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Human Trafficking: Interview with Sr. Patricia Ebegbulem

February 7, AD2016 0 Comments
Human Trafficking: Interview with Sr. Patricia Ebegbulem

February 8 marks the 2nd International Day of Prayer and Awareness Against Human Trafficking because February 8 is the feast day of St. Josephine Bakhita, a former slave girl from Sudan who was rescued from human trafficking and entered the consecrated life. She lived her life with deep devotion to God and care for the […]

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Crucifix or Cross? Why the Difference Matters

February 7, AD2016 0 Comments
Crucifix or Cross? Why the Difference Matters

  Among the differences between Catholics and Protestants, is the use of the crucifix or cross. This was keenly brought to my attention when a faithful Protestant friend brought her children to the Right to Life office one day. Hanging in a prominent place above the office door, was my Saint Benedict crucifix. When her […]

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A Year of Living Like Paul

February 6, AD2016 3 Comments
A Year of Living Like Paul

This past January 20 marked the one year anniversary of the death of my friend, Paul Coakley. Last year I wrote two articles about my thoughts on his life, death and subsequent impact upon me. Now that a year has passed, I would like to offer another reflection upon said impact. I wrote at the end […]

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False Extremes Part 1: The Case of the Missing “Both-And”

February 5, AD2016 4 Comments
False Extremes Part 1:  The Case of the Missing “Both-And”

One of the things I’ve noticed in my many discussions with those who are separated from the Catholic faith is the recurrence of a variety of false dichotomies. This is a fallacy which suggests that the truth must be one of two options given, when in reality these options are not exhaustive, and the full truth oftentimes […]

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Catholic Schools: A Complete Education

February 4, AD2016 9 Comments
Catholic Schools: A Complete Education

Deciding where one’s kids should be educated can be a difficult task, especially in areas where there are so many good public, parochial, and charter schools. Many parents also choose home-schooling, and do a wonderful job. There are certainly a myriad of choices, but perhaps our values hierarchy should help us choose. Compartmentalizing Values Many Catholic […]

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Prayer – How to get started

February 4, AD2016 4 Comments
Prayer – How to get started

Many years ago I used to run a retreat and conference centre in London. As I had to run the place on a shoe string I tried to do as many of the odd jobs myself to save money. But I always had to call in the plumber when the drains were blocked. One day […]

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St. JP II’s ‘New Feminism’: Rediscovering the Beauty of ‘Being a Woman’

February 4, AD2016 12 Comments
St. JP II’s ‘New Feminism’: Rediscovering the Beauty of ‘Being a Woman’

The traditional feminist discourse of the 1970s engaged the culture in the debate on women’s liberation during the Post Conciliar decade that followed Vatican II. The role of women in society was changing, and Madison Avenue marketed its brand of femininity—the “24-hour woman.” [Remember this TV commercial? “I can bring home the bacon…fry it up […]

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The Best Description of God, EVER!

February 3, AD2016 0 Comments
The Best Description of God, EVER!

At Mass today, I discovered the most thorough description of God I have ever heard.  It was contained in the second reading, verses from a chapter I’ve read or listened to many times before.  But like tumblers inside a combination lock, something clicked in my head today that never clicked before.  Here is what I’m […]

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Gender Theory and Sexual Confusion

February 3, AD2016 32 Comments
Gender Theory and Sexual Confusion

Perhaps the most confusing issue of our age and the one that may vex members of the Body of Christ the most, surround the topic of gender. This topic has become so enormously confusing over the last several decades that at first one can hardly be blamed for succumbing to the emotional arguments in favor […]

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Three Catholic Men, Their Music and Mercy.

February 3, AD2016 0 Comments
Three Catholic Men, Their Music and Mercy.

The Power of Music Music has such a power to invoke many different kinds of feelings in all of us. It has the power to bring pleasure, happiness, sadness, reflection and a wide range of other emotions and thoughts. Even those who cannot communicate or who are suffering to the point of not being able […]

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How to Do Lent: One Practical Thing to Do During Lent

February 2, AD2016 1 Comment
How to Do Lent: One Practical Thing to Do During Lent

It’s coming up on that time of year again: the time that our whole Church calendar centers upon – Lent and Easter. As Christians and as Catholics, we are taught throughout our lives the three things we are supposed to practice during Lent to bring us closer to Christ: pray, fast, and give. I always […]

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Lourdes: Bittersweet and Beautiful

February 2, AD2016 4 Comments
Lourdes: Bittersweet and Beautiful

“Could we have a second round of cappuccinos please?” I asked the French waiter. Amused, he asked if we were American. I suppose we were propagating the stereotype that Americans expect massive portions, but we didn’t mind because we wanted the caffeine. Europeans need to get over their stinginess when it comes to the serving […]

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All People Are Walking Tabernacles Of Grace

