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"Do not resist one who is evil." Matthew 5:29a

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"You have heard that it was said, `An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.'
But I say to you, Do not resist one who is evil.
But if any one strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also;
and if any one would sue you and take your coat, let him have your cloak as well;
and if any one forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles.
Give to him who begs from you, and do not refuse him who would borrow from you.

The Souls of the Just [Wisdom 3:1-9 on All Souls' Day]

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The classical view of Purgatory was that it was a torment similar to Hell, except that it was only temporary. Medieval and even Renaissance paintings of the torments of Hell depicted corporeal souls engulfed in flames. It was precisely such images that gave the term "Medieval" its worst negative connotations in the modern imagination.

The demands of apape love [Mark 12:28b-34]

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In this Sunday's Gospel reading, Jesus takes advantage of a question from a scribe to summarize what God asks of us if we are to be united with him one day. The scribe asks "Which is the first of all the commandments?" and Jesus answers, based on the passage from the Book of Deuteronomy we read today,

Jesus replied, "The first is this:
Hear, O Israel!
The Lord our God is Lord alone!
You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart,
with all your soul,
with all your mind,
and with all your strength."

Homeostasis in the American 2-Party System

It takes a major social upheaval in the American political system, such as civil war, to cause a major political realignment that goes as far as the downfall of one political party and the rise of another. The Republican Party historically began as an anti-slavery activist party in 1854.

Liberal? What's it to you?

The term "liberal" used to mean something very different from what it means today. Consider what happened to the trade-name "Coke." Because "New Coke" was introduced and because it was such a radical break with the previous version, and because it proved to be so unpopular the old version was brought back, we now find ourselves enjoying a "Coke Classic." Something similar happened to the word "liberal." According to Wikipedia, the term classical liberalism,

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