Persecution and Inspiration

You may have heard about the persecution of Christians in Orissa, India, that has been going on since late August. As WorldNetDaily summarizes: The violence began after Christians were blamed for the death of Hindu leader Swami Laxmanananda Saraswati on Aug. 24. They continue to be persecuted even though Maoists openly admitted to murdering Saraswati. […]

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Virtue on the Mount

In contemplating Our Lord’s Sermon on the Mount (Mt. 5-7) in recent weeks, one section that has really struck me is the part known as the “Six Antitheses”–the series of six statements by Our Lord that begin “You have heard it said . . .” followed by “I say to you . . .” These statements […]

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Lessons for Today

Three things jump out at me in today’s Gospel, which is taken from chapter 10 of St. Matthew’s Gospel. (1) God’s sense of humor. Today is the 18th anniversary of my becoming engaged to Maureen, so I find it very amusing that in today’s Gospel Our Lord would say, “I have come to bring not peace […]

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Declarations of Independence

Today we celebrate our “independence,” and it’s good that we do so. The independence that we’re celebrating is our country’s independence from tyranny and foreign rule, allowing us to live as free citizens. We recognize that we’re not completely independent, for good and for ill, from other nations, and that the exercise of the personal […]

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Spiritual Cataracts

Today’s Gospel is the familiar passage from Our Lord’s Sermon on the Mount, in which He advises us to remove the large beams from our own eyes before trying to remove the tiny specks from our neighbor’s eye. This lesson has long been a source of fruitful meditation for me. After Mass a few years […]

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Pacifism Is Hell

The documents of Vatican II frequently refer to the Church on earth as the “pilgrim Church.” This image emphasizes the truth that we are a people who are on a journey to our true home. We need the supernatural virtue of hope–the virtue of the pilgrim–to remain faithful to the Lord, trusting in His infinite […]

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Gold-Medal Catholics

At Mass this week we have been treated to selections from the Second Letter of St. Paul to Timothy. Today, for example, we heard the famous passage from chapter three regarding the inspiration of Sacred Scripture: “All Scripture is inspired by God and useful for teaching . . .” such that believers may be “equipped […]

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Hall of Faith

Last week I asked some of the regular readers of this blog for suggestions as to what I should write about in future posts. One friend suggested a top-ten list of the most influential books in my life. I thought that was an excellent idea, and it plays into my Lettermanian predilection for top-ten lists. […]

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