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Touch of Death: Contagion and Teen Suicide

May 28, AD2017 1 Comment
Touch of Death: Contagion and Teen Suicide

Since Netflix began to air the series, 13 Reasons Why, the subject of suicide, particularly among adolescents, has become a prominent subject of conversation nationwide. The current statistics in the United States are grim. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) reports that the number of suicides in the United States is at its highest level in 30 years. Their 2016 report […]

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The Art of Praying With Art

May 28, AD2017 1 Comment
The Art of Praying With Art

Catholics are fortunate in having many ways to pray, e.g. the rosary, the mass, meditation and contemplation, Lectio Divina, or simply reciting the Jesus prayer. You might say that, as far as prayer goes, we have something for every person at every level of engagement. In this column I would like to offer another way […]

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How Having Faith Can Help You Find True Love

May 27, AD2017 1 Comment
How Having Faith Can Help You Find True Love

We often ask ourselves if God hears our prayers and what we have to do when He’s not talking. When someone asks me these questions I always say that, of course, God hears everyone and when we think that He’s not talking that just means that we don’t hear Him or maybe don`t want to […]

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Hope, the Rosary and the Blessed Mother

May 27, AD2017 0 Comments
Hope, the Rosary and the Blessed Mother

If you strengthen your relationship with the Blessed Virgin Mary, you will almost certainly build an even greater relationship with Jesus and the Father. Many clerics and laypeople have written about the importance of Marian Devotion over the years, and undoubtedly many will continue to do so in the future. This may be because there […]

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Reclaiming the Ancient Beauty of the Latin Rite

May 26, AD2017 6 Comments
Reclaiming the Ancient Beauty of the Latin Rite

This past Lent and Easter I spent a lot of time at a Byzantine (Ruthenian) Catholic parish near my home. As someone who often gets up between 4:30 – 5:30 am for work, making daily Mass is typically pretty hard to do on the average weekday. That’s why I was blessed to have this parish […]

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“Be Not Afraid”: Having Faith Despite Fear

May 26, AD2017 0 Comments
“Be Not Afraid”: Having Faith Despite Fear

The words “Be Not Afraid” are written 365 times in the Bible. That’s one for every day of the year. The fact that God has reminded us continuously throughout Sacred Scripture to have no fear and trust in Him brings great comfort to me. There have been many instances throughout my life where I have […]

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So, HOW Do We Live in the Love of Christ?

May 25, AD2017 5 Comments
So, HOW Do We Live in the Love of Christ?

To the casual observer, I appear to be a devoted Catholic mother who has lived a sacrificial life worthy of a modern saint. Little do people realize that although I did pour out my life struggling to raise nine kids on a small farm with little disposable income, I actually missed the core of Christ’s […]

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Love vs. Fear: How 1 John 4:18 Bears on Insecurity

May 25, AD2017 1 Comment
Love vs. Fear: How 1 John 4:18 Bears on Insecurity

Long, long ago, in the primeval depths of Chaos, a hideous monster was spawned. The sin of Adam unleashed it on the earth, permitting it to ravage him and his offspring. It crept up so stealthily that its victims might not even notice until after it had taken hold, sinking in teeth and claws, after […]

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Connecting with Nature to Develop a Faith Based Stewardship

May 24, AD2017 2 Comments
Connecting with Nature to Develop a Faith Based Stewardship

April 22 was the annual Earth Day celebration and many valuable seminars, lectures, and exhibits were provided around the country to increase the awareness of the challenges facing our environment. However, there were also some of the more radical views expressed such as the call for “nature rights”. Examples highlighted were a river in New […]

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Hope: A Misunderstood Virtue

May 24, AD2017 0 Comments
Hope: A Misunderstood Virtue

We all face difficult moments of darkness and anxiety when things can become difficult. Some may become disillusioned with life and lose hope. During these challenging times, hope can also be misunderstood. We may think that it is having a positive attitude or being optimistic. We may place our hope in things of this world, […]

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Looking For Hope In Tragedy’s Wake

