Monthly Archives: April 2013

FBV 24

First, let’s take of some old business. We need a tiebreaker on FBV 21. As for today, the conclusion of the most loved of wedding readings is one of your choices. Will love be the greatest of these three Bible … Continue reading

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Pacem In Terris 20-22: Further Consequences of Economic Rights

There are more to economic rights than what we’ve already discussed. In 1963, it was thought that one worker’s full-time employment should support worker, spouse presumably, and children. We’ve regressed a bit in that every family from middle class on … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: John 13:34-35; 15:10-13

A little of this weekend’s Gospel reading, and a little more : Jesus said to his Apostles: “I give you a new commandment: love one another. As I have loved you, so you also should love one another. This is how … Continue reading

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FBV 23

How did it all begin? According to Saint John … In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. I know we’ve already voted on Mark’s version of the Great Commission (see yesterday’s … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Revelation 3:14-22

A very brief letter to the Laodiceans, and it calls them on the carpet in a very blunt way: “To the angel of the church in Laodicea, write this: ‘The Amen, the faithful and true witness, the source of God’s … Continue reading

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Pacem In Terris 18-19: Economic Rights

Work has been on the minds of popes for over a century. Pope John calls two witnesses. First, his immediate predecessor: 18. In the economic sphere, it is evident that a (person) has the inherent right not only to be given … Continue reading

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FBV 22

Today’s poll, though in the midst of the Easter Season, has a strong strain of Lent about it, don’t you think? From the Old Testament, we have Joel’s challenge, heard in liturgical churches on Ash Wednesday: Rend your hearts, not … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Revelation 2:1-5

Did you know that the New Testament contains two letters to the Ephesians? In the Book of Revelation, there is a place early in which the author addresses short messages to seven early communities. This is the first of them, to the Church … Continue reading

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FBV 21

Gospel verses are polling ahead of the other two categories, nine to six (Old Testament) to two, as of last night. We have another “I am” statement from Jesus via John the Evangelist today. From the Last Supper, a message … Continue reading

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Pacem In Terris 15-17: The Right to Choose Freely One’s State in Life

Let’s continue our look at rights. First, equal rights and duties in marriage: 15. Human beings have also the right to choose for themselves the kind of life which appeals to them: whether it is to found a family—in the … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: The Office of Mercy

I never completed The Hunger Games. But from my daughter’s description, I think I came close when I recently finished Ariel Djanikian’s first novel, The Office of Mercy. I think I could recommend this book to the young miss. It has … Continue reading

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FBV 20

In today’s polling, a Protestant favorite, the first and only entry from Proverbs in the Ethereal 81: Trust in the Lord with all your heart, on your own intelligence  rely not. And an echo from the Easter Vigil, which still … Continue reading

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“Unblocked”

Interesting choice of words, for a mainstream Catholic outlet like CNS: Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, president of the Pontifical Council for the Family and the official promoter of the sainthood cause of the late Archbishop Oscar Romero of San Salvador, said … Continue reading

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Pacem In Terris 14-15: The Right to Worship God According to One’s Conscience

The right to worship, preeminent among the rights cited for any person who has faith: 14. Also among (a person’s) rights is that of being able to worship God in accordance with the right dictates of (one’s) own conscience, and to profess (one’s) … Continue reading

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FBV 19

An intriguing set of choices in today’s polling. A Protestant favorite from the New Testament letter with an unidentified author: Indeed, the word of God is living and effective, sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating even between soul and spirit, joints and … Continue reading

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