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Divine Love Is ‘Supra-Rational’

May 27, AD2016 0 Comments
Divine Love Is ‘Supra-Rational’

When I first decided to spend my life searching for God I visited the great Carthusian monastery, St Hugh’s Charterhouse, Parkminster in Sussex with the intention of living the enclosed eremitical life. I was deeply impressed and I immediately came to the conclusion that it was here that I would like to spend the rest […]

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Are You Certain There Isn’t Anyone to Forgive?

May 26, AD2016 0 Comments
Are You Certain There Isn’t Anyone to Forgive?

Not too long ago, I was blowing through all of the accumulated debris in my electronic mailbox(es) when one article caught my attention for a moment.  The article asked that the reader reflect on the people who had hurt him or her the most. It dealt with emotional pain or heartache, or frustration caused by the behavior […]

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“Since I’m Saved, I Can Live How I Want?”

May 26, AD2016 3 Comments
“Since I’m Saved, I Can Live How I Want?”

Someone showed me a video online a few weeks ago and I have not been able to get the scene out of my mind. It was a recording of a Christian street preacher talking and debating with variety of students on a college campus in Texas. The dialogue I witnessed was shocking and upsetting, not […]

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A Person’s A Person No Matter How Small

May 25, AD2016 1 Comment
A Person’s A Person No Matter How Small

That famous line comes from the book Horton Hears a Who by Dr. Suess. The books main character of Horton the Elephant, while splashing in a pool, hears a small speck of dust talking to him. Horton believes that a small person lives on the speck and places it on a clover, vowing to protect […]

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Sexuality without Procreation in The Children of Men

May 25, AD2016 1 Comment
Sexuality without Procreation in The Children of Men

The English author P. D. James is likely best known for her murder mysteries, but especially worthy of discussion is her science fiction story The Children of Men. Set in the near future, there has not been a baby born for twenty-five years. In this story, partly told from the perspective of Theo Faron, a history […]

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Book Review: Chiara Corbella Petrillo’s Lovestory

May 24, AD2016 0 Comments
Book Review: Chiara Corbella Petrillo’s Lovestory

That Our Lady brings couples together is not news to me. But the unique love story of one such Italian couple that began with Our Lady’s obvious presence and ended on what the world deems a tragedy is something I don’t read everyday. Chiara Corbela Petrillo was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 28, […]

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John Adams and the Mass

May 24, AD2016 5 Comments
John Adams and the Mass

Adams was Unsympathetic to the Catholic Faith John Adams, second President of these United States, was a man of very firm convictions.   Once he decided to support a cause, most notably American independence, nothing on this Earth could convince him to change his mind.  In regard to religion, he was raised a Congregationalist.  Although described as a […]

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Zero Catholics, Two Protestants, One Difficult Choice

May 23, AD2016 8 Comments
Zero Catholics, Two Protestants, One Difficult Choice

This election cycle’s primaries have been interesting and contentious. They have also been full of surprises and even unsettling in a couple different ways. But it now looks as though we will have to make a choice in November between two not-so-wonderful Protestant candidates for President – Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. The amount of […]

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Walking Between the Tablet and the Calf

May 23, AD2016 0 Comments
Walking Between the Tablet and the Calf

You may recall in Scripture, how the people, impatient that Moses had not returned from the Mount where he was receiving The Ten Commandments, did call upon Aaron to make a golden calf which they could worship and, although they did offend God very much, were only spared immediate destruction by the pleas of Moses […]

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Serving the World through Our Children

May 22, AD2016 0 Comments
Serving the World through Our Children

Relaxation takes many forms. From exercising, to reading a good book, to sitting on the beach watching a beautiful sunset. There are wonderful ways to unwind in our lives. Since the birth of the newest addition to our family, I have now found a new one – giving a bottle. There is something rewarding about […]

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Scrupulosity: What It Is and How to Overcome It

