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Relentless Love: Christ’s Message From The Manger To The Cross

January 24, AD2017 0 Comments
Relentless Love: Christ’s Message From The Manger To The Cross

In his classic Mere Christianity, the great Christian author C.S. Lewis writes that God’s love for us is a relentless love, meaning that it continues and does not ebb and flow as our own virtues and vices so often do.  God does not merely love us when we are good, or when we remember or even […]

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Go Ahead Rachel, Weep

January 23, AD2017 10 Comments
Go Ahead Rachel, Weep

 A voice is heard in Ramah, lamenting and weeping bitterly: it is Rachel weeping for her children, refusing to be comforted because they are no more. Matthew 2:18 Yesterday, January 22, 2017, was the 44th anniversary of Roe v. Wade. Later this week hundreds of thousands of Americans will march on Washington to express their ongoing […]

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Saved by Faith Alone?

January 23, AD2017 1 Comment
Saved by Faith Alone?

It has been going on ever since the Protestant Reformation in 1517, five hundred years ago.  The bible verses in question are when Paul says that we also believe in Christ Jesus, that we may be justified by the faith of Christ and not by the works of the law  (Gal 2:16), and when James […]

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Should We Keep “the Spirit of Christmas” Alive?

January 22, AD2017 0 Comments
Should We Keep “the Spirit of Christmas” Alive?

Merry Christmas!  Though Epiphany is now over, there is an old tradition in the Church that the Christmas season actually lasts up until the feast of Candlemas in February.  Of course, most people outside the Church think Christmas is already over by December 26th. Even though our Protestant brethren only celebrate Christmas on one day, […]

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Lessons in Leadership from St. Thomas More

January 22, AD2017 0 Comments
Lessons in Leadership from St. Thomas More

St. Thomas More, patron saint of civil servants, statesmen, and politicians, lived a life of moral courage. A 15th-16th century saint, More was poet, author, lawyer, scholar, and Lord Chancellor in the British monarchy during Henry VIII’s scandal-ridden reign. For adhering to his Catholic faith, and silently refusing to acknowledge King Henry’s divorces and marriages, […]

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The Missing Biblical Rib

January 21, AD2017 5 Comments
The Missing Biblical Rib

Francis Crick was an evangelical atheist. He believed that scientific understanding removed the need for religious explanations of material phenomena. Francis Crick’s Obituary (PLoS Biology, 2004) Being a scientist, one is awed by the intellectual depth and unparalleled pedagogical mastery of the Biblical narratives. They have perfectly succeeded in the past and are not less […]

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Knowing Your Enemy And Fighting Back

January 21, AD2017 2 Comments
Knowing Your Enemy And Fighting Back

  Satan, Lucifer, the Devil, the Father of Lies – many of us, we grew up hearing one or more of these names. But how much do we really know about this fallen angel? What image comes to mind when someone mentions the Devil or Beelzebub? Do you imagine a big red guy with horns, […]

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Back to (Extra)Ordinary Time: Facing Depression

January 20, AD2017 1 Comment
Back to (Extra)Ordinary Time: Facing Depression

I left Hawaii’s extraordinary climate just before the New Year to be with my 90-year-old parents on the wintry east coast near Philadelphia. I arrived the day after my father was admitted to what my mother refers to as “the mental hospital.” Committed It’s my father’s first time in such a facility. He was committed […]

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Hume, His Guillotine, and the Being of Ought

January 20, AD2017 2 Comments
Hume, His Guillotine, and the Being of Ought

You probably had your first experience of reality long before you were born, in your mother’s womb. From that experience, a small handful of crucial ideations were created. It was your first experience of otherness, as well as your first experience of selfness because I came in contact with something that was not I. This is […]

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Surprised By Three Miracles

January 19, AD2017 10 Comments
Surprised By Three Miracles

Modern, educated folk tend to dismiss the miraculous, preferring to believe science will eventually provide a plausible explanation for the inexplicable. For the cynical, only the ignorant or gullible set out on desperate pilgrimages seeking cures or chase after Charismatic signs. Many Protestants think miracles were only for the age of dispensation of grace; for […]

