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The Chastity, Mercy, and Love of Saint Maria Goretti

June 28, AD2016 0 Comments
The Chastity, Mercy, and Love of Saint Maria Goretti

During my sixth grade year of Catholic school, Sister James Alma taught us about Saint Maria Goretti – the young patroness of chastity, rape victims, and merciful forgiveness. Although my knowledge of sexuality was immature, the affinity felt for this young saint of chastity touched a chord deep within my heart. To think that someone […]

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Breaking Down Whole Woman’s Health: A Critical Abortion Ruling

June 28, AD2016 0 Comments
Breaking Down Whole Woman’s Health: A Critical Abortion Ruling

Like many other Catholics and other people involved in pro-life work, I was greatly disappointed in the U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS) ruling in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, 579 U.S. ___ (2016), though, not wholly surprised. The decision in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt is arguably the most important judicial decision on abortion since the 2007 decision in Gonzales v. Carhart, […]

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Most Precious Blood of Our Lord: Liberty From Sin, Peace and Tenderness of Hearts

June 27, AD2016 5 Comments
Most Precious Blood of Our Lord: Liberty From Sin, Peace and Tenderness of Hearts

[In the Church, June is the month devoted to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. July is a month devoted to the Most Precious Blood of Our Lord. As a people of faith, as we celebrate the national holiday of July 4th, let us also remember the price that was paid for our salvation.] “Our words are useless […]

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Love Your Enemies and Pray for Them

June 27, AD2016 1 Comment
Love Your Enemies and Pray for Them

If we can learn to love those whom we would otherwise call our enemies, we can grow closer to the Father. In this very familiar passage, Christ Jesus tells us that by simply loving those who love us, there is nothing to be gained. “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor  and […]

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God’s Hands and Feet

June 26, AD2016 2 Comments
God’s Hands and Feet

“Christ has no body now but yours. No hands, no feet on earth but yours. Yours are the eyes through which he looks compassion on this world. Yours are the feet with which he walks to do good. Yours are the hands through which he blesses all the world. Yours are the hands, yours are […]

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The Sacrament of Touch

June 25, AD2016 0 Comments
The Sacrament of Touch

In 1986 the Sea of Galilee receded during a drought exposing an ancient fishing boat, 27 feet long by 7.5 feet wide. It was taken to a nearby kibbutz where it was carbon dated. As it was proved to be approximately two thousand years old and designed to carry between 12 and 15 fishermen, the locals called […]

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The Feast of St. Mary Magdalene: Apostle of the Apostles

June 25, AD2016 1 Comment
The Feast of St. Mary Magdalene: Apostle of the Apostles

It has recently been announced that Pope Francis has elevated the liturgical celebration honoring St. Mary Magdalene from a memorial to a major feast. This decision recognizes St. Mary Magdalene’s role as the first witness to see the risen Lord and as the first to announce the Resurrection of Jesus to the Apostles. This change […]

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Where Did the Eight Criteria the Vatican Just Gave for Discerning Charisms Come From?

June 24, AD2016 2 Comments
Where Did the Eight Criteria the Vatican Just Gave for Discerning Charisms Come From?

The Church is blessed constantly with new charismatic groups that renew her spirit; however, at the same time, the hierarchy is responsible for discerning these charismatic gifts especially when they refer to new spiritual families in the Church. How does she discern this? In Iuvenescit Ecclesia 18, eight criteria are given. These criteria are not […]

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Salt of the Earth – Light of the World

June 24, AD2016 0 Comments
Salt of the Earth – Light of the World

These are difficult times that we live in. The media bombards us daily with accounts of inappropriate, illegal and immoral actions allegedly committed by the miscreants running for national political offices. For that matter, there are a variety of accusations made against just about every political candidate in every race during any election cycle, and […]

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The Basics on Indulgences

June 23, AD2016 5 Comments
The Basics on Indulgences

Indulgences! The very name stirs up emotions about Martin Luther and the initial cause of the Reformation. While the Council of Trent way back in the sixteenth century corrected some local German abuses about the selling of indulgences, the Catholic Church has never done away with granting indulgences. Selling holy things, like indulgences, is the sin […]

