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Tag Archive for ‘sin’

The fourth day

What does it mean the fourth day? Simply put, it is the rest of your life, a metaphor of how each day, hour, moment, is a new beginning for you. Some here are fired up, others perhaps feel nothing, some anxious worried if they can follow through, each unique in how they respond, grow, to […]

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21 Regrets people confess on their deathbeds

Some of these seem all too familiar… We’ve all heard the old saying that “People on their deathbeds don’t say, ‘I wish I’d spent more time at work…’” More often, people’s regrets are truly about “what I have done, and what I have failed to do.” A Spanish priest, Father Nelson, has listed the sort […]

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Crossing a rickety bridge

Sin as self-destruction We understand nothing. We think God punishes us for sin. Religious folks think it is just; non-religious folks think God is a killjoy. Neither understands the nature of sin. God warns us away from sin because, by its very nature, it wounds us. He loves us and wants to protect us from […]

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I Confess…My Thoughts

I’m Okay.  I’m Not So Sure About You or the Others… “But I’m a good person. I try to live the right way and not do anything immoral, illegal or dishonest. Heck, I’m living my life better than a lot of people I know.” These probably are pretty common thoughts.  But how accurate are they? […]

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To be seen

The more the life of Jesus is contemplated, I believe the broader our understanding of what it was about deepens.  To enter into one of the stories and see how differently Jesus related to others can be an eye opener.  The Samaritan woman for instance with whom Jesus talked to at the well.  It is […]

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Under the hue of happiness we grasp at real unhappiness

The blind perversity of our misery is lamentable indeed. Although we desire happiness ardently, not only do we not do those things by which we may obtain our desire but rather, with contrary disaffection, take steps to add to our misery. In my opinion, we would never do this, if a false image of happiness […]

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Avoiding worldliness

Often, we hear the term “worldliness.” In the Bible, Jesus warns of this a number of times. So did His disciples. Take the reading from Tuesday (May 17, 2016), “Do you not know that to be a lover of the world means enmity with God? Therefore, whoever wants to be a lover of the world […]

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I am a sinner

I am a sinner. This is the most accurate definition. It is not a figure of speech, a literary genre. I am a sinner.—Pope Francis Truth is humble, it embraces what is. In the year of mercy we are all called to embrace the truth. To admit that one is a sinner is not something […]

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Ever higher up and deeper in

“Today, during Mass, I saw the Lord Jesus in the midst of His sufferings, as though dying on the cross. He said to me, “My daughter, meditate frequently on the sufferings which I have undergone for your sake, and then nothing of what you suffer for Me will seem great to you. You please Me […]

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Help Me Understand Attacks of the Devil

Dear Father John,  I seem to be constantly tempted to, or away from, one thing or another.  I would like to arm myself as much as possible against this spiritual darkness.  Would you help me understand attacks of the devil? SECULAR ATHEISTS CAN develop strong willpower and natural prudence,  and they can put them to […]

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