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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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To Hope

“Hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us” (Romans 5:3-5). Hope is one of the three theological virtues infusing a faithful heart with sanctifying … Continue reading

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Near in Mouth and Heart

Prayer consists in having the Lord not only near in mouth, but also near in heart.  “For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks” (Matthew 12:34). Prayer does not comprise one empty phrase heaped upon another.  Rather, … 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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To Prophetic Redux

The pattern of the prophetic messages of the Old Testament was: covenant has been broken, better repent; no repentance, prepare for judgment; and, after judgment, restoration and hope.   Culturally, are we in this cycle?  If we are, where are we … 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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