May 23, AD2017 0 Comments
Looking For Hope In Tragedy’s Wake

Faith is introduced in daylight. But it actually becomes faith in the darkness, where we find ourselves vulnerable to every doubt and desire. Eventually, when the darkness fades, we grow in confidence and the roots of our faith go deeper. I learned that profoundly eight years ago this month when my youngest child received her […]

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The Big Bang Must Have Contained Divine Love

May 23, AD2017 1 Comment
The Big Bang Must Have Contained Divine Love

There may be evidence for a Big Bang, but there is no evidence that there was simply nothing, ‘no- thing’ whatsoever before it. What went bang? ‘Nothing’ can go bang. You do not need to be a scientist to know that, a two-year-old child knows that. The Big Bang Contained Love What created this surge […]

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“Pro Deo et Patria”: A Memorial Day Reflection

May 22, AD2017 3 Comments
“Pro Deo et Patria”: A Memorial Day Reflection

Memorial Day is upon us. For many, this is a time to prepare the backyard pool, warm up the grill, and invite family and friends over for a good old-fashioned B-B-Q. For me, Memorial Day is still about family and friends, but it is also about the U-S-A. From as far back as I can […]

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Catholic Identity Politics and Vocation in the Age of Trump

May 22, AD2017 2 Comments
Catholic Identity Politics and Vocation in the Age of Trump

Surely she had never asked God for anything except that He should let her have her will. And every time she had been granted what she asked for – for the most part. Now here she sat with a contrite heart – not because she had sinned against God but because she was unhappy that […]

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The Rosary: A Seemingly Endlessly Repeated Prayer

May 21, AD2017 2 Comments
The Rosary: A Seemingly Endlessly Repeated Prayer

On this particular day, before he made his way through the cube farm to his desk, Josh stopped by my carpeted cell on the way. “Last night, my wife and I went to a Catholic funeral, and there are a couple of things I want to ask about it.” Was his introduction, without a “Hi” […]

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Devotion to Mary Brought Me Closer to God

May 21, AD2017 0 Comments
Devotion to Mary Brought Me Closer to God

I have always had a special attraction to the Blessed Virgin Mary.  Ever since I was a child, there was something about seeing a statue of Mary or her image in a painting that drew me to her. Out of the fullness of revealed truth that is contained in the Catholic Church, I have always […]

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Catholicism and Baseball: Lessons to Teach

May 20, AD2017 0 Comments
Catholicism and Baseball: Lessons to Teach

Catholicism and baseball would seemingly have little to do with each other. However, many have compared devotion to the cross and to the baseball diamond. New York University President John Sexton once wrote a book comparing baseball and religion.  Journalist John L. Allen went a step further, comparing baseball to Catholicism in particular, although not […]

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One Catholic to Another: Don’t Stoop, Stephen Colbert

May 20, AD2017 33 Comments
One Catholic to Another: Don’t Stoop, Stephen Colbert

For many years, I enjoyed Stephen Colbert’s The Colbert Report. Colbert was funny in a positive way, never was vulgar, and was always respectful of his guests. Stephen Colbert Before and After Colbert made fun of himself, most of all, and that attribute of self-deprecating humor supported his open and frequent discussion of his own […]

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Mortal Sin: It’s Not That Bad?

May 19, AD2017 1 Comment
Mortal Sin: It’s Not That Bad?

Have you ever encountered someone who feels the Catholic Church is all about guilt? They ask: “Why do I have to go to Mass every Sunday? Why can’t I the receive the Eucharist if I missed Mass? Why do I have to go to confession?” Blaming the Church is an excuse people use to diminish […]

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Can Christians Believe in a Christ Without Miracles?

May 19, AD2017 0 Comments
Can Christians Believe in a Christ Without Miracles?

Do we really need to believe in certain miracles to be Christians? That is the question Nicholas Kristof of the New York Times asked Evangelical pastor Rev. Tim Keller and more recently former President Jimmy Carter. The answer Kristof seems to want is, “No, you can be skeptical about the Virgin Birth and the Resurrection […]

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