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Compare and Contrast! Two Pictures from Different Ages – Which Age Looks Healthier?

October 25, 2015 25 Comments
Compare and Contrast! Two Pictures from Different Ages – Which Age Looks Healthier?

I was recently in Burgos, Spain and saw the splendid cathedral there. My first views of it came at night and I took the photo at the upper right. What a magnificent building; such proportion and symmetry! To me there is the echo of tall trees in a forest, majestically reaching up to the heavens. […]

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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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Men Are More Disinclined to Marry Than Ever – A Reflection on a Serious Problem

October 11, 2015 68 Comments
Men Are More Disinclined to Marry Than Ever – A Reflection on a Serious Problem

A 2012 report on men and marriage by the Pew Research Center shows statistically what many of us have noticed anecdotally: men are finding marriage less desirable than in the past and are now marrying later, if at all. In today’s post I want to present some excerpts from a hard-hitting article that appeared at […]

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“God Wants Me to Be Happy” – A Reflection on a Deeply Flawed Moral Stance

October 6, 2015 11 Comments
“God Wants Me to Be Happy” – A Reflection on a Deeply Flawed Moral Stance

One of the questionable, and unfortunately common, forms of moral reasoning today is the rather narcissistic notion that God wants each of us to be happy. Sometimes it is put in the form of a rhetorical question: God wants me to be happy, doesn’t He? And this sort of reasoning (if you want to call […]

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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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The Challenges Are Many but the Charge Remains the Same: Be Authentically Catholic – A Reflection on a Pastoral Letter of Donald Cardinal Wuerl

September 15, 2015 2 Comments
The Challenges Are Many but the Charge Remains the Same: Be Authentically Catholic – A Reflection on a Pastoral Letter of Donald Cardinal Wuerl

Recently Cardinal Donald Wuerl wrote a pastoral letter to the Archdiocese of Washington setting forth the need to be clear on our Catholic identity. It is entitled Catholic Identity in an Age of Challenge. His essential message is that in an age of conflict and challenge we must be clearly and comfortably Catholic. In the […]

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Only What You Do For Christ Will Last – A Meditation on the Poverty of this World’s Riches

September 10, 2015 4 Comments
Only What You Do For Christ Will Last – A Meditation on the Poverty of this World’s Riches

In fourth chapter of Mark’s Gospel we find the following saying of the Lord: To the one who has, more will be given; from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away (Mk 4:25). The rich get richer? To one who reads this text from a worldly perspective, it might […]

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To Teach as Jesus Taught – A Reflection on the Qualities of Jesus as Preacher and Teacher

August 31, 2015 2 Comments
To Teach as Jesus Taught – A Reflection on the Qualities of Jesus as Preacher and Teacher

As a priest I am called to preach and teach, and as such I must look to Jesus Christ as my model. In this I refer to the real Jesus of Scripture. Too many people today have refashioned Jesus into a sort of “harmless hippie,” an affable affirmer, a pleasant sort of fellow who healed […]

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