February 1, AD2016 4 Comments
All People Are Walking Tabernacles Of Grace

“People are walking tabernacles of grace.” — Father Christopher Seiler For monk and author Thomas Merton, a famous revelation hit him at the corner of Fourth and Walnut, in the middle of the Louisville, Kentucky shopping district. For St. Francis, the revelation struck him while riding a horse on an Italian road leading to Assisi. I’m […]

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Purgatory, Unresolved Grief & Freedom in Christ

January 31, AD2016 11 Comments
Purgatory, Unresolved Grief & Freedom in Christ

Unresolved Grief Unresolved grief is a relatively new concept in mental health circles. Secular doctors are beginning to realize it is the root cause of many emotional problems.  In Catholic terminology, unresolved grief occurs when we cling to those who have died, refusing to surrender their souls to God or embrace our new relationship to […]

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Whatever Else Francis Is, He Is The Pope

January 30, AD2016 31 Comments
Whatever Else Francis Is, He Is The Pope

With the ecological slideshow on the side of the Vatican, detractors of the Pope added another perceived offense to the now-long list of Francis’ supposed errors, gaffes, and outright heresies as the pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church. Why a slideshow with endangered species? Why, when the unborn are slaughtered in such higher numbers?  The […]

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St Paul: The Original Theology of the Body

January 30, AD2016 2 Comments
St Paul: The Original Theology of the Body

Of all the books of Scripture and of all the writings of the early Church Fathers, it is St. Paul who first uses the concept of and writes about the “body of Christ” in those specific words. Although the various gospel narratives of the institution of the Eucharist at the Last Supper recount Jesus’s declarations […]

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Answering the Two Reformation Solas

January 29, AD2016 5 Comments
Answering the Two Reformation Solas

With the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s Reformation coming up next year, it’s a fitting time to take a look at the two main Reformation dogmas which Luther invented, the famous solas of the Reformation: sola fide (faith alone) and sola scriptura (Scripture alone). Are they biblical? In a word, no. Saved by Faith Alone (Sola Fide)? The notion of sola […]

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The Reality—or Lack Thereof—of Time Travel

January 29, AD2016 0 Comments
The Reality—or Lack Thereof—of Time Travel

(Spoiler alert: for those of you who have not seen the Back to the Future trilogy, particularly the second installment, reading this could potentially take some excitement out of watching it, but if that doesn’t bother you, read on!) This past summer, my brother brought home his movie collection and one evening arbitrarily chose to […]

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The Almighty Has His Own Purposes

January 28, AD2016 2 Comments
The Almighty Has His Own Purposes

The problem of God allowing terrible things to happen to innocent people used to be of merely philosophical interest to me until my 21 year old son died in his sleep during the early morning hours of Pentecost in 2013. Endless words have been written on this subject, but I have always found moving the thought process […]

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Trading Anger for Love

January 28, AD2016 2 Comments
Trading Anger for Love

The first time I actually realized I had an anger issue was about a year ago while attending a retreat.  A deacon (now priest) prayed over me and told me that he sensed that I was holding on to grudges. I went straight to confession after that revelation because it made sense. I am an […]

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Are Your Headed For A Breakthrough Or A Breakdown?

January 28, AD2016 0 Comments
Are Your Headed For A Breakthrough Or A Breakdown?

OBGyn Christine Northrup, M.D. believes that PMS symptoms are the natural way the mind, body, and soul connect and communicate. For optimal health, Dr Northrup invites us women to acknowledge and address what our bodies, mind and soul are telling us. We experience heightened awareness, in general, the days and week before our period. We […]

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The Evolution of Mercy in the Pro-Life Movement

January 27, AD2016
The Evolution of Mercy in the Pro-Life Movement

Tens of thousands of pro-life supporters marched once again marched through the streets of Washington D.C. in the 43rd annual March for Life. An impending blizzard kept the numbers down from the usual hundreds of thousands, but it was still an impressive force. Some may look with dismay at the fact that the March for […]

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Divine Mercy as The Perfect Antidote to The Self-Hate of Sin

January 26, AD2016 10 Comments
Divine Mercy as The Perfect Antidote to The Self-Hate of Sin

As many of us know, this year has been declared a Jubilee Holy Year of Mercy by Pope Francis, which should remind all of us that Divine Mercy is not just a devotion practiced right after Easter each year but rather, a game plan we should follow every day. I never cease to be amazed […]

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“God Is So Dope”: Learning About Social Justice From a Young Catholic Worker

January 26, AD2016 2 Comments
“God Is So Dope”: Learning About Social Justice From a Young Catholic Worker

Recently a flurry of social media posts focused on what people would do if they were to win a billion dollar lottery. In all the suggestions about the good  people could do with so much money,  no one mentioned anything remotely like, “I would serve men on skid row in the inner city, including those […]

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