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The Gift and Challenge of the New Moses

"Mulitplication of the Loaves and Fishes" (detail) by Très Riches Heures

“Jesus wants to give us much more than free bread or liberation from earthly suffering. But we want to settle for much less.” In this Sunday’s Gospel we hear the continuation of the story of the multiplication of the loaves and fish that we began last Sunday. John tells us that after Jesus performs the dramatic miracle, the people begin to […]

The Pernicious Sin of Gossip

Photo by Priscilla Du Preez on Unsplash

“Through our words, we can wound reputations in a matter of seconds, and the damage can irreparable.” Days later, the Gospel from Mass on Monday is still echoing in my ears and heart. It is a familiar image from the Sermon on the Mount, but one that I probably need to meditate on every day. “Why do you notice the […]

The Perfect Human Heart

"Sacred Heart of Jesus" (detail) by Chambers

“To love with a human heart is to accept the possibility of a broken human heart.” I stood on the Mount of Olives and looked across at Jerusalem, the skyline a mix of old and new. The light blue dome of the Holy Sepulchre seemed to almost touch the dominant gold Dome of the Rock, and the Western Wall was […]

The Faithful Shepherd

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The Beauty of Frequent Confession

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Death is Not the Final Answer

"The Raising of Lazarus" (detail) by Carl Bloch

The Final Journey to Jerusalem Begins The account of the raising of Lazarus from the dead by Jesus is the seventh of the seven signs in St. John’s Gospel that announce the fulfillment of the Old Covenant in the New Covenant and the passing away of the old rites, replaced by the grace and sacraments of Jesus Christ. It is also the […]

That You May See

"Christ Healing the Blind Man" by Eustache Le Sueur [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

In St. John’s Gospel, there is the account of the healing of the man born blind (John 9:1-41). It is the sixth of the seven signs recounted by St. John that announce the fulfillment of the Old Covenant in the New Covenant and the passing away of the old rites, replaced by the grace and sacraments of Jesus Christ. It is […]

We Shouldn’t Be Afraid to Talk about Hell

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Why Do We Follow a Secular Compass?

I don’t know about you, but I rarely get through the day without feeling beaten up a little by the demands and pervasive negative influence of the world. It is difficult to find peace and block out the noise. I am challenged to avoid committing the same venial sins over and over each day. In my weakness, I tend to […]

Where are the “Regular” Catholic Heroes?

Man at Prayer

Feeling let down by politicians and public figures who say they are Catholic, but their words and actions are often contrary to the teachings of the Church? Do we seek good examples for ourselves, our children or our grandchildren to emulate because we hope they will demonstrate in word and deed what it means to be authentically Catholic?  Perhaps we […]