Month: August 2016

The Two Kinds Of Peace

Dear friends in Christ,   Jesus says “Do you think that I have come to establish peace on the earth?  No, I tell you, but rather division.”  We might rightly think: “But how can this be true? Doesn’t Jesus say in other parts of the Gospel “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called…
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Our Father: Examined

Dear friends in Christ,   Have you ever noticed that the “Our Father” is made up of seven petitions? The version of the “Our Father” in our Gospel this Sunday is from St. Luke, but the more complete form and the one we habitually use comes from the Gospel of St. Matthew. In that version,…
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Christians Must Be Forgiving, Yet Demanding

Dear friends in Christ,   Sometimes it might seem as though our Catholic faith is built upon contradictions. Here we are in the middle of Pope Francis’ “Year of Mercy” (December 8, 2015 – November 20, 2016), in which we often hear the Pope asking us to forgive almost “no matter what”. He says: “Mercy,…
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