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The Real Fundamental Option: Living as a Child of God

December 4, AD2016 0 Comments
The Real Fundamental Option: Living as a Child of God

The False Fundamental Option In his landmark encyclical Veritatis Splendor (“The Splendor of Truth”) St. John Paul II condemned the erroneous moral doctrine of the fundamental option. Some falsely believe that the fundamental option sets up a division between one’s basic orientation for or against God and one’s concrete moral acts. This false teaching allows one […]

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Advent and the Gift of the Divine Reply

December 3, AD2016 0 Comments
Advent and the Gift of the Divine Reply

The Advent liturgy offers us a time of spiritual reflection, an opportunity to seriously reflect on Sacred Scripture. As we set aside the heightened activity of the retail measure of the holiday season, we find moments of solitude. We await the divine reply. Advent, then, is a spiritual retreat for the soul; a respite from […]

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NO NUNSENSE

December 3, AD2016 0 Comments
NO NUNSENSE

My first grade teacher was Sister Theresa; the year was 1971; the place, Marine Park, Brooklyn, NY. Sister Theresa was a sweet, blonde, chubby cheeked Irish nun who wore a crisp white habit including the head veil. She had a knack for calling us to attention with a Spanish word or phrase (even though there […]

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EDITORIAL: The Father Pavone Controversy

December 2, AD2016
EDITORIAL: The Father Pavone Controversy

We have deleted an article previous published on Catholic Stand regarding the actions of Fr. Frank Pavone, national director for Priests for Life.  It is not appropriate for Catholic Stand to offer an opinion on a matter while an investigation is underway within a diocese. It is not our place to take a side on an issue […]

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A New Advent, A New Beginning

December 2, AD2016 1 Comment
A New Advent, A New Beginning

  Before becoming Catholic I had never before heard of Advent. After reading about it I was blown away yet again by the beauty of Catholicism. But even after reading about Advent it still took me some time to understand and fully appreciate the complete beauty the of Advent Season. For four weeks, we prepare […]

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Worship God, Not Self

December 2, AD2016 0 Comments
Worship God, Not Self

Why believe in God? Well, why not?  Something made the universe or do you think if it was an accident? If it was, then we are all just matter and our choices don’t mean anything.  But we have feelings of love and compassion and even hate, which give us to have a purpose. But where […]

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Christmas Eve in the Psychiatric Unit

December 1, AD2016 1 Comment
Christmas Eve in the Psychiatric Unit

In the Hospital I was not just in the hospital but in the “Psychiatric Unit” of the hospital. This is what happened to me on Christmas Eve, 2003. I was granted a pass to go home either Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. It wasn’t much of a choice but I chose the second option. This […]

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Terrorism, The Sanctity of Life, and Mercy

December 1, AD2016 0 Comments
Terrorism, The Sanctity of Life, and Mercy

On September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in New York, Pennsylvania. and Washington D.C shocked the world. We will never forget exactly where we were when it occurred. I had an opportunity recently to view a documentary on the September 11th attacks and it triggered reflections on the value our lives hold in the eyes of God.  […]

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New Mass, Old Mass: Savor the Fullness

November 29, AD2016 2 Comments
New Mass, Old Mass: Savor the Fullness

I am a relative newcomer to the Traditional Latin Mass, the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite. My family and I first attended this form of Mass only a short time ago. I think it was the Feast of Christ the King in 2014 at the St. Francis de Sales Oratory in St. Louis, MO, which […]

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Waiting To Give Birth With Mary

November 29, AD2016 4 Comments
Waiting To Give Birth With Mary

One day in December, our new priest led an Advent reflection in the school gym and asked the students, “Who is waiting for the birth of a new brother or sister this Advent?” Five hands went up. “Oh my, isn’t this wonderful”, the priest exclaimed, without really identifying each face, “So many of you are waiting for the […]

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Mary’s Emptiness in the Immaculate Conception

