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Advent Reflections

The Skepticism of Zechariah

Readings for Tuesday of the Third Week of Advent Gabriel’s words really stuck out to me today for some reason: “Do not be afraid, Zechariah, because Your prayer has been heard.”  Evidently, Zechariah had been praying that his wife Elizabeth would bear him a son — maybe for a very long time! And now — […]

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Feast Days Reflections Virgin Mary

Our Lady of Guadalupe: Mary Wants to Visit Us

Readings for the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe Before my deeper conversion into Catholicism took place, I thought Marian apparitions like Our Lady of Guadalupe were kind of foreign and hard to take seriously… They seemed really unrelatable and superstitious to me — strange legends that only distracted from God. “Where does anything like […]

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Advent Reflections

Poor and Childlike: Open to Reality

Tuesday of the First Week of Advent I give you praise, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for although you have hidden these things from the wise and the learned you have revealed them to the childlike. Yes, Father, such has been your gracious will. Who are the “wise and the learned” that Jesus is talking about? They […]

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Talks

Bored with God: Acedia the 8th Deadly Sin

The following talk was delivered at the Men’s Prayer Breakfast at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church: One of my favorite authors, GK Chesterton, once said: “There are no uninteresting things. Just uninterested people.” I think he’s right. The world around us is objectively interesting. The people, the places, the animals the colors, smells, […]

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Liturgical Seasons Reflections

Assembling the Nativity Scene

Readings for Friday of the 34th Week in Ordinary Time This week, they’ve been building the nativity scene out on the front lawn of the church. Mary and Joseph are out there, and the stable, the manger… a sheep, and of course… a donkey. Now we all know what that means when the nativity scene […]