What do you do with the mystery of the Trinity?

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Most Holy Trinity, Year C: May 26, 2013
Prov 8:22-31; Ps 8; Rom 5:1-5; John 16:12-15

Today we celebrate the mystery of the Most Holy Trinity. But what is a mystery? In books of fiction, a mystery is often a puzzle related to a crime that a detective is supposed to solve. But when we speak about the faith, it means something different. From what I have heard, it is something that you say when you want a child to stop asking questions! “No, I don’t know who or why or how! It’s a mystery. Beat it, kid!”

But, of course, that’s not really what a mystery of the faith is. A mystery is something that is initially out of reach of our human reason— (more…)

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El Dios del universo te ama intensamente. ¿Y tú?

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XXIX Domingo Ordinario, Año A: 16 Octubre 2011
Is 45, 1.4-6; Sal 95; 1 Tes 1, 1-5; Mt 22, 15-21

La vista de nuestras lecturas hoy es una vista muy ancha—una vista internacional o universal. Y así es una vista que conocemos bien hoy. Pero, al mismo tiempo, se manifiesta como una vista muy personal; y así nos presenta un mensaje muy pertinente.

En la primera lectura, oímos el Señor hablando de su ungido, Ciro. ¡Qué sorpresa! ¡Qué impresión! Pero, ¿por qué? Porque esa lenguaje de unción y de un ungido, en el Pueblo de Israel en el siglo VI antes de Cristo, perteneció a sus sacerdotes y sus reyes—sus “mesías,” que significa, literalmente, ungidos. Pero ¡Ciro no es judío! (more…)

Remember whose you are

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29th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A: Oct. 16, 2011
Isa 45:1, 4-6; Ps 96; 1 Thess 1:1-5; Matt 22:15-21

When I was in high school and college, and I was at the train station or the airport, about to head back to school, sometimes my dad would say to me before we parted: “Remember whose you are.”

This simple admonition captures the core of what is going on in the incident that we hear in our Gospel reading today. The opponents of our Lord Jesus are trying to trap him publicly by forcing him to say either something dangerous or something deeply unpopular. “Is it lawful to pay the census tax to Caesar or not?” they ask. (more…)

The Human Person and the Family

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Faith Seeks Understanding: The Church’s Social Teaching, 3 of 6

Father Dan continues a series of classes on the Church’s Social Teaching by exploring the Church’s understanding of the human person, including freedom and the importance of “natural law”; and then looks at the place of the family within society and the truths about marriage and procreation that need to be reaffirmed today.

The Building Blocks of Catholic Social Teaching

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Faith Seeks Understanding: The Church’s Social Teaching, 2 of 6

Father Dan continues a series of classes on the Church’s Social Teaching by exploring its four basic principles: the Dignity of the Human Person; the Common Good; Subsidiarity; and Solidarity.