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Christ our Lord says to us "Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you" "Do not allow your hearts to be troubled and do not be afraid." (John 14:27).I was asked by a friend today what my thoughts were on the document put together by the Holy Synod for the Family. I must confess, I haven't really been paying all that close attention. Things like this happen frequently enough and with much latitude that for most of us, to... [ Read more ]
In what might be the most Catholic movie to hit theaters since The Dark Knight Rises, The Giver is a movie worth seeing. If you can get past some mediocre acting (Bridges exempt) and a few campy flashback scenes, including one misplaced homage to Nelson Mandela, there is a good amount of Christian meditation to be had through this film. Taking place in an all-too-believable dystopian future, The Giver is a cautionary tale against humanist... [ Read more ]
“From the days of John the Baptist until now the Kingdom of Heaven has suffered violence, and the violent take it by force.” (Matthew 11:12) From the Gospel of Matthew comes one of my favorite scriptural passages. In this section of Matthew, Jesus speaks of His coming as the fulfillment of what was preached by John the Baptist (Matt 11:10). He says John’s message of repentance (metanoia) and his life of self-discipline (... [ Read more ]
Defining Terms: Liberal and Conservative, Heterodox and Orthodox In many conversations about church life and teaching, people often carry over terms from civil political discourse: Conservative and Liberal, Progressive and Traditional to name a few. The problem with adopting them for our ecclesial discourse, is their imprecision, and their false dichotomies if we look at the word root. What I’d like to do is look at the meaning of these... [ Read more ]
"He that loves Me, saith the Lord, will keep My commandments; and 'this is My commandment, that you love one another.' He therefore who does not love his neighbor does not keep the commandment. Nor is he that does not keep the commandment able to love the Lord." - St. Maximos the Confessor  In the third century, the Roman Empire suffered a terrible plague that many historians believe was smallpox. It has been termed the... [ Read more ]