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Tag: Persecution

Why Is There Such Strong Hatred for the Church?

May 22, 2018 17 Comments
Why Is There Such Strong Hatred for the Church?

In the final week of Easter, there were frequent references in the readings to the fact that the world would hate true Christians. For example, If the world hates you, understand that it hated Me first. If you were of the world, it would love you as its own. Instead, the world hates you, because […]

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Your Life is Not About You, As Illustrated in a Biblical Story

April 19, 2018 1 Comment
Your Life is Not About You, As Illustrated in a Biblical Story

In Wednesday’s reading, the Acts of the Apostles sets forth an event that amounts to a tale of one Church in two cities or regions. It illustrates well a couple of points: that the Church is always in need of reform and that our lives are not merely about us and what we want. Let’s […]

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Suffering for the Gospel: Pondering a Picture of Apostolic Times

July 25, 2017 2 Comments
Suffering for the Gospel: Pondering a Picture of Apostolic Times

Writing as I am on the Feast of Saint James, likely the first Apostle to be martyred, I’d like to ponder the kinds of sufferings the Apostles endured in order to announce the Gospel and win souls for Christ. In the “softer” Church of the declining West, it is hard for us even to imagine. […]

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The Fifth and Sixth Marks of the Church

January 28, 2011 23 Comments

The Nicene Creed fittingly noted four marks of the True Church: one, holy, catholic and apostolic. These marks identify four essential qualities and characteristics the Church has and they distinguish the True Church from any false claimants. Now we, of course cannot add authoritatively to this venerable list. Nevertheless permit me a couple of “prayerful […]

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The Church in China

June 27, 2009 0 Comments

We live well in America and it is easy to be a Catholic. True enough we see increasing threats and limits coming to our religious liberty, but all in all we still live free and well. Not so in other parts of the world where the Church is openly persecuted and her freedom is limited, […]

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Pondering Persecution

April 1, 2009 1 Comment

In this week just before Holy Week we are reading from the 8th Chapter of John’s Gospel wherein Jesus enters into increasingly severe conflict with the temple leaders in Jerusalem. The conflict will ultimately end with Jesus death which we celebrate a week from this Friday. I wonder if most Catholics today are ready for […]

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