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The Encounter of Two “Yeses”

Typically, when I ponder the event of the Annunciation, I spend much time considering Mary’s act of faith in light of my own struggles with trust. I presume I am not alone in this way of thinking about the events recounted in Luke 1. However, today I would like to expand this reflection: 1. The “yes” that came first. Before Mary uttered her “fiat,” God was at work. This Fact is worth serious consideration and should surprise us. The struggle with sin following the fall of Adam and Eve in the garden, the constant turning to idolatry, …

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But, I Asked So Nicely…

“I WANT LEMONADE.” (In angry three-year-old voice). “That’s not a nice way to ask. Plus, you’ve had more than enough sugar today.” “But, Daddy, can I please have some lemonade?” “No. You’ve had enough. I will get you some water.” “But Daddy…I asked so nicely…” Here, I have documented for you a recent exchange I had with my little girl. In a typically childish manner, she screamed at me for something. She was practically saying, “All I really want is just this one thing. And, I want it now.” She realized her mistake fairly quickly, …

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Satan’s Steak Company

I was babysitting our kids outside the other day. I’m a better parent than I am babysitter. In the midst of the chaos happening about the yard, I noticed a white pickup come to screeching halt in front of our house. The bed of the truck was filled with an odd cooler attachment bearing the logo of a distant steak company, one of those distant warehouses that will overnight steaks to your front door.  Immediately three men got out of the cab – let’s pause there. Any time three grown men get out of those …

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When Language Betrays

Trite expressions betray our true position, we just rarely pay attention to what these banal formulations are actually saying about us.   I’m as guilty as anyone else in this regard.    Lately, I’ve been trying to take note of my own ways of speaking within our common culture, in light of subtle – yet immanently present – secular ideologies.   Take, for example, what is perhaps the most common excuse for “dating around” (i.e. jumping head first into a number of quasi-serious relationships with intensive physical and emotional attachment): “I am trying to find …

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They Grow Up Just Right

 “Kids grow up too fast.”   With two of them running around my life, I think this is the common advice I receive from the passerby.    “Enjoy it!  They grow up too fast.”    These lines are interesting for a couple of reasons.  First, they indicate a problem:  Kids growing up too fast.  This seems to be a universal problem.  Second, we see a “solution” for the fact of kids growing up too fast – enjoying them, enjoying the time while they are young.    “Enjoying it” is not necessarily bad advice.  Ecclesiastes draws …

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Why We Need the Self-Awareness of a Three-Year-Old

“This says it is from the North Pole.  Do we know anyone at the North Pole?”    Our daughter didn’t even have to answer the question with words.   Instead, I watched all of the energy in her body move to her face, thus producing a massive baby-toothed grin.  But her face could not contain her joy.  She threw her arms jerkily in the air and let out several excited shrieks, while engaging in a series of unrhythmic dances.    Her anticipation for the coming of Santa, which leads to her wake up early every morning …

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I Suffocated on Tater Tots

I like potatoes. I really like mashed potatoes with gravy.  But, tater tots may top my list of diverse ways to enjoy this delectable and odd “vegetable.” (You can call to mind the memorable scene from Napoleon Dynamite now.)  While I love them, I really do have a potato problem, and here’s how I realized it…  Throughout my freshman year of college, I hated most of the food in the cafeteria, so I often resorted to apples, sugar cereal, chicken patty sandwiches and tater tots (it should be known that I am forever indebted to …

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The New Juggler

Recently, I’ve been peppering teens with the following question:  Can what happened to the Apostles happen to you in the year 2012?  This is an adaptation of Dostoevsky’s question:  “Can a cultured man, a European of our day, believe, really believe in the divinity of Christ, the Son of God?” These sorts of questions happen to be some of the most important ones, especially on the brink of the Year of Faith, and at a time in history when it seems that most everything in the culture is pushing against organized religion, Christianity, etc.  The …

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Contra-Freedom: Two Insightful Contraception Ads (That Teach Way More about the Human Heart than Intended)

Over the last few months, two contraceptive advertisements have really made me stop and think, though this was probably not the intention of the companies.  Let me explain… Exhibit A – Nuvaring This female contraceptive method involves the once-per-month placement of a plastic ring in the vagina, which releases low amounts of hormones to prevent pregnancy.  Of particular interest is the fact that Nuvaring’s marketing strategy points out the bondage of the pill.  The company uses lines like: -Monthly birth control that’s easy to use? -Break free from the pack. -Let freedom ring. -Birth control …

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Holistic Vision of Work

One of my teens, he is working around the parish this summer, recently stopped by my office to express a rather odd enthusiasm.  He had just finished cleaning the sanctuary of the Church and couldn’t get over how satisfying the work was – however mundane.  I think anyone who has acted as a sacristan might share the same sentiment. This interaction exhumed a memory lodged in a dark corner of my mind.  I recalled my time spent in Rome and on the cupola (dome) tour of St. Peter’s.  This is the tour that allows people …

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