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Heavenly faith Somehow or other it got into the Catholic psyche that we can earn our way into heaven by doing good works. This is one of the reasons why some Protestants mistakenly think we're not saved, for as our…
The 4 stages of apostleship In today's Gospel reading, Jesus sends his disciples forth as evangelizers. This is our mission; it's the mission of the Church. We're sent forth as evangelizers at the end of every Mass. The priest, speaking…
How to win arguments without defeating others In the Gospel reading for today, Jesus declares that the Pharisees were filled with plunder and evil. Some bibles translate this as "rapaciousness." To be rapacious means to covet what others have, and…
Are you a religious fanatic? Our responsorial Psalm today says: "The Lord has made known his salvation." What do you need his salvation for in your life today? If we want Jesus to save us from whatever evil is going…
How to handle fakers In this Sunday's Gospel reading, Jesus addresses the problem of fakers, i.e., people who try to win his friendship by being religious and showing up for the banquet of the Eucharist (Mass) while refusing to enter…
KEY VERSE: "Rather, blessed are those who hear the word of God and observe it" (v 28). TO KNOW:  The true source of Mary’s greatness was not in her being chosen to be Jesus’ mother, nor even in her preservation from…
Filling the void Our Gospel reading today is a reminder that we cannot serve two masters. "Whoever is not with me is against me," Jesus said. Likewise, whoever is with Jesus is fighting against the strategies of Satan. There is…
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