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Authentic Accompaniment

Pope Francis is calling the Church to be a field hospital for the wounded rather than simply a sanctuary for the saved. A crucial aspect of his vision is “accompaniment”. I’ve recently reflected on how authentic accompaniment works. This Sunday’s gospel … Continue reading

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This Lonesome Valley

As we begin Holy Week, we remember how “Jesus walked this lonesome valley” to the Cross. The old hymn, “Lonesome Valley”, goes on to say that we, too, will face our trials. You must walk this lonesome valley You have to … Continue reading

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Choosing Life and Blessing

“Choosing life and blessing” was the theme of last Sunday’s first reading. In his last words to the Israelites before they enter the Promised Land, Moses exhorts the beloved and frustrating band he’s led for 40+ years. “I have set before … Continue reading

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“As Is”: The Real Deal – Part I

“As is”. When I see an ad for something being sold “as is”, the associations are mainly negative. The computer, car, or house is unusually low priced, yes. But the vendor knows that the item has some problems. He or she … Continue reading

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Either-Or

Either-Or was the mantra of Soren Kierkegaard, the Danish Christian existentialist. The story goes that children would harass him, following him in the street while crying out, “Either/Or! Either/Or!” His first work, Either/Or, outlines the two ultimate answers to the question, “How should we live?” … Continue reading

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The Drop Box

Just saw a remarkable movie, “The Drop Box”, a documentary produced by Focus on the Family. It’s about a pastor in Seoul, South Korea who was increasingly distressed by the plight of the 200-plus infants left to die annually in … Continue reading

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Consecration to Mary

A crucial development in my life in the Lord occurred some 17 years after I first began to walk with Him, with my consecration to Mary, the Mother of God. She led me to a whole new level of loving … Continue reading

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“Radical” Islam and Reality, Part II

As noted in my last post, I’d like to address how Christians can respond to Islam, as well as why the secular media so thoroughly misrepresent Islam (as well as Christianity). Ironically, I just read an article clearly highlighting the … Continue reading

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“Radical” Islam and Reality, Part I

I’m back after a much-relished, dare I say much-deserved family vacation in the Rockies. The world is indeed charged with the glory of God! In the meantime, the violence, darkness, and fear engendered by “radical” Islam continues to grow apace. … Continue reading

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Raising the Dead, Part I

There is a real suffering in seeing the gap between what the Bride of Christ – the Church – could be, and what it is. This suffering is like the Lord’s suffering throughout the Old Testament. The prophets cried out … Continue reading

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