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Getting Unbound: A Reflection on Deliverance Ministry

August 6, 2017 16 Comments
Getting Unbound: A Reflection on Deliverance Ministry

There is wide interest today in the topic of exorcism. The publication in 2010 of Matt Baglio’s The Rite: The Making of a Modern Exorcist and the subsequent movie and interviews with Fr. Gary Thomas have sparked some of this interest. Prior to this, books such as An Exorcist Tells His Story, by Fr. Gabriele […]

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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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Of Our Guardian Angels and the Care of the Father – As Seen in a Commercial

June 19, 2015 8 Comments
Of Our Guardian Angels and the Care of the Father – As Seen in a Commercial

With Father’s Day approaching, the commercial below seems very appropriate. God the Father is surely the origin of all fatherhood here on Earth. And yet most of us struggle with the fact that God allows bad things to happen. Why does he not intervene more often to protect us from attacks of various sorts and […]

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Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen, Nobody Knows but Jesus: A Meditation on a Grief Observed

May 21, 2015 59 Comments
Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen, Nobody Knows but Jesus:  A Meditation on a Grief Observed

As a follow-up to the recent post on comforting the sorrowful, I was led to consider the grief of my parents and the difficulties they faced in raising a daughter with serious mental illness. My father died eight years ago, and except for essential papers related to his estate, I simply boxed up most of his papers and […]

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In Seeking Wisdom, Find Someone Who Has Suffered

August 23, 2011 13 Comments

Over 22 years ago as I was finishing seminary and about to be ordained my spiritual director gave me some advice on seeking a new spiritual director in my diocese. “Look for some one who has suffered,” He said. At the time I wondered about this but have come to find that it was true. […]

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God in the Midst of the Storm – A Meditation on the Mystery of God’s Providence

May 26, 2011 33 Comments
God in the Midst of the Storm – A Meditation on the Mystery of God’s Providence

We are all struck by the fury and devastation in the Midwest this year. And we are left to wonder why and how God allows it. And old song says, Does any one know where the love of God goes when the waves turn the minutes to hours? ….And all that remains is the faces […]

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In Seeking Wise Counsel, Find Someone Who Has Suffered

February 24, 2011 12 Comments

Back in seminary, as we were coming close to ordination we were exhorted by the spiritual director of the Seminary to find a spiritual director in our diocese and to be faithful in meeting with him. I remember well being surprised at the main criteria we were told to look for. I expected to hear […]

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When God Says "No"

October 11, 2010 22 Comments

It is common for all of us to have to struggle as to the great mystery of God’s providence and will. If it is not our own struggle then we must often commiserate with others who are in distress. One person is losing her young daughter to cancer, a friend is struggling to find work, […]

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