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DOING BATTLE

"Many try to fly away from temptations only to fall more deeply into them; for you cannot win a battle by mere flight. It is only by patience and humility that you will be strengthened against the enemy. Those who shun them outwardly and do not pull them out by the...

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BUGS AND BABIES

The current issue of National Geographic has a fascinating article on a miniscule family of insects known as “Tree Hoppers.”  [The issue also has a very depressing feature on life for Salvadorans in their home country, but that is a topic for another time.] ...

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THE ROME SUMMIT: HIGHS AND LOWS

From 21 through 24 February, Pope Francis met with leaders of all Catholic national conference presidents and leaders of men’s and women’s religious orders in an effort to face down and deal with the evil of clergy sexual abuse of minors and in particular the cover-up...

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THE CARDINAL AND THE GOVERNOR

What can I say about the conflict between the Cardinal and the Governor?  Why has he not excommunicated the Governor?  There is a combination of possible answers (Let’s be very clear:  I am NOT privy to the mind of the Cardinal!).  We need to...

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Philosophical Principles of the Pro-Abortion Lobby

There seem to me to be several principles that govern the mentality of pro-abortion lobbyists (other than perhaps being in the pockets of the pro-abortion industry).  Many of these, I think, are assumed unconsciously.  I want to identify them, bring them...

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BREATHING WITH BOTH LUNGS

The title of this essay was referred to a few weeks ago in my homily.  It reflects the passion of Pope St John Paul II to bring unity to the two great Churches of the Latin West and the Orthodox East.  Why hasn’t it happened? The split occurred over a period of...

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MY TIME (AGAIN) IN ITALY

So I’ve headed off again to Italy (no surprise, right?).  What are the expectations of my journey?  Let me just say that I have discussed this with my spiritual director/confessor, and his comment to me was, “You always do the same things; you are so predictable!”  I...

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PRAY ALWAYS; PRAY ALL WAYS

St Paul advocated praying constantly or always a number of times in his letters.  The classic quote is from I Thessalonians 5:16:  “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing…”  But he reminds the Colossians pretty well the same thing:  “Persevere in prayer, being watchful...

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THE IMPORTANCE OF ST THOMAS AQUINAS

Monday is the Memorial of the “Angelic Doctor,” the Dominican scholar Thomas Aquinas.  He lived for 50 years (1224-1274), dying in southern Italy while on his way to an ecumenical council that hoped to reunite the Eastern and Western Churches.  His presence at that...

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UNITY, DREAMS, AND LIFE

We have just begun the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (18-25 January).    Monday, 21 January, our country marks the birthday of Dr Martin Luther King, Jr.  The day after is set aside for prayer and penance in the hopes of ending both the legalization of abortion...

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