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A Conversation with Jesus

March 19, AD 2017 1 Comment
A Conversation with Jesus

This has been a rough week for our family. On Wednesday our daughter, Evie, had a series of six seizures for no apparent reason. She had been having a run-of-the-mill case of viral gastroenteritis, it seemed, without even a high fever, and then suddenly she was seizing. Neither we, nor the paramedics, nor the ER staff, […]

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Sin, Slavery, and Identity

March 7, AD 2017 0 Comments
Sin, Slavery, and Identity

“Abuse (and the trauma that results from it) causes not only the anxiety of meaninglessness and the anxiety of guilt, but also the anxiety of non-being. …mind-control is the perfect metaphor for emotional abuse. Maybe it’s because the human will is so core to what it means to be, that if you take it away—whether […]

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Healer of Souls

February 17, AD 2017 0 Comments
Healer of Souls

Over the past week, the Gospel readings have contained many scenes of healing from Jesus’s public ministry. We know that Jesus performed many miraculous healings during His life and continues to do so today. The healing springs of Our Lady of Lourdes, whose feast we celebrated on Saturday, have brought about countless healings that have […]

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Trust and Truth

February 14, AD 2017 1 Comment
Trust and Truth

Sometimes, when one hears of a poor fellow being scammed, losing his savings to a nonexistent online girlfriend, or wasting thousands on damaging psychobabble seminars, one wonders—how could he have believed such an incredulous thing? Trust is the bedrock of human society—every time we have a conversation with a friend, conduct business, or worship, we […]

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Let Yourself Be Moved

January 24, AD 2017 0 Comments
Let Yourself Be Moved

Every January, pro-life marches and events are held across the country. We talk about abortion in our parishes and homes, and we eagerly attend special Masses that are held to pray for the sanctity of all human life. We look at the adorable babies in our midst and, spurred on by a passion for life, […]

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Heart-to-Heart: A Look at the Pain of Love

December 28, AD 2016 3 Comments
Heart-to-Heart: A Look at the Pain of Love

If you love me, you will keep my commandments.[1] On the face of it, Christ’s words seem obvious: of course we’ll obey Christ because we love Him! Yet, when it comes down to it, loving the Lord and living His commandments feel like two entirely different propositions. Well, first off, we, as Christians, are defined […]

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Ora et Labora

December 2, AD 2016 1 Comment
Ora et Labora

St. Benedict gives us a remarkable example of discipline. His simple motto, Ora et labora—pray and work—is still relevant to our own lives, so many centuries after his death. We need both prayer and work in order to live a truly Christian life and finish the race. If we were to embrace prayer without also embracing […]

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Blind Spots

November 14, AD 2016 2 Comments
Blind Spots

Then Jesus said, “I came into this world for judgment, so that those who do not see might see, and those who do see might become blind.” Some of the Pharisees who were with him heard this and said to him, “Surely we are not also blind, are we?” Jesus said to them, “If you […]

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The Road to Hell is Paved with Good Intentions

November 10, AD 2016 0 Comments
The Road to Hell is Paved with Good Intentions

“Cimourdain was a pure-minded but gloomy man. He had ‘the absolute’ within him. He had been a priest, which is a solemn thing. Man may have, like the sky, a dark and impenetrable serenity; that something should have caused night to fall in his soul is all that is required. Priesthood had been the cause […]

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Perception and Pain

November 8, AD 2016 1 Comment
Perception and Pain

An adventure is only an inconvenience rightly considered. An inconvenience is an adventure wrongly considered. —G. K. Chesterton When I was little, one of my favorite fairy tales was The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen, a deeply Christian story. In short, it is about two children, Kay and Gerda, who are best friends until […]

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Purgatory: The Antechamber of Heaven

November 2, AD 2016 10 Comments
Purgatory: The Antechamber of Heaven

“Our souls demand Purgatory, don’t they? Would it not break the heart if God said to us, ‘It is true, my son, that your breath smells and your rags drip with mud and slime, but we are charitable here and no one will upbraid you with these things, nor draw away from you. Enter into […]

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The Disfigurement of Sin

October 20, AD 2016 0 Comments
The Disfigurement of Sin

“He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him,    nothing in his appearance that we should desire him. He was despised and rejected by mankind,    a man of suffering, and familiar with pain. Like one from whom people hide their faces    he was despised, and we held him in low […]

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Appearances

October 19, AD 2016 1 Comment
Appearances

Curé d’Ambricourt: “I said to her, ‘Peace be with you,’ and she’d received that peace on her knees. What wonder, that one can give what one doesn’t possess! Oh, miracle of our empty hands!” —Georges Bernanos, Diary of a Country Priest Mother Teresa suffered a terrible dark night of the soul for over a decade, […]

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Judging and Loving

October 17, AD 2016 1 Comment
Judging and Loving

It is a strange thing, but we as human beings are often eager critics. It is so easy to criticize, to catch the flaws and failures of others. Whether we mull over others’ faults in the back of our minds, speak openly to their faces, or take it upon ourselves to send a quick “Hey, […]

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It’s all about Love

September 7, AD 2016 1 Comment
It’s all about Love

There are a great variety of vocations in life, but all require a deep, persistent love.  Whether we look at our vocation in general terms and consider whether we are called to the religious life or the sacrament of marriage, or else look at the more detailed aspects of our vocation—which includes the place and […]

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