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  • render to caesar taxes government state 29th Sunday Ordinary A
    Render Unto Caesar – Taxes & the Role of the State

    When the Pharisees and the Herodians brought up the issue of paying taxes to the Emperor, Jesus uttered the famous line "render to Caesar what is Caesar's and to God what is God's.  So what does this say about the role of government in our lives?  What do we owe to the state?...

  • halloween druids pagan devil christian all saints souls October 31 November 1 & 2
    True Origins of Halloween – Pagan Druid or Christian?

    Can a Christian celebrate Halloween? In this article, Church historian Fr. Augustine Thompson sifts through the evidence to see if it supports the common belief that All Hallows Eve and its various customs had their origin in a pagan feast dating back to the Druids that promotes devil worship and a cult of death....

  • all saints day heaven november 1 holiness sanctity love saint todos los santos amor santidad
    All Saints Day Means Holiness is for All

    All Saints Day gives us the opportunity to honor and celebrate the multitudes of Christians who are in heaven yet who don't appear on the list of canonized saints or have a feast day in their honor. But it also provides us the chance to reflect on just what holiness is and who is called to sanctity....

  • wedding feast parable 28th sunday ordinary A invited guests refuse invitation sloth king son banquete de bodas fiesta rey pereza festa matrimonio parabola invitato rifiuta 28 domenica ordinario invito accidia re figlio banchetto
    The King’s Wedding Feast – Invitation Declined

    Why would people decline a royal invitation to a wedding feast fit for a king?  This parable of Jesus describes a situation we see around us everyday - pervasive apathy in the face of the offer of salvation and eternal life in the Kingdom of Heaven.  The cause?  A sneaky but deadly sin called sloth....

  • pope john XXIII canonized saint angelo Roncalli humility second vatican II council regina coeli prison humility holy spirit
    Pope John XXIII – Saint in the Age of Television

    It is fitting that Pope John XXIII be canonized a saint by Pope Francis -- they share a focus on humility, prayer, the surprises of the Holy Spirit and breaking papal protocol to draw near to the simple people, Catholics and non-Catholics, believers and non-believers....

  • The Bridegroom & the New Wine

    Jesus did not arrive on the scene to patch up an old system.  He is the bridegroom who turns water into wine and makes all things new....

  • St. Francis preaching to the birds creation environment October 4 piety
    St. Francis, Animals and the Environment

    St. Francis is sometimes regarded as patron saint of the environment.  But to tell the truth, Francis love for the cosmos was something quite different than the attitude of some today who would call themselves environmentalists. ou often see a garden statue of him with......

  • high epic adventure call to discipleship combat peter paul frodo 5th sunday ordinary time C
    High Adventure or Cautious Mediocrity?

    Discipleship is about a call to embark upon an epic adventure, not about preserving the safe, comfortable and predictable mediocrity of business as usual. The disciples left behind everything to follow Jesus and journey down a road that would lead them through danger to glory....

  • hadrian's wall parable of the vineyard and the wicked tenants grapes fruit muro uvas labradores Viña
    Sour Grapes & Tumbling Walls – Parable of the Vineyard

    The parable of the vineyard and the wicked tenants or husbandmen is a warning to peoples and nations that no wall will protect a society that is abundantly blessed yet continues to bear bad fruit and sour grapes, refusing to give God his due. Security and the peace that passes understanding are the rewards only of those who return thanks in response to God's blessings....

  • faith dynamic journey belief pursuit of God risk trust confidence conviction commitment 19th Sunday Ordinary C fede cammino dinamico ricerca di Dio rischio fiducia confidenza convinzione impegno 19 domenica ordinario
    Faith as a Dynamic Journey

    Faith or belief is more than conviction that God exists. Authentic Christian faith is a dynamic journey of trust, confidence, and commitment that involves no small amount of risk taking....

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