Posts Tagged ‘faith’

The Heart Of The Law

In 1927 my grandfather, my father’s father died.  My dad was just 10 years old. His older brother was 13.  His four sisters were 11, 8, 5, and 2.  My grandmother was in her mid 30’s.  There was no welfare, no child support, no social security.  Then the depression hit.  My father and my uncle […]

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Humility: Act Three

In Humility: Act I, we saw how God relates to us in humility through the very act of creation. Creating us, sustaining us and breathing his life into us. Through the incarnation, God’s taking on human nature, joining His nature with ours, and then dying for our sins was a great act of love and […]

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On Rendering To Caesar

Is it lawful to pay the census tax to Caesar or not? In his Gospel, Matthew (22:17) tells us that it was the Pharisees and the Herodians who tried to trap Jesus with this question. To understand the trap, it helps to understand the fact that the Pharisees and the Herodians held opposing political views. […]

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What Is Caesar’s And What Is God’s?

Every three years we are presented with these verses (22:15-21) from the Gospel of Matthew, one that interests many of us because it deals with the question of separation between Church and State. The first thing we should note is that the question put to Jesus was a lawyer’s trick question. It was not a […]

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Does Jesus Come First In Our Lives?

Several hundred years ago in England, there was a wealthy couple who owned a large castle and had many servants. Their only daughter was used to being the center of attention, and was in fact a bit spoiled. Just after she turned eighteen, her parents died, and she inherited the family estate. The young woman […]

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Are We Exempt From Divine Justice?

Before the invention of banks, many people hid money and other valuables by burying them. There were once two wealthy brothers who shared the same house; when war broke out, and their town was in danger of being plundered by the enemy, they gathered together all their jewels and coins in a large bag. Then, […]

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On Weddings and Clothes

Weddings and clothes – they are important parts of every culture. Can you think of any culture that doesn’t have weddings? That is not concerned with clothes? I can’t. For instance Jesus spoke of how the flowers are clothed, clothing the naked, rich people clothed in splendid fabrics, and new and old garments. And clothes […]

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Actions Have Consequences

The parable in the Gospel of Matthew (21:33-43) begins with numerous references to the first reading from the prophet Isaiah (5:1-7). In that reading a vineyard is meticulously prepared. It is put on good ground; the soil is spaded; it is cleared of stones; the very best of vines are planted; a hedge is put up to […]

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A Pro-Life Litany

One Catholic form of prayer is a litany, in which one phrase is repeated over and over again so that those praying it are caught up in the prayer itself. This Pro-Life Litany we’re about to pray combines both general ideas and specific intentions appropriate for us here today. Please repeat: Lord, have mercy . . […]

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A Pro-Life Hymn

PRO-LIFE HYMN (Melody: Humbly We Adore Thee) (1) Father and Creator: Our souls are Your own. For our sins against life, We wish to atone. You cherish each unborn child, And bestow a soul; Help us make a pro-life world Our undying goal. (2) Out of nothing You made All that does exist; On the value of each […]

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