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Lying in repose


Lying in repose: Otto von Habsburg, heir to the Austrian and Hungarian thrones, and his wife Princess Regina of Saxe-Meiningen, at the Capuchin Church in Vienna on Friday, 15 July 2011. Photo Credit: Gryffindor, Wikimedia
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Run Time: 14 minutes. Gospel: Mt 25:1-13.

Aren’t we supposed to share? Well, yes!… But I cannot supply for another what they will not have, and another cannot supply for me what I will not have. Nobody’s holy grandmother is going to get them into heaven – if I will not follow Christ myself. Nobody’s good wife or husband, or generous children, will move what they themselves will not move.

Puzzles


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Run Time: approximately 13 and a half minutes. Gospel: Mt 23:1-12.

And also – I think – to be attentive to what else it is I put in front of my eyes. What other images do I follow and how is … life constructed if that is what I’m constantly looking at. Does my life look like Philippians or Facebook? Which one’s the better pattern? To be conscious and attentive that, no, that’s not. There are certain things (that) begin to distort how I put this puzzle of my life together – and how I respond to others, patterns that I lay out as I have this in front of me. As I have either that image of imitation of Christ, or imitation of the world.

Which Is More Important?


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Run Time: approximately 11 minutes. Gospel: Mt 22:34-40.

…it’s easy enough when He says, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind…” to start with – and end: “already He’s got that L-word in there.’ … “You shall love ~ mind.” – it doesn’t mean “You shall have warm feelings towards the Lord your God with all your heart, your soul and your mind.” Or that you should think nice things. [Not] even that you should have affection for the Lord your God – although this is a fruit of devotion and piety…. But first, when we hear in the bible the word ‘love’ you can almost always substitute ‘sacrifice’. You shall sacrifice to the Lord your God – your whole heart, make an offering of it. Your whole mind, to make a submission and an offering. Your whole soul, that you shall give before the Lord your God your whole self…

Faithful Stewardship


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Run Time: approximately 13 minutes. Gospel: Mt 21:33-43.

“Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”

The Better Part of the Deal


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Run Time: approximately 10 minutes. Gospel: Mt 20:1-16a.

In our hearts we still … have that inclination that secretly that those who are, to use the … imagery of this parable, that those who are out in the square not working are getting the better part of the deal. That those who are not at work in the Father’s vineyard somehow are getting by with something. Even in regard to sin – we may profess “well I know this is a sin,” we don’t, we don’t put that in our hearts. This is a turning from God and from my true purpose and meaning in life. And instead sometimes we sort of look and grumble as though they’re getting the better part of the deal and maybe I ought to get in on that.

Lay Aside Me


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Run Time: approximately 11 minutes. Gospel: Mt 18:15-20.

…we’re made for others. We’re made for the sake of others and the deepest and most important callings in life are about how we recognize – how we acknowledge – that truth of who we are before God and how we live it out. Whether in marriage, or priesthood, or religious vocation, our lives are meant to be built around that fact that I was born to be given and to receive the gift and the blessing of others and the whole of the world and society is built on this.

The Purpose of Suffering


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Run Time: approximately 13 and a half minutes. Gospel: Mt 16:21-27.

… can we speak of the meaning and the purpose and the truth of suffering in this world? I think any proposed gospel that sort of dances around suffering is worse than useless – and it is not of Christ.