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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 6 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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Insightful Images of Sin in a Short Cartoon

August 25, 2017 0 Comments
Insightful Images of Sin in a Short Cartoon

The animated short below is a dramatization (sort of) of the story of Samson and Delilah as well as a commentary on lust and power. (If you would like to review the story of Samson and Delilah, click here.) As the video opens, two superheroes are summoned to an emergency. They rush to the scene, […]

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On the Sin of Rash Judgment, as Seen in a Commercial

August 18, 2017 4 Comments
On the Sin of Rash Judgment, as Seen in a Commercial

One of the most commonly committed—yet least often confessed—sins, is that of rash judgment. The commercial below humorously depicts the sin and how wrong we can sometimes be. In reality, the sin is not often humorous and can lead us to some very dark places. On account of rash judgments, we may harbor grudges, resentments, […]

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