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To call… sinners

  AT times we find our­selves in a hap­py, unexpected situation – win­ning in a raffle, being chosen the “best dressed” person in a party, or being sin­gled out as a “model employee.” We may not have expected this because we have thought of our­selves to be simply “ordinary” or even “unworthy.” That Jesus should […]

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Can the wedding guests mourn?

  I WAS once invited to say Mass at a convent and to have breakfast af­ter. I noticed that the Sis­ters were not eating at all, so I asked why, and I was told they were fasting that day, as in some other days in Lent. There I was, enjoying my meal, even served my […]

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Almsgiving, prayer, fasting

  JESUS said to his disciples: “Take care not to perform righteous deeds in order that people may see them; oth­erwise, you will have no recompense from your heavenly Father. When you give alms, do not blow a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets to win the […]

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Receive a hundred times more

  SOME young people who hear the call to the priesthood or reli­gious life hesitate to make the “leap,” thinking that leaving their families and friends behind would mean a big loss. Some parents, too, object to their sons’ or daughters’ entering the seminary or convent for fear of “losing” them. The truth, however, is […]

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To enter the kingdom of God

  THE bottom line of the commandments is for people to do good, to be ready to serve and sac­rifice for others, and to imitate Jesus who does good and shares God’s goodness with all. Beyond the commandments, Jesus shows in the example of the rich man that material possessions can hinder us from committing […]

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Seeing our own blindness

  OTHER people naturally see us better than we see ourselves, especially ex­ternally. But even internally, at times, when we do expect to know ourselves better, we fail to see certain things in us – until people point them out to us. Hypocrisy is the readiness to see what is wrong with others but the […]

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