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A special welcome back to school to the students of St. Michael's High School. Our Parish Community extends to the students our prayers and support as they begin this year by celebrating the Eucharist. The greatest gift of God.

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Without humility our relationship to truth becomes unhealthy. And without truth, our love becomes disingenuous. Humility is a matter of living in reality - and not exalting our mind, our judgments, our liberty above what has a design, what is ordered, and what ultimately is defined by God.

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We tend to often only look at persecution from the culture - but when you study Church history and Sacred Scripture, it often comes from within the community of the faithful. Sometimes we can scapegoat corruption on the culture as a way of avoiding conflict in the power-structure of the Church. Jeremiah suffered, as did Jesus, precisely because they faced error, wherever it was actually found. Today we celebrate St. John the Baptist who teaches us in regard to marriage and sexuality that sometimes even the leader of the Christian people will end up agreeing to help us lose our head for the Gospel.

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Today many are debating "how many are in hell" all the while others deny its very existence, finding it incomprehensible that a loving God would allow for it. Let's turn to the Master and listen to what He says about all of it.

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God's gift of sexuality to us has a design. To reject this design is to essentially become spiteful towards God's great and beautiful work of creation. If we love God, this rejection simply isn't an option.

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*correction: for some reason I said, "crusades" but I meant the Roman Empire when discussing the Colosseum.

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So many people today praise themselves for "being good." Although the central focus of Christianity is not on our own goodness, but rather God's, we must note that our own moral uprightness is something to ponder as well. How can we be truly good, if we do not give God what is "truly right and just?" How can we be good, if we neglect Him who is owed all?

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Some people tend to treat the term "heresy" as a swear word or a medieval (i.e. outdated) preoccupation. Today we celebrate St. Dominic who combatted heresies, and guess what: the Church still celebrates Him. Why? Listen in and find out.

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Date: Wednesday August, 7th 2019.

Our obedience to our superiors, secular or religious is obedience to God. God makes that clear when the people of Israel complain against Aaron and Moses. Its also something St. Paul is taught when He persecutes God through the Church.

Obedience is the remedy to overcoming pride - and so when it goes against our own fallible judgment, yet is most certainly not a sin, we must obey. This will be more pleasing to God than doing what we'd prefer, no matter how much we idealize our own ways.

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