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What Is Time?

January 22, 2019 4 Comments
What Is Time?

So often in funerals I hear proclaimed the familiar lines from the Book of Ecclesiastes, which speaks to the great mystery we call time; more on its text, in a moment. If I were to ask you to define time, could you do it in a way that really satisfies? For example, some have defined […]

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What Does the Christian Tradition Mean by the Word “Mystery”?

January 10, 2019 4 Comments
What Does the Christian Tradition Mean by the Word “Mystery”?

In the secular world, a “mystery” is something that baffles or eludes understanding, something that lies undisclosed. And the usual attitude of the world toward mystery is to solve it, get to the bottom of, or uncover it. Mysteries must be overcome! The riddle, or “who-done-it” must be solved! In the Christian and especially the […]

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Does God Harden Human Hearts?

July 24, 2017 15 Comments
Does God Harden Human Hearts?

One of the more difficult biblical themes to understand is that of God hardening the hearts and minds of certain people. The most memorable case is that of Pharaoh. Before sending Moses to him, God said that He would “harden Pharaoh’s heart” (Ex 4:21). There are other instances in which biblical texts speak of God […]

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A Brief Meditation on Mystery

January 28, 2014 17 Comments
A Brief Meditation on Mystery

In the secular world a “mystery” is something which baffles or eludes understanding, something which lies undisclosed. And the usual attitude of the world toward mystery is to resolve it, get to the bottom of, or uncover it. Mysteries must be overcome! The riddle, or “who-done-it” must be solved! In the Christian and especially the […]

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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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A Short Meditation on Mystery

January 4, 2012 0 Comments

In the secular world a “mystery” is something which baffles or eludes understanding, something which lies undisclosed. And the usual attitude of the world toward mystery is to resolve it, get to the bottom of, or uncover it. Mysteries must be overcome! The riddle, or “who-done-it” must be solved! In the Christian and especially the […]

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Don’t Just Try and Solve Mysteries, Live Them! A Meditation on the Majesty of Mystery –

August 24, 2011 6 Comments

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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What You See is Only Part of What You Get – A Meditation On the Magnificence of Mystery

February 24, 2011 7 Comments

In the secular world a mystery is something which baffles or eludes understanding, something which lies hidden or undisclosed. Now the usual attitude of the world toward mystery is to solve it, get to the bottom of it or uncover it. Mysteries must be overcome! The riddle of “who-done-it” must be solved. In the religious […]

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