Feed My Lambs

In today’s Gospel we hear the fascinating post-Resurrection dialogue between our risen Lord and St. Peter. Many people wonder about repetitive nature of Our Lord’s questions, and why He says “lambs” one time and then another time He says “sheep.” Of course throughout His public ministry Christ frequently used familiar terms such as  “sheep” to describe His followers, and He even referred […]

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Vatican II Today

It’s hard to believe, but we are closing in on the 50th anniversary of the election of Pope John XXIII, who convoked the Second Vatican Council, the 21st ecumenical council in the Church’s history. Pope Benedict XVI candidly admits the difficulties that have hampered the implementation of Vatican II. For the Holy Father, the key […]

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He Is Alive!

In his Gospel commentary for Easter Sunday, Capuchin Father Raniero Cantalamessa, the pontifical household preacher, pointedly asks: “Did Jesus really rise? What assurances do we have that we are dealing with something that really happened and not an invention or suggestion?” In response, Father Cantalamessa says that “the strongest argument that Christ is risen, is […]

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Thanks for Everything

Gratitude is the appropriate response when receiving a gift. Too often we take our lives for granted and don’t adequately acknowledge our abundant blessings. Sometimes, however, we may recognize the gift but not recognize the Giver. Instead, we take the credit ourselves. We “make our own breaks” and when things go our way, we are […]

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Listen to Your Lawyer

“Settle with your opponent quickly while on the way to court. Otherwise your opponent will hand you over to the judge, and the judge will hand you over to the guard, and you will be thrown into prison. Amen, I say to you, you will not be released until you have paid the last penny.” […]

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Christ, the Philosopher-Shepherd

Without Christ, we are “without hope and without God in the world” (Eph. 2:12). But who is Jesus Christ, the bearer of life-changing divine truth that brings light to our darkness? In Spe Salvi, Pope Benedict XVI focuses on two images of Christ that frequently appeared on sarcophagi during the early centuries of Christianity. These […]

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Memories that Come Alive

I’m a diehard sports fan, so I was really in my glory this past “Super Bowl weekend,” even though my beloved Chiefs weren’t playing for the 38th consecutive time–but who’s counting. I’ve never been to a Super Bowl, which would be awesome, but I’ve been to plenty of major sporting events in my life. If […]

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Dual Citizenship

Even though it’s written on our souls rather than our passports, our true home is heaven. As God’s children by adoption (cf. Gal. 4:4-7), we are citizens of both the earthly kingdom and the heavenly kingdom. There is one significant difference between our earthly citizenship and our heavenly citizenship. As citizens of this world, we […]

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Separating the Fruit from the Nuts

Yesterday I commented on the phenomenon of seemingly good spiritual fruit coming from questionable sources in the Church. Today, I would like to offer a few biblical observations to help us make more sense of this situation as lay Catholics. (1) As St. Paul writes, “Test everything; retain what is good” (1 Thess. 5:21). At least for […]

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