John Grondelski

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The Significance of the Immaculate Conception

Catholics celebrate the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception Dec. 8 as a holyday of obligation. What we are celebrating is perhaps a little more obscure. The dogma of the Immaculate Conception affirms that the Blessed Virgin Mary was conceived...

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The Church Wants You to Get Into an Advent Rush

A constant criticism of the run up to Christmas is the so-called “Christmas Rush.” That “giant sucking sound” you hear is the whirlwind of activities—Christmas shopping, parties, packing, presents, school plays, holiday preparations—that seems to...

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Open Wide the Doors to Christ!

In his meditation for the morning of Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, Ven. Tomás Morales draws his inspiration from Psalm 24: “Life up your heads, you gates; be lifted up, O ancient doors, that the King of Glory may come in” (v. 7). While Fr. Morales...

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A Kingdom of Truth and Life

In the current Roman Calendar, the Church year ends every year with the Solemnity of Christ the King. In the Church’s calendar, it is something of a new celebration. Pope Pius XI instituted it in 1925, amid growing secularism and totalitarianism...

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Life is Forever

The next to last Sunday in every Church year always features a Gospel about the Last Day and the Last Judgment. As the liturgical year winds down, eschatology—that part of theology that deals with the “last things,” like death, judgment, hell,...

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The Error That “Funerals Are for the Living, Not the Dead”

It’s been said that the difference between Protestants and Catholics is that the former tend to be “either/or” (e.g., either “faith” or “good works”), while the latter tend to be “both/and” (e.g., both “Scripture” and “tradition”). So, if the...

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Love the Lord with All Your Mites

Lots of people have heard the expression about wanting to “put in my two cents.” Others have offered “a penny for your thoughts.” Both these idioms are inspired by today’s Gospel about the widow’s mite. Both the First Reading and Gospel speak...

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The Greatest Commandment and Sex

This Sunday’s readings—from Deuteronomy and Mark—repeat the Shema Yisrael. That proclamation—“Hear, O Israel, the Lord is our Lord, the Lord alone!”—is what every devout Jew declares every day. The Great Commandment, to love God with one’s whole...

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All Saints Day is a Day About the Love of Jesus Christ

It’s too bad that All Saints Day comes but once a year. It’s too bad, because its rarity distorts our perspective. The Church year is filled with solemnities, feasts, memorials and optional memorials of individual, canonized saints. Recent...

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Do I Want to See?

In this Sunday’s Gospel, Jesus asks blind Bartimaeus what he wants, and the latter’s response is unambiguous: “Master, I want to see.” And Jesus gives him back his sight. The episode of Bartimaeus is one of several healings of the sightless in...