Mantiene la libertad religiosa encendida

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XIII Domingo Ordinario, Año B: 1 Julio 2012
Sab 1, 13-15; 2, 23-24; Sal 29; 2 Cor 8, 7.9.13-15; Mc 5, 21-43

¿Cómo parece la falta de electricidad a la falta de una relación a Dios?

Muchos hemos experimentado esa falta de electricidad desde viernes. Y ¿qué hemos perdido en perder la electricidad? El poder de calentar y cocinar; el poder de enfriar; de encender la luz y poder ver; y en esta era del Internet, nuestra conexión a la información y el conocimiento y a otras personas.

Y parece, ¿no?, a perder nuestra relación a Dios. (more…)

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Keep religious liberty turned on

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13th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B: July 1, 2012
Wis 1:13-15, 2:23-24; Ps 30; 2 Cor 8:7, 9, 13-15; Mark 5:21-43

“God did not make death,” we hear in our first reading. And yet, through sin, death and disease and illness and injury entered into the good world that he had made. In our Gospel reading, we see our Lord Jesus fairly surrounded by it, as he so often is: the woman afflicted with hemorrhages for 12 years, who many doctors could not cure but only grew worse; the little daughter of the synagogue official Jairus, at the point of death, and then dead; the crowd, weeping and wailing loudly. All of these suffering people: all seeking health and wholeness from this miracle-working prophet, Jesus, who they hope can give them life.

And he does—but with strange actions and strange delays. What does it all mean? And what does it have to do with the electricity being out?

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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…)

4th of July: Our love of country is shaped by our love for Christ

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14th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C: July 4, 2010
Isa 66:10-14; Ps 66:1-7, 16, 20; Gal 6:14-18; Luke 10:1-12, 17-20

In the United States, we celebrate Independence Day on July 4, because July 4, 1776, is the date marked on the Declaration of Independence—the date that the text of that declaration was approved; and, soon after which, it was signed.

Now there are 56 signers of the Declaration. One of them was Catholic: Charles Carroll of Carrollton, which names the land that he owned in Frederick County, here in Maryland. He had a cousin, Daniel Carroll, who was one of the signers of the U.S. Constitution a decade later; and he had another cousin, John Carroll, who became the first Catholic bishop in the United States.

All three of those Carrolls, along with the other Catholics in the English colonies, had been living under very severe legal restrictions throughout the 1700s, up until that point. (more…)

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