The world, the flesh, and the freedom of the easy yoke of Christ

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14th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A: July 2-3, 2011
Zech 9:9-10; Ps 145; Rom 8:9, 11-13; Matt 11:25-30

The desires we feel in our bodies are not always good for our bodies. The desires that we feel in our flesh are not always good for our flesh.

We know that this is true from our own experience, if we think of our hunger for food. Our bodies need food to grow and to survive. But the problem is that sometimes we want to eat things that are not good for us. Or maybe we want food that is good for us, but we want too much of it; or too little of it; or we want it at the wrong times.

We know this. There is an entire weight-loss, dieting industry that is built upon the fact that the desires of our flesh will sometimes lead us in ways that are not good, not healthy, for the flesh itself. (more…)

Would a federal investigation find you are really Catholic?

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5th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A: Feb. 6, 2011
Isa 58:7-10; Ps 112; 1 Cor 2:1-5; Matt 5:13-16

Jesus said to his disciples: “You are the salt of the earth. But if salt loses its taste, with what can it be seasoned?”

I think the meaning of this phrase is well illustrated by something that happened last month. A government agency told a Catholic college, in effect: “You aren’t Catholic enough.” That’s rather strange, isn’t it? Not something that we expect government agencies to do. So let’s take a look at this to see what was going on. (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.