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The Paradox of the Cross — Joy in the Midst of Sorrow

The Cross is the great paradox of Christianity. More than a few people have asked me over the years why the Catholic Church focuses so prominently and persistently on the Crucifix. One inquirer even suggested that the Crucifix hanging above the Altar is too intense a reminder of the sorrow in the world and that she would never join a […]

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Daily Lenten Reflection — People of Love

“As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you… love one another as I have loved you” (John 15:9,12). If we are going to be His disciples… if we are going to say that we love Jesus… we must be people of love! So how do we love Him and love one another? Those who know me have […]

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Is It Better to Love or Be Loved?

Is it better to love or be loved? It is a simple question, but it can change the way you orient your whole life. Wouldn’t being loved by more people mean that you are a better person? Wouldn’t it feel better to be loved by lots of people? Wouldn’t it bring you greater honor? Isn’t honor a good thing? Wouldn’t […]

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Daily Lenten Reflection — Conversion, not death

“I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way and live…” (Ezekiel 33:11) Each of us likely has some trait, some habit or behavior that makes it difficult at times to be around us. If you are unsure what it is, you can either take the direct approach and ask others to […]

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Can Human Free Will and Divine Predestination Both be True?

If God is not love but only knowledge, then it is difficult or impossible to see how human free will and divine predestination can both be true. But if God is love, there is a way. Freedom and predestination is one of the most frequently asked questions among my students—partly because of modern man’s great concern for freedom, but also, […]

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Daily Lenten Reflection — Love of Neighbor

“He alone loves the Creator perfectly who manifests a pure love for his neighbor” (St. Bede the Venerable). Who is our neighbor? Do we even know our neighbor? In both urban and suburban living, it is clear that we know less about our neighbors than just a generation ago. Sociologists and others who study such things may have many theories […]

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Four Critical Principles for Catholic Fathers

“It is easier for a father to have children than for children to have a real father.” (Pope St. John XXIII) I often feel completely lost and befuddled as a Catholic father in today’s world. How do I set the right example? How do I help my sons grow up with a strong Catholic faith? How do I prepare them […]

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Daily Lenten Reflection — In You Alone

“But you, Bethlehem-Ephrathah too small to be among the clans of Judah, From you shall come forth for me one who is to be ruler in Israel; Whose origin is from of old, from ancient times” (Micah 5:1). We need to know that in this world of senseless violence that there is meaning to our being and existence and hope […]

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Daily Lenten Reflection — What do I want?

“There are three things which united together conduce to the salvation of man; The Sacrament, The Wilderness, Fasting. No one who has not rightly contended receives a crown, but no one is admitted to the contest of virtue, except first being washed from the stains of all his sins, he is consecrated with the gift of heavenly grace” (St. Ambrose; […]

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Daily Lenten Reflection — Spiritual Training

“There are three things which united together conduce to the salvation of man; The Sacrament, The Wilderness, Fasting. No one who has not rightly contended receives a crown, but no one is admitted to the contest of virtue, except first being washed from the stains of all his sins, he is consecrated with the gift of heavenly grace” (St. Ambrose; […]