The Fires of Heaven

33rd Sunday of Ordinary Time (C)

Which is hotter, heaven or hell? We might say hell is hotter, as we think of hell most often in terms of fire and brimstone. Indeed, our first reading for Mass this Sunday speaks of hell as a fiery oven. But is also speaks of heaven as the rising sun of justice. So which is hotter, an oven or the sun? Maybe we need to rethink our conception of heaven and hell…

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Creepy Catholics | Death & Resurrection

32nd Sunday of Ordinary Time (C)

Let’s face it. Catholics can be creepy sometimes. At least that’s how it might appear to outside observers. We venerate the remains of the saints. We pray in cemeteries. There is even a church in Rome built out of human bones! Why this obsession with death? It’s because of our hope in the Resurrection. Watch this week’s video reflection to learn more…

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Can You be Denied Holy Communion?

This past week, there have been reports in the news about Joe Biden, former Vice-President and current Democratic presidential candidate, being denied Communion at a Catholic Church in South Carolina. Biden is a Catholic and active supporter of permissive abortion laws, which was the stated reason for the pastor of the parish not giving him Holy Communion. I am not writing to comment directly on this incident, but rather to respond to questions several students have asked me since this has happened — can a person be denied Holy Communion? And if so, why?

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Climbing Trees For Jesus

31st Sunday of Ordinary Time (C)

This Sunday’s gospel gives us the story of Zacchaeus, a diminutive tax collector who climbs a tree to see the Lord. Zacchaeus’ problem was that he couldn’t see Jesus above the crowd. Sound familiar? In our video reflection for this week, we invite you to reflect on what practical things you can do in your life to raise yourself above the noise and distraction of the crowd to have a meaningful encounter with Christ.

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The Prerequisite to Prayer

30th Sunday of Ordinary Time (C)

In this Sunday’s gospel, Jesus gives the parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector, both of whom approach God in prayer — one with an attitude of arrogance and the other with an attitude of humility. Our Lord teaches, “whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and the one who humbles himself will be exalted” (Lk 18:14).

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