Aug162013
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TAKE TIME TO REST

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The inability to rest is a sin. What? Well, remember the deadly sin of sloth? There is an opposite side to it that does not have to do with laying on the couch and watching TV for hours while eating entire bags of potato chips. In our insane and...

Aug152013
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RESTORING OUR HOPE

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Did you know that the Assumption is one of only two Dogmas declared infallibly by a Pope?  The other is the Dogma of the Immaculate Conception.  In fact, both were declared in somewhat recent history, the Immaculate Conception in the 1800s and...

Aug142013
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THE PATRON SAINT OF OUR DIFFICULT CENTURY

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I remember when I was invited to select a saint for Confirmation along with my 8th grade classmates.  Being 25% Polish, I first looked into the Polish saints, and one of the first I read about was Saint Maximilian Kolbe.  After reading about his...

Aug132013
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FAITH OF THE MARTYRS

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The blood of the martyrs is the seed of Christians. These words come from the first centuries of Christianity.  The death of the martyrs became the leaven of the Church in many areas of the world, not only in Rome, but also in Asia, Africa, and...

Aug122013
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FINDING FREEDOM IN THE CLOISTER

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Editor's note:  Yesterday we celebrated the feast of St. Clare and featured a post on her life and the order of sisters she founded who lived as brides of Christ in poverty and prayer.  800 years later, young women are still being called to...

Aug112013
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JOY IN THE LORD

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What could have inspired a young, Italian noblewoman to leave everything she knew behind to begin a new and radical life? St. Clare heard St. Francis preaching in the streets, and felt an instant, burning desire to imitate his humble life of...

Aug102013
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A SIGN AND LIVING WITNESS OF CHRIST THE SERVANT

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On this feast day of a deacon, the feast of St. Lawrence, I would like to reflect on this ordained ministry in the church.  “Thus, at the initial grade of sacred hierarchy are deacons, whose ministry has always been greatly esteemed in the...

Aug092013
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ONE HUMAN FAMILY

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As we remember Edith Stein's martyrdom today, we recall the words of Blessed John Paul II from her canonization homily: “We must all stand together: human dignity is at stake. There is only one human family.” Though converted from the...

Aug082013
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BE A BEARER OF THE LIGHT OF FAITH!

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He came for testimony, to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him. He was not the light, but came to testify to the light. The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world (John 1:7-9). These words from...

Aug072013
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FOOTBALL SEASON IS COMING!

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This past week, I was driving down the road and I saw our parish school football team practicing.  I immediately got excited.  I love football and can’t wait to see our team play. Then, the next day, I was out driving again and I saw the...

Aug062013
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IT IS GOOD FOR US TO BE HERE

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“It is good for us to be here!” These were the words that Peter cried out immediately after Jesus transfigured before the three apostles on the mountaintop. As we celebrate the Feast of the Transfiguration, we recall how our Lord revealed...

Aug052013
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STRUGGLES AND JOYS

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One of the most continually humbling experiences of a newly ordained priest is the celebration of the Sacrament of Penance. It is in this sacrament that the newly ordained fully realizes not only the wounded nature of humanity, but also its...

Aug042013
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IN UNCOMPROMISING DEVOTION

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In college seminary, I developed an admiration and devotion to St. John Vianney, starting during the “Year of the Priest.” So you can imagine the excitement I felt when I learned that I would have the opportunity to join Fr. Fred Miller (Mount...

Aug032013
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YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU

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Mark Hart, the Bible Geek, has another great reflection for us about tomorrow's Gospel reading.  The parable that Jesus tells us in Luke really gives us a lot to think about.  Take some time before you head to Mass to think about all the...

Aug022013
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LOVE OF NEIGHBOR

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Editor's Note: Today we continue our catechesis on the Ten Commandments.  To read yesterday's post on the first three commandments, click here.  Commandments 4-10:  Love of Neighbor  4th Commandment:  Honor your father and...

Aug012013
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LOVE OF GOD

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Author's Note: My friends, in this time, I would like to offer a special catechesis on the Ten Commandments.  Today we will address the first three commandments, and tomorrow, the final seven.  My purpose here is not so that we feel...

Jul312013
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KEEPING TRACK OF CHRIST

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Seven years ago, my Jesuit superiors missioned me to study theology in Rome. I would live at the college of the Gesù, the Jesuit seminary that houses the rooms of our founder, St. Ignatius of Loyola. Among my occasional community responsibilities...

Jul302013
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WHAT WE DO, WHO WE ARE

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Editor's Note: We welcome Mark Latkovic back to the blog.  Yesterday, he discussed the formation of our conscience.  In today's post, he develops this idea further, focusing on moral act and how it can affect our identities –...

Jul292013
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FORMING OUR CONSCIENCE

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What Conscience Is and Is Not The Anglican moral theologian, Oliver O’Donovan observes that contemporary accounts of conscience understand it to be either a “god” or a “demon.”  In the former case, it is something that calls me to...

Jul282013
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RECOGNIZING THE VOICE OF GOD

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1703    Endowed with “a spiritual and immortal” soul,[1] the human person is “the only creature on earth that God has willed for its own sake.”[2] From his conception, he is destined for eternal beatitude. 1704    The human person...

Jul272013
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PLEASE CAN I HAVE?

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Recently I was sitting in an airport terminal, reading a book and waiting for a flight, when a father and his 2-year-old son sat down next to me. The boy (presumably named Billy) was busy toddling about his dad’s feet, tugging on his pants and...

Jul262013
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THE REPOSITORIES OF TRADITION

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Nestled quietly in the back section of our Sunday newspaper was an article on the death of a woman.  She would hardly have been noticed by anyone important in our city; the only reason she received any notoriety in death being the...

Jul252013
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WORLD YOUTH DAY UPDATE

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Over the past week or so, young pilgrims from all over the world have been flocking to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to participate in World Youth Day 2013.  This year's theme, “Go and Make Disciples of all Nations” (Mt. 28:19), encourages...

Jul242013
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A SERVANT OF THE CHURCH

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Within the time of the New Testament, the leader of each Christian community, its “overseer” (in Greek, episkopos), was the forerunner of today’s diocesan bishop.  In each of the communities established by the apostles (or their...

Jul232013
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CARE AND COMMITMENT

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What does it mean to be called by God to serve His Church as a priest?  Perhaps no one has spoken more eloquently about this than our beloved Blessed John Paul II. Allow me to respond to that question by drawing on John Paul II’s...