Good Friday morning read

Apr 18 Good Friday morning read

This is probably the third year in a row that I’ve recommended Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman’s Discourse 16. Mental Sufferings of Our Lord in His Passion as a must-read for Good Friday. The stations of the cross and the sorrowful mysteries of the Rosary focus us on the physical sufferings of Jesus, and perhaps some emotional ones too as He underwent the humiliation of the...

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What if Lazarus Said “No”?

Apr 07 What if Lazarus Said “No”?

In the world between Adam and Jesus, man’s relationship to sin was one of slavery.  The relationship was based not only in fear, but, as St. Paul tells usFor the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:23, ultimately in death.  As I mentioned before, the Father offers us a spirit of adoption as Christ calls us out of our spirit of...

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Lenten Practices: Almsgiving

Mar 21 Lenten Practices: Almsgiving

I’ve looked at resources on prayer and fasting the last two weeks, so we’ll round out our trio of Lenten practices by discussing almsgiving today. There is obviously an aspect of almsgiving that involves monetary donations; the fifth precept of the Church (“You shall help to provide for the needs of the Church”) means that the faithful are obliged to assist with the...

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Sunday Gospel: Getting Out of the Mountaintop Mindset

Mar 16 Sunday Gospel: Getting Out of the Mountaintop Mindset

The Gospel for this Sunday is from Matthew 17:1-9 and details the transfiguration of Jesus: Jesus took Peter, James, and John his brother, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. And he was transfigured before them; his face shone like the sun and his clothes became white as light. And behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them, conversing with him. Then Peter said to Jesus in...

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Lenten Practices: Prayer

Mar 07 Lenten Practices: Prayer

There are more than three weeks in Lent, but there are traditionally three things that Christians commit to during Lent: prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. If I tried to do a series of posts that stretched the entire duration of Lent, you’d only have a few days to do the last thing I mention, so instead we can touch on the three traditional practices during the first three weeks, and then let...

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BREAKING NEWS: HUMANS BORN WITH CONSCIENCE, CONCUPISCENCE

Feb 28 BREAKING NEWS: HUMANS BORN WITH CONSCIENCE, CONCUPISCENCE

Sorry for yelling, but it seems the folks at CNN are thusly surprised at research demonstrating the existence of a “moral core” and a “sense of justice” that is albeit “tragically limited.” How do they know? Baby research: The first test is the simplest. Show a baby an example of good behavior [demonstrated by a bunny puppet], and then an example of bad...

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