Easter Praise: Update on Sarah K.

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On Good Friday I posted a plea for prayers for friend Sarah, whose kidneys seemed to be shutting down.A few hours later, everything seemed to turn around. Sarah writes: "It seems to me a very large coincidence, yet, I hesitate to call it a miracle. Who am I God would do even a small miracle for?"Who are any of us? Who were Peter and Andrew that Christ should call them? Who was the adulterous woman that Christ should defend her? Who was the nameless leper to be made clean? Who was the … [Read more...]

Easter Monday Office of Readings – UPDATED

Speaking just for myself -- because in recent years I always seem to host the family feast of Easter Sunday, Easter Monday is a respite, almost a day of retreat and recovery; regaining energy expended over the past 4 days. I will be spending most of my day before my oratory, I think. I hope your Easter was wonderful.From an Easter homily by Melito of Sardis, bishopWe should understand, beloved, that the paschal mystery is at once old and new, transitory and eternal, corruptible and … [Read more...]

Why We Need Redemption

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This ugly, deplorable, heartbreaking picture showed up in my facebook feed.That's a beautiful baby, who looks to be full-term. And there are thousands if not millions of people who cannot have babies, and who would quickly claim this little one for their own. In a world where the fullness of love is constantly being challenged by hate and emptiness, the love therein created -- parent-to-child-to-grandparents and so on -- would have brought a little more affirmation, a little more "yes" into … [Read more...]

Ecce Homo, Christ’s Church and Homosexuality – UPDATE

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My column at First Things this week did not start out addressing the coming, unstoppable and necessary confrontation between the church and the homosexual community, but then I read about Cardinal Christoph Schönborn's decision to support a gay member of a parish council over the priest who wished to unseat him, and Edward Peter's sensible response. With Ross Douthat's excellent, must-read book, Bad Religion; How We Became a Nation of Heretics swirling in my head, the column simply bent to a … [Read more...]

Levering: Jesus and the Demise of Death

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In promoting this book giveaway, I realized I had another book I wanted to bring to your attention: the Patheos Book Club is taking a look at Matthew Levering's Jesus and the Demise of Death -- which seems like excellent reading for the season, particularly for this week and next week, if this intro excerpt is any indication!In his intro, Levering writes:I seek to contribute to the "robust recovery of apocalyptic teaching and preaching" by setting forth a theology of resurrection … [Read more...]

I love this book…UPDATED

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The nicest part of my job is that I get a ton of books to read and review. Unfortunately I can't always find time to really give a book a good going-over, but when Paul Badde's The True Icon: From the Shroud of Turin to the Veil of Manoppello arrived in my mailbox, I did my usual thumb-through and found myself utterly hooked.This lavishly illustrated volume chronicles a very personal journey for Badde -- a tracing of the history of the Shroud of Turin and the lesser known veil that begins … [Read more...]

Epistle of Obama 1:10 (Formerly Ephesians)

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Found this floating around twitter; wish I knew who to credit.As concerns the Obamacare HHS Mandate forcing religious entities to pay for insurances covering employee sterilization, contraception and abortifacients, the more worn-out and tired non-thinking, knee-jerk phrase I've encountered this week in my email or in various comboxes and more than a few op-ed pieces or columns is "it's just birth control."As Kathleen Parker neatly informs: No, it ain'tActually there may be a tie … [Read more...]

Komen and HHS: The Day of the Bully Dawns – UPDATED

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In just about 24 hours the "non-political" billion-dollar entity known as Planned Parenthood -- which does not itself do mammograms, despite how ABC News frames it -- managed to leak the news that the Susan G. Komen Foundation would no longer be contributing $700,000 dollars to its coffers, get the two stupidest women in the US Senate to go into public hysterics, bring out the heavy guns of the mainstream media and apparently win Komen's surrender!We want to apologize to the American public … [Read more...]

Illumination: Feast of the Presentation

And his father and his mother marveled at what was said about him; and Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, "Behold, this child is destined to be the rise and the fall of many in Israel, and a sign that is spoken against (and a sword will pierce through your own soul also), that thoughts out of many hearts may be revealed." The Gospel According to Luke, Chapter 2It is odd that this feastday -The Feast of the Presentation of Christ- (which as Deacon Greg explains, is also called … [Read more...]

God is Not Done with You

Deacon Greg's homily for this weekend is especially good, and powerfully useful, I think:In the gospel, when the men who want to follow Jesus ask him where he is staying, he doesn’t give them a direct answer.“Come,” he says, “and you will see.”On one level, he’s inviting them to follow him.  But more importantly: he is also inviting them to see. To have their eyes opened.  The Lamb of God who will take away the sins of the world – and who will soon give sight to the blind! — is invi … [Read more...]


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