Written on May, 01, 2016 by in | Leave a comment

O Death, where is your sting? O Hell, where is your victory? Christ is risen, and you are overthrown. Christ is risen, and the demons are fallen. Christ is risen, and the angels rejoice. Christ is risen, and life reigns. Christ is risen, and not one dead remains in the grave. For Christ, being risen from the dead, is become the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep. To Him be glory and dominion unto ages of ages. Amen.

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Written on Apr, 26, 2016 by in | Leave a comment

Looking into my own heart, I might think that because avarice is absent, because I’m not greedy for money, that my heart isn’t also darkened. Yes, the love of money is always a problem but it isn’t the only reason the human heart will turn away from God. There are other, equally deadly, sins that can cause me to turn away from God.

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If humanity collectively decided to stop buying pointless junk, the economy wouldn’t grind to a halt. Far from it. Read more: A capitalist critique of consumerism

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To be a sacrament of God’s mercy means first to renounce and resist the myriad ways in which I pursue power and control over the lives of others. We have no better example of this than the saint we commemorate today, St Mary of Egypt. Having repented of a life in which she sought to humiliate others, she instead wholeheartedly pursued Christ. The fruit of this was that she was able, at the end of her life, to be a source of mercy for Fr Zosimas.

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Written on Apr, 13, 2016 by in | Leave a comment

God doesn’t ask us to take on the whole spiritual life at once. Instead, like with Abraham in the epistle and the disciples in today’s Gospel, He leads us slowly. We can even go so far as to say that God conforms His catechesis to our ability to comprehend and respond freely.

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If I ask myself this question at all, “What is salvation for?” I’m likely to answer that my salvation is for me; so that I can be saved from sin and enter the Kingdom of God. But this is only a partial answer.

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Written on Apr, 07, 2016 by in | Leave a comment

But as is often the case, saying we have too much stuff not only begs a number of questions, it fails to deal with consumerism as in fact a moral problem. Instead, the critique that we have too much stuff uncritically assumes a crude, materialistic understanding of human economic activity. As a result, the proposed solutions (typically, less stuff, more regulations), undermines human moral agency not just in the arena of economic activity but in other areas of human life.

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Written on Apr, 06, 2016 by in | Leave a comment

To proclaim that Christians and Muslims have the same God, and to hold to that, believing thereby that one has brought the debate to its term, denotes only a superficial approach. Their Gods do not partake in the same discourse, do not put forward the same values, do not propose for humanity the same destiny and do not concern themselves …

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Written on Apr, 05, 2016 by in | Leave a comment

Regensburg Revisited: Ten Years Later, A West Still in Denial Irrationality not only manifests itself in violence but also in an inability to apply authentic reason to the many pressing challenges of our age. Dr. Samuel Gregg Source: Catholic World Report Related articles Immigration, Reason, and Responsibility

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Written on Apr, 05, 2016 by in | Leave a comment

Jesus understands us. He is, as we hear in the epistle this morning, not only our “high priest” but able “to sympathize with our weakness.” He is able to understand us because though He “has been tempted as we are” he is “without sin.” That last phrase, that Jesus is “without sin” might throw me off. How can Jesus really sympathize with me if, unlike me, He never sinned? After al, isn’t there’s something in my experience—personal sin—that’s lacking in His?

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