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God Still Has His Seven Thousand – A Meditation for Those Who Feel Alone and Discouraged

July 21, 2015 29 Comments
God Still Has His Seven Thousand – A Meditation for Those Who Feel Alone and Discouraged

Last week in the Office of Readings we read of the struggles of Elijah the Prophet, who spent his life fighting the influence of the Canaanite god Baal in Israel. Every now and again in times like these, times of cultural confusion, times when so many Catholics have fallen away from the practice of the […]

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Three Helpful Prayers from the Roman Missal for Those Living in Dark and Difficult Times

July 14, 2015 13 Comments
Three Helpful Prayers from the Roman Missal for Those Living in Dark and Difficult Times

One of the great and often-missed moments in the Mass is the opening prayer, also known as the “collect.” It is called this because after priest says to the faithful, “Let us pray,” he waits a moment as they do so and then “collects” their prayers and directs them to God. Most of the collects […]

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On the Martyrdom of Evangelization

June 17, 2015 9 Comments
On the Martyrdom of Evangelization

A reading from Monday of this week (the 11th Week in Ordinary Time) reminds us once again of the cost of the gospel. St. Paul speaks plainly of the suffering he endured to deliver the Good News for us: … afflictions, hardships, constraints, beatings, imprisonments, riots, labors, vigils, fasts; by purity, knowledge, patience, kindness, in the […]

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A Summons to Courage and a Reminder of Victory in an Old Hymn

June 14, 2015 11 Comments
A Summons to Courage and a Reminder of Victory in an Old Hymn

There is a lesser known hymn, at least in Catholic circles, that is remarkably appropriate for our times. It challenges us to see the choice before us soberly, and encourages us with the fact that the victory is already ours if we choose Christ Jesus. In times like these we need courage and conviction; this […]

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An Ancient Bishop Rebukes His Emperor for Crimes Against Life: A Story of St. Ambrose and the Emperor Theodosius

May 31, 2015 19 Comments
An Ancient Bishop Rebukes His Emperor for Crimes Against Life: A Story of St. Ambrose and the Emperor Theodosius

I have begun a series on the blog that I am tagging the “Courage” series. (Our new blog format, to be unveiled soon, will feature tags at the bottom of each post.) I will be highlighting courageous persons and acts both from both Scripture and Church history. It’s going to take a lot of courage going forward. Bishops, priests, […]

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Honor to the Martyrs! A Declaration of Gratitude to the Martyrs of Our Day

May 10, 2015 10 Comments
Honor to the Martyrs! A Declaration of Gratitude to the Martyrs of Our Day

In the Divine Office last week we read a remarkable passage on the persecution of the Church. It seems proper to consider a portion of it in times like these; more on that in a moment. Of course in writing of persecution and martyrdom, I write as an American who, though experiencing a lot more scorn […]

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