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Christian Life, Scriptures

Matthew 18:15 and Fraternal Correction

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Matthew 18:15 and Fraternal Correction
The twenty-third Sunday of Ordinary Time gives us three readings for consideration. The first reading is from Ezekiel 33:7-9, about the commissioning of the prophet as the watchman of Israel. Corresponding to it is Psalm 95, an ...
Catechism, Christian Life

The Mysteries of Light: Christian Life in a Nutshell

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During one of the sessions I had with the sisters in retreat at Novaliches, I talked about the "Mysteries of the Light" as the Christian life in a nutshell.  I read the Pope's Rosarium Virginis, but there isn't enough materials ...
Spirituality, Vocation

How To Become a Priest I

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How To Become a Priest I
"How to become a priest" seems to be allowed at Yahoo as a search phrase.  This is at least what a member of theIglesya Ni Manalo blogged about.  And since his blog is entitled that way, Yahoo presents his ...
Christian Life, Church in the World, Spirituality

St. Valentine and his Dublin Shrine

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St. Valentine and his Dublin Shrine
St. Valentine is not just one saint, there are three mentioned in different martyrologies connected to February 14: St. Valentine, priest-martyr during the time of Emperor Claudius II, St. Valentine, Bishop of Terni (venerated in the Eastern Churches), and a ...
Augustiniana, Spirituality

Augustine and Prayer

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This morning I gave a lecture on Augustine's idea of prayer at the CSA-BiƱan as part of the school's program in understanding Augustinian core values. During the course of the preparation for the talk, I looked at the way the ...
Christian Life

Ongoing Conversion

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Ecclesia semper reformanda.  The Church needs always to be reformed.  This is in fact one of the things that  we need to realize both at the "community" level and at the personal level.  At the personal level, this "semper reformanda" ...
Christian Life, Vocation

Fathers Are Meant to be “Generative”

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"Fathers" are meant to exercise leadership by pointing out to others something valuable that is in them so that this valuable trait can be developed, such as a special talent or aptitude or skill. Such generosity and encouragement are marks ...
Christian Life

Peter’s Chair

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St. Peter the Apostle is remembered as the apostle upon whom the Lord gave the mandate to take care of His flock.  John gives us the account in Jn. 21:15-17 where he commissions Peter three times to "feed my sheep."  ...
Christian Life, Spirituality, Vocation

Discerning One’s Vocation

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You probably have read Rick Warren's "The Purpose-Driven Life."  From a Catholic point of view, what he did in and with that book is not new.  The Catholic equivalent of his "Purpose-Driven Life" seminars is called "Vocation Discernment" 
Christian Life, Spirituality

Ephphata

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Isaiah 35:4-7a is a prophetic oracle about the Peace that God will give to Israel at the time of its vindication. When the people who witnessed what Jesus did to the deaf-mute they said something that echoed this passage of ...
Scriptures, Spirituality

Putting Our Lives in God’s Hands

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If we read James 4:13-17 out of context, it would seem as if he is rebuking some businessmen simply because they would like to earn some profit for themselves. But if we see the passage within its proper context, then ...
Christian Life, Church in the World, Vocation

Ministry to Fathers

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I have completed two sessions with some of the fathers in a subdivision that is covered by our parish.  We started last week with a session on "What does being male mean today?"  This afternoon, I had two questions thrown at them:  "What does ...
Augustiniana, Augustinians, Church in the World, Spirituality

Where is “Ten Augustinian Values”?

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Where is “Ten Augustinian Values”?
Where is the site for Ten Augustinian Values?" I've been asked this question several times and in several ways for the past few months. The reason is that the website that used to house the article called "Ten Augustinian Values" ...

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