Seeing is Believing

My first few days as a law student in the early 1980s were a little daunting. After all, I had seen the 1973 movie The Paper Chase a couple times and had some idea of the incredible stress involved in being a first-year law student. My textbooks were so thick that I needed to make […]

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A Word to the Verbose

My “guardian angel” left this quote from St. Francis de Sales on my desk this morning:  ”The worst defect in talking is talking too much. Hence, in speech be brief and virtuous, brief and gentle, brief and simple, brief and charitable, brief and amiable.” Okay, I get the message. (Don’t have to hit me over […]

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Right Here, Right Now

I spent a couple wonderful years with a religious community in the 1980s as I was discerning a possible vocation to the priesthood and religious life. One day, they brought in a well-known retreat master to give the two dozen or so seminarians a day of recollection. The first words of the priest to begin […]

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It’s Not About the Pork

We’re treated to some intense passages from 2 Maccabees at Mass this week. Yesterday we heard: “Eleazar, one of the foremost scribes, a man of advanced age and noble appearance, was being forced to open his mouth to eat port. But preferring a glorious death to a life of defilement, he spat out the meat, […]

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Purify My Heart

“What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asks the blind man in today’s Gospel. The blind man replies, “Lord, please let me see.” Doesn’t this episode apply to all of us? Don’t we all wish to see? We all desire a stronger faith, a clearer sense of God’s will for us, perhaps even […]

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Rebuilding This Temple

Today the Church celebrates the fairly unusual feast of the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica, which as the Pope’s cathedral is known as the “mother church” of not only the Diocese of Rome but of the whole world. One line from the Gospel for today’s feast really struck me: “This temple has been under construction […]

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Seizing the Moment

In our daily spiritual lives, moments of decision typically revolve around temptations. We’re trying to follow Christ and abide by His teachings and commands. Then we’re confronted with a situation in which we’re being lured—subtly or overtly, whatever best suits Satan’s purposes at the time—into doing what we know we shouldn’t do. In these instances, […]

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Blaming the Bishops

The Connecticut legislature, over relentless objection from the Connecticut bishops, passes a law that requires all hospitals in the state, including Catholic hospitals, to administer “emergency contraception” without first administering an ovulation test. Members of the “Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence,” where else but in San Francisco, as part of their mockery of the Catholic faith, […]

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My Brother Louie

As we meditate on the Gospels, it’s only natural that we would try to imagine what the various biblical figures looked like, beginning with Our Lord Himself. One character I find especially intriguing is Zacchaeus, whose encounter with our Lord is recorded in Luke 19:1-10. Whenever I think of Zacchaeus, I picture Louie De Palma, […]

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