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CEO and NGO Catholics

Faithful Catholics have long derided what are known as CEO Catholics: Christmas and Easter Only. It is easy to conclude one is not really a Catholic if one only comes to Mass twice a year, when everybody goes to whatever … Continue reading

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Responding to Reality

In the Old Testament reading today, we have the famous scene known throughout the rest of the Scriptures as the waters of contradiction. The Israelites are faced with troubles: they are thirsty and they are in the desert. This reading … Continue reading

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Virtuous Relationships

I’m here tonight to talk to you about how to develop and maintain holy and virtuous relationships with your beloved. The formation process for the permanent diaconate involves a fair amount of intellectual learning, but I’m also going to share … Continue reading

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Be perfect

Our Lord’s instruction to choose the way of perfection is an important reminder for all of us who call ourselves Christian. “Be perfect,” he tells us. Some of you might respond as I do to these words: I’m a sinner, … Continue reading

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Our common ordinary priesthood

Last Sunday we wrapped up the season of Christmas and Epiphany with the Baptism of the Lord, and now we have entered the Sundays in Ordinary Time. Father reminded us last Sunday that all of us participate in the common … Continue reading

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17 out of 100

When I was a freshman in college, I took Calculus II because in high school I had earned college credit for the first part of Calculus. And I was doing great in that class until we got to something called … Continue reading

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Justice and Death

The Old Testament reading today from Malachi is short – it’s only two verses – but it really packs a punch, doesn’t it? Lo, the day is coming when all the proud and all evildoers will be stubble. But for … Continue reading

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