Early Christian monks believed in something they called acedia. More colloquially, they called it the “noonday devil,” a name that essentially describes the concept.

Prophets’ call to action are still relevant

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Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Feb. 5 (Year A) Isaiah 58:6-10; Psalm 112; 1 Corinthians 2:1-5; Matthew 5:13-16

Why does God seem so distant or even absent in our world? Why are our societies and nations so polarized and torn by divisions?

Prayer requires a sharp focus (Part 2 of 4 about prayer)

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This is the second in a series of four columns by Fr. Frank Freitas about praying and prayer. (Here's part 1, part 3 and part 4)

Beatitudes hold the power to transform world

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Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Jan. 29 (Year A) Zephaniah 2:3; 3:12-13; Psalm 146; 1 Corinthians 1:26-31; Matthew 5:1-12

What if we were aware of an approaching disaster?

Taking our wounds to the Eucharist

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Recently a man came to me, asking for help. He carried some deep wounds, not physical wounds, but emotional wounds to his soul.

‘Teach me to pray’ (Part 1 of 4 about prayer)

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This is the first in a series of four columns by Fr. Frank Freitas about prayer and praying. (Here's part 2, part 3 and part 4)

Who are we to judge what is a sin?

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Recently, while on the road giving a workshop, I took the opportunity to go the cathedral in that city for a Sunday Eucharist. I was taken aback by the homily.

God calls us to break through the darkness

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Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Jan. 22 (Year A) Isaiah 9:1-4; Psalm 27; 1 Corinthians 1:10-13, 17-18; Matthew 4:12-23

In the depths of gloom and suffering, the most welcome gift is a message of true hope and encouragement.

God’s guiding hand calls us to greater mission

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2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Jan. 15 (Year A) Isaiah 49:3, 5-6; Psalm 40; 1 Corinthians 1:1-3; John 1:29-34

The job we signed on for often turns out to be far more than we could imagine.

Churches must be a sanctuary for all

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Whenever we have been at our best, as Christians, we have opened our churches as sanctuaries to the poor and the endangered.

St. Thomas Aquinas’ masterwork continues to amaze

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I have a long love affair with St. Thomas Aquinas, the 13th-century philosopher, theologian, teacher, writer and Dominican preacher who stands among the most important Catholic thinkers of the past 2,000 years.