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Important Reminder: God is more Powerful than Satan

In the work of deliverance ministry, one of the first obstacles to overcome in the afflicted soul is an exaggerated notion of the power of Satan and his demons. Often the troubled person is experiencing a time of crisis. Overwhelmed, he is often scared and sees only darkness. The power of the evil one seems […]

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Summer Excursions: Mother Seton and Our Blessed Mother Mary

For Washington-area Catholics, a close at hand pilgrimage can consists of a pleasant drive that winds past farm fields, roadside produce stands and forests to scenic Emmitsburg, Maryland.  There you can visit the Basilica and National Shrine of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, pray at the National Shrine Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes nearby.  The […]

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Here’s What Grows in King Jesus’ Garden

Flowers, besides being beautiful, have often been used in Christian tradition to signify virtues and remind us of the saints. For example, consider this brief meditation of St. Augustine on the virtues related to our state in life: I tell you again and again, my brethren, that in the Lord’s garden are to be found […]

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Laity’s Role in Rebuilding Trust is Well Documented

Today, the Catholic Standard published my thoughts on the role of the laity in addressing the current crisis we are all working to address.  You may read this article here.

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How Justice and Mercy are Alike with God

Many people today set mercy and justice in opposition to each other, but where is mercy if justice is absent? Could the victims of genocide really be said to experience mercy if their unrepentant killers were ushered past them into the Kingdom of Heaven? Could Heaven even be Heaven if unrepentant sinners dwelled there? At […]

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Five Aspects of Faith – A Homily for the 19th Sunday of the Year

The Gospel this Sunday amounts to a summons to faith by Jesus. He is summoning us to faith in Himself and in the truth He proclaims about His presence in the Holy Eucharist. Last week’s Gospel ended with Jesus declaring that He was the bread come down from Heaven. This Sunday’s Gospel opens with His […]

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We Are Wayfarers and Our Food Is the Eucharist, as Seen in a Commercial

The commercial below reminds me of the fact that the Eucharist is our necessary food for the journey; it is the food of wayfarers. In John chapter 6, Jesus teaches that the miraculous manna described in Exodus and Numbers was the food that sustained the ancient Jews in the desert and strengthened them bodily for […]

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Standing for a Good and Just Society

The nation’s capital is host to many events, rallies and marches which voice concerns and opinions on any number of issues. These groups, of course, all have a right under the First Amendment to peaceably assemble and speak their mind, however distasteful others might find their ideas. Some of these gatherings the Church of Washington […]

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Sweet Hour of Prayer! Or Not? How do You Experience Prayer?

How do you think of prayer? Is it another thing you “have to do” among many other things on your list? Or is prayer a time when you refrain from doing? Is prayer a requirement you regret or a rest you relish? What is prayer for you? The danger in answering questions like these is […]

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Throwback Thursday: The Passionate Love of Pope Paul VI for Christ and His Church

This coming October 14, Pope Paul VI will be canonized in a Mass where Archbishop Oscar Romero will also be formally recognized as a saint.  Looking forward to that day, now on the 40th anniversary of the end of his earthly sojourn, we remember with joy the life and ministry of soon-to-be Saint Paul VI. […]

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