November 28, AD2016 0 Comments
Mary’s Emptiness in the Immaculate Conception

There are numerous jokes and memes about the unique situations Mary may have found herself because of the divinity of her son such as Mary telling the Child Jesus to get in the bathwater, not just walk on it. As we celebrate the feast of the Immaculate Conception, I have always wondered about the unique […]

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It Can’t Be New Year’s Eve, It’s Still November

November 28, AD2016 0 Comments
It Can’t Be New Year’s Eve, It’s Still November

Happy New Year! I expect readers will ask themselves, “O.K., Dan, you have gone around the bend on this one!  It is not yet December, let alone New Year’s Eve.” Well, it is a new year for the Church, at any rate, Advent is the start of the new liturgical year.  We will have moved […]

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Abortion, Ancestry and the Ghost Generations

November 27, AD2016 3 Comments
Abortion, Ancestry and the Ghost Generations

Abortion was the forefront in this election cycle.  We had a candidate who openly supported it through the ninth month, and who wanted us to pay for abortion. The Ghost Generation As Catholics, we know abortion is an intrinsic evil.  But there is a question I wonder if we ever ask ourselves.  What about the […]

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The Exorcist: Theology of the Possessed Body

November 26, AD2016 4 Comments
The Exorcist: Theology of the Possessed Body

Even with its interest in the spiritual realm, William Peter Blatty’s novel The Exorcist is, as befits a story about possession, still very much concerned with the material realm, specifically the human body’s functions, abilities, and appearance. In the novel, the goal of possession, as I discussed in “Faith, Doubt, and Analysis Paralysis in The Exorcist,” is to […]

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5 Catholic Books For You And Your Teen

November 26, AD2016 1 Comment
5 Catholic Books For You And Your Teen

If you’re on the hunt for Catholic books for you and your teen, here are five to choose from: How I Stayed Catholic at Harvard by Aurora Griffin is an all-inclusive spiritual and practical guide for every young adult leaving the nest for the jungle.  ‘How I Stayed Catholic’ is charmingly seasoned with the author’s […]

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Mary, Mary, Quite Necessary

November 25, AD2016 15 Comments
Mary, Mary, Quite Necessary

One of the great divides in Catholic-Protestant relationships is the Mother of Jesus, the Blessed Virgin Mary. Most, if not all, Protestants simply cannot fathom why Catholics put such a premium on including her in our prayers and in our Church. They wrongly believe that we are “worshiping her” when we are actually invoking her […]

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Advent: A Season of Waiting

November 25, AD2016 0 Comments
Advent: A Season of Waiting

The Advent season is now upon us. Most people around us seem to be hurrying about looking for the perfect gift, putting up decorations, and planning parties and dinners. It is easy to lose sight of the true significance of this season.  Advent is a time of joy and hope, of preparation, and of waiting […]

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Cigarettes and Fetuses, The Evolving Eden

November 24, AD2016 0 Comments
Cigarettes and Fetuses, The Evolving Eden

The Smoke It was once very taboo for a woman to smoke cigarettes at all, much less in public. Such women were viewed as having loose morals and having a negative reputation. In 1908 a woman was arrested for smoking a cigarette in public. Realizing the economic potential of getting women addicted to smoking, the […]

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Republicans, Do Not Take My Vote for Granted!

November 24, AD2016 3 Comments
Republicans, Do Not Take My Vote for Granted!

I am certain that as many Republican politicians gather around their Thanksgiving table they will offer thanks for the recent elections. Of course, they should first bow their heads and humbly offer their public service for the Glory of God. Their triumphs are not theirs alone. I also hope they acknowledge their indebtedness to the men and […]

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Pray As You Can, Not As You Can’t

November 23, AD2016 3 Comments
Pray As You Can, Not As You Can’t

I was determined to leave my mark before leaving school, but, as I could not make it in the academic field, I decided that I would have to do it on the athletic field. I spent hours in the gym building up my muscles, on the track increasing my speed, and with my trainer perfecting my […]

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