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Losing our Leprosy – A Homily for the 6th Sunday of the Year

February 10, 2018 5 Comments
Losing our Leprosy – A Homily for the 6th Sunday of the Year

In the Gospel this Sunday, we see the healing of a leper (this means you and me). In Scripture, leprosy describes more than just a physical affliction; it is a metaphor for sin as well. Obviously leprosy itself is not sin, but its effects are similar. Like leprosy, sin disfigures us; it deteriorates us; it […]

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What’s So Sinful About a Census and Why Was Israel Punished for Something David Did?

February 4, 2018 12 Comments
What’s So Sinful About a Census and Why Was Israel Punished for Something David Did?

Today I want to return to a reading from last week’s Mass. In that reading (from 2 Samuel 24) we hear the story of how King David ordered a census to be taken. Joab, David’s general, strongly cautioned the King against it, but David insisted. When the census had been completed, the Prophet Gad informed […]

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On the Feast of All Saints, a Pastoral Letter on Racism Reminds Us of the Communion of the Saints

November 1, 2017 12 Comments
On the Feast of All Saints, a Pastoral Letter on Racism Reminds Us of the Communion of the Saints

On the Feast of All Saints we celebrate men and women of every place and time who lived with great sanctity. Many of them are known to us and are among our great heroes of the Faith; even more are unknown to us. The most common hymn for this feast day is “For All the […]

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Romans 1 – Is It a Prophetic Interpretation of Reality for Our Times?

October 17, 2017 17 Comments
Romans 1 – Is It a Prophetic Interpretation of Reality for Our Times?

We continue to read from the Letter to the Romans in daily Mass. Scripture is a prophetic interpretation of reality. That is, it tells us what is really going on from the perspective of the Lord of History. An inspired text, it traces out not only the current time, but also the trajectory, the end […]

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Reluctant Prophet – The Story of Jonah

October 11, 2017 0 Comments
Reluctant Prophet – The Story of Jonah

Of all the prophets, Jonah is perhaps the most reluctant; his struggle with sin is not hidden. We are currently reading Jonah’s story in daily Mass. In the story we see a portrait of sin and of God’s love for sinners. Psalm 139 says, beautifully, Whither shall I go from thy spirit? Or whither shall […]

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Bite Your Tongue! A Reflection on Common Sins of Speech

October 8, 2017 7 Comments
Bite Your Tongue! A Reflection on Common Sins of Speech

The Office of Readings this week features passages from the pastoral guide of St. Gregory the Great. In the opening line, Gregory reminds us: “A spiritual guide should be silent when discretion requires and speak when words are of service.” This is not easy. Indeed, self-mastery in speech is among the rarer gifts and usually […]

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Two Tragic Sins Seen in One Gospel Passage

August 30, 2017 1 Comment
Two Tragic Sins Seen in One Gospel Passage

The tragic Gospel passage about the death of St. John Baptist (which we read in daily Mass on Tuesday) is a study in two common sins that afflict most of us. While the results of these sinful tendencies may not always be this dire, the damage wrought is often significant. Let’s take a look at […]

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Is Anger Always a Sin?

August 29, 2017 4 Comments
Is Anger Always a Sin?

In the Gospel for Wednesday of the 21st week of the year, we see Jesus make some pretty angry denunciations of the religious leaders of His day. In fact, throughout the Gospels Jesus manifests quite a lot of anger and issues many denunciations, often accompanied by the phrase, “Woe to you!” In this way, He […]

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