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The Five Ways of St. Thomas Aquinas, Part III: The Third Way

August 22, AD2017 0 Comments
The Five Ways of St. Thomas Aquinas, Part III: The Third Way

The Third Way – The Argument from Necessity Building upon the Argument from Efficient Cause, the Third Way demonstrates that there are things that are non-necessary, (meaning that it’s possible for them “not to be,”) and which are caused by a necessary thing that “has to be.” This argument says that whatever has been brought […]

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My Enemy is My Neighbor: Becoming a Good Samaritan

August 22, AD2017 0 Comments
My Enemy is My Neighbor: Becoming a Good Samaritan

“Who is my neighbor?” Today, I think, this question is more pertinent than ever. Social media is great at creating the illusion that we’re all in each other’s back pocket. But it comes at the cost of making friendship more of an abstraction, as we make “friends” of people who are little more than an […]

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From Strangers to Neighbors: Working with Refugees

August 21, AD2017 5 Comments
From Strangers to Neighbors: Working with Refugees

Diana (pronounce Dee-ahna) sat in the passenger seat as I was driving. Her three kids were in the back seat looking out the windows quietly. Diana was equally quiet as we had only met the day before, and it was only by chance that I was asked to give her and her family a ride […]

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Keep Your Eyes Fixed on Christ

August 21, AD2017 0 Comments
Keep Your Eyes Fixed on Christ

The story of Christ walking on water and Peter almost having the faith to reach him ( Mt 14:22-33)  was recently heard at mass, yet with no pun intended, one may rightly ask if we can go a bit deeper in the message of this account.  Surely, most will agree that trusting the Lord to […]

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Unplug for God and Find Joy in Silence

August 20, AD2017 2 Comments
Unplug for God and Find Joy in Silence

An old proverb says silence is golden. Whoever came up with that proverb was on to something. Today, I went to a popular fast food sandwich chain restaurant for lunch. While waiting in line to be served, I couldn’t help but take notice of the man in front of me. During the entire time the […]

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Truth, Charity, and the Social Media

August 20, AD2017 1 Comment
Truth, Charity, and the Social Media

Is there a way to practice the virtue of truth and charity when one navigates the world of social media? The advent of the use of social media has truly democratized the way we receive information and news nowadays. In the past, knowledge and current events have always been dependent on institutions that had the […]

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The Catholic St. Paul

August 19, AD2017 0 Comments
The Catholic St. Paul

Many people today claim that St. Paul, not Martin Luther, was the first Protestant. Why? Because Paul was not one of the original twelve apostles and seemed to be going around the country planting churches. Some even claim that each of these churches was autonomous, with no central authority like Peter; that is certainly the […]

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Exposing the Enemy’s Plan

August 19, AD2017 1 Comment
Exposing the Enemy’s Plan

  “If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.”  Sun Tzu- The Art […]

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What is True Freedom?

August 18, AD2017 1 Comment
What is True Freedom?

The eternal recurrence In The Gay Science and other works, Nietzsche presents his idea of the eternal recurrence. The demon in Nietzsche’s work poses this question “Do you want this once more and also for innumerable times?” (The Gay Science, 341). According to Nietzsche, most of us would tremble at this question because we do […]

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Why Mary’s Queenship Matters

August 18, AD2017 2 Comments
Why Mary’s Queenship Matters

The Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary conclude with two events, the Assumption of Mary into heaven, and her Coronation as Queen of all Creation (meaning everything in the universe). The Church recently celebrated the Assumption on August 15 and her Coronation follows next week, on August 22. The imagery used in the Catechism to document […]

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Jesus, You’ve Got Some Explaining to Do

August 17, AD2017 16 Comments
Jesus, You’ve Got Some Explaining to Do

To His Holiness Jesus Christ, God the Son ATTN: God the Father ; God the Holy Spirit Most Holy Jesus, Recently I have had some serious doubts (“dubia”) about Your teaching and Your words. Both Your own words and words of the Bible by men whom You inspired, appear to me to conflict with recent […]

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Finding Peace Amidst Chaos in Adoration

August 17, AD2017 2 Comments
Finding Peace Amidst Chaos in Adoration

Letters To God While sorting through a bin of items from my childhood, I came across several pages of prayer journals. In different phases of my life, I would write my prayers to God in letter form. The letters are written in such familiar language, as though I was writing a letter to a best […]

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The Catholic Church’s Commitment to Counteracting Racism

August 16, AD2017 14 Comments
The Catholic Church’s Commitment to Counteracting Racism

As an African-American Catholic, I revel in the opportunity to share that my father, a convert to the Catholic faith, was initially drawn to Catholicism through the witness of President John F. Kennedy Jr., our first – and, to date, only – Catholic president, who contributed to the setting of the civil rights legislation that […]

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The Heron Life: The Virtue of Stability

August 16, AD2017 0 Comments
The Heron Life: The Virtue of Stability

In a culture that values what is new over what is old, excitement over routine, style over substance, it is not surprising that instability plagues many lives, and that those who are constantly seeking their peace in different experiences, jobs, places and people, never seem to find it.  This wanderlust-of-heart, ever restless until we rest […]

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Our Battle with Sin – The Cancer of Our Souls

August 15, AD2017 4 Comments
Our Battle with Sin – The Cancer of Our Souls

Being diagnosed with cancer is always a dreaded event. There are many fears: will it be terminal? How much suffering will be endured? What painful treatments will be needed? The anxiety can become overwhelming because there are a lot of unknowns. There becomes an acute awareness of the brevity of this life. A sense of […]

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Let Christ Rip The Rug Up From Under You

August 15, AD2017 1 Comment
Let Christ Rip The Rug Up From Under You

When Jesus invites us to die to ourselves, He is not referring to some pious act of self-sacrifice which will make us look or feel holy. No, He has something much more radical in mind. The kind of inner transformation Christ desires will literally rip the rug up from under our feet and shatter our […]

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Living in the Mutable: Of Time and Eternity

August 14, AD2017 3 Comments
Living in the Mutable: Of Time and Eternity

Pope St. John Paul II begins the encyclical Fides et Ratio with the admonition “Know Yourself”. Most apparently, we are material creatures and as such are mutable. We change. Change is time. In contrast, God is immutable, eternally so. He does not change. This essay is a meditation on time, on our nature as material […]

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Poor in Spirit but Rich in Life

August 14, AD2017 0 Comments
Poor in Spirit but Rich in Life

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 5:3) Poor in spirit. It is amazing how easy it is to gloss over Jesus’ epic red letter words in the Bible. We read his exhortations and commandments through our tainted human lenses and forget that He wants nothing more than […]

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Crisis of Faith in the Church

August 13, AD2017 2 Comments
Crisis of Faith in the Church

The Faithful Are Abandoning Ship “Crisis of faith” is a popular term bandied about to describe what is going on in the Church today. The Catholic Church had been the faithful’s arc of safety and spiritual refuge up until recently. The crisis of faith among the faithful and our clergy is alarming. Conflicting statements and […]

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