Only Love Endures

Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time: 11-13-16 Peace be with You, Last weekend we began the first of three weekends that have to do with the “end times.”  Therein, we saw that though our lives stand to be perfected at the end of time, we can begin to and indeed are meant to experience a life of salvation starting here and now by living a life of unity with our God (to the extent that this is possible this side of eternity).  This weekend, we continue on the same topic, but with added empha...
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A Glimpse of Happiness

Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time: 10-30-16 Peace be with You, Last weekend, in the Parable of the Pharisees and the Tax Collector, we saw that we can do what it is that God calls us to do, i.e. be forgiving, generous, etc., and still be far from who it is that we are called to be if we do it for the wrong reasons.  That is, if we live the sort of life that the Bible calls us to in order to build ourselves up, both in our own minds and in the minds of others, then we have gone far from ...
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Building from the Ground Up

Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time: 8-28-16 Peace be with You, Over the last couple of weeks we have been confronted with the reality that the road to discipleship is a difficult one.  Two weeks ago, we heard Jesus tell us that to love as He loves will often leave us in a position that is unwelcomed by the world, at times even those closest to us (cf. Luke 12:53).  Then last week, we were told that to enter the kingdom of heaven is like entering through a narrow, and we might even say, ...
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The Portal of Faith

Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time: 8-7-16 Peace be with You, This weekend, we continue our crash course in Christian discipleship picking up right where we left off last weekend.  Last Sunday, Jesus taught us that we are to value material goods only inasmuch as they enable us to live lives of self-giving love.  We saw that this requires us to live contemplatively, so as to view things with this end in mind.  Today, we are given further instruction on the type of mentality the Christian di...
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