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God will judge whether our anger was justified or sinful
September 22, 2013
Continuing my reflections on the seven deadly or capital sins, today I will discuss the deadly sin of anger. In its discussion of anger, the Catechism of the Catholic Church says, “By recalling the commandment, ‘You shall not kill,’ our Lord asked for peace of heart and denounced murderous anger and hatred as immoral. ... If anger reaches the point of a deliberate desire to kill or seriously wound a neighbor, it is gravely against charity; it is a mortal sin” (#2302).
Grace of generosity is antidote to avarice, or sin of greed
September 08, 2013
Seven deadly sins often deal with attitude of the heart
August 25, 2013
The key to being a committed Christian is the experience of conversion, that is, Christ's call to turn away from sin and to be faithful to the Gospel. That may sound simple enough, but the very first step of recognizing sin itself is sometimes hard to do. The devil is deceptive, masking sinfulness in an aura that may appear desirable and even respectable, but it is really only evil masquerading under a false façade. We can rationalize and convince ourselves that the things we do out of selfishness are really being done for noble purposes.
Understand rich Catholic teaching on transmission of human life
August 11, 2013
Forty-five years ago, on July 25, 1968, Pope Paul VI issued his landmark encyclical letter, Humanae Vitae, (On the Transmission of Human Life.) It is a magnificent description of the "most serious role in which married people collaborate freely and responsibly with God the Creator." He described this role of parents as being a "source of great joy to them, even though it sometimes entails many difficulties and hardships."
World Youth Day strengthens young people’s witness to Christ
July 27, 2013
Among the millions of participants at the closing Mass for World Youth Day on Sunday, July 28, in Rio di Janiero, Brazil, will be 35 pilgrims from the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois from our parishes in Beardstown, Effingham and Marshall. Travelling with them are Fathers Chris Brey, David Hoefler, Brian Alford and me. The main celebrant for this Mass will be Pope Francis himself, returning to his native South America for his first World Youth Day.
When church and state have different ideas of ‘marriage’
July 14, 2013
Slouching Towards Gomorrah: Modern Liberalism and American Decline, is a book written in 1996 by the late Robert H. Bork. Bork served as a Yale Law School professor, Solicitor General, Acting Attorney General, and a judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. The title of the book is in reference to the biblical city of Gomorrah, which God destroyed along with Sodom for their wickedness (see Genesis 19). According to traditional interpretation, the sin of Sodom was homosexuality, which is therefore known as sodomy.
Sports can help us deal with failure, rise to challenges
June 30, 2013
My heart is still pounding after watching the Blackhawks beat the Boston Bruins by scoring two goals 17 seconds apart in the final minute and 16 seconds of the deciding game to win the Stanley Cup, hockey's most cherished trophy. This is the Blackhawks' second hockey playoff championship in the past four years! Congratulations!
Fortnight for Freedom is call to defend religious liberty
June 16, 2013
For the second year in a row, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) will conduct a "Fortnight for Freedom" a two-week period of prayer and action beginning on June 21, the vigil of the feasts of St. Thomas More and St. John Fisher, and culminating on July 4, Independence Day. The purpose of this effort is to issue a nationwide call to defend religious liberty and to urge the laity to work to protect the first freedom of the Bill of Rights.
Some encouraging signs on path to peace, harmony
June 02, 2013
In my column in the May 5 issue of the Catholic Times, in the wake of the terrorist bombing at Boston Marathon in April, I wrote, "Identifying radical Islamist jihadism as the motivation for so much brutal terrorism will undoubtedly bring outcries from those who will complain that this unfairly labels all Muslims, but those energies would be better spent if peaceful Muslims would very vocally disavow the radical Islamist jihadists and publicly denounce their violent version of Islam. Perhaps then we could have a real conversation about how people of all religious faiths could live together peacefully in a pluralistic world."
Pray for those priests, deacons who begin new assignments
May 19, 2013
The current issue of the Catholic Times and our diocesan website contain the list of official clergy assignments that will take effect on July 1. I will not recount the specifics here, but wish to provide some background information about some of these assignments and the implications in general when clergy are reassigned.
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