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Feb 22, 2023

The Temptation of Jesus in the Desert is the gospel of the
first Sunday of Lent. The purple color of Lent symbolizes penance, but also
royalty. As we remember how the first Adam was tempted and failed his
test, we rejoice that Christ the King, the New Adam, triumphed over the
tempter. We celebrate that we, sons and...

Feb 18, 2023

In this 5 minute interview on the Sonrise Morning show, Dr. Italy discusses the amazing life and talents of St. Hildegard of Bingen, the medieval Benedictine abbess renowned for her visions, compositions, and prolific body of written work.  Pilgrims on Dr. Italy‚Äôs 2023 Rhine Cruise will be visiting her relics and...

Feb 10, 2023

We so often condemn the Pharisees that we totally miss a sneaky way that we are often like them.  The hard saying of Jesus "if you hand causes you to sin, cut it off" is a kind of shock therapy to wake us up to the way we are hard on other's faults yet quite soft on our own.  It's time to take aggressive action...

Feb 4, 2023

You are the salt of the earth and the light of the world, proclaims Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount.  This seems to indicate that there is an essential role for passion, excitement and fire in the Christian life.

Feb 3, 2023

The Sermon on the Mount and the Beatitudes challenge us all. When Jesus calls blessed the poor in spirit and those hungry for righteousness, he is also condemning the self-satisfaction that leads to sloth, a deadly disease that's risen to epidemic proportions in the Western world.