Keeping Yourself Out of Heaven

On Sunday at Mass, if your parish read the long form of the Gospel, you heard the parable of the prodigal son. I’ve written about this parable before, meditated on the Father who searches the horizon for the first sign that His prodigal children are on their way home to Him. He doesn’t even wait…

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Do You Attend a Bible-Based Church?

I grew up in New Jersey as the daughter of a Knight of Columbus.  I lived down the street from my parish, Saint Joseph’s Catholic Church, and nearly everyone I knew was Catholic.  Those who weren’t knew so many Catholics that there was never any question as to whether or not Catholics were really Christians.…

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"You Spare All Things, Because They are Yours"

“Before the Lord the whole universe is as a grain from a balance or a drop of morning dew come down upon the earth. But You have mercy on all, because You can do all things; and You overlook people’s sins that they may repent. For You love all things that are and loathe nothing…

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Strange Curses in the Bible

While waiting for our flight out of Omaha this past Wednesday, I was reading 1 Samuel because I was quite interested in getting the whole story after listening to the Understanding the Scriptures podcast. I learned something really interesting. Did you know that when the Philistines took the Ark of the Covenant, after breaking their…

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