Steven D. Greydanus

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Discerning God’s Will: Homily for St. Philip Neri

In these days between the two great solemnities of the Ascension and Pentecost, the Church holds its breath in anticipation—an anticipation greater than any except Holy Saturday and the Easter Vigil. What we look forward to is the great gift of...

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Addendum to a Homily: Acts 6 and Tribalism

This week, for the Fifth Sunday of Easter, our family streamed Bishop Barron’s Mass. I’m a longtime vocal admirer of Bishop Barron, and I always appreciate his thoughtful expositions on the scriptures. Today’s homily was no exception; as usual,...

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Holy Week is Upon Us, and I Have Coronavirus

When the nurse practitioner said, “Your test was positive,” I almost involuntarily burst out, “Oh, thank goodness.” I had been fearing a negative result for days. I wouldn’t have trusted it, for one thing — I was pretty sure I had COVID, and...

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Lent and Temptation

Last week’s Sunday’s Gospel from the Sermon on the Mount ended with Jesus’ ringing exhortation to “Be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” This week’s Sunday readings, on the first Sunday of Lent, are all about sin and temptation and...

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The Sermon on the Mount and the National Prayer Breakfast

It’s a common saying that a homilist should prepare to preach with a Bible in one hand and a newspaper in the other. This week, as I was praying and meditating about our Lord’s teaching about being salt and light in the Sermon on the Mount,...

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One-Hour Oscar Special! Every Best Pic Nominee in 60(ish) Seconds!

The 92nd Academy Awards will be held this Sunday evening, but the 10th Oscar special of “Reel Faith” is airing on NETny.tv right now! (Yes, David DiCerto and I have been doing this show for a full decade now!) You can catch it at the following...

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Our Hope Is More Than Just ‘Heaven’

In these last weeks of the liturgical year, as we look forward to the great Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, which falls this year on November 24, the readings point us to the last things, to the end of this world and the...

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Was There a ‘Divine Plan’ to End Soviet Communism?

When is a coincidence more than a coincidence? When is it reasonable to look at a remarkable turn of circumstances and see a meaningful pattern? To discern the hand of Providence at work? We human beings are pattern-finders. We look for...

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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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The Battle of Prayer: Know Your Opponents!

Some of you may remember that not too long ago we heard the parable about a persistent man pestering his neighbor in the middle of the night to borrow three loaves of bread. Now we have a persistent widow pestering a dishonest judge who ignores...