Daily Archives: 13 November 2014

Reconciliation Lectionary: Luke 15:1-10

The fifteenth chapter of the Gospel of Luke is a surprisingly troublesome one for believers. Even before we get to the parable of the lost and faithful sons (which is another popular reading for Reconciliation). Jesus seemed to have been … Continue reading

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I had meant to post the written transcript of what I preached the other Thursday night at the student Mass, but clearly, I didn’t get around to it. When I was a boy I loved insects. The praying mantis was … Continue reading

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Synod on the Family 7: Particular Challenges

The full report on the synod┬ámakes a short list of challenges to the Christian ideal of family. The nine “no” votes are curious. Were some bishops simply voting against sin, as mentioned? Were they in disagreement that some of the … Continue reading

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DPPL 125: Ashes Into Lent

One of the signs followed with the most devotion among Catholics in my country is the imposition of ashes. Who would have guessed? Foreheads old and young, wrinkled and complexion-challenged, even non-Catholic foreheads wear a badge of penitence. Is that … Continue reading

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