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Simon Peter

Simon Peter had many qualities I can identify with. He frequently misunderstood Jesus (Matthew 16:16 and 22-23) and some of His simplest parables (Matthew 15:15). He professed great faith, vowing his allegiance to Jesus unto death (Matthew 26:33-35). But, when … Continue reading

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Darkness

Darkness is our preference. Through our concupiscence, this is how we begin and what we continually struggle against, the allurements of the flesh, the seduction of pride. We naturally favor “darkness to light” (John 3:19). But, we were not made … Continue reading

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Out of Evil God Brings Forth Good

A portion of life, to a greater or lesser extent, consists of stress and discomfort, misery and disappointment.  Some argue and posit that the present of these, which they construe as evils, within our life proves there is no God. … Continue reading

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Rome Pilgrimage – Sunday Angelus and Catacombs

Our day started at Saint Peter’s Square with the Sunday Angelus of Pope Francis.  The square was filled with tens of thousands of people.  Pope Francis spoke of the need to “pray always, without growing weary.”  The readers of my … Continue reading

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Come Follow

Come follow me.  What is Christ asking when He calls us to come follow? Is Christ asking us to follow Him so that we can walk with Him?  He is.  Jesus desires to walk with us, as He walked with … Continue reading

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How to Hear

“Take care how you hear” (Luke 8:18) is a rather odd warning put forth by Jesus.  “Take care who you hear” or “take care what you hear” would seem more pertinent. Why is Jesus more concerned with how we hear, … Continue reading

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Finding Grace and Mercy in Typographical [Erors] Errors

Yesterday someone commented on a typographical error I made in one of my postings (which I gratefully thanked them for pointing out).  This morning, I found yet another.  This posting is result of these two typographical errors. We strive to … Continue reading

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Attacking Our Humanity and Our Relationship with God

After creating man and woman, “God blessed them, and God said to them, ‘Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the air … Continue reading

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Rejoice in Hope, Endure in Affliction, and Persevere in Prayer*

Our culture has co-opted and corrupted hope.  Culturally, hope is a wish for a particular outcome or result.  Christian hope is not a wish for reality to be different.  Christian hope lies in the fulfillment of truth and reality, a … Continue reading

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Appear Not Before the Lord Empty Handed

Today’s Old Testament reading at mass was from Sirach (35:1-12), where we are warned, “Appear not before the Lord empty handed.”  This is a warning against bribes, not works; “offer no bribes, these He does not accept!” Rather, “In a … Continue reading

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