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The Works of Mercy: “A Year of Pilgramage”

Friday, January 1, 2016

By Father Reginald Martin, O.P. THE CORPORAL WORKS OF MERCY As we drew our last reflection to a close we identified the corporal works of mercy as feeding the hungry, giving drink to the thirsty, welcoming strangers, clothing the naked, healing the sick, and visiting the imprisoned. Some of these are doubtless beyond our capacity, […]

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The Works of Mercy: “Year of Mercy”

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

By Father Reginald Martin, O.P. A JUBILEE YEAR On April 15 of this year Pope Francis announced an Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, a Holy Year that will commence on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, December 8, 2015 and draw to its close on the Solemnity of Christ the King, November 20, 2016. The year will […]

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The 10 Commandments – The 10th: “Thou Shalt Not Covet…”

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

By Father Reginald Martin, O.P. COMPLETING THE DECALOGUE In our last reflection we observed the Ninth and Tenth Commandments sound so similar – “Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s wife…Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s goods” – we may wonder what distinguishes them. Concupiscence, which our Catechism defines as “…any intense form of human desire,” (CCC, No. 2515) is the distinguishing […]

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The 10 Commandments – The 9th: “Thou Shalt Not Covet…”

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

By Father Reginald Martin, O.P. The Ninth and Tenth Commandments sound so similar – “Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s wife… Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s goods” – we may wonder what distinguishes them. Our theology teaches that concupiscence is the distinguishing characteristic. CONCUPISCIENCE In Latin, the word “concupiscence” means “to desire strongly,” and […]

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The 10 Commandments – The 7th: “Thou Shalt not Steal”

Sunday, March 1, 2015

By Father Reginald Martin, O.P. LOOKING PAST THE NEGATIVE In our last reflection we observed the necessity to look beyond the negative prohibition of the Sixth Commandment and recognize it as a practical illustration of the chaste social relations our Baptism establishes among God’s People and calls us to respect, cherish and nourish. We may […]

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The 10 Commandments – The 6th: “You Shall Not Commit Adultery” (part 2)

Thursday, January 1, 2015

By Father Reginald Martin, O.P. LOOKING BEYOND THE NEGATIVE We are, perhaps, used to thinking of the Sixth Commandment solely in negative terms, as a prohibition against the misuse of God’s gift of our human sexuality. After all, the commandment tells us, “You shall not commit adultery.” But if we look beneath the prohibition, we […]

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The 10 Commandments – The 6th: “You Shall Not Commit Adultery”

Saturday, November 1, 2014

By Father Reginald Martin, O.P. NOT ENTIRELY NEGATIVE The Sixth Commandment, like most of the others of the Second Tablet, is presented as a negative precept: “You shall not commit adultery.” But our Catechism turns to an Apostolic Exhortation of John Paul II and invites us to look at God’s word in a more positive light. God is love […]

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The 10 Commandments – The 4th: “Honor Your Father and Mother”

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

By Father Reginald Martin, O.P. THE SECOND TABLET As we have seen, the first three commandments govern our relations with God. Our Catechism observes the fourth commandment “opens the second tablet of the Decalogue.” (#2197) When God gave the commandments to Moses on Mount Sinai, He said, “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in […]

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