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Contributed on May 28, 2020
When we are baptized into Jesus Christ, who is the Son of God, we take our place within the embrace of the Holy Spirit.
Psalm 131–a homily for today Today’s psalm, “O Lord, my heart is not proud,” is the kind of prayer-gem that can stimulate hours of meditation. If you pray it quickly, it takes less than a minute, even with a “Glory be. . .” But let’s start with the declaration to God right in the middle: “Like a ...read more
Contributed on May 24, 2020
If the Harvard professor really believes that his existence is extinguished at the moment of death, what does he make of today’s solemn feast of the Ascension?
Ascension Sunday 2020 What if you see? Recently, a prominent obviously atheist Harvard professor tweeted, “belief in an afterlife is a malignant delusion, since it devalues actual lives and discourages action that would make them longer, safer, and happier.” The problem with such a statement, ...read more
Contributed on May 23, 2020
The honor we seek is the honor given to Jesus and St. Paul and all the other saints: Humility, tears and trials.
Tuesday of the 7th Week in Easter 2020 Do you remember the first time you did something exceptionally good, and your mom or dad noticed it and gave you a hug and told you “child, that was really wonderful”? Even if you don’t remember that exact moment, you can recall at least one time when ...read more
Contributed on May 16, 2020
Listen to the Spirit saying in our hearts, “you think this is hard to bear? You have not yet begun to feel the effects of sin in your world.”
Tuesday of the 6th Week of Easter 2020 Most of the time we go about our lives without anything big troubling them. In fact, most days we could, if we wished, live our lives as if nothing will ever trouble them. The lack of huge events from outside our own will as we go from day to day means that ...read more
Contributed on May 8, 2020
Through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God. But we can take courage from the examples of Jesus and St. Paul.
Tuesday of the 5th Week of Easter 2020 Today’s tale from the Acts of the Apostles needs some back-story for those who weren’t at Mass yesterday. The scene is Lystra, a village in southern Anatolia, sometime in the year 48, about 15 years after the Resurrection. It was part of the Roman province of ...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