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If you don’t doubt, you won’t grow

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It’s as simple as that: if you have faith and you don’t doubt, you aren’t human.

The way we believe in God should and must vary at different times in our lives. Even if that means doubting his existence.

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August 9, 2011 at 8:59 am

Running back to the tomb

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Once again, it’s Easter! So much has transpired over the weeks and I have just a little time to jot some quick thoughts down.

My emotions are running high for Easter and for stress of moving. But at Mass today, the priest once again gave an excellent homily, nicely tailored to both “regulars” and visitors, believer and non-believers. Read the rest of this entry »

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April 24, 2011 at 10:08 am

All Clear in First Instance Court

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October 18, 2010 at 10:07 pm

No rulers here: Washington Times Communities Blog

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Yes, I’ve been moonlighting.  When I’m not here blogging about the saga of my own emotions, I’m making light of Catholicism on the Washington Times Communities blogs.

Please do me a favor and click on my posted blogs there so they won’t kick me off.

Friends of the faith, please feel free to contact me regarding topics you’d like to mention, or if you have an article that you’d like to write.

Thanks to my friend, A, for reading this blog and being brave enough to ask me to contribute. Thanks, also, to my personal illustrator, I, for this crazy cause!

Here’s the link to my first post:

No rulers here | Washington Times Communities.

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October 15, 2010 at 9:23 am

Fr. Kim’s Thought

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Just a quick jot-down of an anecdote Fr. John Kim was explaining in regards to the study of Luke 13 and the “who will get saved?” question:

“I was approached by a young man who could obviously tell I was a Catholic priest.  He said to me, ‘Father, I used to be Catholic when I was young man, but I was put off by the [Catholic] Church’s nonconformity with contemporary life.  There were too many rules and it’s just too difficult to be Catholic.  It’s not user-friendly.’  And he went on to list his grievances with the Church.  I replied to him, ‘You’re right.  The Church is not very user-friendly.  It is very difficult to be Catholic.  But ‘user-friendly’ implies that it should conform to life and be life-friendly.  It is not life-friendly, it is Christ-friendly.  And if in the end of times, I am to be judged by whether I was friendly to life or friendly to Christ, I would rather choose Christ-friendly.'”

I will write more about my reaction to Luke 13 after I listen and reflect on Luke 14 this coming week.  Luke 13 obviously tells us that the belief in Christ is not enough to save you eternally.  Jesus plainly says to those who claim that “they ate with him while He taught in their streets” that “I do not know you.”  Luke 14 tells us how to be saved. . . how to really comprehend what  Jesus was teaching, not just knowing His name.

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August 27, 2010 at 8:46 am

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Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

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“For everyone who asks, receives; and the one who seeks, finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.” (Luke 11:10)

I sat in Mass this morning and got a delicious dose of inspiration from the three readings that were assembled so well by the Magistrate.  (Genesis 18: 20-32; Colossians 2: 12-14; Luke 11: 1-13) Read the rest of this entry »

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July 25, 2010 at 12:49 pm

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What’s So Devastating Anyway?

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I was reading a few sermons by Bishop Fulton Sheen on the subject of the heart, i.e., love.  And his words so eloquently evoke tears from my eyes, as if he knows what I need to say aloud.  It causes me this reflection on my former marriage:

When I got married, I never really considered divorce.  I knew that people did it, but it wasn’t something Read the rest of this entry »

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June 23, 2010 at 6:47 pm

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