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More on the Epistemology of Faith . . .

During his 40 days in the desert, Jesus was tempted to do things that would make the truth of his claims and the meaning of his existence irrefutable. He declined. His followers down through the centuries have sometimes tried to … Continue reading

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In the Garden…

On Holy Thursday in the Mass of the Lord’s Supper, we commemorate the last Passover meal the disciples shared with Jesus, their Teacher and Master. Afterward, the whole party retired to the garden of Gethsemane on the Mount of Olives. There, … Continue reading

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No Father…No Family…No Faith

Some years ago, a friend of mine and I collaborated as part of a Lenten series of presentations at a Catholic parish here in Sonoma, California. One thing that my friend said had a great impact on me and on … Continue reading

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The Obedience of Faith

“Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” Matthew 6:21 That, it seems to me, is the synoptic analogue for Paul’s references to “the obedience of faith” in his Letter to the Romans (1:5; 16:26). As for the … Continue reading

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Ties That Bind vs individualism?

Some thoughts on the 240th anniversary of the founding of the United States of America. The ideas underlying the democratic principles in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States had their earliest known instantiation in the … Continue reading

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Faith & Reliance: Dante’s Paradiso Canto XXIV

Dante’s Paradiso Canto 24 lines 83-85 ….You have assayed this coinage, its weight and metal content, accurately; now tell me if you have it in your (purse) possession. Dante is being interrogated by St. Peter on the topic of faith. … Continue reading

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It can be done.

“They had been men of little faith, with their continual questioning and their childish egotism; but now they went out into the civilized world full of the spirit of self-sacrifice and strong in soul. And they carried the new fire … Continue reading

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Are You Prepared for the Coming Persecution?

“Pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer, who was murdered by the Nazis, wrote in his haunting book, The Cost of Discipleship, ‘When Christ calls a man, he bids him to come and die.’ How might many self-identified Christians respond to that bold and … Continue reading

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A Sunday thought

“Such men as surrender religiously to the Church in its holiness and obey it humbly in its authority share in the Church’s freedom in full measure; for in their life the Divine Spirit lives and works, and where the Spirit … Continue reading

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