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Twenty-second Sunday Per Annum (C) September 1, 2019.
Perform your tasks with humility….To the humble the Lord reveals His secrets…By the humble He is glorified (Sir. 3: 17-20). ⧾
The lessons of today’s Mass invite us to ponder the virtue of humility, the very foundation of our spiritual life. Humility is a foundational virtue for both faith and life and yet it is generally misunderstood for it is often erroneously associated with weakness. Humility – the word itself is a derivative of the Latin word for earth, humus. A humble person is grounded in reality; in his or her own reality and
Before we leave today behind, we should mention that this September 1st marks the 80th anniversary of the German invasion of Poland in 1939, marking the anniversary of the beginning – insofar as such may be discerned – of the cataclysm we now know as World War II, a far greater hecatomb than the First, even if they were not all that much different in their span of time. Russia would also invade the beleaguered nation two weeks later, on September 17th, in accord with the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact between the Soviets and the Nazis, signed a few weeks previously on
A homily on a holiday weekend ought to be fairly short. That’s what I’m aiming for, but I want to try an answer to a very big question: why be good? Over the centuries, both pagan philosophers and Christian thinkers have offered two basic answers to the question. And those two answers create two basic approaches to what we call morality or right moral living. The first we can call the morality of obligation. We live in a certain way because we’re supposed to. We act in a certain way because God says so—or because our parents or society tell