Archive | March, 2014

Love Is Stronger Than Death

“The belief that love can reach into the afterlife, that reciprocal giving and receiving is possible, in which our affection for one another continues beyond the limits of death– this has been a fundamental conviction of Christianity throughout the ages, and it remains a source of comfort today.” “… if Purgatory is simply purification through […]

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The Beachhead for the Reconquest of the World

As we have seen, the skeptical and hostile in the Gospels refer to Jesus as the carpenter’s son. These same critics say they know His mother and brethren. Ironically, their very boast shows they know nothing of the secret of this family. The divine purpose has been perfectly attained; the mystery of the Incarnation has […]

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A world which has to create its own justice is a world without hope

“In the modern era, the idea of the Last Judgement has faded into the background: Christian faith has been individualized and primarily oriented towards the salvation of the believer’s own soul, while reflection on world history is largely dominated by the idea of progress. The fundamental content of awaiting a final Judgement, however, has not […]

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The Word Became Flesh

I experienced a bit of liturgical disorientation tonight. As I was putting Lucia down for the night, I opened up iBreviary to pray evening prayer and started reading about a shoot springing from the root of Jesse. What? That’s an Advent antiphon. Did they mess up? Then, of course, I remembered that tomorrow, March 25, […]

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Lenten Thoughts

On the Friday after Ash Wednesday we had to do our grocery shopping for the week. I’d let each of the kids get a free cookie from the bakery but abstained myself. As I was checking out I watched Ben and Anthony and Sophie slowly nibbling their cookies. I wish I had as much hunger […]

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