the Church a Cruise Ship or a Battleship?

May 17, 2018 5 Comments
Is the Church a Cruise Ship or a Battleship?

Some years ago, Fr. Patrick Smith, a friend of mine and a priest of this archdiocese, preached a sermon in which he asked if the Church was a clubhouse or a lighthouse. It seems that many people want the Church just to be a friendly place where people can gather. Many of these same people […]

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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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Some Advice from Mother Church, as Pictured in the Book of Ruth

August 24, 2017 6 Comments
Some Advice from Mother Church, as Pictured in the Book of Ruth

Given our brief sampling of the Book of Ruth in daily Mass, perhaps a reflection is in order. The detailed background to the text is too lengthy to go into here, but a few points will help. The story features three main characters: Boaz, Ruth, and Naomi. Boaz is clearly a picture (or “type”) of […]

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Why and How Does Satan Roam the Earth?

August 16, 2017 14 Comments
Why and How Does Satan Roam the Earth?

One of the more puzzling aspects of demonology is the freedom that Satan and demons appear to have in roaming the earth, causing trouble. If the condemned are consigned to Hell for all eternity, why is Satan allowed to wander about outside of Hell? Isn’t he supposed to be suffering in Hell along with his […]

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The Biblical Roots of the Assumption of Mary

August 14, 2017 4 Comments
The Biblical Roots of the Assumption of Mary

While the actual event of the Assumption of Mary into Heaven is not recorded in the Scriptures, there is a biblical basis for the teaching that, considered as a whole, confirms Catholic teaching as both fitting and in keeping with biblical principles. Let’s ponder this feast in stages: The Assumption Explained – To be “assumed” […]

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Love and Lament Alike – A Brief Reflection for All Who Care About the Church

November 9, 2015 10 Comments
Love and Lament Alike – A Brief Reflection for All Who Care About the Church

As a priest and pastor I work very closely with others: clergy, religious, laity who work for the Church, and laity who volunteer. We all work for the Church because we love her and her people. But along with that love comes, at times, disappointment, hurt, or even disillusionment. Perhaps these feelings result from issues […]

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Our Lady of Fatima – Her Prophecies and Warnings Remain as Essential as Ever!

October 12, 2015 30 Comments
Our Lady of Fatima – Her Prophecies and Warnings Remain as Essential as Ever!

This week on October 13 and 14th I am in Fatima. Such a profound apparition occurred there, and so accurately prophetic of our times! Our Lady’s warnings of the consequences if we did not pray and convert have proven to be sadly accurate. She warned of another, more terrible war (World War II). She spoke […]

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On Being the Adult in the Room

September 16, 2015 9 Comments
On Being the Adult in the Room

In the Letter to the Ephesians, St, Paul has this to say: And [Christ] gave some as Apostles, others as prophets, others as evangelists, others as pastors and teachers, to equip the holy ones for the work of ministry, for building up the Body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of faith and […]

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