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Why and How Does Satan Roam the Earth?

One of the more puzzling aspects of demonology is the freedom that Satan and demons appear to have in roaming the earth, causing trouble. If the condemned are consigned to Hell for all eternity, why is Satan allowed to wander about outside of Hell? Isn’t he supposed to be suffering in Hell along with his […]

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Obtaining the Good Life

Inevitably, one of the consequences of a vacation is reflecting on what makes for “the good life.” Certainly time for relaxation, indulging in some favorite hobbies, or enjoying the beauty of the beach, the mountains or even a new city all make life enjoyable and good. Yet, we know that the question points to something […]

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A Short Reflection on Beauty

It is common to link the good, the true, and the beautiful; this is proper because truth is beautiful and a very high good. But as with most insights, some distinctions are necessary, because while truth is always beautiful, not everyone or everything that appears to be beautiful is thereby true. St. Augustine comments on […]

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The Biblical Roots of the Assumption of Mary

While the actual event of the Assumption of Mary into Heaven is not recorded in the Scriptures, there is a biblical basis for the teaching that, considered as a whole, confirms Catholic teaching as both fitting and in keeping with biblical principles. Let’s ponder this feast in stages: The Assumption Explained – To be “assumed” […]

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The Need for Healing in the Face of Hate

Yesterday, the peace of a summer day was again shattered by hate and acrimony which inevitably turned violent, leading to the tragic death of a young woman and serious injuries to many more, as well as the deaths of two state troopers whose helicopter accidentally crashed while assisting in law enforcement efforts.  The scenes captured […]

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Clearing up Confusion with Today’s Gospel on the Temple Tax

The Gospel for today’s Mass (Monday of the 19th Week) is likely confusing to anyone who hears it proclaimed in the United States because the New American Bible Revised Edition (NABRE), used for the lectionary in this country, makes what I would argue is an inaccurate translation of the Greek text. Here is the passage […]

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Fix Your Focus – A Homily for the 19th Sunday of the Year

The Gospel today is about faith and about focus. It teaches that although storms and struggles inevitably arise, we have a choice as to whether we focus on them or on Jesus. The message is clear: “Keep your eyes on the prize. Hold on!” Let’s look at this Gospel in three stages: Perceived Distance, Produced […]

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Finding your Proper Focus as Seen in a Commercial

While the commercial below is certainly over-the-top, it provides an image of the way too many people live their lives. The commercial depicts a ship being tossed about by a terrible storm at sea. In the midst of this crisis, however, all that the captain can think about is that he “needs” to make a […]

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If You Truly Want to Have Something, Lose It – A Mediation on the Economics of the Kingdom

The Feast of St. Lawrence, deacon and martyr, contains an important teaching on the economics of the Kingdom of God. As you might guess, they are quite paradoxical. The teachings come to us both through St. Lawrence’s life and the particular readings selected for his feast. When a persecution broke out in Rome in 257 […]

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A Warning About Sloth in a Story from the Old Testament

This week in daily Mass we are presented with a vivid portrait of the sin of sloth and its effects: A critical moment has arrived for the people of Israel. Having seen the Egyptian army defeated at the Red Sea, they have now crossed the desert in a short period of time, perhaps a matter […]

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