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On the Paradoxical Freedom of Poverty

September 13, 2017 2 Comments
On the Paradoxical Freedom of Poverty

There is a saying that you cannot steal from a man who has nothing and you cannot threaten a man who has nothing to lose. Of Jesus, the Son of Man who had nowhere to lay his head (Matt 8:20), this was surely true. The world had no claim on Him, nothing with which to […]

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Trademarks of the True Messiah – A Homily for the 22nd Sunday of the Year

September 2, 2017 4 Comments
Trademarks of the True Messiah – A Homily for the 22nd Sunday of the Year

In Sunday’s Gospel the Lord firmly sets before us the need for the cross, not as an end in itself, but as the way to glory. Let’s consider the Gospel in three stages. I.  The Pattern that is Announced – The text says, Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and […]

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If You Truly Want to Have Something, Lose It – A Mediation on the Economics of the Kingdom

August 10, 2017 1 Comment
If You Truly Want to Have Something, Lose It – A Mediation on the Economics of the Kingdom

The Feast of St. Lawrence, deacon and martyr, contains an important teaching on the economics of the Kingdom of God. As you might guess, they are quite paradoxical. The teachings come to us both through St. Lawrence’s life and the particular readings selected for his feast. When a persecution broke out in Rome in 257 […]

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A 4th of July Meditation on the Paradox that Freedom Can Only Exist Within Limits

July 3, 2017 6 Comments
A 4th of July Meditation on the Paradox that Freedom Can Only Exist Within Limits

All across the United States on the Fourth of July, we celebrate freedom. In particular, freedom from tyranny, from government that is not representative, from unchecked power, and from unaccountable sovereigns. Yet as Christians, we cannot overlook that there are ways of understanding freedom today that are distorted, exaggerated, and detached from a proper biblical, […]

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The Paradoxes of Evangelization: Why Simply Imitating the Worldly Marketing Schemes May Not Be the Answer

June 26, 2017 10 Comments
The Paradoxes of Evangelization: Why Simply Imitating the Worldly Marketing Schemes May Not Be the Answer

In the Church throughout the world today, we are more focused on evangelization — and rightly so. A huge conference is planned next week in Orlando on the topic. Yes, it is “job one,” and Jesus could not have been clearer: Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of […]

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Earth, Air, Fire, and Water: Great and Yet Terrifying Blessings

October 22, 2015 1 Comment
Earth, Air, Fire, and Water: Great and Yet Terrifying Blessings

Some of God’s gifts come in strange and terrifying packages. The book of Job says, The earth, though out of it comes forth bread, is in fiery upheaval underneath (Job 28:2). It is a fact that we live just above a fiery cauldron separated from us by a thin membrane of earthly crust rife with […]

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Things Are Often Not as They Seem – A Lesson from the Life of Moses

July 15, 2015 5 Comments
Things Are Often Not as They Seem – A Lesson from the Life of Moses

We are currently reading the story of Moses in daily Mass. The story reminds us that not all things are as they appear, and that God’s ways are not our ways. Moses’ early years are marked with clear signs that he is gifted and chosen. Drawn from the water by Pharaoh’s own daughter, Moses’ very […]

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How is the “Weakness” of God Stronger than Satan’s “Power?”

November 26, 2013 29 Comments
How is the “Weakness” of God Stronger than Satan’s “Power?”

There is a line in the Letter to the Hebrews which reads: You made [Jesus] for a little while lower than the angels; you crowned him with glory and honor, subjecting all things under his feet.” In “subjecting” all things (to him), he left nothing not “subject to him.” Yet at present we do not […]

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