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WHY?

WHY?  Many questions come to me in the course of a week or a month.  Sometimes I actually have a good answer—not always, unfortunately (if a “good answer” is one that truly satisfies the questioner).  But at Our Savior church there is a perennial question—one I was...

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WHAT MORE, O LORD?

WHAT MORE, O LORD?  [Author’s note:  this Tuesday is the Memorial of St Ignatius Loyola...] This was the great question that St Ignatius Loyola constantly presented to himself (and so to his followers in what became the Society of Jesus).  The Latin word is magis—...

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WHAT SHOULD BE DONE WITH FEAR AND SADNESS?

WHAT SHOULD BE DONE WITH FEAR AND SADNESS?           The Gospel today reflects on Jesus’ withdrawal to a deserted place (NOT necessarily the Sahara desert; just where no one was living).  He pities the people who follow Him, and He teaches them.  It is a fine prelude...

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FAN MAIL

FAN MAIL             It’s happened three times, now, in the last 2-3 months.  I get postcards (always hand printed and always unsigned) explaining where and why Catholics are “disobeying the Saviour [sic]…”   The postcard is of an adobe village in New Mexico; the card...

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HOME THOUGHTS FROM ‘HOME’ 6

HOME THOUGHTS FROM ‘HOME’ 6 THE END OF THE ROAD             Sabbatical time is winding down; I’ll be “back in the saddle” Wednesday morning after Labor Day.  The break has been beneficial both in terms of additional flexibility in prayer time, in writing, and in...

HOME THOUGHT FROM ‘HOME’ 4

HOME THOUGHT FROM ‘HOME’ 4 IS THERE ROOM…? I remember sitting in an outdoor series of benches in Jerusalem, in front of what is called the “Garden Tomb” or “Gordon’s Tomb.”  It is just outside the Damascus Gate, and it was a 19th century attempt to shift attention...

HOME THOUGHTS FROM ‘HOME’ 3

HOME THOUGHTS FROM ‘HOME’ 3             I have arrived at the rectory of Most Holy Redeemer in Evergreen Park.  The journey here from the seminary in Mundelein was interesting and perhaps 45 minutes longer than it might have been, but I chose the way to arrive....

HOME THOUGHTS FROM HOME, 3:

THE SCAPEGOAT AND THE LAMB OF GOD Being a goat may not always be a bad thing, in spite of the press it has received thanks to the famous parable of the sheep and goats at the end of Matthew 25.  Yes, goats represent those who fail to live according to the Corporal...

HOME THOUGHTS FROM “HOME” 2

HOME THOUGHTS FROM “HOME” 2             If a sabbatical is supposed to be about renewal, and if renewal can take many forms, for me it means a time for praying, reading, writing, thinking, and a bit of golf.  Sometimes these can be structured and organized; sometimes,...

BIBLE BASICS, PART VI

The Vatican II Constitution on Divine Revelation Dei Verbum, among many other things, recommended Bible reading to Catholics.   Thanks to this document and the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy Sacrosanctum Concilium, Catholics now can enter into the Scriptures in a...

BIBLE BASICS, PART V

How do we make sense of the differences between Catholic and Protestant versions of the Bible?  I touched briefly on this earlier; it’s time for a more detailed analysis. Because Jews were scattered all over what ultimately became the Roman Empire, thanks to conquests...

BIBLE BASICS, PART IV

How and when was the book we call “The Bible” actually assembled?  What was the process by which books were or were not included in it?  Who made the decisions?  These are important questions, especially here in the South where there are many Protestant “Bible-only”...

BIBLE BASICS, PART III

Who were “Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, and did they write their Gospels on their own?”  This is a wonderfully complicated question! Let’s just say, for starters, that we think we might know who the authors are, and they certainly did not write ‘on their own.’ The...

BIBLE BASICS, PART 2

“I do know [the people who wrote the Old Testament] were inspired by God to write,” so says a questioner.  And it’s true, but this is a potentially misleading way of expressing the truth of Biblical inspiration.  Let’s explore the question in some detail. Some...