The Four Last Things

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Or is it the 10 last things? Father Dan presents the Church’s teaching on death, the particular judgment, heaven, hell, purgatory, the time of trial, the second coming of Christ, the resurrection of all the dead, the general judgment, and the new heavens and new earth.

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Adviento: Nuestro Señor viene al salvarnos

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I Domingo de Adviento, Año A: 28 Noviembre 2010
Isa 2, 1-5; Sal 121; Rom 13, 11-14; Mat 24, 37-44

En la primera lectura de hoy oímos una descripción muy bella del mundo que ha de venir. Todas las naciones irán juntas al monte de la casa del Señor. Las divisiones que conocemos hoy habrán sido reparadas: sus lenguas distintas, dejadas atrás; sus envidias, disueltas; sus violencias, permanentemente terminadas, porque de las espadas forjarán arados y de las lanzas, podaderas; ya no alzará la espada pueblo contra pueblo, ya no se adiestrarán para la guerra.

¡Qué bella descripción! Pero, ¿cómo vendrá tanta paz? ¿Es algo que podemos comprar en una tienda muy grande? ¿Es algo que un partido político, o un presidente o parlamento, puede legislar? Si trabajamos todos juntos con mucha fuerza, ¿podremos realizar esta visión? (more…)

Advent: Night is almost over

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1st Sunday of Advent, Year A: Nov. 28, 2010
Isa 2:1-5; Ps 122:1-9; Rom 13:11-14; Matt 24:37-44

In our readings today, we hear again and again about darkness and light. We know that the Season of Advent always comes at a time of year when the world is getting darker, literally. It wasn’t that long ago this morning that it was dark; and we know that this evening, indeed before 5 p.m., the sun will set again. Now, today, when we are at home and we have our electricity to light our homes, doors to lock, and so on, this often doesn’t mean much. But we all know that when we are outside—hiking or camping or simply walking through an unknown area—then darkness makes a great difference in our lives. It means that it gets cold. It means it will be hard to see; hard to know what is out there in front of us or behind us; hard to know what to do about it. (more…)

International Community, War & Peace, and Ecclesial Action

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Faith Seeks Understanding: The Church’s Social Teaching, 6 of 6

Father Dan concludes a series of classes on the Church’s Social Teaching by looking at international institutions and national sovereignty; conditions of just war and their application today; terrorism; and how the lay faithful can act upon all social teaching.

God does not ask us to be successful, but to be faithful

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33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C: Nov. 14, 2010
Mal 3:19-20; Ps 98:5-9; 2 Thess 3:7-12; Luke 21:5-19

Looking at the Temple, Jesus said, “The days will come when there will not be left a stone upon another stone.” The Temple building and complex where he was standing were magnificent. King Herod the Great had started a great reconstruction and expansion of the Temple and indeed the Temple Mount itself some 46 years earlier [John 2:20], and at the time Jesus was standing there it wasn’t even complete yet. And so we hear that people around him were admiring the costly stones that they saw. How could it ever fall, in that kind of destruction? And yet Jesus was right. Just about 40 years after he said these words, the Roman forces were responding to the Jewish rebellion in the Holy Land, and they captured Jerusalem, and burned the Temple, and leveled the walls of the Temple and of the city, all the way down to the ground. (more…)

Political Community

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Faith Seeks Understanding: The Church’s Social Teaching, 5 of 6

Father Dan continues a series of classes on the Church’s Social Teaching by exploring what is legitimate authority, punishment, and resistance; what our community is really about; church and state; and democracy.