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Why and How Does Satan Roam the Earth?

August 16, 2017 7 Comments
Why and How Does Satan Roam the Earth?

One of the more puzzling aspects of demonology is the freedom that Satan and demons appear to have in roaming the earth, causing trouble. If the condemned are consigned to Hell for all eternity, why is Satan allowed to wander about outside of Hell? Isn’t he supposed to be suffering in Hell along with his […]

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Why Would God Sow Seed He Knows Will Bear Little or No Fruit?

July 17, 2017 6 Comments
Why Would God Sow Seed He Knows Will Bear Little or No Fruit?

At Sunday Mass we heard the parable of the sower.  Afterward, someone asked me the following question: “Since the sower is the Son of Man, Jesus Himself, why would He, who knows everything ahead of time, sow seed He knew would not bear fruit?” First, let’s review the text: A sower went out to sow. […]

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A 4th of July Meditation on the Paradox that Freedom Can Only Exist Within Limits

July 3, 2017 6 Comments
A 4th of July Meditation on the Paradox that Freedom Can Only Exist Within Limits

All across the United States on the Fourth of July, we celebrate freedom. In particular, freedom from tyranny, from government that is not representative, from unchecked power, and from unaccountable sovereigns. Yet as Christians, we cannot overlook that there are ways of understanding freedom today that are distorted, exaggerated, and detached from a proper biblical, […]

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Freedom Is Not Free; It Is Costly – A Memorial Day Recollection

May 24, 2015 4 Comments
Freedom Is Not Free; It Is Costly – A Memorial Day Recollection

For many, Memorial Day means the beginning of summer. To others, it is a day off to go shopping. But as I am sure you know, Memorial Day is really a day to honor those who have died in the service of this country.   The word “memorial” comes from the Latin “memorare,” which an  imperative meaning […]

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A 4th of July Meditation on the Paradox that Freedom can only exist within limits

July 3, 2014 17 Comments
A 4th of July Meditation on the Paradox that Freedom can only exist within limits

On the Fourth of July in the United States of America we celebrate freedom. In particular we celebrate freedom from tyranny, freedom from government that is not representative, and freedom from unchecked power and unaccountable sovereigns. Yet as Christians, we cannot overlook that there are ways of understanding freedom today that are distorted, exaggerated, and detached […]

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Does God Harden Human Hearts?

August 27, 2013 26 Comments
Does God Harden Human Hearts?

One of the more difficult Biblical themes to understand is the concept of God hardening the hearts and minds of certain human beings. The most memorable case is that of Pharaoh wherein, before sending Moses to him God said he would “harden Pharaoh’s heart” (Ex 4:21). But there are other instances where biblical texts speak […]

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A 4th of July Meditation on True and Distorted Notions of Freedom

July 3, 2011 5 Comments

On the Fourth of July, in the United States of America we celebrate freedom. In particular we celebrate freedom from tyranny, and a government that is not representative; freedom from unchecked  power and unaccountable sovereigns. Yet, as Christians we cannot overlook that there are ways of understanding freedom today that are distorted, exaggerated and detached […]

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On the Fearful Fruits of False Freedom

June 22, 2011 9 Comments

In the Gospel for Wednesday’s Mass, Jesus says: Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but underneath are ravenous wolves. By their fruits you will know them. (Matt 7:15). Of course we first think of individuals when we see a verse like this. But the Lord’s teaching can, and should be […]

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