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The Eucharist: Lord, Help Our Unbelief

July 29, AD2016 0 Comments
The Eucharist: Lord, Help Our Unbelief

A few months back I attended a Confirmation ceremony at a local parish. Of course, we were all very proud of the confirmandi, especially as they proceeded into the church in their Confirmation attire, and as the priest laid hands upon them conferring the seal of the Holy Spirit. But as the ceremony ended, it […]

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Three Stumbling Blocks To Evangelizing The World

July 28, AD2016 2 Comments
Three Stumbling Blocks To Evangelizing The World

The great commission given to us by our Lord and Savior is to “go out and make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28:19). This is our Catholic duty, to evangelize the world. We must begin with our families and neighbors. To do this is no meager task, it never has been easy and it never […]

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10 Reasons I Can Not Vote for Trump

July 28, AD2016 16 Comments
10 Reasons I Can Not Vote for Trump

The political season is upon us and we would be hard-pressed to recall one that was more acrimonious. Division has been sown in families, churches, and the public square. Unlike the sort of division foretold by Jesus, in reference to who would or would not follow Him, this division is solely of this world. Hillary […]

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Patron Saint of Missing Socks, Pray For Us

July 27, AD2016 6 Comments
Patron Saint of Missing Socks, Pray For Us

  As a mother of a large family, struggling to wash, dry, and fold three or four loads of laundry every day, I secretly wondered if there was an obscure saint, with little to do, who could fill in as my patron saint of missing socks. Little did I know, God was using the dilemma […]

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Visitation: Seeing Christ in Others and Bringing Christ to Others

July 26, AD2016 1 Comment
Visitation: Seeing Christ in Others and Bringing Christ to Others

“Are you a Martha or a Mary?” This Martha-Mary juxtaposition from the Gospel of Luke is quite well-known. Martha is the archetype for the active life: busy about the work of service. Meanwhile, Mary is the archetype for the contemplative life: sitting at the feet of Jesus. Though Jesus tells Martha that “Mary has chosen the better […]

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10 Reasons Catholics Should Vote For Trump

July 25, AD2016 92 Comments
10 Reasons Catholics Should Vote For Trump

1.) He’s not Hillary Clinton.  We know exactly who she is, what she is, what she stands for, and can pretty well guess what she will do to our country. We can’t risk her getting into office. If you can’t vote for Trump, vote against Hillary. The only realistic way to do this is by […]

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Invoking the Holy Spirit in Our Lives

July 25, AD2016 0 Comments
Invoking the Holy Spirit in Our Lives

The Holy Spirit is the third person of the Blessed Trinity, just as active in the world today as ever. The Bible says that the Holy Spirit created the world (Genesis 1:2), led Jesus into the desert (Matthew 4:1), comes to us at Confirmation (Acts 8:18), and intercedes for us in sighs that we cannot understand […]

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Loving Our Neighbors On the Road

July 24, AD2016 2 Comments
Loving Our Neighbors On the Road

Driving around the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area can be a near occasion of sin. The roads are crowded. People are in a hurry. Patience is in short supply and tempers flare. But in addition to all the aggressive driving and its ensuing angry responses, there can also be reminders of how difficult it is to […]

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Witness to Faith: Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati

July 24, AD2016 0 Comments
Witness to Faith: Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati

Saints come from all walks of life, from all parts of the world, from every age group, from every time period. They offer us concrete examples of how to live as followers of Christ. They are people who have been changed by their encounter with Jesus and can convey this transforming experience to others. St. […]

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Life Well Ended: Part II

July 23, AD2016 2 Comments
Life Well Ended: Part II

Suffering is a Reality… When Perceived as Such Since its premiere a few weeks ago, there has been a lot of discussion of the film Me Before You, an adaptation of the novel by Jojo Moyes.  For those who do not know, the plot revolves around a man named Will Traynor who was left a […]

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The Go-To Saint for Your Medical Needs

July 22, AD2016 5 Comments
The Go-To Saint for Your Medical Needs

There’s a doctor-saint in heaven that has successfully interceded for several of my medical related intentions. He promptly answered my request for finding a compassionate pediatrician, helped find treatment to mysterious symptoms, and even obtained a cure for our family.             Born in Italy in 1880, Saint Giuseppe Moscati practiced medicine in the early twentieth […]

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Life Well Ended: Part 1

July 22, AD2016 0 Comments
Life Well Ended: Part 1

Perversion Inherent in Me Before You Since its premiere a few weeks ago, there has been a lot of discussion of the film Me Before You, an adaptation of the novel by Jojo Moyes.  For those who do not know, the plot revolves around a man named Will Traynor who was left a quadriplegic by […]

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Strange Dignity: Cormac McCarthy’s Child of God

July 21, AD2016 7 Comments
Strange Dignity: Cormac McCarthy’s Child of God

Lester Ballard, main character of the novel Child of God, commits murder, necrophilia, sexually harasses women, and is generally considered to be crazy. This being a novel by Cormac McCarthy, the most shocking thing about him is none of these. Rather, it is the suggestion that he might still have dignity, like anybody else, and […]

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Trump And Brexit: One Catholic Non-Pundit’s Perspective

July 20, AD2016 9 Comments
Trump And Brexit: One Catholic Non-Pundit’s Perspective

The Trump phenomenon and Brexit both came about as a result of the Protestant Reformation in the early 1500s. SAY WHAT?! Some may think this statement is a bit of stretch – or even a really big stretch – but it really isn’t. History is linear and various events throughout history have happened or were […]

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What is Your Cross Made Of?

July 20, AD2016 1 Comment
What is Your Cross Made Of?

We always hear about the need to take up one’s cross and follow Christ and, if we call ourselves followers of Christ, well we should. However, with all the focus on taking up one’s cross, there has been a failure to ask a very important question, which is, “What is your cross made of?” The […]

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God and the Space Between

July 19, AD2016 0 Comments
God and the Space Between

The Dave Matthews Band’s wonderful song “The Space Between” describes where he will be waiting for his love — in the “space between” the laughter, the tears, the joy, and the heartache.  The lyrics make several points on many levels, but, as with all great art, it touches upon something eternal and Godlike in nature. […]

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Why I Remain Catholic

July 18, AD2016 16 Comments
Why I Remain Catholic

In June of 2014, I stood before Bishop Paul Loverde as he raised his thumb, covered in oil, to my forehead. “Flora,” he said, dabbing a glistening cross onto my skin. “Be sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit.” When I slid back into the pew, I leaned forward on the kneeler, heart filled […]

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Yes, God Can Commune With Infants

July 17, AD2016 2 Comments
Yes, God Can Commune With Infants

Theoretically, we all readily concede that the Mercy of God is available to everyone, from the richest to the poorest, from the most educated to the illiterate, from adults to small children. Since God is omnipresent, this means everyone on the entire planet is free to commune with Him at the same time because He […]

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Keeping Up With The Joneses

July 16, AD2016 1 Comment
Keeping Up With The Joneses

Over the passage of time, I have observed a change in the Jones families I have encountered.The Jones family is that stereotypical family in the neighborhood, school, church, social setting, or otherwise known to each of us those who “have it all”.  They may have a larger house, they may have more cars, newer cars, better […]

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The Unchanging God Will Be Nice to Me

July 16, AD2016 3 Comments
The Unchanging God Will Be Nice to Me

“Divine immutability” refers to the unchangeableness of our perfect God. Many of the pagan gods, both throughout history and still today, are not perfect. They change, often in very human ways. They lie, they intentionally hurt people, they commit what are by human standards crimes and sins, and they break their promises. For Christians, God […]

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