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Kindness Is Not the Same as Love

January 16, 2018 13 Comments
Kindness Is Not the Same as Love

Many decades ago, C.S. Lewis wrote about the problem of substituting kindness for love: We [speak] nowadays almost exclusively [of God’s] lovingness …. And by love, in this context, most of us mean kindness—the desire to see others happy …. What would really satisfy us would be a god who said of anything we happened […]

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Some Qualities of True Love in an Age of Distortion

October 29, 2017 4 Comments
Some Qualities of True Love in an Age of Distortion

We live in times in which love is presented in a distorted, even manipulative way. Some use a vague and all-encompassing notion of love to justify almost any behavior. They declare that if we do not approve of what they do, not only are we unloving, we are haters. In this way love is equated […]

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The Gospel, Standing on One Foot – A Homily for the 30th Sunday of the Year

October 28, 2017 4 Comments
The Gospel, Standing on One Foot – A Homily for the 30th Sunday of the Year

There was an expression common among the rabbis of Jesus’ time, wherein one rabbi would ask another a question, and request that the answer be given while “standing on one foot.” This is a way of saying, be brief in your answer. That idea may be behind the question that is raised in today’s Gospel […]

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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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Dimensions of Discipleship – A Homily for the 25th Sunday of the Year

September 23, 2017 8 Comments
Dimensions of Discipleship – A Homily for the 25th Sunday of the Year

What Jesus teaches in this Sunday’s Gospel is one of those parables that rock our world and challenge our worldly way of thinking. Frankly, that is one of its purposes. We are tempted to side with the laborers who worked the longest, thinking that their being paid the same amount as those who worked only […]

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Why and How Does Satan Roam the Earth?

August 16, 2017 14 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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