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Tag: Patriarchs

King David – A Great King, but with a critical flaw that is all too common today.

July 9, 2013 11 Comments
King David – A Great King, but with a critical flaw that is all too common today.

Today in the Divine Office we read of the tragic loss of Absalom, the Son of King David. And yet it remains true that too many of our own children today are lost, if not in death, surely in many other social ills and a lack of faith. What went wrong with Absalom and How […]

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A Battle You Cannot Afford to Win – The Remarkable Story of Jacob’s Conversion

June 4, 2013 21 Comments
A Battle You Cannot Afford to Win – The Remarkable Story of Jacob’s Conversion

One of the stranger affections of God in the Old Testament is the special love that God had for Jacob. His name, according to some means “grabber” or “usurper”. Even in the womb he strove and wrestled with his twin brother Esau. And though Esau made it out first, Jacob came forth grabbing his brother’s […]

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God is preparing me for something I can’t handle now. What the Story of Moses’ preparation has to teach us.

May 12, 2013 22 Comments
God is preparing me for something I can’t handle now. What the Story of Moses’ preparation has to teach us.

In The Second Chapter of Exodus, we have presented the Story of Moses and how he was prepared by God for the great mission he would one day take up, by God grace, that of delivering and leading the Jewish people to freedom and toward the Promised Land. But as we shall see, Moses’ preparation […]

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The Story of Eli: A Moral Tale on the Peril of Poor Parenting and Unfaithful Priestly Ministry

July 26, 2012 10 Comments

  In the First Book of Samuel, we see are rather stunning portrait of poor parenting and poor priestly leadership in the person of of High Priest of the Sanctuary at Shiloh, Eli. Consider this line from the Scriptures: Samuel was sleeping in the temple of the LORD where the ark of God was. The […]

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On the Sad End of Solomon – A Moral Lesson for Us All

February 8, 2012 15 Comments

The readings at daily Mass currently focus on the kingship of Solomon. Perhaps the high point of his life was, when presented the opportunity to ask anything whatsoever from God chose not gold or glory, but Wisdom. Today we read of the Visit of the Queen of Sheba and saw a description of his Court […]

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David, A Great King, Yet With a Critical Flaw. What is the Lesson for us Today?

January 31, 2012 38 Comments

Of all the great Patriarchs of the Old Testament, David is among the greatest. Warrior and King, composer and conqueror, unifier and organizer, a man after God’s own heart. He united not only the 12, often fractured Tribes of Israel, but, as a kind if priest-king, stitched together the religious faith of Israel with its […]

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Don’t Do Polygamy – On the Polygamy of the Patriarchs and the Problems it Produces

June 16, 2011 27 Comments

When God set forth marriage as described in the Book of Genesis, there is poetically but clearly set forth a set form for marriage: one man for one woman in a stable, lasting, fruitful relationship of mutual support. For God said, It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a […]

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St Joseph: Model Husband and Father – A Reflection for the Feast of the Holy Family

December 25, 2010 20 Comments

I remember once being amused to hear that a certain Franciscan Theologian from the 19th Century (whose name I cannot remember) wrote a six volume “Life of St. Joseph.” Six volumes?! How could one possibly get enough material? We know so little of Joseph from the Scriptures. He seems to have been the strong, silent […]

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