Daily Archives: 7 September 2013

Selfishness and Peace

An ethic of barely disguised selfishness is no longer a Christian ethic. Nor can we afford to raise this to the national level and assume that the world will adjust itself if every nation seeks its own advantage before everything … Continue reading

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Pope John XXIII on Insufficient Influence

In our own day, … as regards the preservation of the security and peace of the whole world … the rulers of individual nations, being all on an equal footing, largely fail in their efforts to achieve this, however much … Continue reading

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Talk, Believe, Work

It isn’t enough to talk about peace. One must believe in it. And it isn’t enough to believe in it. One must work at it. This quote is attributed to Eleanor Roosevelt. I don’t know the context of it. I do … Continue reading

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The Third Fruit of the Spirit

By contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against such things. Peace may be the third of Saint Paul’s nine fruits of the Spirit, but it … Continue reading

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Thomas Merton on Prayer and Sacrifice

During the Peace Vigil (noon to five in my central US afternoon), I’d like to post hourly on things I’ve found this past week in my reading and research for materials. Why do Catholics pray, and especially fast? What good … Continue reading

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GMD 10-11: What Is Evangelization?

Sections 10 through 27 of Go and Make Disciples start with the basics. “What is Evangelization?” I mentioned before the nervousness I sensed from many Catholics, clergy, and even a few colleagues about the term “evangelization.” GMD came out 21 years … Continue reading

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Redemptionis Sacramentum 48-50

Chapter Three discusses “The Proper Celebration of Mass.” The CDWDS covers four topics and today we’ll review an important one, “The Matter of the Most Holy Eucharist.” [48.] The bread used in the celebration of the Most Holy Eucharistic Sacrifice must … Continue reading

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