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Finding Our True Identity

December 11, AD2017 0 Comments
Finding Our True Identity

It’s amazing how much Christian imagery can be found in society today if we look hard enough. Many modern movies and songs indirectly portray the Gospel message by illustrating themes like self-sacrificial love, forgiveness, and finding our identity in something other than societal norms. I want to focus on that last theme – identity – […]

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The New Demonology, Catholic Theology, and Western Movies

December 11, AD2017 0 Comments
The New Demonology, Catholic Theology, and Western Movies

While many viewers were confused by the movie’s odd mix of pseudo-science and action scenes, the core of the movie lies in a whole other realm: It is about the Luciferian philosophy of the occult elite and its futuristic pendant, transhumanism. (“Lucy”: A Movie About Luciferian Philosophy. The Vigilant Citizen. February 2015) Movies About the […]

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God Knows His Plans For Us But How Do We?

December 10, AD2017 0 Comments
God Knows His Plans For Us But How Do We?

 For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord. Plans to prosper you and not to harm you. Plans to give you hope and a future. (NIV- Jeremiah 29:11) From the NABRE edition of the Bible, the passage reads, “For I know well the plans I have in mind for you—oracle of […]

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Raising Our Children in the Catholic Faith

December 10, AD2017 2 Comments
Raising Our Children in the Catholic Faith

What About Your Children? When we became Catholic, some of our friends were concerned for the sake of our children. Catholics didn’t have children’s programs – how were we going to raise our children in the Christian faith? My husband and I chuckle at those ideas now, as we did then when we informed them […]

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Are You Hoarding Your Blessings?

December 9, AD2017 2 Comments
Are You Hoarding Your Blessings?

The Parable of the Rich Fool began, “There was a rich man who had a good harvest.” I knew the passage well but had never really applied it to myself.  It was about a “foolish” man who wanted to store up his abundant harvest for himself so that he could eat, drink, and be merry “for […]

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How Much Manna Are You Gathering?

December 9, AD2017 1 Comment
How Much Manna Are You Gathering?

For those who are new to the Catholic Church, as well as those who’ve been a part for decades, there are many mysteries of our faith we are unable to understand. This is especially true for me. I am currently going through RCIA classes for the third time. I decided the Church wasn’t for me […]

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Advent Lessons from an Old Testament Priest

December 8, AD2017 0 Comments
Advent Lessons from an Old Testament Priest

The Scriptures in Advent present us with a number of excellent role models of faith, but the father of John the Baptist is not one of them. Zechariah, a priest of the Law of Moses, serves rather as a negative example, at least at the beginning of his intriguing story. The account of how he […]

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A Sabbatical for Suffering with the Immaculate Conception

December 8, AD2017 1 Comment
A Sabbatical for Suffering with the Immaculate Conception

A year ago when I was 65 and working in Hawaii, I traveled 4,860 miles to Delaware to visit my Dad who had just been hospitalized in a psychiatric hospital. Dad was 90 and was suffering, we later found, from dementia. While I was home, I realized that the house was no longer spick and […]

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True Growth Entails Learning to Give Through Self-sacrifice

December 7, AD2017 1 Comment
True Growth Entails Learning to Give Through Self-sacrifice

My mother was 43 and a-half years old when I was born. I was told that her pregnancy was very difficult. Without proper medical care, she, as well as I, might not have made it. Obviously, God had other ideas because both my mother and I did indeed make it through just fine. But as […]

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Three Chords and the Truth: The Incarnation

December 7, AD2017 0 Comments
Three Chords and the Truth: The Incarnation

This is the second installment in a trilogy of articles written under the banner of “Three Chords and the Truth”. The first article, “Angels and Humans”, left us outside the gates of Eden with a vast expanse of time to cover before the Incarnation of Christ would be realized. This article will attempt to cover […]

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Christ Be Our Light! Reflections on Christmas, Chanukkah, and Strange Physics

December 6, AD2017 0 Comments
Christ Be Our Light! Reflections on Christmas, Chanukkah, and Strange Physics

This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. First Letter of John 1:5 (KJV) And they made new holy vessels, and brought in the candlestick, and the altar of incense, and the table into the temple. […]

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Austerity for Christmas

December 6, AD2017 0 Comments
Austerity for Christmas

I recently realized how I naturally put on the classical, jazz or fado (traditional Portuguese music) radio stations in my car, without any sacrifice at all. This might seem like an inconsequential detail of my life, but for the fact that it reveals a huge change in my musical taste and in myself. Before having […]

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I’m Guilty And You May Be Too

