Let your religion be more of a love affair!

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11th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C: June 12, 2016
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In spite of suffering, I have not turned back

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24th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B: Sept. 13, 2015
Isa 50:5-9; Ps 116; James 2:14-18; Mark 8:27-35

Our Lord Jesus, in today’s Gospel reading, poses a question to his disciples that is very important: “Who do you say that I am?” “I, Jesus of Nazareth, who you have been following—who am I?” And when we find the true answer to that question, we find that, in a way, it is the central question we have to answer, because so much else follows from who he is. (more…)

Faith, doubts, and difficulties in the Year of Faith

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A talk given as part of the Lenten Mission Series for the Year of Faith, at St. Mary’s of Piscataway, in Clinton, Md., on Feb. 19, 2013.

Faith is our response to God’s revelation to us:  a personal receptiveness to his personal reaching out. Father Dan explores how we can address doubts that might undercut our faith in general, or difficulties that we might feel about particular teachings of the faith. “Be not unbelieving, but believe!” (more…)

Faith, works, and works of the law

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11th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C: June 13, 2010
2 Sam 12:7-10, 13; Ps 32:1-2, 5, 7, 11; Gal 2:16, 19-21; Luke 7:36-50

We hear St. Paul say, in the second reading: “that we may be justified by faith in Christ and not by works of the law, because by works of the law no one will be justified.”

We have several Sundays here when we are hearing from St. Paul’s letter to the Galatians. And I would expect that many, maybe all, of you here today, if you have ever been in conversation with a particular kind of energetic Protestant, have probably heard some reference to this passage of St. Paul in his letter to the Galatians, or perhaps in his letter to the Romans. And they’ve said to you: “We believe we are saved by faith. Don’t you Catholics believe that you are saved by works? This salvation by works is horrible. How can you believe that? It goes against the Scripture!” And I wonder what you thought or said. (more…)

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