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What Do We Mean by the Communion of Saints?

November 16, 2017 0 Comments
What Do We Mean by the Communion of Saints?

This is the eighth in a series of articles on the Four Last Things: Death, Judgment, Heaven, and Hell. Continuing our series on the Four Last Things, in today’s post we consider an aspect of Heaven called the Communion of Saints. I have discovered that it is frequently misunderstood. Many of you know that I […]

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Do You Desire Heaven? Really?

November 14, 2017 0 Comments
Do You Desire Heaven? Really?

This is the sixth in a series of articles on the Four Last Things: Death, Judgment, Heaven, and Hell. After some sobering reflection on death and judgment over the past several days, it’s finally time to talk about Heaven. Now that is a topic everyone wants to hear about! Yet there is a strange disconnect […]

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Party or Perish

October 14, 2017 5 Comments
Party or Perish

The past three Sundays have featured shocking parables about our readiness, fruitfulness, and decision as to whether to accept and enter the Kingdom of God. The Lord has used the image of a vineyard extensively: a vineyard into which workers are dispatched at different times of the day but who have different attitudes about what […]

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Heaven is an Acquired Taste

July 30, 2017 4 Comments
Heaven is an Acquired Taste

There is a tendency today to forget that Heaven is an acquired taste; not everyone wants what God offers. While everyone wants to be happy, often happiness is conceived of in an egocentric way. Heaven is thought of as a personally designed paradise where we will be happy on our own terms. But that is […]

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Ninety-Nine and a Half Won’t Do – A Homily for the Feast of All Saints

October 31, 2015 3 Comments
Ninety-Nine and a Half Won’t Do – A Homily for the Feast of All Saints

Today is the Feast of All Saints. Some saints of the Church have a particular day on the calendar associated with them and are commonly recognized by name. Many more, though not as familiar to us, are still known by God and have been caught up with Him to glory. Today is their day, the […]

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Not Crowded, but Close – A Brief Reflection and Clarification on the Communion of Saints in Heaven

May 14, 2015 9 Comments
Not Crowded, but Close – A Brief Reflection and Clarification on the Communion of Saints in Heaven

Many of you know that I write the weekly “Question and Answer” column for the Our Sunday Visitor newspaper. Every now and again I get a question that stands out as unique, one that I had not thought of before. And such is the case with the question below. I had never thought of Heaven as […]

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Come Lord Jesus! A Meditation on the Stunning Glory of Being Gathered to Christ on the Last Day

December 9, 2014 4 Comments
Come Lord Jesus! A Meditation on the Stunning Glory of Being Gathered to Christ on the Last Day

In Advent, as we continue to meditate on the Parousia (the magnificent Second Coming of the Lord), we do well to allow our imaginations to be engaged in contemplating the glory that awaits those who are faithful, to meditate on the joy and ecstasy of the culmination of all things! Though we have soberly meditated on the […]

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And Many Who Are Last, Shall be First! Pondering the Great Reversal

June 27, 2011 13 Comments

One of the strong traditions of Scripture is of the great reversal that will one day come for many. I have often been sobered by it when I consider how blessed I have been in this life. I have also been consoled by it when I struggle to understand why some people in this world […]

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