Behold, the Man!

Jesus is the Model Human The Scriptures and the universal Church declare: the eternal Son, “God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God,”1 became a human in an event known as the incarnation.2 The fourth Evangelist calls him the divine Word who “became flesh and dwelt among us” as the man, Jesus,3 […]

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Rejecting the Way of the Sword

Trading in Selfish Ambition for Sacrificial Love On January 6th, 2021, a mob of supporters of President Donald Trump stormed the federal Capitol Building in Washington D.C. in defiance of Congress moving to confirm the President’s electoral defeat.1 The group who besieged the Capitol was largely made up of self-identified Christians fueled by a long-developing […]

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The Myth of Redemptive Violence

There is a commonly-held belief among human beings that their righteous goals can and should be achieved by violence and brute force. This lie has been referred to as the myth of redemptive violence,1 and is culturally reinforced by countless depictions in movies, television, and school history classes. Not only have we moderns been taken captive by […]

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What is Truth?

Jesus as a Model of Speaking and Living the Truth As we live through this era of fake news, conspiracy theories, and misinformation,1 it is important we all ask the same question Pontius Pilate asks Jesus shortly before sentencing Him to die: “What is truth?”2 Defining Truth and Lies Merriam-Webster defines truth as, “the body […]

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Anyone Who Loves Father or Mother More Than Me is Not Worthy of Me

One of the basic social structures in the life of a human being is their family.1 Though there is much talk in the contemporary Western world about the collapse of the family2—and though many have complicated, strained, and even adversarial relationships with their kin—the family is still one of the strongest social institutions today.  Even […]

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Evening Prayer of Examen

Take ten slow, deep breaths Invitation  Holy Spirit, I welcome you. Help me become aware of your Presence. And as I reflect on the events of the day,  I ask for clarity and understanding Of how you were at work today. Thanksgiving What am I especially grateful for in the past day?  Petition  O God, […]

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