December 5, AD2017 6 Comments
I’m Guilty And You May Be Too

I’m Guilty And You May Be Too  I’m guilty and I bet you are too. I put people in baskets. It seems to be innate human nature. We boil people down into groups and put them into baskets. We put ourselves into baskets. Sometimes baskets are necessary, sometimes they just serve to divide. Through prayer and […]

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4th Century Wisdom for Today’s Problems

December 5, AD2017 2 Comments
4th Century Wisdom for Today’s Problems

A typical well to do middle-class family lives in a prosperous country. They are an intact family with a mother, father and three children. The father holds a prestigious position in the local town. The mother is a devout Christian. They have access to every material need they desire.  All seems well. However, the husband […]

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Cormac McCarthy’s The Counselor: Blessed are Those Who Mourn

December 4, AD2017 1 Comment
Cormac McCarthy’s The Counselor: Blessed are Those Who Mourn

Actions produce consequences which produce new worlds, and they’re all different. Where the bodies are buried in the desert, that is a certain world, where the bodies are left to simply evolve, that is another. And all these worlds, heretofore unknown to us, they must have always been there, have they not? The Counselor, written […]

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Sexual Scandal and Sin, Rejecting The Gifts of God

December 4, AD2017 1 Comment
Sexual Scandal and Sin, Rejecting The Gifts of God

“I can do nothing on my own. As I hear, I judge, and my judgment is just, because I seek not my own will but the will of him who sent me.” John 5:30 My friend called me the other day. She had gotten into her car to take her children to school. Her husband […]

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Is There Wisdom Guiding the Development of Artificial Intelligence?

December 3, AD2017 2 Comments
Is There Wisdom Guiding the Development of Artificial Intelligence?

In Laudato Si and many of his other public remarks, Pope Francis has expressed concerns about the rapid advances in technology and the implications for society. Now, some noteworthy secular voices, Tesla co-founder Elon Musk, theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking, and entrepreneur Bill Gates are echoing the Holy Father’s warnings with regard to the rapidly growing use of Artificial […]

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Monica’s Miseries and Fortitude’s Strength

December 3, AD2017 0 Comments
Monica’s Miseries and Fortitude’s Strength

These days we hear a lot about “snowflakes.” These are young adults who must be protected from the least slight, whether real or imagined. Fortitude is the virtue that opposes this weakness. In one word, fortitude is strength. But of what kind? Fortitude has two sides: courage and toughness. Courage is the strength that one […]

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Ever Ancient, Ever New: The Gift of the Liturgical Year

December 2, AD2017 1 Comment
Ever Ancient, Ever New: The Gift of the Liturgical Year

On a plane ride a few weeks ago, I found myself seated next to the founder of a Protestant church. He laughed because he was sandwiched between two Catholics, a married man who had been in Catholic seminary for a little while on his right and me, a Catholic high school Theology teacher, on his […]

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Does Amazon’s Alexa Say Jesus Christ ‘Is A Fictional Character’?

December 2, AD2017 18 Comments
Does Amazon’s Alexa Say Jesus Christ ‘Is A Fictional Character’?

If you’ve been thinking of buying an Amazon Alexa device for your home or for someone you love for Christmas, you might want to rethink that idea. According to a video posted on Nov. 24, Alexa said that Jesus Christ is “a fictional character.” Does this mean that when you are a gazzilionaire like Jeff […]

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Discipline, Doctrine and Amoris

December 1, AD2017 4 Comments
Discipline, Doctrine and Amoris

It is very easy to get lost in the complexity of the Catholic faith. Among the faithful, and those on the outside, or not-so-faithful, it is easy to misunderstand why some things in the Catholic faith have changed over the years, while some things have not. Sometimes it is confusing as to why something believed […]

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Development, Dissent, and Infallible Teaching, Part I

December 1, AD2017 18 Comments
Development, Dissent, and Infallible Teaching, Part I

Many Catholic Christians believe that what the Church teaches on one or more subjects regarding faith and morals is wrong. Such Catholics try to legitimize their dissent from those teachings by appealing to cases where a teaching has apparently “changed”, or they note that such a teaching has “never been taught infallibly”. Since the Church […]

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Seeing the Sign: A Reversion Story

November 30, AD2017 0 Comments
Seeing the Sign: A Reversion Story

The woman walked into the sign shop. She needed to order a banner for her daughter’s swim team and knew the owners of this shop well. No one was at the counter when she arrived. It was common for them to be in the back, working. She went to ring the bell and saw a […]

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Conversion: The Doorway to Transformation

November 30, AD2017 1 Comment
Conversion: The Doorway to Transformation

Conversion: Learning from a Child My Religious Order allowed me to go home this year for the Thanksgiving Holiday.  To say I am overjoyed by this gift is an understatement.  Now, one of the many blessings I receive when I visit my family in Michigan is the time I get to spend with my two […]

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