Posts made in October, 2018

It goes and brings back seven other spirits

It goes and brings back seven other spirits more wicked than itself. Whenever a government is overthrown,  there is always a question of what will rise up in its place.   Sometimes, a stable government is established that ushers in a time of peace and justice.   Other times, however, the power vacuum fills with factions and infighting—perhaps even violence. This scenario of a political coup illustrates Jesus’ words in Scripture (Luke 11:26). ...

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Suppose one of you has a friend

Suppose one of you has a friend.  In Scripture (Luke 11:5),  Jesus tells a parable about a man who got out of bed and helped his friend primarily because of the man’s persistence (Luke 11:8).  Pope John XXIII, whose feast we celebrate this week, gave the entire world years of service—but it was not because of our persistence.   It was because John loved people. Fifty-six years ago this week, thousands of people gathered in St. Peter’s Square in...

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James and Cephas and John

James and Cephas and John, who were reputed to be pillars . . .  If you looked at the great cathedrals of the world,  you would see that many have massive, beautifully carved pillars that support the weight of the building.   There are all different kinds: fluted, square, round, brick, wood, and so on.   Almost always, there is more than one pillar supporting the structure.   One is simply not enough to bear all that weight. In Scripture...

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God . . . was pleased to reveal his Son to me

God . . . was pleased to reveal his Son to me.  Relationships are built on communication.   Friendships, marriages, and even business partnerships grow when we share our thoughts and ideas with each other. St. Paul’s relationship with Jesus began with a question:   “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?” (Acts 9:4).   That encounter changed everything.   Paul had been a zealous persecutor of the Church, but now he realized he was on the wrong...

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