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  • Gestation And Return

    Contributed by W Pat Cunningham on Apr 15, 2018
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    Jesus is present in our liturgical celebrations, in the Eucharistic species, in our reading of the Scriptures, in our prayer for each other.

    Third Sunday After Easter 2018 Extraordinary Form I have never had, nor will I ever have, the challenge and privilege of giving birth to a child. I have, however, helped my wife during labor three times, and been close by at many births of grandchildren, so I can confirm as well as any man what ...read more

  • Sheep, Wolves, Sheepdogs

    Contributed by W Pat Cunningham on Apr 15, 2018
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    We are not called to apply the superficial wisdom of American culture to reshape our Catholic identity. We are called to alert Americans to the wisdom of Catholic culture that is given to us by Our Lord.

    Fourth Sunday of Easter 2018 The Good Shepherd In a popular movie from a few years back, the main character, a gung-ho SEAL from Odessa, tells his listeners that there are three kinds of people: wolves, sheep, and sheepdogs. The wolves prey on the sheep, the sheep cower in fear, and the sheepdogs ...read more

  • What Is The Bread Of Life?

    Contributed by W Pat Cunningham on Apr 14, 2018
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    The passage we read from the sixth chapter of John’s Gospel has from earliest times been used to explain the orthodox teaching on the Eucharist.

    We all know what a eunuch is, and such men were common in the various courts of Biblical times. What was valuable about them to the kings of the Middle East is that they could be trusted–if they were trustworthy at all–even with the kings’ wives and children. There would be no question of bad blood ...read more

  • Wrath And Persecution

    Contributed by W Pat Cunningham on Apr 7, 2018
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    Belief in Jesus Christ must be accompanied by obedience to His word.

    Thursday of Second Week in Easter 2018 Reformation/Revolution When will humans learn that murdering one’s enemies is not only morally sinful, it’s a really, really bad idea just on a secular level. For the first three hundred years of the Church’s existence, the enemies of the Church, from the ...read more

  • We Know Jesus In The Breaking Of The Bread

    Contributed by W Pat Cunningham on Mar 31, 2018
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    The Church teaches that the Lord’s Day is hallowed by the celebration of Eucharist, and reception of Holy Communion.

    Thursday of Easter Week 2018 Was it the way in which Jesus broke the bread and gave the cup? Was it more likely that when He did so, He said, “this is my body; this is my blood”? Whatever it was that made them recognize Jesus in the breaking of bread, the Church has not at any time failed to do ...read more

  • The True Elastic Thinker

    Contributed by W Pat Cunningham on Mar 30, 2018
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    Our Lord spent His life teaching us to abandon our scripted behavior, our pursuit of pleasure for its own sake, our yearning for honor from others, for control over others.

    Good Friday 2018 Scripted or Elastic When returning home yesterday from our Holy Thursday Liturgy, the first act in this awesome drama of the Triduum, I heard a discussion with an author about the need to develop our innate ability to do “elastic thinking.” The idea is that the world is ...read more

  • The Price For Our Call To Grace

    Contributed by W Pat Cunningham on Mar 10, 2018
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    Suffering that comes from bad human choices is the price we all pay for the call and grace to be images of God.

    Fifth Sunday of Lent 2018 Back when I was teaching religion every school day, two questions kept rising in the minds of students, and occasionally were voiced. What brought the first to mind recently were the several multiple murders we have heard about in Florida, in Las Vegas and just last ...read more

  • Their Action Was Just Bull

    Contributed by W Pat Cunningham on Mar 10, 2018
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    The problem with making an image of God is that WE are supposed to be in the image and likeness of God.

    Thursday of the 4th Week in Lent 2018 Reformation/Revolution Humans have, from the very beginning, resisted God’s will, even though that will is for our joy and sanctification. God wants us to be so much like Himself that we can be called His adopted children, even now. And He wants as perfect ...read more

  • Is Good Evil And Is Evil Good?

    Contributed by W Pat Cunningham on Mar 4, 2018
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    let’s pray for the conversion and healing of all those who hate us, even those who are killing our loved ones in the Middle East and Africa and elsewhere.

    Under the Old Covenant, or Old Testament, established by God with Moses and the people in the desert, there were a series of rituals focused on forgiveness and purification. The Letter to the Hebrews follows the tradition that these rituals have been perfected in Our Lord’s perfect sacrifice, which ...read more

  • As In The Time Of Jeremiah

    Contributed by W Pat Cunningham on Mar 3, 2018
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    "In the latter half of the sixteenth century, we can see that there was real reform. And out of that Catholic Reformation came the greatest burst of missionary activity since the Benedictine and Franciscan explosions"

    Thursday of 3rd Week in Lent 2018 Reformation/Revolution When we study or preach on the Scriptures, we always have to keep in mind that there are really two meaning to just about all of it. The first is the meaning that the human writer, inspired by God, had in mind for his time. The second is ...read more

  • Healing Our Sick Hearts

    Contributed by W Pat Cunningham on Feb 24, 2018
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    There is, in fact, something in our nature that yearns for the divine, that longs for goodness and beauty and truth. Original sin has wounded us, but only our own deliberate actions can spiritually kill us.

    Thursday of 2nd Week in Lent 2018 Reformation/Revolution “More tortuous than all else is the human heart, beyond remedy; who can understand it?” If any Scripture verse summarizes the view of the Protestant reformers about the nature of humans, this one from Jeremiah must be it. The RSV renders ...read more

  • Not For Shameful Gain

    Contributed by W Pat Cunningham on Feb 17, 2018
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    There are all kinds of examples, great ones and poor ones, among the popes.

    Feast of the Chair of St. Peter 2018 Reformation/Revolution Today’s Catholic feast celebrates the “chair” or authority given by Christ to St. Peter and his successors, one that has its foundations in the Old Testament. We see St. Peter as the vicar, or maybe viceroy or even “chief of staff” of ...read more

  • The Time Is Fulfilled

    Contributed by W Pat Cunningham on Feb 11, 2018
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    Isn’t it true that when humans fail, sin, even commit the most awful injustices, God’s mercy is ever present, ever able to forgive when we repent?

    First Sunday of Lent 2018 We come to Mass on the First Sunday of Lent, full of energy that has not diminished since we crowded the churches on Ash Wednesday. We know that the Word of God on this special Lord’s Day reminds us of the Lord Jesus’s battle with the Enemy of mankind, the one Scripture ...read more

  • Two Spiritual Mindsets

    Contributed by W Pat Cunningham on Feb 10, 2018
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    The growth mindset, by contrast, believes that there is no limit to our ability to learn, grow and change for the better.

    Thursday after Ash Wednesday 2018 Reformation/Revolution Now what? We have received our ashes, symbol of our turning back or turning more faithfully to God. We have begun our Lenten journey, forty days and a triduum toward the destination of Christ’s Resurrection. What do we do now? Our ...read more

  • Christians And The Clash Of Cultures Series

    Contributed by W Pat Cunningham on Feb 3, 2018
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    How should Christians treat those of different cultures and traditions and religions?

    Thursday of the 5th Week in course 2018 Reformation/Revolution Our Scriptures today ought to be at least a little disturbing to us today. In first Kings, Solomon, who was the anointed of God, the heir to the great king David, apostatizes. He had what we can only call a “mess” of wives. ...read more