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Faith Is About Obedience

October 15, 2017 4 Comments
Faith Is About Obedience

There is a very important phrase in the beginning of St. Paul’s Letter to the Romans, which we are reading in daily Mass. A common modern conception of what it means to have faith has an egocentric element, for which St. Paul provides a remedy. In describing his authority and mission as an apostle, he […]

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Something We Can Learn About Ourselves After the Las Vegas Shootings

October 9, 2017 1 Comment
Something We Can Learn About Ourselves After the Las Vegas Shootings

The recent shootings in Las Vegas have caused agony to many. May the dead rest in peace, the injured be healed, and families be consoled in their losses! Another lesser, but clearly expressed “agony” is apparent in the questions it raises: Why did he do it? Why did the shooter (I intentionally do not mention […]

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Demonstrating Nature in Airport Design

September 22, 2017 1 Comment
Demonstrating Nature in Airport Design

In our culture, many battles are fought on the question of nature. The word “nature” comes from the Latin natus, which means “birth.” Thus, nature is what we are intrinsically born with, what we are born to be. Church teaching and traditional philosophy insist that things have a nature. That is, they are endowed with […]

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Five Hard Truths That Will Set You Free

July 11, 2017 16 Comments
Five Hard Truths That Will Set You Free

I have received many requests to republish a post from several years ago. The following five truths from that essay are indeed hard. They rock our world and stab at the heart of some of our most cherished modern notions. If they can be accepted for the truth they convey, however, they bring great peace. […]

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To Teach as Jesus Taught – A Reflection on the Qualities of Jesus as Preacher and Teacher

August 31, 2015 2 Comments
To Teach as Jesus Taught – A Reflection on the Qualities of Jesus as Preacher and Teacher

As a priest I am called to preach and teach, and as such I must look to Jesus Christ as my model. In this I refer to the real Jesus of Scripture. Too many people today have refashioned Jesus into a sort of “harmless hippie,” an affable affirmer, a pleasant sort of fellow who healed […]

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Costly Truth – A Homily for the 20th Sunday of the Year

August 15, 2015 1 Comment
Costly Truth – A Homily for the 20th Sunday of the Year

In the Gospel today, we continue with Jesus’ great treatise on the Eucharist (John 6). Many of the Jewish listeners who hear Him speaking in the synagogue at Capernaum are grumbling and murmuring in protest at His insistence that they eat His flesh and drink His blood. But Jesus does not back down for a […]

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Without the Truth, We are Left Only With Power. A Reflection Based on the Pope’s Teaching in Jesus of Nazareth

April 1, 2011 15 Comments

Jesus had been brought before Pontius Pilate for trial and in a pivotal scene there is this memorable dialogue: “You are a king, then!” said Pilate. Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. In fact, the reason I was born and came into the world is to testify to the truth. Everyone on […]

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On Being the Adult in the Room

October 24, 2010 51 Comments

In the letter to the Ephesians, which we have been reading in daily Mass, Paul has this to say: And [Christ] gave some as Apostles, others as prophets, others as evangelists, others as pastors and teachers, to equip the holy ones for the work of ministry, for building up the Body of Christ, until we […]

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