Persevering with the Pope

For the next two weeks, the reading for the weekday Masses will be taken from the Letter of St. James. Today we hear the first eleven verses of the opening chapter. The verse that really stands out for me today as I hear this passage anew is verse 3: “for you know the testing of your faith produces perseverance.” […]

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Entertaining Thoughts

Last week I received a question at CUF’s website regarding materials to help young people distinguish discern whether their thoughts are sinful. I found it most edifying that this gentleman wanted to provide solid guidance for his godson in this important part of his spiritual journey. The title on my bookshelf that best addresses this specific […]

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Laity on the Line

The Church emphasizes the fundamental equality that we share by virtue of our Baptism. All Catholics possess equal dignity as children of God, and all are called to holiness and to participation in the life and mission of the Church. This equality exists, however, amidst distinct, complementary roles in the Church. The Church depends on […]

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Complete Joy

In today’s Gospel (John 15:9-11), Our Lord tells us something for the explicit purpose of imparting His joy to us, so that our “joy might be complete.” What was this joy-producing message? It was this: “If you keep my commandments, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and […]

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Peace of Jerusalem

I was different from many of my law school classmates in the early 1980s. I had no desire to become rich, nor was I interested in the power and prestige that accompanies a successful law practice. Rather, in my own naïve way, I wanted to help people. Issues such as poverty, injustice, racism, and nuclear […]

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Food for Thought

I don’t know about you, but I have found the daily Mass readings for the second week of the Easter season to be overflowing with food for meditative prayer and daily Christian living. I thought I would share ten verses that have been especially meaningful to me this week, realizing of course that I’m only […]

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Sloth Management

In yesterday’s post I discussed how the vice of sloth is by no means limited to the “couch potato,” but is a widespread problem in our busy, workaholic world. Now I would like to offer a three-point plan for conquering the vice of sloth and replacing it with virtues that will move us in the right direction. […]

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Recent Survey on U.S. Religious Behavior

I have been reading with interest some of the results of the recent “Religious Landscape Survey” conducted by the Pew Forum. Some of the reported statistics concerning Catholicism are especially disturbing. For example, approximately 1 in 10 Americans is a fallen-away Catholic; approximately one third of children who are raised Catholic eventually leave the Church. In selecting a church, Americans 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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