Posts Tagged ‘faith’

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 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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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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In His Gentleness, We Find Peace

One of Aesop’s Fables tells of a contest between the wind and the sun, who wanted to see which one was the stronger. A man was walking along a deserted road, and the sun said to the wind, “Whoever can make that man remove his coat will be the winner.” The wind agreed, and decided […]

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Jesus Is Meek And Humble Of Heart

The Gospel of Matthew (11:25-30) tells us about the Heart of Jesus. It gives us these words of comfort: “Come to me all you who labor and are burdened and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me for I am meek and humble of heart and you will find […]

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Experiencing The Grace Of Hope And Salvation

This weekend we celebrate the 238th anniversary of our independence as a nation. It is an opportunity to thank God for all of the blessings we have received as citizens of the United States as well as members of the Body of Christ. This week’s readings remind us of whom we should keep as our […]

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The Infinite Power Of God’s Love

The Catechism of the Catholic Church (#409) declares: “The whole of man’s history has been the story of our combat with the powers of evil, stretching, so our Lord tells us, from the very dawn of history until the last day.” Mankind lives in a constant struggle with evils such as sin, sorrow, suffering, pain, […]

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