Steven D. Greydanus

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A Hole is to Dig. What Are You For?

This week, the week of November 5–11, is National Vocations Awareness Week. This week is dedicated to prayer and support for vocations, or callings from God, to the priesthood, the diaconate and consecrated life — the life of those in religious...

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What is Purgatory, Really?

What is purgatory? Is it the case, as some spiritual writers suggest, that the least pains in purgatory surpass the greatest earthly suffering? Or, as others propose, that the joys of purgatory surpass the greatest earthly happiness? Is...

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What I Owe to Protestantism

There’s an old joke that all Americans are Protestants, even the Catholics, Jews and atheists. Even as a joke that’s a half-truth, but it’s an important half-truth. For over a quarter of a century I have wholeheartedly embraced the Catholic...

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What Do Unborn Babies Know and When Do They Know It?

Last week Stacy Trasancos wrote a commentary piece for the Register called “The Pain Unborn Children Feel.” In contrast to the dogmatism on this subject often seen on both sides of the abortion debate, Stacy was careful not to claim too much....

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How Not to Think Like a Servant

This Friday, October 13th, is the 100th anniversary of the Miracle of the Sun at Fatima, and on this date, October 8th, Pope St. John Paul II consecrated the whole world to Our Lady of Fatima. Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us! The message of...

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Don’t Call it the “Counter‑Reformation”!

With the observance of the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation around the corner, we’re hearing a lot about the “Counter-Reformation.”  This term is often used by historians and students of Church history to describe what happened in...

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Flood Waters and Prosperity Preaching

“You duped me, Lord. You tricked me, coerced me, seized and overpowered me. You were too strong for me. You won and I lost. Now I’m a laughingstock. Everyone mocks me, makes fun of me all day long.” This is Jeremiah’s complaint against God, and...

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Racism and the Gospel

Note: Last week, after the so-called “Unite the Right” white-identity rally in Charlottesville degenerated into murderous violence, I looked ahead to this Sunday’s lectionary readings and was struck by the running theme of the universality of...

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Homily: When Time Stands Still

Such glory in the readings today — the Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord! Such glory. These readings bring us to the threshold of heaven: to the Ancient One on his throne, the Ancient of Days, in Daniel’s vision in the first reading,...

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Homily: Hospitality, Loneliness and Smartphones

This extended holiday weekend I’m sure many of us are planning or hoping to get together with family and friends for cookouts or shared meals. Maybe watching fireworks; maybe setting some off. (Don’t tell me; I don’t want to know!) Some will be...