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Passover: Seder Meals Are Not Catholic Practice

March 25, AD2018 21 Comments
Passover: Seder Meals Are Not Catholic Practice

During a past Lent, I shared a seemingly innocuous and informative post about the Jewish practice of Seder during Passover. The resulting confusion and charges of antisemitism bewildered me. The catalyst? A fact-packed video by a Catholic priest, The Christian Seder Meal: A Violation of  the First Commandment and a blog link to another video by a Catholic […]

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Our Frail Love is Surcharged With Christ’s Mystical Love

March 23, AD2018 1 Comment
Our Frail Love is Surcharged With Christ’s Mystical Love

The local Charismatic group were celebrating forty years since their foundation and were preparing a special Mass for that purpose. The readings, the psalms, and the prayers had all been chosen to echo the overall theme of asking God to give his love to all those present and to the whole world that would be […]

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Christ’s Admonishing of the Pharisees in the Gospel of Matthew

March 19, AD2018 6 Comments
Christ’s Admonishing of the Pharisees in the Gospel of Matthew

This Lent we have already read some harsh condemnation of the Pharisees in the gospel. One of the more recent ones was Matthew 23:1-12. This section could be seen as a condemnation of the hypocrisy of the Pharisees. Among other things, the hypocrisy of the Pharisees seems to consist of indifference, ostentation, and status seeking. […]

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The Real Meaning of Lenten Penance

March 18, AD2018 1 Comment
The Real Meaning of Lenten Penance

We Catholics are familiar with Lent as a time of fasting and penance. We are told every year that during this time we ought to abstain from a habit that is not beneficial for us and to take up a more fruitful spiritual practice. We are also obliged to abstain from meat and to fast. […]

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Is it Too Late to Start Lent?

March 10, AD2018 0 Comments
Is it Too Late to Start Lent?

You missed the start of Lent and now you are wondering if it’s too late to start. You might be thinking, “What’s the point?” Maybe you’ve talked yourself into believing it doesn’t matter that much or that no one will notice. Maybe you’ve rationalized and think you have a valid excuse for skipping Lent. After […]

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Lent: Join Our Suffering to That of Christ

March 9, AD2018 3 Comments
Lent: Join Our Suffering to That of Christ

The witnesses of the Cross and Resurrection of Christ have handed on to the Church and to mankind a specific Gospel of suffering. The Redeemer himself wrote this Gospel, above all by his own suffering accepted in love, so that man ‘should not perish but have eternal life.’ This suffering, together with the living word […]

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Depression in Lent, an Unsought Penance

March 8, AD2018 1 Comment
Depression in Lent, an Unsought Penance

  My Lent so far has consisted of an unrelenting depression that has been getting worse for months. My mounting anxieties and a sense of hopelessness have contributed to difficulty in Lenten prayer. I have tried different forms of prayer and nothing seems to rouse me from my sadness. The only answer I have found […]

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Remaining Obedient to God: Understanding the Tools of Our Enemies

Remaining Obedient to God: Understanding the Tools of Our Enemies

The Season of Lent can be seen through many different lenses, all correct and important. This diversity makes lent a truly rich season for any Christian willing to open themselves up to the experience it offers. Recently, my mind is on the idea of obedience as an important lens that lent offers us. The life of a Carmelite […]

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Use Words of Life, Not Death

March 6, AD2018 0 Comments
Use Words of Life, Not Death

“And God said, ‘Let there be light’; and there was light” (Genesis 1:3). The Lord said many things throughout Scripture. His words are powerful. We are created in His image and likeness and are filled with His Holy Spirit. Our words are powerful too. Fasting From Words The Scriptures warn us about the evils of […]

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Prepare Your Garden

March 3, AD2018 0 Comments
Prepare Your Garden

In the Gospel according to Mark, Christ talks about the sower of seeds. As he sowed, some seeds fell on a path, other seeds fell on rocky ground, while still more fell among thorns. Only the seeds that fell on fertile soil took root and produced fruit. As we get ready for Easter, let us […]

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The Curse Stops Here: Allowing God to Release Blessings

February 27, AD2018 6 Comments
The Curse Stops Here: Allowing God to Release Blessings

Living in this fallen world we all desire, deep in our hearts, to help, to heal, to restore what has been lost since leaving Eden. More intimately, we desire to heal our families, bless our friends, and bring order and peace to the communities we live in. Politics, government, laws, agencies and huge bureaucracies are […]

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Rebellion or Reverence: A Consideration for the Church

February 25, AD2018 2 Comments
Rebellion or Reverence:  A Consideration for the Church

