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A Child Is Always Understood by Those Who Love Him

Fr. Gabriel
Love and childhood are as naturally complementary as peanut butter and jelly—and just about as sticky. Adults always seem to become like the children near them. It is almost impossible to hold an infant in one’s arms and not to cuddle or coo or romp on the floor on all fours. It is amazing, to me... Read more

The Privilege of Poverty

Fr. Theodore
Life doesn’t seem fair. Some of us have more to suffer than others. In the end, death deals us all a final blow. If we fixate on life’s sorrows, we might be tempted to think that God doesn’t care about us. This take on life may even be human reason’s default setting. In today’s first reading, the... Read more

Rejoice in Sufferings

Fr. Maximilian
We read how, when the blessed levite St. Lawrence was being roasted on an iron grill, he turned with a cheerful countenance to say to the Caesar Decius, “Look, you have me well done on one side, turn me over and eat.” Then he gave thanks to God and went to heaven. The saints rejoice in their... Read more

The Dread of Loss

Fr. Jerome
When many of us were kids, especially those of us of “a certain age,” we were taught the necessary condition for making a good confession and converting our lives. In fact, the words are described in the Act of Contrition when we say, “And I detest all my sins because I dread the loss of heaven and... Read more

A Perfect Storm

Fr. Ambrose
“A stormwind came from the North, a huge cloud with flashing fire enveloped in brightness … [and] from the midst of the fire, something gleamed like electrum.” This is how Ezekiel’s prophesy begins. He is that unbelievably vivid prophet from just before the Babylonian sack of Jerusalem and the... Read more