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3 Important Reasons You Should Practice Virtue

June 23, AD2016 1 Comment
3 Important Reasons You Should Practice Virtue

We hear it all the time – throughout our childhood, during Sunday school, from the pulpit during Sunday Mass, each time we prepare for our first reception of a Sacrament. We hear it from our parents, teachers, priests, and other religious. Throughout our lives, there’s a constant focus on sin, the avoidance of it, and […]

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Augustine & Descartes: God Is, but What is He?

June 22, AD2016 8 Comments
Augustine & Descartes: God Is, but What is He?

  A previous article discussed that both Augustine and Descartes arrived at the concept of an existing God by first concluding that each of them, as an individual person, existed. Augustine proceeded from his proof that he existed, from his Si fallor, sum (If I am mistaken, I am), to the conclusion that God must […]

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Notes on Laudato si’ and the Theology of the Body

June 22, AD2016 2 Comments
Notes on Laudato si’ and the Theology of the Body

This month marks the first anniversary of the publication of Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato si’. Upon reading it, I was struck by certain parallels of thought between it and something I had not initially expected to be relevant: Pope St. John Paul II’s Theology of the Body. However, if we are to emphasise the importance of […]

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“Angel of the Trenches”

June 21, AD2016 3 Comments
“Angel of the Trenches”

Joao Baptista DeValles was born in 1879, in Saint Miquel in the Azores. At the age of 2 his family moved to New Bedford, Massachusetts. His first name anglicized to John, he quickly proved himself a brilliant student, eventually becoming fluent in six languages. Ordained a priest in 1906, he served at Falls River, at […]

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Where You Store Your Treasure of Time

June 21, AD2016 0 Comments
Where You Store Your Treasure of Time

I love it when my children teach me something, or at least make me think about something I might not have considered otherwise. Now that they are all adults, this is a more frequent occurrence. For example, my youngest son shared a statement he heard and has taken to heart, “You are a reflection of […]

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Getting Home is a Game Plan All Christians Can Embrace

June 20, AD2016 0 Comments
Getting Home is a Game Plan All Christians Can Embrace

I once overheard two men arguing about whether chess or backgammon was the better game. I found their discussion interesting because I enjoy both of these popular and ancient games. I learned to play chess when I was 12 years old and taught my brother and Dad how to play. The three of us were […]

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Catholic Social Justice Is Not What the SJWs Are Pitching

June 20, AD2016 3 Comments
Catholic Social Justice Is Not What the SJWs Are Pitching

Social Justice is a big deal these days. In recent years, it’s become such a big deal amongst Secular Progressives that it’s even given rise to the term Social Justice Warriors (SJWs) – folks who are determined to bring about social justice throughout the world.  But it’s not Catholic Social Justice. To hear the SJWs […]

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Priests: A Spiritual Fatherhood

June 19, AD2016 5 Comments
Priests: A Spiritual Fatherhood

As we pause to give thanks today for our fathers, those with us and those who have gone before us, let us take a moment to thank our spiritual fathers, the priests in our parish and those who have made a positive impact on our lives. This article highlights three aspects of the spiritual fatherhood […]

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Belief: In God We Trust

June 18, AD2016 0 Comments
Belief: In God We Trust

Belief in God  has been a constant throughout my career. As I look back over the decades, there have been very few constants, companies came and went, bosses came and went, etc.  Products which had been on the bleeding edge of technology rapidly became passé. One of the constants was that my desk space, be […]

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Your Heavenly Home

June 17, AD2016 1 Comment
Your Heavenly Home

Commercialism is all around us. It stares us in the face as we watch TV. Buy this fancy new vehicle and you will have a big smile on your face like this family…..maybe even balloons! Rush out and buy this new leather recliner and you’ll sleep like a baby…just like this guy. What don’t you […]

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