Even in this time of Lent in the Church, the world rolls on without any serious attention to God. Even within the Church, we often see more attention given to Fish Fry’s than we do Stations of the Cross. It’s a sad statement of our times that many appear to have chosen the wide path […]

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Lent as a Moving Experience

February 24, AD2018 0 Comments
Lent as a Moving Experience

I find it powerful and transcendent that Lent is a moving journey toward the Cross and beyond.  This “moving” however, comes in three distinct contexts.  Each context has its place in the Lenten message. Powerful Emotion The first context of moving evoked by Lent may certainly be the strong, somber emotion of following a friend […]

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Ashes to Ashes: A Lenten Reflection

February 23, AD2018 0 Comments
Ashes to Ashes: A Lenten Reflection

When we receive ashes on the Day of Ashes, or Ash Wednesday, while the priest make the sign of the cross on our foreheads with ashes he says “Remember you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” This phrase, while reminding us about our own mortality, should also remind us of the mighty power […]

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Lent : A Time for Transformation

February 20, AD2018 1 Comment
Lent : A Time for Transformation

Lent should be a deep personal encounter with Jesus Christ. It took me a long time to understand that. I suppose that’s because I needed to really want that kind of an encounter with Jesus. Once I decided to actually participate in my spiritual life, everything changed. I began to experience Jesus in a physical […]

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Lent: A Holy Pause that Shakes the Soul

February 19, AD2018 0 Comments
Lent: A Holy Pause that Shakes the Soul

When the Lamb opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour. (Revelation 8:1) There is a deep need within the human heart to pause in the presence of profound events, moments so significant that we feel compelled to join ourselves to them and reflect upon the change they bring […]

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Thoughts on Lent

February 9, AD2018 0 Comments
Thoughts on Lent

Lent begins early this year and falls on that lover’s holiday, February 14th. This is an unfortunate day for those hopeless romantics that expect an indulgent dinner with their significant other. But I guess that is the reason for Fat Tuesday. However, it is good that it comes early because it gives us an opportunity […]

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Ever Ancient, Ever New: The Gift of the Liturgical Year

December 2, AD2017 1 Comment
Ever Ancient, Ever New: The Gift of the Liturgical Year

On a plane ride a few weeks ago, I found myself seated next to the founder of a Protestant church. He laughed because he was sandwiched between two Catholics, a married man who had been in Catholic seminary for a little while on his right and me, a Catholic high school Theology teacher, on his […]

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Grabbing the Lion of Judah’s Tail

April 16, AD2017 1 Comment
Grabbing the Lion of Judah’s Tail

As we approach Holy Week, Lent has steadily moved us to the edges of ourselves.  Yet, we can miss one of the most important elements of the Christian life if we overlook an element of Jesus’ identity that comes into particular focus as we enter Holy Week.   We focus a great deal on the […]

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A Reflection on the Last Words of Christ

April 12, AD2017 4 Comments
A Reflection on the Last Words of Christ

The words Christ spoke on the cross are some of the most important in history. Because of how important His Passion was, every word He said was uttered with purpose and significance, such as fulfilling the Messianic prophecies or giving a just reward to the good thief. I am very far from the first and […]

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Candy and Kenosis: The Stuff of Lent

April 8, AD2017 1 Comment
Candy and Kenosis: The Stuff of Lent

As we near the end of this year’s journey through Lent, I would like to lead with my favorite joke involving this special time of the liturgical year: A parish priest was leaving a sick call late one winter night. As he rounded a dark corner, a man jumped out from behind a car and […]

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The Still, Small Voice in the Desert Days

April 1, AD2017 1 Comment
The Still, Small Voice in the Desert Days

When we were born, the first thing we most likely heard was the soft, sweet voice of our mothers. It was tender and comforting, the beautiful song that had carried us in the womb; and when we heard it we knew we were safe. As we grew, we learned the sound of other voices from […]

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Submariners, St. Joseph, and Lent

March 28, AD2017 2 Comments
Submariners, St. Joseph, and Lent

Lent is often a struggle for me. Trying to find just the right ways to prepare can sometimes leave me unsettled. What should I give up? How much time should I spend in prayer? How much should I donate? Who should I give it to? What else could I be doing? How do I know […]

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A Spiritual Solidarity Binds Us To Souls In Purgatory

March 25, AD2017 0 Comments
A Spiritual Solidarity Binds Us To Souls In Purgatory

Just like gravity affects us whether we understand it or not, the Communion of Saints, the fellowship between the living and the dead, affects us whether we believe in it or not. There is a spiritual solidarity which literally binds us together. Even though most of us are oblivious to these invisible relationships, we are […]

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