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Raising of Lazarus – Death & Resurrection

The gospel story of the raising of Lazarus found in John 11 shows us why Jesus can love some friends and disciples more than others, why death is not natural and beautiful, the difference between resurrection and resuscitation, and the deeper meaning of Jesus' miracles...

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Man Born Blind, Sacraments & the Lion of Judah

The gospel story of the healing of the man born blind is notable for the method Jesus used to work this miracle - he made mud with spittle and clay and rubbed it on the man's eyes. This is a figure of the sacraments...

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Meaning of Lent & the Samaritan Woman

The original meaning of Lent in the early Church and how Jesus' dialogue with the Samaritan woman at the well can help us add another dimension to our understanding and experience of the Lenten Season. In the early days of the Church, Lent was...

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Lent, Noah’s Ark, and Baptism

We begin the forty days of Lent with the memory of a previous 40 days when sin was cleansed from the face of the earth through a flood which spared only 8 people - Noah & his companions on the ark.  This gives us a...

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Peter, the Keys, and the Chair – Leo the Great

Leo the Great on the famous passage from Matthew 16 in which Jesus gives Cephas the new name of Peter, meaning rock, along with the keys to the kingdom of heaven. It is read each year on the Feast of the Chair of...

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Pride – One Sin to Rule them All

How did the Pharisees, who were God's champions in the days of the Maccabees, become the villains who sought the death of God's son?  They were deformed by an insidious spiritual disease that is the deadliest of the seven deadly or capital sins - pride....

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Who am I to Judge?

The Sermon on the Mount in Matthew's gospel includes such tough such as love your enemies, turn the other cheek, and judge not. How are we to understand such things and put them into practice? The examples of Jesus & St. Thomas More...

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Surpass the Pharisees – Cut it Off!

We so often condemn the Pharisees that we totally miss a sneaky way that we are often like them. The hard saying of Jesus "if you hand causes you to sin, cut it off" is a kind of shock therapy to wake us up...