Conversion, Saints

God Came in Like a Cannonball

Readings for the Memorial of Saint Ignatius of Loyola, Priest Today we hear the prophet Jeremiah say: “Why have you struck us a blow that cannot be healed?” It’s the voice of Israel lamenting that God has allowed them to suffer the consequences of their sins, but it’s also fitting on this feast of Ignatius of Loyola, who suffered a…

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Reflections, Saints

Is Jesus Blasting Tradition?

Memorial of Saint Paul Miki and Companions, Martyrs This morning, I’d like to briefly comment on the topic of Tradition. When we hear Jesus say things like: “You disregard God’s commandment but cling to human tradition!” we might begin to wonder — is Jesus blasting all Tradition? What about Catholic traditions — are they safe? What does he mean by…

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