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Faith, Family, and Fatherhood

What I Have Failed To Do

Lent2017 Matthew Meditations

What I Have Failed To Do

I believe today's Gospel passage completely destroys my "but I'm a good person" argument. I often like to compare myself with others and say, "well, at least I'm not like this person. At least I'm not - murdering, stealing, committing adultery (insert potential mortal sin here)." However, this passage mentions none of those sinful things and yet I still see folks cast into "the eternal fire prepared for the Devil and his angels." Most of us grow up learning about the sins we shouldn't commit. We are taught to follow the Ten Commandments and avoid doing evil things. Unfortunately, we...

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The Birth Scar

Books Lent2017 Meditations

The Birth Scar

The Scar Whenever I ask my 18-month-old about his belly he proudly lifts his shirt and inserts a finger into his belly button. Recently, when he did this, I was taken back to the time of his delivery. In my mind's eye I could plainly see my newborn son squirming and filling his lungs with air for the first time. I also remember having the opportunity to cut the cord that had connected him and his mother for so long. That separation of mother and child has left a scar to remind my son of the sufferings his mother endured.When...

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Fasting

Lent2017 Matthew Scripture

Fasting

Friday after Ash Wednesday In a letter to his brothers in the Society of the Servants of the Poor Saint Jerome writes the following: "In his kindness, our Lord wished to strengthen your faith, for without it, as the evangelist points out, Christ could not have performed many of his miracles. He also wished to listen to your prayer, and so he ordained that you experience poverty, distress, abandonment, weariness and universal scorn....he desires to include you among his beloved sons...for this is the way he treats his friends and makes them holy. ...he is asking you to grow continually...

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Take Up Your Cross

Take Up Your Cross

Thursday after Ash Wednesday In the First Reading, Moses challenges the people, and us, to "choose life". He says, "choose life, that you and your descendants may live." This seems pretty practical. If we choose life, we and our descendants will go on. If not, well... However, I think we need to look deeper. In fact, I would encourage you to insert a word here in the scriptures, if only mentally - "choose eternal life." For most of us, choosing life is not much of a choice in the arena of our daily lives. Most of us do not rise...

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How to never sin, well, almost never.

Lent2017 Meditations

How to never sin, well, almost never.

"In all you do, remember the end of your life, and then you will never sin." - Sirach 7:36 Lately I have been meditating a great deal on the end of my life. Since the death of my grandmother and the death of my wife's grandfather, I have taken many an opportunity to think about life, death, judgement, and what is really important. As I think back with fondness on the lives of these dear people I have a persistent thought that they are gone from this world. In due time, even their happy memory living in my heart and...

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