Faith, Family, and Fatherhood — Matthew

My Guardian Angel

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My Guardian Angel

Tuesday, October 2nd - Memorial of the Holy Guardian Angels Matthew 18:1-5, 10 In 1998 I was working for an electrical contractor as an apprentice. We were working on the airport in Columbus, OH., remodeling a large section of the concourse. Since it covered such vast area of the airport the work needed to be done at night when traffic was low. I was not accustomed to working third-shift and it began to take a toll. Every morning, on my hour-long drive back home, I struggled to stay awake. I would roll down the window to feel the cool morning...

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The Calling of St. Matthew

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The Calling of St. Matthew

Feast of St. Matthew the Apostle Matthew 9:9-13 Many scholars today try to dismiss Saint Matthew's seemingly instant conversion. They reason, not based on scripture, that Saint Matthew probably knew Jesus for a while beforehand and this was just his way of telling his readers when he left everything to follow Jesus. It sounds good but I'll stick with what I read. Matthew got up and followed him. I know of many people who had instant conversions of this sort ( Fr. Donald Calloway, Zachary King). This doesn't mean that they were instantly saints but rather that they made the choice...

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Talents on Loan from God

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Talents on Loan from God

Saint Catherine of Siena said that, "if you are what you should be, you will set the world on fire."  Today's Gospel is about just that, being what you should be. In Jesus' parable about the talents we quickly realize that everyone is given gifts or talents, to use for God's purposes.  They are, however, on loan, at least to begin with.  I love that the passage says, "[he] entrusted his possessions to them."  It's a good reminder that, as Rush Limbaugh says, our talents are, "on loan from God."  These talents belong to God.  Yet he gives them to...

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Virgins, Lamps, and Oil

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Virgins, Lamps, and Oil

To use a Jeff Cavins term, I needed to use a lot of Winne-the Pooh theology on this one - think, think, think. What is meant by this lamp that all of the virgins have? What is meant by the oil that some have and others allow to run out? Why is it that those with lit lamps are allowed into the banquet while the others are not? When I think of a lamp I automatically think of light which is not a bad thing. However, a lamp in the Old Testament most often refers to the presence of God....

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God Challenges

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God Challenges

St. Dominic Matthew 15:21-28 I love a good challenge. I love to be challenged to rise up and meet a difficult task. I often find that I create these challenges myself. I am currently working on an allegorical poem with an insane rhyming scheme. It usually takes me an hour or two to finish eight lines but I love the challenge. I must admit, however, that I have a melancholic temperament and sometimes challenges can overwhelm me. It's not that I can't overcome the challenge but rather that I often consider all the options in such detail that I become...

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