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Take Up Your Cross

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"Life is full of small opportunities to baptize these inevitable daily pains in the mystery of the cross."

For 51 weekends out of the year, the world pays no attention to the one item that is never far from the heart of the Christian: the Cross, the Cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, the elevation of which we commemorate in the fall. For one weekend, however—Good Friday every spring—the Cross makes headlines. Stories emerge from the Philippines, for example, where pilgrims demonstrate their piety by allowing themselves to be literally nailed to a cross. Or from…

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When Words Are Not Enough

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"A 'thank you' toward Heaven is nice, but how much more does it mean when it flows from sincerity—from a changing life? The human being says 'thank you' to God by becoming more like him."

Here is a charming bit of internet philosophy.

The three most important words are: I love you.The two most important words are: Thank you.The one most important word is: Sorry.

We’ll come back to that in a while.

Two thousand years of Christian theology has not been all sweetness and light. We have occasionally gotten it wrong by slipping into wrong ideas, rooted in speculation of what God is like rather…

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Politics

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"This is how the Church address politics every Sunday. Not by endorsing or opposing candidates, but by dealing with the spiritual roots of all the issues that affect all citizens. We locate the heart, then work our way out from there."

The year is 2016. 62 years ago, a United States Senator named Lyndon Johnson pushed through an amendment to the Internal Revenue Service, prohibiting tax-exempt organizations such as churches from endorsing or opposing political candidates. That amendment survives today. A church cannot endorse or oppose a political candidate, but it says nothing about a church addressing politics, which is good, because a church addresses politics every Sunday, every time it assembles…

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Bowing to the Great Suffering

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Fr. John illustrates how Christians are those who reach out to people in pain

I have often wondered what becomes of the writer who runs out of words, or what becomes of the podcaster who runs out of voice. Now I know. I’ve struggled with mine for almost a month now, which explains your delicious reprieve from Hearts and Minds. But I think the voice is back, so once again the listeners of Ancient Faith Radio must endure.

Let’s talk books. Any discussion of the greatest novel ever written will certainly include for…

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Suffering

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The struggle is what we bring to God, only what we bring, because deliverance his His job.

According to one report, the average lifespan in classical Rome was between 30 to 35 years of age. If that is true, what does that tell us about the poor man in this morning’s gospel story, who had suffered paralytic illness for 38 years? Maybe it tells us that he had never known any other kind of life but suffering. He had never known what it was like to run in a grassy field or play with the other children or enjoy the discoveries of young love. Maybe at the…

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Works

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An old proverbs says, "When you light a torch for another, you illumine your own path too."

Let’s embed a fictional story into a real place. Historical fiction, perhaps we could call it. Romania: not the Romania of today with its growing monasteries and rekindling of spiritual life, but the Romania of last century, with its Soviet occupation and long, dark Communist night. The last Communist leader before the Romanian revolution of December 1989 employed a technique to control his population that is popular among leaders who have no soul: the technique…

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Excuses

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Why work on ridding ourselves of excuses in this life? So we won't face the consequences of our excuses in the next.

Two employees arrive late to work. In response to the boss’s questions, the first employee says, “Sorry. I’m late. I should have left my house sooner.” The second employee says, “Traffic was terrible, and they took forever at Starbucks.”

Two students show up to class without their homework. In response to the teacher’s inquiries, the first student says, “I shouldn’t have watched television last night.”…

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Miracles

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"It's not the size of the crumb that turns it into a miracle; it's whether we can see it as a miracle at all."

The year is 2016. Though he’s been dead for 61 years, Albert Einstein made news recently. A key part of his theory of relativity was proven, but he was apparently such a humble man that he would never raise a fist and say, “Told you so.” In the month of February, 1905, an unknown, 26-year-old patent clerk published an article that would eventually change everyone’s understanding of the world. The article contains what has been called “the…

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Forgiveness

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"The soul can not know peace unless she prays for her enemies. If you will pray for your enemies peace will come to you." St. Silouan the Athonite

There is much about the Christian faith with which most modern people can agree. More precisely, they agree with the parts they find agreeable: a God of love, a Christ of compassion, the promise of a favorable afterlife. If this was the totality of the Christian faith, few would disagree and many would wear the label proudly. Why? Because it costs nothing. Dinner is always better when someone else pays the check. Anyone who takes it seriously knows, however, that…

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Morally Wrong? Politically Right?

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How does the Faith proclaim when life begins? It might surprise you and help inform you as some of you go to the polls tomorrow.

This story comes to us from a monastery. A woman had begun visiting the monastery, and, over the years and after many conversations with the abbot, sensed a call to become a nun. So she took the first formal steps to do so, and with those steps came the traditional attire a nun wears: long, black robe and a black covering that covers the entire head except for the face. When she put on the attire for the first time, after years of participating in the community, the…

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