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Stand Inside the Fire

April 29, AD2016 0 Comments
Stand Inside the Fire

Pope Francis rattles many conservatives with his inclusive attitude towards other religions. On May 18, 2013, the pope reiterated this theme, “Every man and every woman must be free in his or her profession of religion, whatever it may be. Why? Because that man and that woman are children of God.” The entire universe is the Almighty’s […]

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Conscience and Catechism

April 28, AD2016 6 Comments
Conscience and Catechism

The Catechism of the Holy Catholic Church I recently had two very enlightening conversations on the subject of conscience: one with a teenage girl at CCD, and one with a Jesuit priest in his seventies. The teenage girl told me that she thought that homosexuality was okay, because, she said, love is love, and love […]

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Encyclicals on Film: To the Wonder

April 27, AD2016 0 Comments
Encyclicals on Film: To the Wonder

One of the more important contemporary filmmakers exploring Catholic themes is the director Terrence Malick. His film The Tree of Life, though not exactly possessing mass cultural influence, has still earned some recognition as being one of the great films to ponder Catholic themes. His most recent film, Knight of Cups, has also been subject […]

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How Often Does Rape Actually Result in Pregnancy?

April 26, AD2016 9 Comments
How Often Does Rape Actually Result in Pregnancy?

“I wonder how many cases of rape actually result in a pregnancy?” Most women these days take the Pill anyhow.” This question was asked after a Facebook posting which stated that American Presidential candidate, Donald Trump, ‘absolutely’ wants the Republican Party Platform to include rape, incest, and life of the mother exceptions. This line of […]

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Downsizing the Domestic Church

April 26, AD2016 0 Comments
Downsizing the Domestic Church

In the Dogmatic Constitution on the Church Lumen Gentium, promulgated by Pope Paul VI in 1964, the family is called the “domestic church”. Pope John Paul II continued this verbiage in both his apostolic exhortation, Familiaris Consortio and his 1994 Letter to Families. Pope Francis, in his recently published apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia, describes families as domestic churches eleven different times. […]

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Keep Your Hands Together

April 25, AD2016 3 Comments
Keep Your Hands Together

One of my favorite saints is not as famous as most others. In fact, relatively few people have heard of him and, seemingly, even less can pronounce his name. All of that, of course, does not matter. In fact, I think that his relative obscurity fits in quite nicely with the story of his brief […]

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Lessons Learnt at Home

April 25, AD2016 2 Comments
Lessons Learnt at Home

My mother taught me to say my Morning Offering the moment I woke up in the morning.  But above all she showed me how to put it into practice by her own example. It wasn’t the little things that I noticed at first, but the big sacrifices that she made, that even I noticed. Like […]

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The Word Alone in Scripture; Multiple Solae ?

April 24, AD2016 2 Comments
The Word Alone in Scripture; Multiple Solae ?

It has been some time since I studied Latin ( According to the hand-written note on the inside title page of my text book, “Latin is a dead language, it is as dead as it can be. It killed off all the Romans and now it’s killing me” ). As a result, my translation skills are probably […]

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Why Catholic, Why Not?

April 24, AD2016 0 Comments
Why Catholic, Why Not?

“So much of what I had learned as a Protestant was opinion, hearsay, and rumor. When I read the Early Church Fathers, I found that they were Catholic in their ecclesiology and theology, and this forced me to study what the Catholic Church said about itself. When I learned the truth, I then became accountable […]

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Amoris Laetitia and the Progressive Pope Myth

April 23, AD2016 21 Comments
Amoris Laetitia and the Progressive Pope Myth

In a discussion of the God-as-watchmaker metaphor with Jonathan Witt, philosopher Jay Richards remarked, “It’s amazing how a simple image can hijack a discussion for a century and a half.” (Benjamin Wiker and Jonathan Witt, A Meaningful World: How the Arts and Sciences Reveal the Genius of Nature, p. 54) Almost as soon as he […]

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Relics: Not Just A Dead Man’s Hand

April 23, AD2016 1 Comment
Relics: Not Just A Dead Man’s Hand

The use of relics in the Catholic faith as a means of revitalizing our faith has a history going back literally to the days of the Old Testament. But before I talk about things from a few millenia ago, I’d like to tell you a little bit about a point in my own life. Relics […]

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The Most Holy Rosary: Our Simple Breviary (Part 4)

April 22, AD2016 1 Comment
The Most Holy Rosary: Our Simple Breviary (Part 4)

Author’s Note:  This article is the fourth in a five-part series examining the beauty and medication of the Most Holy Rosary. This series is dedicated to the memory of Fr. Patrick Peyton, C.S.C., whose love and dedication to the Rosary inspired its widespread use and understanding in our time. The Glorious Mysteries The word “glory” comes from the […]

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Lessons From Jerusalem’s First Sidewalk Counselors

