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Mater Dolorosa vs. the Prosperity Gospel

What kind of title of honor is “Our Lady of Sorrows”? How does the Church expect us to be excited about our call to sanctity if the image of sanctity that she offers is a mother weeping over the death of her only son? The logic of this title profoundly…

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Three words to help with confession

That, how, why. Years ago, a wise Dominican taught me these three words as a framework for thinking about confession, and they have stuck with me ever since. That you sin: Admit that you have sinned. Saying that you are wrong can be humbling and difficult, but none of us…

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Now is the Day of Resurrection

Our faith juggles two seemingly opposed ideas. On the one hand, we are pilgrims in a foreign land, and we await the fulfillment of God’s promises. On the other hand, as St. Paul says, “now is the acceptable time… now is the day of salvation” (2 Corinthians 6:2). God’s promises…

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Would Pope Jesus be better than Ascending Jesus?

Tomorrow is Ascension Thursday, reminding us that we have ten final days of the Easter season to enjoy before Pentecost Sunday. On Ascension Thursday we commemorate when our Lord Jesus “was taken up into heaven and took His seat at the right hand of God.” (Mark 16:19) But why did…

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Lord, to Whom Shall We Go?

“Simon Peter answered him, ‘Lord, to whom shall we go? Thou hast the words of eternal life. And we have believed and have known, that thou art the Christ, the Son of God.’” (Jn 6:68-9). Eternal life consists essentially in knowing God as he is. We cannot attain this knowledge…

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Who is St. Joseph the Worker?

We think of St. Joseph working as a carpenter. Still, what did it really mean? To understand, we need to briefly go back to where it all began In Redemptoris Custos, Pope John Paul II taught the following: According to Jewish custom, marriage took place in two stages: first, the…

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The Peace of Eastertide

At 21 years old, I sat in a train car on a warm August afternoon that was winding its way through the mountainous French countryside on my way to Lourdes from Spain. World Youth Day 2011 in Madrid had ended, and I was on my way into France. I recorded…

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What is Freedom?

In some ways, the question seems to have such an obvious answer that it may seem strange to even ask. What more is there to say except that freedom is the ability to choose between opposing or contrary decisions? Yet it is freedom which has such monumental weight in the…

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Spiritual Joy

Now that we have completed our Lenten journey (hopefully a challenging one), we can relax and enjoy the delights of the Easter season.  Chocolate bunnies, Easter eggs, maybe some steaks and fine wines—all appropriate ways to celebrate the great festival of the Resurrection.  However, if our rejoicing does not extend…

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Alleluia! Alleluia!

Christ is risen! He is risen indeed. Alleluia! Alleluia! We are in the midst of the Octave of Easter.  Like Christmas, Easter Sunday does not last for one day but for eight days.  For eight days we celebrate the Resurrection of the Lord with the highest solemnity and abundant joy. …

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