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What Is Time?

January 22, 2019 8 Comments
What Is Time?

So often in funerals I hear proclaimed the familiar lines from the Book of Ecclesiastes, which speaks to the great mystery we call time; more on its text, in a moment. If I were to ask you to define time, could you do it in a way that really satisfies? For example, some have defined […]

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Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is? A Meditation on the Mystery of Time

December 30, 2018 5 Comments
Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is? A Meditation on the Mystery of Time

I open our New Year’s Eve late night Mass (11:15 PM) with the observation that we begin Mass in one year and end in the next. New Year’s Eve highlights the mysterious passage between years. In a way I suppose it is no more mysterious than the passage from Thursday to Friday or from 10:00 […]

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What Is Eternal Life?

November 15, 2017 9 Comments
What Is Eternal Life?

This is the ninth in a series of articles on the Four Last Things: Death, Judgment, Heaven, and Hell. I often think that we haven’t done a very good job of setting forth the doctrine of eternal life. For most people, the concept seems a rather shallow one: that we will live forever. Frankly, many […]

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The Sunlight by Which We See Is Ancient

October 22, 2017 8 Comments
The Sunlight by Which We See Is Ancient

I was meditating on time today, precipitated by some things I have recently learned about the light of the Sun that reaches Earth. I have long known that to look up into the night sky is to look far into the past. Looking up at the star Sirius, I am seeing 9 years into the […]

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A Meditation on the Delay and Silence of God

September 18, 2017 6 Comments
A Meditation on the Delay and Silence of God

I don’t know if you’ve noticed or not, but God doesn’t seem to be in a big hurry about most things. This has been a hard lesson for me to learn. We live in a loud, fast-paced world, one of constantly “breaking news,” in which crisis and urgency are the predominant mode. Instant communication and […]

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While Earth Rolls Onward into Light – A Beautiful Meditation on Time from an Old Hymn

February 17, 2016 3 Comments
While Earth Rolls Onward into Light – A Beautiful Meditation on Time from an Old Hymn

My blog is usually posted in the evening at about 21:00 (9:00 PM) U.S. Eastern Time. But in Sydney, Australia, it is 1:00 in the afternoon of the following day. As I prepare for bed, they are eating lunch on a day that has not even begun for me. And proceeding farther west from there, […]

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Will the Real January 1st Please Stand Up? A Homily for New Year’s Day

December 31, 2014 10 Comments
Will the Real January 1st Please Stand Up? A Homily for New Year’s Day

This feast day of January 1st is a very complex tapestry, both culturally and liturgically. Perhaps we can use the second reading by St. Paul to the Galatians as a way to weave through some of the many details. We can look at it in three parts. I. The chronology of our celebration – The […]

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God Has Put the Timeless into our Hearts – A Meditation on a Saying from Ecclesiastes

September 25, 2014 6 Comments
God Has Put the Timeless into our Hearts – A Meditation on a Saying from Ecclesiastes

In the Book of Ecclesiastes from today’s Mass, something is said that is quite powerful if we meditate upon it. I have considered the task that God has appointed for the sons of men to be busied about. He has made everything appropriate to its time, and has put the timeless into their hearts, without man’s […]

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