Atheism or Catholicism – You Choose

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I’ve got this gadget on my home page that generates quotable quotes. You don’t know what you’re going to get next. Some are funny, some wise, some rude, some silly, some stupid. My favorite silly one is from Groucho Marx: “Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana.” Geddit? Anyway, there’s one from [Read More...]

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The Puri-Fire

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I was talking with a man I’ll call Henry today who lost his wife just before Christmas. She was only in her early sixties and had premature dementia. It was a terrible disease. Horrible to see an intelligent, active, prayerful woman laid low, and terrible to see the suffering of her husband and family as [Read More...]

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Pause for Prayer

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To be led by God’s patient love into this attitude of unconditional self surrender is painful, but there is no avoiding it for anyone who seriously wants to pray. It requires no special conditions or peculiar way of life. The ordinary experience of work, daily hardships and living with people is the field of obedience [Read More...]

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Idol Speculation

Toppling Idols

Did the pagans really worship idols? If so, what was going on? To be precise, they did not worship idols as such, but they worshipped the gods who they believed the idols represented. But it was more than that. They also believed that the idols became the channels for the invisible god. If you like [Read More...]

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The Root of Restlessness: An Advent Hope

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What is it that makes us so restless and so unhappy? Some say it is desire. The root of all unhappiness is desire. We desire what we do not have, and we desire more what we cannot have. But what is at the root of that desire? I think it is something else. It is [Read More...]

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Life is a Casting Off

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What is it in me that likes the difficult sayings of Jesus more than the easy sayings? Everybody loves Jesus who says, “Let the little children come to me” and “Neither do I condemn you” But have you read the gospels lately?  Jesus’ teaching is much more forceful and strident than we like to remember. [Read More...]

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