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It Happened on Our Watch – As Seen in a Commercial

May 29, 2015 27 Comments
It Happened on Our Watch – As Seen in a Commercial

When I saw the commercial below, I was struck with a twinge of guilt. The words of a poem by William Butler Yeats came to mind: Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world, The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere The ceremony of innocence is drowned; The best lack […]

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Triple Troubles and Quadruple Quagmires – As Seen in a Commercial and Commented on in Scripture

May 22, 2015 3 Comments
Triple Troubles and Quadruple Quagmires – As Seen in a Commercial and Commented on in Scripture

Sometimes when you’re having a bad day, troubles multiply. I’m not sure why. Perhaps one distraction leads to another, one trip leads to successive stumbles until we fall headlong. Trouble sometimes comes in threes or in longer sequences. The poor soul in the video below is having such a day. Some of the following psalms came to mind […]

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On the Balance of Virtue, As Seen in Two Videos

May 15, 2015 3 Comments
On the Balance of Virtue, As Seen in Two Videos

I have remarked before on this blog that what we call “balance” is really more a range than a fixed point. That is to say, balance is achieved not so much by staying still on a fixed point as by moving within a range around that point. The videos below feature unicyclists and tightrope walkers.  The tightrope […]

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The Truer Gift As Seen in a Touching Christmas Commercial

December 26, 2014 5 Comments
The Truer Gift As Seen in a Touching Christmas Commercial

There is an old saying that the greatest things in life aren’t things. Our greatest gifts are those we love, beginning with God, and extending to one another. One of the great dangers at Christmastime (and with life in general) is that we maximize the minimum and minimize the maximum, or, as Jesus puts it, […]

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A Higher Love – As Seen in a Christmas Commercial

December 12, 2014 4 Comments

Most of us begin by thinking the world can make us happy. But if we reach maturity, both spiritual and emotional, we realize that we were made for something higher, something more akin to our hearts truest longings. The body gets the most from this world, but our soul needs something else, someone else—and that someone […]

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All is Calm, All is Bright…Really? Maybe This Video Will Help

December 5, 2014 3 Comments
All is Calm, All is Bright…Really? Maybe This Video Will Help

The video below was produced by the Archdiocese of Washington for our “Find the Perfect Gift” Christmas outreach. It is an attempt to refocus Catholics and non-Catholics on the truest and most perfect gift of Christmas, Jesus Christ. It also invites each of us to give the perfect gift, the gift of our very self to […]

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Do Not Forget the Works of the Lord – A Meditation on Fear, as Seen in a Short Cartoon

October 10, 2014 1 Comment
Do Not Forget the Works of the Lord – A Meditation on Fear, as Seen in a Short Cartoon

There was a moment in Peter’s life when he faced a choice to focus on either the storm or the Lord. It is in the memorable Gospel story in which Peter was walking on the water toward Jesus. As the Gospel recounts, But when he saw the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink (Mt […]

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Thirst as an image for prayer, as seen on TV

June 27, 2014 4 Comments
Thirst as an image for prayer, as seen on TV

Scripture often uses thirst as an image for prayer and desire for God. And thus we read passages such as these: Oh, God you are my God, for you I long; for you my soul is thirsting … My body pines for you like a dry weary land without water … (Psalm 63:1-2). Like the deer […]

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