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Daily Inspirations

Tuesday, July 7

The man then said, “Let me go, for it is daybreak.” But Jacob said, “I will not let you go until you bless me.”
—Genesis 32:27

Most of us, like Jacob, have wrestled from time to time with the angels of our better natures. We strive against them, struggling to break free from their influence. But those old lessons go deep: all the Catholic school years, Sunday homilies, days of recollection or examination of conscience, the sterling examples of the saints. We’ve heard the gospel stories too many times to pretend that we don’t get it. James Joyce said it best: “There are no ex-Catholics; only lapsed ones.”