Our Choices Have Eternal Consequences

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From a recent diocesan paper column: Just as much as Jesus discoursed on the beauty of Heaven, he spoke about the reality of hell. He compared hell to a blazing furnace, an unquenchable fire, a worm that doesn’t die. We can make choices, He said, that cause us to lose body and soul in hell, [Read More...]

Religion Keeps Twitter Buzzing

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According to Twitter: I get all kinds of mixed results from random homily tweets myself. I should probably put my iPad away. But sometimes you get feedback that suggests there was a reason you pulled it out … [Read more...]

Do We Love One Another?

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Some of the less charitable news stories emphasize Jeffrey Hillman, the homeless man who Office Lawrence DePrimo bought boots for, wanting “a piece of” the notoriety the shoe-buying incident has brought the officer. But you can appreciate the man is in an awkward spot, in this media culture we live in. And the whole incident [Read More...]

Do You Want to Save Christmas?

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Then live Advent. “Advent is a discipline: a way of forming anticipation and channeling it toward its goal,” Joseph Bottum writes in his beautiful new book, The Christmas Plains. “Nothing we do can earn us the gift of Christmas, any more than Lent wins us Easter. But a season of contrition and sacrifice prepares us [Read More...]

Practical Tips for Making Advent a Part of Life?

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Here. Not heavy theology. But good tips toward making these next weeks more than stressing about Christmas gifts and arrangements. [Read more...]

Will We Choose to Lift the Cloud for Christmas?

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Magnifcat had a tough meditation on Saturday — one that at the same time is remarkably consoling. It’s from Saint Catherine of Siena and deals with sin and suffering. And mercy. From her Dialogues, it reads: I give and permit everything out of love, and they are constantly scandalized in me. Yet I patiently endure [Read More...]

Not a Bad Advent Idea

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From a blog site I just stumbled upon: We might take on a spiritual project this Advent. We might challenge ourselves to see and hear some new layer in the old, precious stories that present themselves to us each year. Let us invite God to plumb our depths and challenge our resting in a place [Read More...]

The Tears of a Nun

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Ever since hearing this news about the New York Planned Parenthood clinics splitting away from its mother ship on account of increase-abortion-to-increase-revenue mandates that are part of the bloodstream at Planned Parenthood, I’ve been thinking of the book Unplanned by Abby Johnson. Specifically, I’ve been seeing the image of the Catholic religious sister Johnson and [Read More...]


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