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Jesus Came To Take Away Your Sins Not Your Brain

In my pre-concert information overload stage, I was surprised to read that back when U2 released the by now iconic song, I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For in 1987, there was criticism from certain elements of the Christian … Continue reading

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God and imagination

The greatest Christian writers of the last century — C.S. Lewis [Chronicles of Narnia], G.K. Chesterton [The Ethics of Elfland, a chapter in Orthodoxy], and J.R.R. Tolkien [Lord of the Rings] — loved fairy tales. The reason is that those … Continue reading

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The Empty Tomb in a Garden

Have you ever reflected on the role gardens play in our Christian faith? Fr Valle has, an excerpt from his Easter homily: It is very interesting that Mary ends up in a garden looking for Jesus. After all, this whole … Continue reading

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Faith: Best Defense is a Good Heart

Recently I watched Bill Maher’s 2008 comedy/documentary film, Religulous, a play on the words religion and ridiculous. As the title suggests, the the film is not subtle about its intent or treatment of the believers it mocks [think Borat Gone … Continue reading

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Is Your Religion About Love And Service?

Fr Valle makes his usual interesting points in this week’s homily. An excerpt: Jesus tells Peter: “When you were young, you fastened your own belt and went where you pleased. When you are old , others will tie you fast … Continue reading

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Garden Variety: Eden, Gethsemane & Arimathea’s

Have you ever reflected on the role gardens play in our Christian faith? I hadn’t thought of it until I read this homily by Fr Valle. An excerpt from his Easter homily: It is very interesting that Mary ends up … Continue reading

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How You Give

Our favorite ethernet homilies come courtesy of Fr Vallee. His latest homily, on giving, explains why how you give matters more than what you give: I got a call from Msgr Delaney, he was my pastor at Holy Family where … Continue reading

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Why We Need To Weed The Garden Of Our Hearts

At his best, like in this homily, Fr Vallee makes the work ahead of me as a Christian abundantly clear and slightly depressing. But it is not an irrational depression, just one commensurate with the task ahead. A sample from … Continue reading

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Is It Not Enough To Believe?

Is it not enough to believe? No, suggests our favorite ethernet pastor, Fr Vallee, we must believe for the right reason. In today’s Gospel, the crowds have followed Jesus because of the miracle of the multiplication of the loaves. Jesus … Continue reading

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Weakness Which Leads To Perfection

What is meant in St Paul’s second letter to the Corinthians, where he notes that God spoke to him saying, “My grace is enough for you, for in human weakness the power of God reaches perfection?” Fr Vallee gives us … Continue reading

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