October 13, 2019

Tag - Sin

Memories of Sin

In the Litany of Humility taught to me by the Miles Christi order, I have always seen a paradox in asking to be granted a “continuous memory of my sins.” I’ve read commentaries on Ignatian spirituality that take various sides on this theme...

A Bag of Stones

When Pope Francis said early in his papacy who are we to judge in relation to homosexuality, he added a layer of complexity, not only to his public perception, but the Catholic Church as a whole. The Bible seems to underscore the plain meaning of...

Even the Toughest Stains are Removed

OxiClean in hot water is the latest stain remover that I have been using with some success. Homemakers, however, might recommend something more efficient. The bottom line is that once we know how, even the toughest stains should come out. We all...

Remaining True to Our Vocation

A married couple, Ardith and Jerry, had many problems in their marriage, but were trying to work things out after being separated for over a year. During the separation Ardith had met a man named Bob, who lived in a city four hours away, and she...

Everyday Dirt

One of my favorite weeks of the year right now is the residency week for a spiritual direction program I am in. This program requires me to travel each June to the St. Francis Springs Prayer Center in Stoneville, North Carolina. The 2018 week was a...

Sin and Repentance

In 1962 and 1963, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a pair of rulings that forbade praying or reading the Bible in public schools. Since those decisions, teen pregnancy has gone up by 700%, sexually transmitted diseases are at an all-time high, the...

Quo Vadis: Where are You Going?

 The classic 19th century novel Quo Vadis, which was later made into a movie in 1951 and again in 2001, tells how the early Church slowly took root and began growing in Rome, in spite of being declared illegal and sometimes facing persecution by the...

Once in a while, it is OK to Sing the Blues

Once in a while, it is OK to sing the blues. The peaks of joy and elation would not feel so high if it weren’t for the valleys of sorrow, trials and feeling blue. So, we join Isaiah as he sings God’s blues. “Let me now sing of my friend, my friend’s...

The Seven Deadly Sins

Once there was a liberal clergyman who became pastor of a somewhat traditional church, and after a few weeks of listening to his modernistic, politically-correct preaching, some of his parishioners came to him and asked, “Reverend, do you believe in...

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