The Purifying Fire of Truth

Twentieth Sunday Per Annum (C) August 18, 2019.
Do you think that I have come to bring peace to the earth? No, I tell you, but rather division! (Lk. 12:51). ⧾
These words are uncomfortable at first hearing, but they are true. Jesus Christ is truth incarnate and truth divides. We preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles, but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God (1 Cor. 1:22-23). Why was the Prophet Jeremiah thrown in the cistern? Because he spoke the truth and his

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Saint John Eudes and Giving Our All

Saint John Eudes (+1680) was, like all saints, ahead of his time. During the fractious century in the wake of the Protestant ‘reformation’, he saw the need of men – priests especially – totally dedicated to God. At first joining the Oratory in France, which, unlike the other Oratories of Saint Philip, was a religious order, he proved himself a zealous and indefatigable pastor, well-read and well-formed, spiritually and intellectually. Part-way through his life, he discerned a call to dedicate himself specifically to the formation of priests, most of whom were ill-equipped for their demanding role. He saw that priests

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Epstein and Cultural Free Fall

In the annals of the continuing free-fall of our culture, the French Catholic school board in the Ottawa region has just instituted a high school course in ‘video gaming’. Their justification? Well, it seems ‘gamers’, if good enough – and I use ‘good’ loosely here – can make six-figure incomes. One wonders. Playing video games seems a significantly less-than-beneficial use of one’s precious and limited time, for which we all will have to give account; but watching others play video games? I don’t think Plato could have foreseen this, even in the deepest bowls of his murky cave.
And while on

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Code-switching is the worst.

The problem with trying to improve two languages simultaneously is code-switching. Code-switching occurs when you switch from one language to another. It is relatively easy for me to switch from English to Polish–unless I have been furiously studying Italian for two hours.

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