April 4, 2020
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The Gospel Truth

What do we truly get out of the Gospel passages whenever we hear them proclaimed in church on Sunday? I believe that it would be much more spiritually beneficial if, at least now and then, we would not take the gospel selection as … Gospel truth...

Everything God Does is Good

Nothing is known about the life of Zacchaeus following his conversion, but there’s a legend that after his encounter with Christ, every single morning he would get up early and leave his house for about half-an-hour, before returning home for his...

The Anointed Ones

Regarding baptism, the theologian, Hans Urs von Balthasar, reflected: “The Church does not dispense the sacrament of baptism in order to acquire for herself an increase in membership but in order to consecrate a human being to God and to communicate...

Owing Up to Our Sins

The world out there is very generous and “easy” in extolling people but also quick in knocking them down. Our God is quite different. Consider the following two sentences: Jesus answered him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good but God...

The Adam Gene

I wonder if anyone remembers comedian Flip Wilson? One of his stock characters was a character named Geraldine? She was a woman of easy virtue, who when someone dared to point out her misbehavior, would raise her voice in a shrill and defensive...

Ten Lies Our Society Promotes

Some years ago I read a magazine article describing a new junior high mathematics textbook being used in some parts of the country—with the teacher’s manual seriously recommending that if students gave wrong answers to any of the questions, the...

Loose Habits

Acid-tongue comedian George Carlin passed away in June of 2008. I never cared for his vulgarian brand of humor, especially his profane references for women who picket abortion clinics. Catholics have a much kinder brand of humor, one that is...

Jesus Came to Free Us from Our Sins

A twelve-year old Jewish girl named Susanna was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s disease, which is a cancer of the lymph nodes. Her father, an Orthodox Jewish rabbi, brought her from their family’s home in New York City out to Stanford University in...