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Unanswered Prayers

Fr. Victor
"There was in a city a judge, which feared not God, neither regarded man. And there was a widow in that city, and she came unto him, saying, 'Avenge me of mine adversary.' And he would not for a while, but afterward he said within himself, 'Though I fear not God, nor regard man, yet because this... Read more

Pass the Ambrosia, Blessed Mother

Fr. Jerome
"For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven." In the past, two men have spoken to me about this gospel reading, both of them on different sides of the marriage spectrum. The first one, grieving the recent loss of his wife to cancer... Read more

Our Lord's Strangest Parable

Fr. Theodore
The subtleties of the gospel that we have just heard were lost on the Roman emperor and pagan philosopher Julian the Apostate. He claimed that, with today’s parable of the unjust steward, our Lord actually recommended fraud to his followers. This accusation isn’t simply false; the exact opposite is... Read more

Watch for the End of the World

Fr. Nathaniel
Between now and the end of the liturgical year, four weeks from now, we will be hearing a lot about the end of the world. "Brothers and sisters," St. Paul tells us today, "do not be shaken out of your minds suddenly, or be alarmed” about the end of the world, about "the day of the Lord.” But what... Read more

The Extended Family of the Saints

Fr. Gregory
"I consider everything as loss because of the supreme good of knowing Christ Jesus, my Lord." St. Paul’s exuberance in expressing the immense fulfillment he receives in being such a close and intimate friend of his Savior is refreshing. And yet, there is nothing exclusive about his experience. It... Read more