April 22, AD2016 0 Comments
Lessons From Jerusalem’s First Sidewalk Counselors

Today many people, of all ages, stand or kneel and pray at abortion businesses. Some of them speak with the women and girls who are going there pregnant, many of whom will leave un-pregnant. The speakers have come to be known as “sidewalk counselors,” although “sidewalk saviors” or “sidewalk angels” better describes what they do. […]

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Anne de Gaulle

April 21, AD2016 1 Comment
Anne de Gaulle

Charles de Gaulle could be a very frustrating man.  Churchill, in reference to de Gaulle, said that the heaviest cross he had to bear during the war was the Cross of Lorraine, the symbol of the Free French forces. Arrogant, autocratic, often completely unreasonable, de Gaulle was all of these. However, there is no denying that he was also […]

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Resilience of the Church, from Martyrs to Monks

April 21, AD2016 0 Comments
Resilience of the Church, from Martyrs to Monks

The first century Christians began as a group of individuals who continued to hold on to their Jewish roots, but recognized Jesus Christ as the Son of God. This would soon cause division as they would begin to pray and worship as a distinct group, and abandon the traditions of their strict, Jewish contemporaries. Dialogue […]

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Mutability Implies an Immutable Goal

April 20, AD2016 1 Comment
Mutability Implies an Immutable Goal

The Book of Genesis outlines material creation focused on the earth. Material creation is in stages with the final stage, the creation of man. A seventh stage, the Sabbath, is not creational. The Sabbath emphasizes the fact that material creation has ceased. The era of the Sabbath is post-creational, except for the continued spiritual creation […]

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The Journey to Emmaus: A Model for Educators

April 20, AD2016 1 Comment
The Journey to Emmaus: A Model for Educators

One of my favourite readings during the Easter Season is the Gospel reading on the journey of Jesus  together with the two disciples on the road to Emmaus. It is a personal favourite since it speaks directly to me as an educator. I have always seen this story as a good model for teachers. The […]

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Bought and Sold for $21.62

April 19, AD2016 9 Comments
Bought and Sold for $21.62

Today’s exchange rate (approximately) for thirty pieces of silver is $21.62. (Thirty Pieces of Silver – Truth Magazine) “The didrachma and tetradrachma (actually stater) are references to silver coins from the city of Tyre, used in the business of the Temple. The staters were equal to shekels, and because the Jews were forbidden to issue […]

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The Light Weight of Doctrinal Declarations

April 19, AD2016 2 Comments
The Light Weight of Doctrinal Declarations

Have you ever seen this t-shirt logo:  “The Church/Bible teaches it. I believe it. That settles it”? It is a rather pithy and provocative turn of phrase. More importantly, however, it reflects an utter misunderstanding in regards to what it takes to evangelize in a postmodern culture that is secular, humanistic and widely skeptical of […]

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Pope Paul VI and Two-Day-Old T-Shirts

April 18, AD2016 19 Comments
Pope Paul VI and Two-Day-Old T-Shirts

During a casual conversation a friend of mine asked me, “How come histocompatibility is not better known among Catholics?” Histo what? I asked. He answered, “Histocompatibility. Oral contraceptives may be a major cause of problems in marriages.” Apart from the well-known side-effects of oral contraception such as nausea, breast tenderness, headaches, weight gain, and mood […]

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How Theology of the Body Impacted My Life

April 18, AD2016 6 Comments
How Theology of the Body Impacted My Life

Although I have not really studied Theology of the Body written by Pope John Paul II in 1984, one single paragraph, quoted in our Catholic paper decades ago, shaped my entire life.   My husband and I read a life-changing article thirty-two years ago when we were on a rare date night for our sixth wedding anniversary. Parents of […]

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Catch 23: Why a World with Two Billion Christians In It Stays Such a Mess, Part II

April 17, AD2016 5 Comments
Catch 23: Why a World with Two Billion Christians In It Stays Such a Mess, Part II

  Click here to read Part I Another Unwritten Rule But why does our banding together as Christians to effect sweeping national and global change strike us as so very unlikely? Perhaps, in our gut, we’re aware of an “unwritten rule” Joseph Heller missed. We can sense at least one more “Catch” at work here, […]

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Nothing But a Fleck of Matter?

April 17, AD2016 1 Comment
Nothing But a Fleck of Matter?

“You are nothing but a fleck of matter, why are you letting this upset you?” I heard these words when I was upset and seeking a shoulder to cry on from a college friend. His full response was to remind me how, in this vast existence of material things, there were many universes, with one […]

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Catch 23: Why a World with Two Billion Christians In It Stays Such a Mess, Part I

April 16, AD2016 7 Comments
Catch 23: Why a World with Two Billion Christians In It Stays Such a Mess, Part I

According to the Pew Research Center, there are just over two billion Christians in the world today. That means roughly one in every three and a half people on the face of the earth professes faith in Jesus Christ, and claims to understand and embrace the Gospel message. The Theory and the Reality While denominations […]

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