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The Anger That Is Good

The Anger That Is Good

Constructive anger is healthy. It helps us identify what is wrong, and it motivates us to work against it.

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Good News, Bad News, and Faith

Good News, Bad News, and Faith

A 2,000-year-old Taoist story can offer a particular perspective on Jesus’ Transfiguration.

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When Do the Angels Come?

When Do the Angels Come?

It is easy to recognize God’s presence with us once a trial is over. But, it takes faith for us to see the angels who are with us even as we suffer.

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A Hint

A Hint

Why do people believe in a God who guides their lives? People believe because when they examine their own experience they find indications, hints if you will, that there is a power in this world other than chance.

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Troubled by Angels

Troubled by Angels

The angel appears to Mary and begins with a beautiful greeting: “Hail, full of grace! The Lord is with you.” Why then does the next line tell us that Mary was greatly disturbed?

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Heartbreak

Heartbreak

What can we do when pain and loss enter our lives? Although we cannot explain evil, we can negotiate its presence though acceptance and “throwing together.”

Bible Study

Breaking the Silence

Breaking the Silence

Silence destroys relationships. Psalms push through our barrier of silence with God. When a psalm is prayed sincerely it breaks through emptiness and takes the risk of opening communication with the Almighty.

Jewish-Christian Resources

A Catholic Approach to the Passion Narratives

A Catholic Approach to the Passion Narratives

Catholic teaching insists that the Jewish people are not cursed or responsible for Jesus’ death. Yet Matthew 27:15-26 presents the Jewish crowd “as a whole” calling for crucifixion and saying that Jesus’ blood might fall upon them!

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Three Gifts, Three Kings

Three Gifts, Three Kings

The scriptures do not tell us how many wise men came to honor the Christ Child. But the Christian imagination concluded that if there were three gifts, there were three magi. This insight has deep spiritual meaning.

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The Goats Speak Back

The Goats Speak Back

Giving is is eternally important. Yet it is impossible to give unless someone is willing to receive.

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When God Keeps Calling

When God Keeps Calling

The story of Samuel asks us not to be prepared in case God calls us but to recognize signs in our life that God has already called us.

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A Dove at Jesus’ Baptism

A Dove at Jesus’ Baptism

It is said that as Jesus comes out of the water, the Spirit of God descends on him like a dove. But scholars cannot figure out what the dove is meant to signify.