Tag: charity

Some Obstacles to Happiness

Some Obstacles to Happiness

[ 0 ] May 27, AD 2014 |

“If you are unhappy, I question whether you are truly Christian.” So concludes my columnist-colleague and brother Dominican, TJ Burdick, at the close of his latest column. And there is something to be said for Mr. Burdick’s conclusion: the happy are those who are blessed, and blessedness (ergo, happiness) is described for us by Jesus […]

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Justice Is Not Always Comforting

Justice Is Not Always Comforting

[ 1 ] January 7, AD 2014 |

To state a tautology, we all deserve justice. Moreover, most people will, I think claim to desire justice if asked. And, since God is not only supreme but also supremely just, we will all ultimately get justice, if not in this life then certainly in the next. On the surface this last sounds good, but […]

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Celebrating Christmas on the Streets

Celebrating Christmas on the Streets

[ 0 ] January 2, AD 2014 |

In the Philippines, while the well-to-do families feast on traditional ham, roasted suckling pig, steak, or turkey on Christmas Eve, many other people spend the night begging. Way back in 2009, my friend Carlos had spiritual direction sessions with a priest famed for his work with the poor.  Carlos documented his own major spiritual experiences […]

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A Different Set of New Year’s Resolutions

A Different Set of New Year’s Resolutions

[ 1 ] December 31, AD 2013 |

Is the holiday season over yet? Have we spent some good time breathlessly visiting family, getting in all those traditions, whirling from uncle to brother to cousin? I certainly have, but I have to tell ya, I’m also looking forward to getting back to the regular old routine. All this visiting and spending time with […]

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Tyrannical Charity

Tyrannical Charity

[ 1 ] November 6, AD 2013 |

Among the many things that Christ taught His disciples, charity is one of the principles focus groups in office buildings would label as a “core value.” He told us to love one another as we love ourselves, to clothe the naked and feed the hungry. Through a parable, He admonished those of us who ostentatiously […]

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Finding Time for Radical Charity

Finding Time for Radical Charity

[ 1 ] July 28, AD 2013 |

To my right, I held my younger sister’s hand. She held my dad’s, as he lay in his hospice bed. As he was taking his last breaths, and my hand gripped tighter to my sister’s, the other wrapped around my belly, eight months pregnant with my first child. I stood, quite literally, between life and […]

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To Guide The Helpless

To Guide The Helpless

[ 2 ] July 19, AD 2012 |

And hospitality do not forget; for by this some, being not aware of it, have entertained angels. – Hebrews 3:2 I love to travel. It never occurs to me that there could be unforeseen complications when galavanting around the country (or the world). My approach is to simply be prepared as possible, and then deal with whatever […]

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404 Error

404 Error

[ 3 ] May 11, AD 2012 |

My brain is not in the least interested in our symposium topic this week.  The address for “mercy” + “forgiveness” + “killing” NOT “animals” was not found. Like any good writer, I hunted around for input, hoping to get some ideas about either mercy or killing.  According to my mom friends, every mother’s life “is […]

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False Greatness and its Remedy

False Greatness and its Remedy

[ 2 ] April 11, AD 2012 |

Most of the time I assume myself to be a person falling into the same category Churchill found himself in when dealing with people he didn’t like: “He has all of the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire.” People rub me the wrong way, and they will continue to do so […]

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Living poverty

Living poverty

[ 5 ] April 9, AD 2012 |

In the latest installment of USA Today’s On Religion series, veteran journalist Judith Valente writes about Benedictine nuns in Atchison, Kansas. One choice sentence: “Whatever slender thread is holding our planet together, preventing us from blowing each other apart, just might stem from the prayers of these monastic women and others like them across the […]

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END TIMES?

END TIMES?

[ 1 ] October 15, AD 2011 |

Global uprising as Occupy Wall Street Spreads International, Riots in Rome.   When the Tea Party spread across the nation, there were peaceful demonstrations brought together by everyday, freedom loving Americans. The Tea Party scared the living heck out of the Left in America. Mainstream media, which is dominated largely by leftist leaning ideologues, hated […]

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