A Fellow Blogger on Loving Your Neighbor

From time to time I will post an excerpt from a fellow blogger’s writing and post a link.  That’s what I’m doing today.  I found an interesting post entitled “Not in My Sandbox.”  Check out this excerpt. So here’s a point of order: Love your neighbor does not mean be a doormat. The full commandment…

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Who Will Be Your God?

If all you knew about Christianity came from popular culture, you might think that all we think about is stamping out sin.   It’s as if we only care about ridding our lives of bad things.  To be honest, some Christians seem to have that misconception, too. Now, it’s true that God gives us the…

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What Happened to Sin?

A seminary professor with years of parish experience once told me—in fact, he once told a classroom full of seminarians—that nobody is interested in hearing about sin anymore.  As sermon themes go, it’s a non-starter.  Sermons that work, he continued, focus on human problems like loneliness and fear of failure or on our duty to…

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Disciples and Ambassadors

This is the final post in the series on how God answers prayer. God answers our prayers.  But if he simply granted the prayers we actually offer, we might say to Him what St. Teresa of Avila told him when she fell from her donkey into the mud: “If this is the way you treat…

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Speaking and Hearing

This is the third post in a series about how God answers prayer. I grew up with a speech impediment.  Born with a cleft palate, I was physically incapable of making the “s” sound.   The repair required two surgeries, but I received only one of those in my infancy.  When I was in my…

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