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The Rule of Law, Not the Law of Rules: A Gospel Perspective

I. The Rule of Law versus the Law of Rules Oliver Wendell Holmes observed that, “The life of the law has not been logic; it has been experience.” That pithy sentence in his 1881 classic, The Common Law, clarified the reasoning process employed by the better judges in the legal world.1 They do not simply […]

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Pondering the Parables: The Parable of the Two Sons

Parables were integral to Jesus’ teaching ministry. His stories engaged the minds and hearts of his listeners and revealed the deeper meaning of their lives and God’s power at work in and around them. This parable (Mt 21:28-32), peculiar to Matthew, is rather simple in character and has none of the elements of surprise and […]

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Counsels for Spiritual Life from Saint Peter Julian Eymard

The Hidden Holiness of Jesus Christ The Apostle of the Eucharist was also a guide to the interior life and to Eucharistic spirituality for many. In a conference to the Servants of the Blessed Sacrament on October 26, 1860, he said: “Be satisfied with the holiness of Jesus Christ, who is hidden. Jesus Christ has […]

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“Make Me a Channel of Your Peace”: Living Out the Prayer of Saint Francis

The “little poor man” of Assisi, Saint Francis, is loved and respected by all. His example and the prayer that bears his name inspire a way of living that incarnates the Gospel. When Reverend Russell Willoughby, the minister of the historic Little Brown Church in the Valley, in the Studio City neighborhood of Los Angeles, […]

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Pondering the Parables: The Parable of the Laborers in the Vineyard

Parables were integral to Jesus’ teaching ministry. His stories engaged the minds and hearts of his listeners and revealed the deeper meaning of their lives and God’s power at work in and around them. Far from depicting an imaginary situation, the Parable of the Laborers in the Vineyard (Mt 20:1-16) describes something that occurred frequently […]

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Counsels for Spiritual Life from Saint Peter Julian Eymard

You Are Where God Wants You The Apostle of the Eucharist was also a guide to the interior life and to Eucharistic spirituality for many in his day. In a letter on July 12, 1867, Father Eymard wrote to Edmée Brenier de Montmorand, who had committed to remaining single and educating the children of her […]

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Love, and Believe What You Will

Love is at the center of the mystery of God and Christ’s incarnation. What does love mean and what is its relationship to faith? Does what we believe in really matter? The title of this reflection seems to say that it does not. It implies that love is at the center, the most important part […]

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Eucharist and the Extraordinary Power of Ordinary Time

There is much more to Ordinary Time than we can first imagine and believe. Throughout our lives, we are all driven to find recognition and purpose as we seek to fill the emptiness in our hearts. So many of us spend our days looking to accomplish extraordinary deeds, often missing the message that the mundane, […]

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Pondering the Parables: The Parable of the Unmerciful Servant

Parables were integral to Jesus’ teaching ministry. His stories engaged the minds and hearts of his listeners and revealed the deeper meaning of their lives and God’s power at work in and around them. As the final parable in Chapter 18 of Matthew’s Gospel, the Parable of the Unmerciful Servant (Mt 18:21-35) is also the evangelist’s first […]

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Counsels for Spiritual Life from Saint Peter Julian Eymard

Ground Your Life in the Love of Our Lord The Apostle of the Eucharist was also a guide to the interior life and to Eucharistic spirituality for many in his day. In a letter on March 5, 1866, Father Eymard wrote to the Countess D’Andigne, comparing her life to that of Martha and Mary at […]

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