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Christians and Karma

Christians are not noted for learning from people of different faiths. In fact, many Christians seem to believe that even considering a perspective that differs from their own is borderline sinful. That is unfortunate because examining others’ views can often deepen our own. A good example of this is the concept of karma. Karma is […]

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Bearing Fruit Where We Are Planted

What topic or subject did Jesus talk about most frequently? If your answer was a topic concerning love or morality or faith or forgiveness, you would be wrong. The central theme of Jesus teaching, as recorded in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke, was “The Kingdom of God”. We should recognize that the terms […]

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On Bringing Forth And Leaving Behind

The readings for the 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time begin with Solomon’s request for Wisdom and conclude with a summation of the Lord’s teaching on the parables. At the conclusion of the Dissertation on the parables in the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus states: “Every scribe of the Kingdom is like the head of the household […]

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The Cognitive Dysfunction Epidemic

Have you ever seen an ad for Cognitive Dysfunction (CD) like the ubiquitous Erectile Dysfunction (ED) ads? It might feature a man getting his truck stuck in the mud while the announcer intones, “You’ve learned a thing or two—now it’s time to get your brain working.” Or a man and a woman gazing at each […]

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The Price Of Freedom

The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field; but while men were sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away. So when the plants came up and bore grain, then the weeds appeared also. (Matthew 23:24-26) If, along with me, you […]

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The Vision In Which We Live

We live in a strange world, don’t we? So many people begin things with good intentions, wonderful visions, and really want to make things better, both in their own lives and in the lives of others. Marx and Lenin, the fathers of communism, really wanted to make the lives of their countrymen better. We went […]

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Humility: Act Two

It has been several months since I contributed the first article, Humility: Act 1. Sometimes being humble requires that we fulfill our daily obligations with work, family and other responsibilities over and above what we would prefer to do. I would prefer to write. The Lord has blessed me with a few moments of time […]

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Can We Handle The Truth?

The Gospel for the 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time can be divided into three sections. The first is the parable of the sower. Seed is thrown out on a footpath, where the birds eat it up, on rocky ground where it had no deep roots, among thorns where it was choked, and finally on good soil […]

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“American Exceptionalism”

I am troubled by the term “American exceptionalism.” Those who know me will find this odd because I love my country, my eyes still fill with tears when I hear the national anthem, and I thank God that I was born here. What is more, I believe no other nation has done more than America […]

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Faith And Hope Are What Should Be In Our Hearts

When it comes to facing failures in life, the farmer in the Gospel parable for the 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time sounds a lot like many of us. We work hard, and only sometimes succeed. Most of the best things that we give to others are not by them well received. Most of what we […]

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