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Sober but Serene Themes of Judgment in the Spirituals

November 7, 2018 1 Comment
Sober but Serene Themes of Judgment in the Spirituals

I’ve often been impressed by the ability of old African-American spirituals to treat serious subjects in a clear, memorable, and almost joyful way. This is true even of weighty matters like sin and judgment. During early November we are focused on the four last things (death, judgment, Heaven, and hell) and November is also Black […]

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How to Influence the Way the Lord Will Judge Us

November 13, 2017 0 Comments
How to Influence the Way the Lord Will Judge Us

This is the seventh in a series of articles on the Four Last Things: Death, Judgment, Heaven, and Hell. In the past several posts, we have been considering the judgment that awaits us. Not only must we be ready in the ways we have described, but should allow our looming judgment to help our attitude […]

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Preparing for Judgment

November 12, 2017 3 Comments
Preparing for Judgment

This is the sixth in a series on the Four Last Things: Death, Judgment, Heaven and Hell. In the past two articles we have recalled the reality of the judgment that is upon us when we die and we have surveyed the parables in which Jesus urgently warns us of it. In this post we […]

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Parables by Jesus on the Day of Judgment and on Our Need to be Ready

November 9, 2017 1 Comment
Parables by Jesus on the Day of Judgment and on Our Need to be Ready

This is the fifth in a series of articles on the Four Last Things: Death, Judgment, Heaven, and Hell. Jesus was urgent in warning us to be ready for judgment. He did this in many ways, but most notably in the parables. In this post let’s ponder His teachings and hear His urgency. Most casual […]

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Pondering Judgment, One of the Four Last Things

November 8, 2017 1 Comment
Pondering Judgment, One of the Four Last Things

This is the fourth in a series of articles on the Four Last Things: Death, Judgment, Heaven and Hell. We turn our attention now to the judgment that awaits us all. Scripture speaks in the Book of Hebrews speaks rather plainly to this day for us all: It is appointed for us to die once, […]

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Can We Influence How the Lord will Judge Us?

September 17, 2017 6 Comments
Can We Influence How the Lord will Judge Us?

The readings from Mass for the 24th Sunday of the Year were a continuation from the previous Sunday, when our Lord taught us of the requirement that we correct one another. Yesterday’s readings remind us that our correction must be done with mercy and humility. Failing to correct an erring or sinning brother is not mercy at […]

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On the Sin of Rash Judgment, as Seen in a Commercial

August 18, 2017 4 Comments
On the Sin of Rash Judgment, as Seen in a Commercial

One of the most commonly committed—yet least often confessed—sins, is that of rash judgment. The commercial below humorously depicts the sin and how wrong we can sometimes be. In reality, the sin is not often humorous and can lead us to some very dark places. On account of rash judgments, we may harbor grudges, resentments, […]

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Who is Really on Trial in Our Life?

August 1, 2017 12 Comments
Who is Really on Trial in Our Life?

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI possesses a keen ability to summarize the ideas and problems of our times both cogently and succinctly. Consider the following assessment of our age that he made during a 2015 interview: For the man of today…. things are, in a certain sense, inverted, or rather, man no longer believes he needs justification […]

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