June 26, 2022
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Tag: Blessings

Blessings, Woes, and Marriage

Any good comedian will tell you that one of the more humorous subjects is marriage; most people will be amused, and at least half the audience will nod in sympathy or agreement. People like to laugh about the differing perspectives and experiences...

The Lord Showers the Blessings We Need

The readings for the Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time shed unsettling light on a corner of our heart that we might have left unexplored. Whenever we witness a blatant injustice unfolding before our eyes, our blood boils. “What a disgrace” we shout or...

Challenges Lead to Blessings

Life often involves risks and taking chances; this can be true both in important things and unimportant matters. As an example of something many people regard as important, consider the stock market. Each working day there are billions of...

We Are Richly Blessed

October 4th is the feast of one of the most popular and attractive persons in all history: St. Francis of Assisi. He lived some 800 years ago, and is remembered as a gentle, loving person—and our Holy Father chose to use his name as Pope. St...

Amid Pain and Tragedy, A Blessing

We are all acutely aware of the terrible harm done by the Coronavirus Pandemic to virtually every American—economically, educationally, emotionally, and culturally. But could the virus be, in any sense, a blessing? The immediate reaction...

Moments of Grace

St. John Paul II had one of the longest reigns as Pope in Church history; when he was elected in 1978, he became not only the first Pope from Poland, but the first non-Italian Pope in over 450 years. Most experts agree he helped change the course of...

A Year-round Blessing

We have started the year with the priestly or Aaronic blessing, better known in Hebrew as birkat kohanim (ברכת כהנים). It is the blessing that we find in the book of Numbers 6:24-26, whose text is the...

Pleasing God—or the World

One Sunday afternoon in New York City, a man named Steve got on the subway and found a seat in a quiet car. Some of the people were reading the newspaper; others were dozing, and some were thinking or contemplating with their eyes closed...

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