October, 2015

"All Saints" by Fra Angelico

All Saints Day — A Call to Holiness for All

At age sixteen, I thought that aspiring to holiness was out of the question.  If you really wanted to be holy, I thought, you had to be a priest, nun, or brother.  And you had to spend your days doing “religious stuff” like praying, preaching, teaching catechism, or serving the poor.  But I had developed an interest in the opposite […]

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Encountering the Word — Hebrews 3:12-14

A Daily Quote from Sacred Scripture “Take care, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil, unbelieving heart, leading you to fall away from the living God. But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called ‘today,’ that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. For we share in Christ, if […]

Does God want me to hate?

I was driving to my early morning adoration hour, preoccupied in my thoughts about a recent discussion I had about the phrase “love the sinner, hate the sin.”  As I thought over the debate about the validity and worthiness of the expression, something made me stop and listen to the contemporary Christian song that was coming through my car radio. […]

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Encountering the Word — Ephesians 4:22-24

A Daily Quote From Sacred Scripture “Put off your old nature which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful lusts, and be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and put on the new nature, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.” (Ephesians 4:22-24) Print this entry

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Encountering the Word — Matthew 7:1-5

“Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and the measure you give will be the measure you get. Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, […]

Portrait of Niccolò Machiavelli by Santi di Tito

Origins of today’s “God is Dead” Morality: Machiavelli

Finally, it is over, and about time too! Canadians last week elected a new Prime Minister after a historically long eleven week campaign, or seventy-eight days to be exact. This campaign, initiated by the Conservative government of Stephen Harper, was twice as long as the usual thirty-seven-day campaign. Unfortunately for him it was probably too long as he and his […]

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Encountering the Word — Matthew 19:13-14

A Daily Quote from Sacred Scripture Then children were brought to him that he might lay his hands on them and pray. The disciples rebuked the people; but Jesus said, “Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them; for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 19:13-14) Print this entry

Bubble Nebula (NGC 7635) in Cassiopeia constellation

A Sky Filled with Saints

“There are as many saints as there are stars in the sky!” The night sky in its magnificent beauty has beckoned to me ever since I was a small child. At night, especially on a summer’s night, I would slip away and sit on our front porch, or better still, I would lie on the grass and just look up […]