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Contributed on Jan 20, 2021
Isn’t God’s mercy good news for all of us? He’s forgiven the sins of my youth, and, yes, even my old age.
3rd Sunday in Course 2021 Poor Jonah. We can hardly blame him. God tells him to go convert the people and rulers of Nineveh, heart of the Assyrian empire. You see, the Assyrians were for about six centuries the scourge of the ancient Middle East, kind of a cross between the Huns, the Vandals and ...read more
Contributed on Jan 16, 2021
The grace won by Jesus on the cross is infinite, and therefore enough to redeem every human being, liberating us all from slavery to sin.
Monday of 2nd Week in Course 2021 “Son though [Jesus] was, he learned obedience from what He suffered, and when He was made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey Him.” That word, “perfect,” really confused me when I was a kid. And even now it seems to be an impossible ...read more
Contributed on Jan 14, 2021
We have two challenges: to make faith in Our Lord known and to so act that Americans turn back to Christ and the Church and repent and are healed. And at the foundation of that effort, we must pray, pray, pray.
Feast of St Agnes 2021 Saint Agnes was martyred in the persecution of Diocletian, right about the year of our Lord 303. Now we in the United States tend to think in terms of four to eight years, the length of a presidential administration. But just imagine what life was like in the last half of ...read more
Contributed on Jan 10, 2021
St Paul shares the reason serious Christians are most careful to avoid sex with anyone other than his spouse, why sexual sin is always serious: it’s a sin against our very selves.
The overarching theme of today’s sacred scripture is the call of God to the individual, or what we call the “universal call to holiness.” Saint John Paul wrote in 1988: “We come to a full sense of the dignity of the lay faithful if we consider the prime and fundamental vocation that the ...read more
Contributed on Jan 9, 2021
When something new and striking happens, we immediately focus on it. When someone appears unexpectedly and begins to do unusual things, he or she garners our attention. Jesus Christ is such a person.
Monday of the First Week in Course 2021 About a half-century ago a hit movie was in the theaters called “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.” Robert Redford and Paul Newman played outlaws that were constantly eluding law enforcement. But after one train holdup a different posse began chasing them, ...read more
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Contributed on Mar 21, 2020
Children, as Jesus said, Don't be afraid. Your family is probably founded on some kind of faith. Listen to your parents and other adults whom you trust, and know that nearly everyone is working hard to get us through this trouble. ? In fifty years you will remember this crisis as one of the ...read more
Contributed on Jun 8, 2013
"Now a man can scarcely arrive at the needed sense of responsibility, unless his living conditions allow him to become conscious of his dignity, and to rise to his destiny by spending himself for God and for others. But human freedom is often crippled when a man encounters extreme poverty just as ...read more
Contributed on Apr 26, 2013
ERROR VS. PERSON IN ERROR This love and good will, to be sure, must in no way render us indifferent to truth and goodness. Indeed love itself impels the disciples of Christ to speak the saving truth to all men. But it is necessary to distinguish between error, which always merits repudiation, ...read more
Contributed on Mar 16, 2013
Only in freedom can man direct himself toward goodness. Our contemporaries make much of this freedom and pursue it eagerly; and rightly to be sure. Often however they foster it perversely as a license for doing whatever pleases them, even if it is evil. For its part, authentic freedom is an ...read more