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Reflections

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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I stand corrected!

On December 8th, 1995, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, the Pontifical Council for the Family issued an instruction, entitled, The Truth and Meaning of Human Sexuality, Guidelines for Education within the Family. In that instruction, the Council, under the signature of Bishop Elio Sgreccia, Council Secretary, declared in paragraph 83,

You never know...

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From CNN comes a bizarre story of a young lady dying from her boyfriend's peanut breath kiss: "Girl with peanut allergy dies after kiss". Life is not always as smooth as we would like it to be.

Re: About that 'Gay Seminarian' Instruction

Fr. Martin Fox, at Bonfire of the Vanities, posted an endorsement of a reflection by Amy Welborn on the forthcoming (i.e., not yet official) Vatican document on gays in the the seminaries. Her post, Document, Redux, focuses on the relative importance of dissent, vs. homosexuality per se, as something the Vatican should care about.

Revenge of the Glib...

In Star Wars III, Revenge of the Sith, a tense confrontation between Obi-Wan Kenobi and his erstwhile student, Anakin Skywalker, who has recently "gone over" to the Dark Side, includes a glib, but memorable exchange. Anakin: If you're not with me, then you're my enemy. Obi-Wan: Only a sith would speak in absolute terms. I find this exchange memorable for the following reasons:
  1. Anakin's comment is nearly identical to Jesus' comment, "He who is not with us is against us."

Do you care enough to love where others will not?

How do we compensate for the irresponsible? The law says let them have their way to avoid public inconvenience. The saints have a different way. According to a reflection on the life of Mother Teresa at CatholicCulture.org, entitled "Adoption Is 'A Concrete Way of Love'" the answer is to become super responsible: pick up the precious burdens that others drop and care for them.

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