Peter & Judas: Punishment vs. Reparation

April 12, 2017

What’s the difference?  Judas betrays Jesus, but Peter denies him.  Judas turns his back on the Lord, but 10 of the others were nowhere to be seen after the Garden. Yet, we venerate 11 Apostles (and the replacement 12th) as great saints but we speak only of Judas in hushed tones and as a stern warning.  What is the difference between these two cases of sin and guilt? The answer…

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Media in the Mourning

March 29, 2017

“How did she end up doing something like that?…  What is her life like now?… Do they know what they are really worth?” These thoughts, and others like them, are an valuable part of the process of recovering from pornography.  Whether they come on their own as part of a bigger change or they are questions you force yourself to ask, thoughts such as this humanize and, in some sense,…

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The Colors of Reality

March 15, 2017

“The world is not black and white!”  This is a claim you will hear often if try to argue about morality, especially if you venture into some of the hot topics in Church teaching.  Interestingly enough, these almost always have something to with sexuality, but that is a post for another time.  For now, let’s think about the comparison of our moral lives to color. Believe it or not, not everyone…

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A Lent of Languid Love

March 8, 2017

Have you failed in your Lenten penance yet?  I have… and it wasn’t even a fight.  I just kind of shrugged it off.  Then I dragged myself to bed, falling asleep while pondering what the Lord must think of this half-hearted priest.  And in the morning, there he was, waiting for me in the chapel.  What did I have to say for myself?  Would this be yet another morning of…

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The Dust of Death

March 1, 2017

Yesterday I witnessed the famed Faquetaique Courir de Mardi Gras.  In addition to the chasing of chickens, there was Cajun music, a wide variety of costumes, and a general sense of festivity and camaraderie.  Sadly, yes, there were some who overindulged in alcohol and others who allowed the festive spirit to carry them into a kind of hedonistic fervor, but that was not the point of the event.  Families, groups…

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Peter’s Chair: The Ultimate Participation Trophy

February 22, 2017

  Participation.  That’s a word that much of the world now associates with millennials who received participation trophies at every event, thus turning them into entitled millennials (technically, I’m a millennial too).  While that is a debate in it’s own right, I think we need to take a close look at that word and what it means for Catholics living in the world.  I say that because a good grasp…

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Seinfeld or Star Wars?

February 15, 2017

Well, which one describes your life, Seinfeld or Star Wars?  Both of them are iconic in our culture, though they tell different stories.  And we human beings sure do love our stories.  Bedtime stories, scary stories, stories found in books, stories found on TV, stories that never leave our head.  We are so addicted to stories that our brains even tell themselves stories while we sleep!  It’s one of the…

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A Frame is Worth a Thousand Words

February 8, 2017

Getting the Picture Not too long ago, I acquired this lovely picture for my office.  I purchased it from Santa Maria della Vittoria in Rome where that famous statue is still housed.  Of course, when I purchased it, it was simply a poster that cost me a mere 5 euros.  That lovely frame you see around it?  Way more.  But which is more important?  I think most people will say…

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Hit With A 2-by-2

January 18, 2017

“The Lord… sent them on ahead of him, two by two, into every town” (Lk 10:1) . This facet of Scripture often finds it’s way into my idle reflections.  Why did Jesus decide to send his disciples ahead of him in pairs?  He does this with both the Apostles (Mk 6:7) and the Seventy (two) disciples.  It’s interesting to me that he puts them in these groups of two.  Explanations for this pairing…

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