Tag Archive: Jesus

Jun 16

Risen: a Movie Ruined by Trying to Be a Christian Movie More Than Trying to Be a Good Movie

[Spoiler alerts: I give away the plot] I don’t write movie reviews because I simply don’t watch that many movies. Several people had told me that Risen was a great movie so I found time to watch it a few days ago. I really liked the first two thirds of the movie as it really …

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Apr 08

Key Quotes from Amoris Laetitia: About Every Family Not Just Divorced and Civilly Remarried

News reports focus on a few paragraphs of Francis’s new document, Amoris Laetitia, namely 242-243, 250, and 298-305, yet this is but a small part of the document. Instead, I want to give you a medium-length summary of the whole document using quotes and paraphrase. Amoris Laetitia doesn’t seem to have any radical new ideas …

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Oct 28

We Don’t Live a Gospel of Sin Management

Should we just stop sinning?

There were once two evil brothers. They were rich, and used their money to keep their evil ways from the public eye. They even attended church, and appeared to be perfect Christians. Then, their pastor switched. Not only could the new pastor see right through the brothers’ deception, but he also spoke well and true, …

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Oct 16

Youth Group Member = Missionary???

This Sunday is mission Sunday. You probably didn’t remember that. Don’t worry, I didn’t either but someone reminded me. Would you call the kids in your youth group missionaries? Most of us wouldn’t. But do you strive for them to become missionaries? That’s the tough question. I’ve been reading Rebuilt: The Story of a Catholic …

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Oct 11

Are we among the 9 Lepers in the Gospel?

The Ten Lepers from the Gospel

This Sunday, we read about when Jesus went to cure the 10 lepers but only 1 came back to give thanks. It’s Luke 17:11-19 if you forget the story. All over the Gospel we read about lepers: but who were they? Leprosy is a disease that eats away the skin. In the ancient world, nobody …

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Oct 03

Francis’s Interview and the Kerygma

Pope Francis Embraces Fr Antonio Spadora, SJ

I’ve decided I won’t read any more commentaries on Pope Francis’ big interview with Fr Antonio Spadaro, SJ. I read the interview and a few commentaries. Now people just try to use the interview to beat their ideological opponents with it or to critique whether his wording was most prudent here or there. I don’t …

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May 21

Leaving Myself to Reach Teens

drug addiction

It’s so easy to put up a wall and hide. We can easily present our perfect face. It feels good to be in control and to appear that we aren’t affected by the little problems of the day. Who doesn’t want to seem like the good guy? Yet, if we are like this, are we …

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May 06

Jesus or a Moral Code?

Is this the law?

“Make sure Johnny learns how to respect his parents.” “Suzie needs to know about chastity since I worry about her.” “I don’t care what you do as long as Bobby is good boy.” How often do we get these phrases from parents in youth ministry? Are morals the goal of youth ministry, then? It seems …

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