“[Jesus] said to [the apostles], “Come away by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while.” People were coming and going in great numbers, and they had no opportunity even to eat. So they went off in the boat by themselves to a deserted place.” When our Lord takes the Apostles away to a […]
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“God has created [you] to do Him some definite service. He has committed some work to [you] which He has not committed to another. [You] have [your] mission. [You] may never know it in this life, but [you] shall be told it in the next. [You are] a link in a chain, a bond of […]
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It is fitting that, on the Sunday after Christmas, we should commemorate the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph. This feast day reminds us of an important reality: Jesus was born into a family. Our Lord, like every human person, was not merely an isolated individual. God has willed that new human life should […]
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God wants a return on his investment. He has invested a lot in us, and He wants to see us do something with it. We encounter today three men who received three different quantities of money, each according to his ability. God knows each of us perfectly, better than we know ourselves. He knows what […]
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Over the past few weeks we have celebrated a lot of important feasts in the Church’s calendar that commemorate some of the most important events in Jesus’s life: His Resurrection at Easter, the Ascension of the Lord into Heaven, and the sending of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. All of these mysteries that we have […]
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“It has been reported to me about you, my brothers and sisters, … that there are rivalries among you.” In today’s epistle, St. Paul issues a rebuke to the Christians at Corinth. He has heard that there are rivalries and divisions among the Christians. He is probably disappointed. It has not been very long at […]
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“You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath!” (Mt 3:7)\ If we were to make the Gospels into a play, the character I would want to play would be John the Baptist. He undoubtedly would have the coolest lines: “Even now the ax lies at the root of the trees!” […]
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Most of us have probably had the experience of dealing with someone who is annoyingly nitpicky, who insists on fussing over unimportant details to the degree that it’s impossible to get anything done. Maybe it’s the person who insists on correcting every little detail while you’re speaking so that it’s impossible to have a conversation. […]
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