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The Army at the Gates: 21st Sunday OT

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Love that Cares: 18th Sunday Ordinary Time

The Bible says a lot about how much God hates sin. I don’t think you can miss it. I think most every Catholic knows that God really hates sin. I’m not so sure that everyone understands why.
I think sometimes people imagine God hating sin because He’s so incredibly angry at the thought of someone breaking His rules. Like “I’m in charge and what I say goes and how dare you defy Me?” But I don’t think that’s the best way to understand God’s hatred of sin.
For a better understanding - and this is a bracing example, but that's why I chose it - imagine the father of a young man who has become addicted to heroin. He raised this boy with big dreams, and now he’s watching them all fade to black. He would’ve died to protect this child, but he can’t keep him from knocking on the dealer’s door. He worked and worried to provide for this boy, to raise him healthy and strong, and now he’s watching that healthy body wither, ravaged and sickly.
How much does that father loathe heroin? What white-hot …

Sunday, July 26th Homily

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(click "read more" to watch video) Since the homilies these days are often recorded and broadcast, I thought I'd try linking them to this blog. I'm sorry I haven't been posting for a few months as technological efforts have been focused elsewhere. Let me know if you find this valuable, please; if so I'll keep doing it.
Sunday, July 26th: What do you want above everything else?

5th Sunday of Lent, 3-29-20

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We're all Parselmouths: 1st Sunday of Lent

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In the old cartoons, when a character came to some moment of temptation, a sort of moral crossroads, remember how they’d always show that? You’d have a little angel on one shoulder and the devil on the other, each whispering into the ears. It’s one of the great classic tropes, from Mickey Mouse to Homer Simpson to modern Disney and Pirates of the Caribbean. So common, because it just works. We can relate.

The Bible points to more than a little truth behind that whimsical image; we’ve just heard two conversations with the Devil. Notice they take place in two extreme and opposite settings: Eve in the lush Garden of Paradise, and Jesus in the barren desert wilderness. I’m sure there’s an awesome sermon there somewhere but for now, it at least shows: the devil can bug you anywhere.

Just as they have opposite settings, they also have opposite endings. Eve’s story, of course, is the one that goes wrong. A foolish person might take this story as an explanation of who to blame. A wise person…

Open the Tabernacle: 7th Sunday OT

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Fr. Bill Peckman was pastor a few years back of St. Clement Church in Bowling Green, Missouri. He was also chaplain at a summer camp (sounds like a great guy). Well this one particular July weekend he was away at camp, so it was a visiting priest who opened St. Clement for the 9am Sunday Mass. He immediately saw, and even more immediately smelled, that the church had been vandalized. Fr. Bill made the three hour trip back; I’ll let him describe it:

“My Church sits dormant.  It is lifeless.  No sacraments can be celebrated in her right now.  Late Saturday night, she was desecrated.  Her confessional, baptismal font, holy water font, presider’s chair, lectern, altar, and tabernacle were smeared with human feces.  The Holy Oils were emptied into the carpet.  Her books used for Mass destroyed.  Her vestments soiled with wine.  Worst of all, the Blessed Sacrament within the tabernacle desecrated…”

Think what an outrage that is. What a direct and targeted offense, not just to other people, b…