May 21, AD2016 4 Comments
Scrupulosity: What It Is and How to Overcome It

  Scrupulosity, in the Catholic sense, is the tendency to focus on our sins too much, forgetting Our Redeemer and His mercy in the process. It is the tendency to remember the law while forgetting the Law Giver. A person with “a case of the scruples” has likely forgotten that the law was made for […]

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The Immaculate Heart of Mary

May 21, AD2016 4 Comments
The Immaculate Heart of Mary

There are many devotions in the Holy Catholic Church, all of which lead us to Christ. None of them exist for any purpose other than to help us to know Jesus, to love Jesus, and to serve Jesus in this world, so that we get to spend a blissful eternity with Him in Heaven, forever. […]

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Why Even Faithful Catholics Suffer From Mental Illness

May 20, AD2016 53 Comments
Why Even Faithful Catholics Suffer From Mental Illness

  Although most respectable members of our parishes try to look healthy and content in public, mental illness is as common and invisible among the faithful as it is in secular circles. I would wager that mental health issues are especially prevalent among the devout who are serious about their inner life; when people tackle deep inner issues […]

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The Most Holy Rosary: Our Simple Breviary (Part 5)

May 20, AD2016 0 Comments
The Most Holy Rosary: Our Simple Breviary (Part 5)

Author’s Note:  This article is the last in a five-part series examining the beauty and medication of the Most Holy Rosary. This series is dedicated to the memory of Fr. Patrick Peyton, C.S.C., whose love and dedication to the Rosary inspired its widespread use and understanding in our time.  The Rosary as Our “App” for Christian Living During His […]

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Learning to Appreciate Church Documents

May 19, AD2016 2 Comments
Learning to Appreciate Church Documents

On the day that the much awaited apostolic exhortation of Pope Francis, Amoris Laetitia, came out, one of the leading evening news channels here in the Philippines immediately had an editorial piece about the document. While listening to the commentary of the news reporter, I was asking myself, how much of the document did the […]

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God’s Fingerprints On Adam Smith’s Invisible Hand

May 18, AD2016 4 Comments
God’s Fingerprints On Adam Smith’s Invisible Hand

For those who know economics, Adam Smith is a beloved patriarch. Not only was the 18th-century Scottish thinker the father of modern economics, he was also moral philosopher. This intellectual combination was not unusual in his day, but it is rare in ours. His highly-influential work on the economic order is titled An Inquiry into the […]

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Murder Most Foul

May 17, AD2016 4 Comments
Murder Most Foul

In the realm of the dead of each abortion clinic, what lies hidden is the desolate destruction of keening for our humanity, the grim dismissal of our life. It stalks the corridors in the mask of liberating existence from living. The carelessly worded agenda creates the false promise of selfish control where murder is not committed, […]

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Zombies and the Cure for ‘The Walking Dead’

May 17, AD2016 2 Comments
Zombies and the Cure for ‘The Walking Dead’

As a Catholic, I find there is much to be critical about with the various television shows available today with the crude language, shocking sexual situations, violence and the way there is nothing left to the imagination – it is all there in your face. There are few shows proudly teaching Christian values and one […]

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Amoris Laetitia: A Licit Approach, or a Retreat From Doctrine?

May 16, AD2016 14 Comments
Amoris Laetitia: A Licit Approach, or a Retreat From Doctrine?

The first several chapters of the post-synodal exhortation Amoris Laetitia (On Love in the Family) from Pope Francis show a remarkable understanding of the human condition, an understanding held by the synod bishops, understood and summarized by the Holy Father. The Church has a long history of dealing with human problems, human tendencies, and human […]

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To Acknowledge the Existence of Sin is to Claim We Understand

May 16, AD2016 4 Comments
To Acknowledge the Existence of Sin is to Claim We Understand

If an adult were to make a general examination of conscience based on a list of virtues or vices, I believe he would find himself guilty of failing in each virtue and committing each vice. Thus, the motive with which he has acted or failed to act in some instance, however minor, is the same […]

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