Mother Teresa, and the cost and glory of following Christ

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23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C: Sept. 4, 2016
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Not a threat: Christ enables us to share in his kingship

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Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, Year B:
Nov. 22, 2015

Dan 7:13-14; Ps 93; Rev 1:5-8; John 18:33-37

In our Gospel reading, Pontius Pilate had a question for Jesus: “Are you the King of the Jews?”

It is the morning of Good Friday, and the Jewish leaders in Jerusalem have brought Jesus to Pilate, the Roman governor, with the accusation that Jesus has claimed this title of king for himself. To Pilate, anyone who calls himself a king is fighting against the Roman government: declaring that he has rightful authority and not them, that others need to follow him and not them. In Pilate’s ears, the word “king” means a subversive rebel leader who must be stopped immediately. And Pilate asks: “Is that what you are? A king?” (more…)

Destinados a dar mucho fruto

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XV Domingo Ordinario, Año A: 13 Julio 2014
Is 55, 10-11; Sal 64; Rom 8, 18-23; Mt 13, 1-23 (more…)

Al regresar a las condiciones del siglo primero

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San Pedro y San Pablo: 29 Junio 2014
Misa del Día

Hch 12, 1-11; Sal 33; 2 Tim 4, 6-8.17-18; Mt 16, 13-19 (more…)

As we return to 1st century conditions

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Saints Peter and Paul: June 29, 2014
Mass during the Day
Acts 12:1-11; Ps 34; 2 Tim 4:6-8, 17-18; Matt 16:13-19 (more…)

The importance of religious liberty

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President’s Day: Feb. 20, 2012
Acts 5:27-32, 40-42; Ps 2; Matt 22:15-21

Today our country celebrates the birthday of its first President, George Washington. And Washington is hard to pin down, religiously. (What follows is summarized from Stephen Waldman, Founding Faith, especially chap. 6 and 7.) He certainly manifested faith in God in his words and actions; he was comfortable speaking of faith in general terms, and in encouraging others to pray for help or in thanksgiving; and he considered religious devotion something valuable in citizens in a republic.

And yet it is hard to identify Washington as a strong Christian, since his religious practice was spotty and he declined to enter into thinking or disputing about theological doctrine. (more…)