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In Defense of the World Apostolate of Fatima

July 5, AD2015 0 Comments
In Defense of the World Apostolate of Fatima

The World Apostolate of Fatima, USA Inc. recently published a biography of Sr. Lúcia—the last surviving visionary of Fátima (†2005)—entitled A Pathway Under the Gaze of Mary (see my review here). The book itself was a translation of a Portuguese biography entitled Um Caminho Sob o Olhar de Maria and was published in 2013 by […]

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Showing Christian Love in a World Gone Mad

July 3, AD2015 1 Comment
Showing Christian Love in a World Gone Mad

Our world is spinning wildly out of control with new offenses against nature such as transgender sex-changes for children, sex-based elective abortions, assisted suicide, and federally mandated legalization of same-sex marriages. The collective mind of society has gone out of orbit. Common sense has disappeared into a black hole of self-indulgence, immediate gratification, and disobedience […]

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Who Is the Valiant Woman in the Book of Maccabees

July 2, AD2015 2 Comments
Who Is the Valiant Woman in the Book of Maccabees

After the death of Alexander the Great, his generals divided his empire into regional sections. Soon, the holy land of Judaea was controlled by a dynasty of kings known as the Seleucids. There were good kings and bad kings in the Seleucid dynasty. King Antiochus Epiphenes IV was a bad king. At first, he “spoke peaceable […]

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Don’t Forget That Jesus Is True Man

July 2, AD2015 1 Comment
Don’t Forget That Jesus Is True Man

(Note: the opening paragraph of this article has been edited.) Can God be painted? This question tore apart the Eastern Christian world in the eighth and ninth centuries. One element of these iconoclast controversies (apart from whether the use of icons in Christianity violated the Old Testament prohibition of the making and use of graven images) was […]

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It Doesn’t Pay to Argue on the Internet

July 2, AD2015 2 Comments
It Doesn’t Pay to Argue on the Internet

“Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.” -Colossians 4:6 “At BioLogos, “gracious dialogue” means demonstrating the grace of Christ as we dialogue together about the tough issues of science and faith.” From FAQ at Biologos Forum A LESSON FROM TWO HOMILIES, REDUX Last […]

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Birthday Cakes and Faith

July 2, AD2015 0 Comments
Birthday Cakes and Faith

For her birthday today, I decided to bake my daughter’s favorite – Chess Cake. It’s an old recipe, from a great-aunt who died 30 years ago – in her late 90’s. As with the German recipes left by my mother, God rest her soul, this one is simple. So simple, in fact, that it consists […]

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Gay “Marriage”: Autonomy, Yes! God, No!

July 1, AD2015 30 Comments
Gay “Marriage”: Autonomy, Yes! God, No!

First, a little background. When we look back to our country’s founding, we take pride in the reasons for its formation; a “bad king” and his parliament that exercised their power improperly within the American Colonies. Because of these acts of omission and commission from the isolation of 3,000 miles away from London, anger began to develop. […]

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Whom Will You Serve?

July 1, AD2015 23 Comments
Whom Will You Serve?

If somehow Catholics didn’t realize it before Friday, I hope the realization has dawned. We have a choice to make. If you’re a Catholic who feels like celebrating this insane Supreme Court decision to impose same-sex “marriage” on the nation, may I strongly suggest that you reconsider your cheers. I saw a lot of that […]

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Dreams and Nightmares, Marriage and Me

July 1, AD2015 3 Comments
Dreams and Nightmares, Marriage and Me

There have been two times in my life when I considered myself at least moderately “popular” in the classically American societal sense. The first was during the 12 years when I was an fairly successful Assemblies of God minister, with a pretty wife and, at least within charismatic Christian circles, for the most part well-liked […]

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Love Is Our Mission: Who Is The Church?

June 29, AD2015 2 Comments
Love Is Our Mission: Who Is The Church?

This column is the ninth in a series of introductory essays on “Love is Our Mission: The Family Fully Alive,” the preparatory catechesis for the eighth World Meeting of Families that will take place in Philadelphia September 22-27 with Pope Francis. (Page numbers referenced in parentheses.) The first essay on the first chapter is here. The […]

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This Father’s Day: Vow to Be a Committed Catholic Father

June 29, AD2015 3 Comments
This Father’s Day: Vow to Be a Committed Catholic Father

It is mid-June, so it is time for the annual national “head nod” to fathers on Father’s Day. For many, Father’s Day will pass unrecognized; for others, Father’s Day will be celebrated with “man-gifts” (e.g. tools, sports gear, etc.) and perhaps with a pleasant BBQ with family. But how many will ponder the dismal state […]

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The Relevance of Paul in the Modern Era

June 29, AD2015 2 Comments
The Relevance of Paul in the Modern Era

When controversial writers in the Bible are discussed, Paul is often one of the first mentioned. For years, Christians clung to his words about faith, fruits of the Spirit, and redemption. However, modern audiences have been less inclined to support all of his views. After all, readers might only remember him as belittling the role […]

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Why Do You Remain Catholic?

June 27, AD2015 42 Comments
Why Do You Remain Catholic?

Eight years ago now, I converted to Catholicism, because I found the Truth, and when you find that you don’t need to search any further for lesser truths. Today, I just want to dig deeper and deeper into that Truth –  to learn the teachings of the Catholic Church, to read her writers both ancient and […]

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Pope Francis Has Single-Handedly Destroyed Catholicism AGAIN

June 25, AD2015 106 Comments
Pope Francis Has Single-Handedly Destroyed Catholicism AGAIN

I’ve previously written about how Pope Francis had single-handedly destroyed Catholicism, and now it’s happened AGAIN. I’m sure you’ve heard about Pope Francis’ recent encyclical Laudato Si’, in which the Holy Father commands that every Catholic, upon pain of excommunication, MUST believe that climate change/global warming is a scientific reality, caused entirely by Catholics, and that only the Democrats […]

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My Answers To Questions About Gay “Marriage”

June 24, AD2015 270 Comments
My Answers To Questions About Gay “Marriage”

With regard to gay “marriage”, here is a list of the questions I come across most often, with my brief answers: -1- “Why are you against gay marriage?” It’s not that I am against gay “marriage” per se, it’s that gay “marriage” is an ontological impossibility. It’s like asking why I am against square circles. […]

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Letters to Pegleg 2015

June 24, AD2015 2 Comments
Letters to Pegleg 2015

(This contemporary letter and reply are inspired by CS Lewis’ Screwtape Letters) Dear Pegleg, You have a tough project to be sure. Wormwood wasn’t up to it. He’s been banished to the Noise Pit for now. You hadn’t heard that yet? Ah. It’s a juicy story. One of our very own, Wormwood, was actually being tempted by […]

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