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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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Biblical Teaching on the Use of Colorful and Harsh Language

August 23, 2015 5 Comments
Biblical Teaching on the Use of Colorful and Harsh Language

In the Sermon on the Mount, the Lord warns of using uncivil and/or hateful words such as “Raqa” and “fool.” And yet the same Lord Jesus often used very strong language toward some of His opponents, sometimes calling them names such as vipers and hypocrites. We live in a world that often insists on the […]

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Of Hunger and Hallucinations – How the Stages of Starvation Describe the Decaying West

July 27, 2015 10 Comments
Of Hunger and Hallucinations – How the Stages of Starvation Describe the Decaying West

Yesterday’s post dealt with the capacity of this world, by God’s promise, to provide sufficient food for us. While hunger does exist, it is due more to human sinfulness than insufficient resources. But even more prevalent these days than physical hunger is spiritual hunger, if not outright starvation. As is the case with physical hunger, […]

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All Have Fallen Short of the Glory of God – A Reflection on the Need to Remember That Heroes Are Still Human

July 19, 2015 7 Comments
All Have Fallen Short of the Glory of God – A Reflection on the Need to Remember That Heroes Are Still Human

Throughout my youth, my father had many teachings and expressions that we came to call “dad-isms.” They were memorable little sayings packed with truth. One of them I recall him saying to me in the aftermath of a disappointment I had experienced regarding a friend. He simply said, “Charlie, people disappoint.” Yes, they do. We […]

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