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Toward a proper and richer understanding of the word “Relevant.”

December 5, 2013 14 Comments
Toward a proper and richer understanding of the word “Relevant.”

One of the recurring words of modern times is the word “relevance” and it’s related form “relevant.” There is great insistence today that whatever is said, taught, or presented should be relevant. Often what this means is that it should be applicable, reasonable, understandable, easily grasped etc. But there is also a more problematic temporal […]

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Words Fall Short: A meditation on the limits of human language and thought

September 2, 2013 13 Comments
Words Fall Short: A meditation on the limits of human language and thought

It happens, quite often, that our strengths are very closely related to our struggles.  And one of our strengths, clearly, is our capacity to speak and to write, to use words to symbolize reality, and thereby convey thoughts. So also our ability to think, to abstract and conceptualize, and interpret reality. I of course am […]

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God Loves you. He even likes you!

August 29, 2013 16 Comments
God Loves you. He even likes you!

Every now and then we need to be reminded that God really loves us. Some of us struggle with this notion especially when we have sinned or experienced a shortcoming. Recently the readings at Mass have had the heavy theme of warning us about death, judgment, heaven and hell. But of course these warnings are […]

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Don’t Just Solve Mysteries. Live them. A Meditation on the Christian Meaning of Mystery

August 26, 2013 18 Comments
Don’t Just Solve Mysteries. Live them. A Meditation on the Christian Meaning of Mystery

In our modern culture we tend to use the word “mystery” differently than the Christian antiquity to which the Church is heir. We have discussed this notion on this blog before. In this brief post I’d like to review that, and add a new insight I heard recently from Fr. Francis Martin. As we have […]

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“Pure and Simple”- Pondering a commonly misunderstood Beatitude

August 21, 2013 14 Comments
“Pure and Simple”- Pondering a commonly misunderstood Beatitude

One of the beatitudes taught by Jesus is often misunderstood today, largely due to the most popular translations of it from the Greek text.  The Beatitude is, “Blessed are the pure of heart.” Or sometimes rendered, “clean” of heart.” While the word “pure” or “clean,” is not an inauthentic translation of the Greek word καθαρός […]

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Why "Religion" is a good word that we need to defend.

July 14, 2013 31 Comments
Why "Religion" is a good word that we need to defend.

It is “chic” and, I would add, a “cliche” to hear many people say today, “I am spiritual but not religious.” There is a kind of self-congratulatory tone that often goes with this self description as well, and certainly a lot of cultural approval in the secular West for such dissociative talk. There is even […]

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Do we need to set aside the Word "Marriage" and use "Holy Matrimony" exclusively?

June 27, 2013 198 Comments
Do we need to set aside the Word "Marriage" and use "Holy Matrimony" exclusively?

In the wake of the supreme court decisions of this week, I would like to return to a question I have Asked before: Are we coming to a point where we should consider dropping our use of the word “marriage?” It is a simple fact that word “marriage” as we have traditionally known it is […]

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