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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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…)

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 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…)