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Vocations, Lifestyles, and Doing God’s Will

January 19, AD2017 0 Comments
Vocations, Lifestyles, and Doing God’s Will

Today’s society is more preoccupied with encouraging its members to pursue attitudes and careers that lead to personal, self-gratifying fulfillment, rather than the universal, selfless service found in vocations. The results are disturbing, as many lose sight of what truly matters in life (and it is not simply about one’s own individual happiness and pleasure). […]

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The Power of The Mass: Why I Remain Catholic

January 18, AD2017 4 Comments
The Power of The Mass: Why I Remain Catholic

Learning Empathy From the Cross When I was little, I remember sitting in the pew at church gazing up at the huge crucifix that hung on the wall behind the altar. I never heard a word the priest said, nor did I pay any attention to what he was doing. I was just drawn to […]

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DESIRE

January 18, AD2017 1 Comment
DESIRE

This very word – DESIRE – stirs something within our hearts: For some it brings up passion and hope, for others it brings up pain and despair, and within others it stirs feelings of fear and concern. The very word desire comes from the Latin root words De Sire, which literally means “Of the Father”. If […]

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In Accordance with the Scriptures: Salvation History

January 17, AD2017 6 Comments
In Accordance with the Scriptures: Salvation History

Every Sunday at Mass, after the priest gives his homily, we all stand up to recite the Nicene Creed and profess, among other things, that Jesus “suffered death and was buried and rose again on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures.” At first glance this line may seem simple enough, but what does […]

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My Child Is Going To Hell

January 17, AD2017 2 Comments
My Child Is Going To Hell

Perhaps; but, in living faith, there is hope. Full disclosure: Yes, that is intentionally a “Made Ya Look” headline. It is also precisely how many parents feel about their children in today’s world. Many a loving, caring parent does fear, with good reason, that a child will go to hell unless there is a miracle […]

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Christ’s Eucharistic Presence: His Love Endures Forever

January 16, AD2017 5 Comments
Christ’s Eucharistic Presence: His Love Endures Forever

This past Tuesday, I came to Chapel fairly early to allow time to change the altar cloth and ambo covering back to green.  It has been about six weeks since we last had Ordinary Time!  (I serve as sacristan here our care home, St. Anne’s, and it is my responsibility to attend to such things.) […]

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St. John Bosco, Education, and the Youth of Today

January 16, AD2017 1 Comment
St. John Bosco, Education, and the Youth of Today

Can the ideas of a nineteenth-century saint, known for his work among young people, say something relevant to educators of the twenty-first century? Don Bosco and Young People Every January 31st, the Church marks the feast day of St. John Bosco, who died January 31, 1888.  He is known in the Church as the Father […]

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A Catholic Candidate: Now As Before

January 15, AD2017 0 Comments
A Catholic Candidate: Now As Before

The following is an excerpt from Ann Casey’s book,  America’s Courage of Faith. 25 June 1928 Dear Gaston, Fellow priest and brother, politics, politics and the credit money grabbers are festering in our souls with the wounds man has sliced and left neglected. This jubilance of tomorrow showing up is met with the moment of only now, […]

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Contemplating Martyrdom: A Test of My Faith

January 15, AD2017 2 Comments
Contemplating Martyrdom: A Test of My Faith

Imagine living in a time when Roman soldiers could walk into your house without notice and demand you show your loyalty by burning incense as a sign of worship to the Emperor. Anyone failing to do this would be given a death sentence. As a Christian in America I have fortunately not faced anything similar […]

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Reflections on Righteous in the First Letter of John

January 14, AD2017 0 Comments
Reflections on Righteous in the First Letter of John

Recently, we heard selections from the First Letter of John at daily Mass. St. John writes with boldness and clarity but also with a degree of paradox. In this letter, he makes fierce pronouncements about salvation. He makes it clear who will get into heaven and who will not. He talks about the children of […]

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