Monthly Archives: August 2019

Christus Vivit 115: God Considers Us Worthy

The positive message continues, with a quote from a homily from three years ago: 115. For him, you have worth; you are not insignificant. You are important to him, for you are the work of his hands. That is why … Continue reading

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Christus Vivit 114: God’s Love Expressed In The Bible

A good amount of biblical references in this numbered section: 114. In God’s word, we find many expressions of his love. It is as if he tried to find different ways of showing that love, so that, with one of … Continue reading

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Sometimes Sarcasm

It’s so truthful, it hurts: Let’s take a moment to honor the sacrifice of our brave school children who lay down their lives to protect the right to keep and bear arms. Amused at the NRA whining about people trying … Continue reading

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Christus Vivit 113: Fatherhood

Chapter Four finds an acknowledgement that the father figure is often an indifferent or even a negative one. I was struck on a conservative website defending Theology of the Body and making an assumption of ideal behavior on the part … Continue reading

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Christus Vivit 112: A God Who Is Love

Today we check the first of three Chapter Four themes, “A God who is love.” 112. The very first truth I would tell each of you is this: “God loves you”. It makes no difference whether you have already heard … Continue reading

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Christus Vivit 111: A Threefold Message

Today we commence reading Chapter Four, “A great message for all young people.” 111. Putting all else aside, I now wish to speak to young people about what is essential, the one thing we should never keep quiet about. It … Continue reading

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Christus Vivit 110: Life In Common vs Isolation

Chapter Three of Pope Francis’ Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation wraps up:  110. Yet let me also remind you that, “when we live apart from others, it is very difficult to fight against concupiscence, the snares and temptations of the devil, and the … Continue reading

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Equal Or Better Pay

I see former Crystal Palace, now Atlanta United manager Chris De Boer has weighed in on the pay dispute with the US women’s national team in his sport. On another social media platform I’ve weighed in to oppose equal pay. … Continue reading

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Scripture for the Sick or Dying: Luke 12:35-44

Care for dying persons remains a part of Christian charity, as it has been from the time of Jesus. Here is one reading we heard at the core of this past weekend’s gospel passage. At it’s root, Jesus is speaking … Continue reading

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Christus Vivit 109: Renewal

109. If you are young in years, but feel weak, weary or disillusioned, ask Jesus to renew you. With him, hope never fails. You can do the same if you feel overwhelmed by vices, bad habits, selfishness or unhealthy pastimes. … Continue reading

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The Armchair Liturgist: Who Welcomes Whom

I don’t travel much on weekends, but occasionally I find myself in a church where some announcer (lector, songleader, or priest) welcomes me. I appreciate the thought. Even in the rare non-Catholic service I might attend, I strive to make … Continue reading

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Christus Vivit 108: Commitment, Dedication, Sacrifices

We’re getting close to the end of Chapter Three of Pope Francis’ Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation. Speaking of being fully oneself, the Holy Father takes inspiration from one of his country’s poets. 108. If this is to happen, you need to realize … Continue reading

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Christus Vivit 107: Being Fully Oneself

Chapter Three of Pope Francis’ Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation continues, with encouragement not to be a conformist. Is that really the message of the Holy Father? I think at worst, peers and international corporations can be a danger. You read, please, then … Continue reading

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Garden

Last week, the young miss and I journeyed across the Puget Sound for a day in Everett. The single highlight for me was a visit to the Nishiyama Japanese Garden adjacent to the community college. I found it a peaceful … Continue reading

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Christus Vivit 105-106: The Witness Of Carlo Acutis

Who is Carlo Acutis? He was active in social media during his short life. Pope Francis thought well of him.  105. Carlo was well aware that the whole apparatus of communications, advertising and social networking can be used to lull … Continue reading

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