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What Conscience Dreads and Prayer Dares Not Ask

October 11, 2018 5 Comments
What Conscience Dreads and Prayer Dares Not Ask

The Collect (Opening Prayer) for this week’s Masses (27th Week of the Year), though directed to God, teaches us that our prayer is not always about things with which we are comfortable. It sometimes leads us to examine areas of our life in which we struggle with sin or we struggle to desire to be […]

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God Can Make a Way Out of No Way: A Meditation on the Role of Adversity

October 3, 2017 2 Comments
God Can Make a Way Out of No Way: A Meditation on the Role of Adversity

Adversity comes to every one of us. The word’s Latin roots speak to the way in which things can turn against us; the winds, instead of moving us along, turn toward and against us and our progress seems stalled or even reversed. But has it? Or does adversity have a hidden, benign, or even good […]

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How Does Idealism Negatively Affect Marriage?

September 25, 2017 4 Comments
How Does Idealism Negatively Affect Marriage?

Those who seek to strengthen Holy Matrimony and stem the tide of failed marriages propose many remedies, among them better catechesis, improved marriage preparation, and greater emphasis on the sacrament in sermons. All of these are fine ideas and necessary steps, but let’s also ponder a deep but often unexplored root of the trouble with […]

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Reminders on the Road to Victory – A Witness to the Truth of a Teaching from St. Catherine

June 14, 2017 5 Comments
Reminders on the Road to Victory – A Witness to the Truth of a Teaching from St. Catherine

One of the great battles in the spiritual life is mastering our emotions, by God’s grace. Our emotions are not evil, but they are unruly and easily manipulated by the world and the devil. Our own flesh (fallen nature) also contributes to the difficulty of self-mastery. Yet as I have often testified, if we are […]

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An Image of Grace in a Paul Simon Song

October 30, 2015 3 Comments
An Image of Grace in a Paul Simon Song

I’ve got my Gospel glasses on and my holy hearing aids in; I’m seeing and hearing God in strange places. There are several Paul Simon songs that bring holy thoughts to me, even if he didn’t mean them that way. One them is this one (followed by my commentary): When I was a little boy, […]

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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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The Glory Train, as seen in a Norfolk Southern Commercial

October 25, 2013 3 Comments
The Glory Train, as seen in a Norfolk Southern Commercial

When I saw the commercial at the bottom of this post, my mind almost instantly went to a powerful and poetic text from the Book of Wisdom that begins, For when peaceful stillness compassed everything and the night in its swift course was half spent, Your all-powerful Word from heaven’s royal throne bounded, a fierce […]

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At the Gate Called Beautiful: A picture of the Church and our own spiritual journey

April 13, 2012 1 Comment

At the daily masses of the Easter Octave we have been reading, among other things, the story of a paralyzed man whom Peter and John encounter just outside the Temple at the Gate called “Beautiful.” This paralyzed man’s story is our story and as we read it we learn something of our own spiritual journey […]

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