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Why and How Does Satan Roam the Earth?

August 16, 2017 13 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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It’s a Glorious, Glorious Life

June 22, 2017 4 Comments
It’s a Glorious, Glorious Life

Last week, in preparation for our celebration of the Archdiocese of Washington’s Marriage Jubilarian Mass, we produced this video about Bob and Laurin Balkam, a husband and wife from the Greatest Generation. Before the interview could start, Bob said, “I’ll tell you my life story and you see what you think. And I’ll try to […]

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A Brief Meditation on the Fiery “Violence” of Love

June 21, 2017 2 Comments
A Brief Meditation on the Fiery “Violence” of Love

One of the great paradoxes of creation and our existence in God’s world is that many blessings are unlocked by explosive, even violent forces. The very cosmos itself is in a kind of process of hurtling outward in a massive explosion. And here we are, living midway (?) through that explosion. When I see fireworks […]

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Love Your Enemies, says the Lord; I am Coming Soon!

June 20, 2017 2 Comments
Love Your Enemies, says the Lord; I am Coming Soon!

There is a specific depiction of Christ known as Christ Pantocrator.  It was widespread in the ancient world and still is today. The title “Pantocrator” is most often translated as “The Almighty One” or “The Omnipotent One.” It comes from the Greek words παντός (pantos, meaning all) and κράτος (kratos, meaning strength, might, or power). […]

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Living the Lessons of Love – A Homily for the 6th Sunday of Easter

May 20, 2017 3 Comments
Living the Lessons of Love – A Homily for the 6th Sunday of Easter

In the Gospel for today’s Mass, Jesus gives us three lessons on love meant to prepare us for the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. They also go a long way in describing the normal Christian life. Too many Christians see the Faith more as a set of rules to keep than as a […]

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Love, It’s What God Does – As Seen in a Commercial

October 9, 2015 2 Comments
Love, It’s What God Does – As Seen in a Commercial

I’ve been enjoying the Geico “It’s what you do” commercials (in the less than one hour of television I watch each day). They remind me of a sort of syllogism I’ve used to explain why God’s loves us: God is love. When love is what you are, love is what you do. Therefore, God loves. […]

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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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