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A Meditation on the Beautiful Gift of Sleep

October 20, 2015 13 Comments
A Meditation on the Beautiful Gift of Sleep

One of God’s greatest gifts is that of sleep, especially deep, peaceful sleep. Alas, like many hyperactive and overstimulated moderns, I sometimes struggle to find deep sleep. My mother often said that she was a light sleeper, so maybe I also got it from her. But when deep sleep does come, what a wonderful gift! […]

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What Attachments Are and What They Are Not

October 15, 2015 12 Comments
What Attachments Are and What They Are Not

For most of us, attachments to this world are THE struggle that most hinders our spiritual growth. 80% of the spiritual life is a battle about desire and the fundamental question, “What do you want most, the world and its pleasures, or God and his Kingdom?” So easily this world gets its hooks into us […]

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Transformation or Misinformation? Are Jesus’ Promises Real? What Hinders the Promises of Christ in Us?

October 5, 2015 5 Comments
Transformation or Misinformation? Are Jesus’ Promises Real? What Hinders the Promises of Christ in Us?

A text that was read at daily Mass last week features Jesus describing remarkable blessings received by the disciples. He states these blessings as a simple and obvious fact for them, blessings never before received by anyone! Do you see your life this way? Are your blessings obvious to you? Do they distinguish you from […]

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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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What Has Happened to True, Deep, and Lasting Friendship in our Culture? Do You Have Close Friends? Really? Who?

September 14, 2015 7 Comments
What Has Happened to True, Deep, and Lasting Friendship in our Culture? Do You Have Close Friends? Really? Who?

One of the (many) troublesome aspects of the modern age is the demise of friendship. While the terms “friend” and “friendship” might be bandied about rather easily today, they do not usually mean friendship in its deeper and original sense. Rather, we use the terms to refer to “acquaintances” rather than friends. True friendship has […]

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Blessed are the Pure of Heart – A Reflection on an Often Misunderstood Beatitude and Virtue

August 25, 2015 12 Comments
Blessed are the Pure of Heart – A Reflection on an Often Misunderstood Beatitude and Virtue

One of the beatitudes taught by Jesus is often misunderstood, largely due to the popular translations of it from the Greek text: “Blessed are the pure of heart,” or “Blessed are the clean of heart.” Let’s look at three facets of the beatitude: its fundamental meaning, its focus, and the freedom it gives. I. Fundamental […]

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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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The Fire Next Time: A Meditation on the Glance of God from the Fiery Cloud

July 22, 2015 10 Comments
The Fire Next Time: A Meditation on the Glance of God from the Fiery Cloud

As we read through the Book of Exodus in daily Mass at this time of year (16th Week of the year) there comes the passage about the crossing of the Red Sea. As God parted the waters, He went on ahead of the people in the fiery column of His presence. And describing the Egyptians […]

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