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Consisting of relflections in a variety of categories, including:
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<li>scripture (homiletic reflections)
<li>philosophy (metaphysics or epistemology)
<li>morality
<li>psychology
<li>spiritual development
<li>science or mathematics
<li>technology
<li>medicine
<li>Church documents
<li>catechesis
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Anointed by God [Isaiah 61:1-2a,10-11]

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In the reading from Isaiah, chapter 61, we find a prophesy of salvation after a period of immense travail. Using language that hearkens to the jubilee year, declared in Leviticus, chapter 25, Isaiah tells us,
The spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, because the LORD has anointed me; he has sent me to bring glad tidings to the poor, to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and release to the prisoners, to announce a year of favor from the LORD and a day of vindication by our God.

How can this be... [Luke 1:26-38]

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The Blessed Virgin Mary asks the Archangel Gabriel, "How can this be, since I have no relations with a man?" (Personally, I prefer the earlier, more literal translation, "since I have not known man." The new, "modern" version is much more clinicial in its phrasing of so delicate and personal a matter.) Those of us who are amateur theologians may note the evident similarity of her bold question to Zechariah's query, "How shall I know this? For I am an old man, and my wife is advanced in years." There is a crucial difference, however, in the purposes of these questions.

Finding Jesus in the Eucharist: Four Ways He Is Present

Jimmy Akin has decided to take on Fr. Lawrence E. Mick's perspective on Jesus' presence in the Mass (which can be found in "Finding Jesus in the Eucharist: Four Ways He Is Present." See, also, Catholic Update July, 2005.). Akin's blog entry can currently be found "Christ's Unique Presence In The Eucharist." He cites numerous Magisterial authorities for the understanding one can find in chapter 6 of John's Gospel, the Eucharistic Discourse.

Catholics and Capitalism, redux

Amy Welborn has an excellent citation from a Times inerview with Rodney Stark, "Catholics and Capitalism, redux," in which Stark reflects on medieval Church contributions to civilization.

White House backs torture ban law

Finally, some progress on the McCain amendment: "White House backs torture ban law." It's a pity the Administration had to be dragged, kicking and screaming, into the post-medieval world. It's a pity they couldn't see the damage this issue was causing to America's credibility. It's a pity they couldn't appreciate the corrupting influence of this policy.

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