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Serving God, Not Mammon

  Image: xhowardlee | flickr. A couple weeks ago I went to Mass at my alma mater’s Newman Center. Once I discovered that the Gospel reading focused on not being able to serve both God and mammon, I figured the homily would be a pretty standard explanation of what the verse means: avoid mammon—the material goods and worldly prestige of the world—because it distracts us from God, our true master.  But when the priest got up to give the homily, he gave me insight into how much deeper the conflict between God and mammon goes.
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God Is Our Cure for the 'Selfie-Syndrome'

  “Time for another selfie.” These words stopped me in my tracks as I was wandering through the aisles of my local Bed Bath & Beyond. They were painted on a piece of colorful canvas, sold as wall art in the home décor section. Dozens of other customers walked by the framed piece, not noticing it; their lack of interest seemed to me to be just one more sign that selfies have become engrained in our culture, our way of thinking, our way of living. That quote may seem innocent enough to some—just a cute and very up-to-date expression to hang in a young person’s college dorm room or new apartment. It’s anything but that, however.
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Finding God in the Everyday

Image: Ale Marquez. Ever felt lost on your spiritual journey? Many people have—even in the Bible. A very wealthy young man runs to Jesus, kneels at his feet and asks him: “Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” (Mk 10:17). After this eager inquirer asserts that he has faithfully kept God’s commands all his life, Jesus lovingly invites him to a deeper level of discipleship—along with a promise that he will find treasure in heaven—after selling his possessions. When the young man hears this, he walks away sad because he refuses to give up his many possessions. 
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The Triumph over Emptiness and Evil

Image: Image extracted from page 016 of The Poetical Works of John Milton. Containing Paradise Lost. Paradise Regained. Samson Agonistes, and his Poems on several occasions., by Milton, John. Original held and digitised by the British Library. Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you. —Ephesians 4:31–32 It all began in the spring of 2000 in the idyllic town of Chiavenna, Italy, a prosperous town of seven thousand inhabitants near Lake Como, on the border between Italy and Switzerland. Bored with small-town life, three teenage girls named Ambra, Veronica, and Milena entered into a satanic pact, seeking to drum up a little excitement.
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A Meditation on God and Creation

Image: Thad Zajdowicz. On display at the Renwick Gallery, Janet Echelman's 1.8, 2015 is a creation of knotted and braided fiber with programmable lighting and wind movement above printed textile flooring.  Picture a creator in your mind. What are they creating? Maybe it is a work of art or a piece of music? Maybe they are creating a computer game or a new plan for the city? Or something else entirely. What are some characteristics of this creator? What is the process by which they are creating? How long does it take? Is it done from beginning to end, without corrections? Or do they keep revisiting the creation, tweaking it here and there to make it better?
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True Beauty Comes from God

Image: Yanko Peyankov. Standing next to my daughter in front of a mirror used to be a jarring experience for me. I gave birth to her when I was almost 40 years old after many years of infertility; so we have certainly never been mistaken for sisters. Still, her beautiful, young face unconsciously became my beauty standard, and my aging skin could not stand up to the comparison.
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Psalm 25: Directions from God

Image: Matthew Wiebe. 1 To you, O LORD, I lift up my soul, 2 my God, in you I trust; do not let me be disgraced; do not let my enemies gloat over me. 3 No one is disgraced who waits for you, but only those who are treacherous without cause.
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How Much Does God Love You?

Image: Marco Basaiti, Call of the Sons of Zebedee. Academia of Venice. I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore I have continued my faithfulness to you. —Jeremiah 31:3 Although he had absolutely nothing to gain from it, God wanted to share his very life with man. As a result, he began the process of creation. In the first two chapters of the book of Genesis, we see how the Lord created the heavens and the earth from nothing. He then populated the earth with numerous creatures. The Father's act of generosity culminated with the creation of man.
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Walking with God: Take Nothing for the Journey

Image: Ybrayym Esenov. I find there are two types of people who attack me when they discover I’m Catholic. The first are lapsed or disgruntled Catholics who claim to be revolted by the Church but can’t stop talking about it. The second type, the Pharisees, are always trying to get me to say something bad about other (in their eyes, lukewarm) members of the Church. None of these folks can bear the hideous gap between how a follower of God should be and how a person who claims to be a follower of Christ actually is.
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A Reflection on Psalm 139

1  You have searched me,   Lord ,     and you know me. 2 You know when I sit and when I rise;     you perceive my thoughts from afar. 3 You discern my going out and my lying down;     you are familiar with all my ways. 4 Before a word is on my tongue     you, Lord, know it completely. 5 You hem me in behind and before,     and you lay your hand upon me. 6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,     too lofty for me to attain.
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