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What’s Wrong with the (Postmodern) World: Catholicism and Intelligence, by Fr. James V. Schall

April 25, AD2017 0 Comments
What’s Wrong with the (Postmodern) World: Catholicism and Intelligence, by Fr. James V. Schall

  Jesuit philosopher Fr. James V. Schall has been described as “America’s Chesterton,” according to the cover blurb from theologian Tracey Rowland. Like G. K. Chesterton, Fr. Schall has a talent for making philosophy accessible to the average person, the mark not only of the true sophisticate but also of the good teacher. But also […]

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May: The Month of the Blessed Virgin Mary

April 25, AD2017 0 Comments
May: The Month of the Blessed Virgin Mary

The month of May is traditionally dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary. May is a month of growth, when nature is reborn. This month normally belongs to the Easter season, between Easter and Pentecost. Many Catholics may be aware that May is consecrated to Mary, but it may be unclear why this month was selected […]

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Is The Church Out of Her League on the Environment?

April 24, AD2017 2 Comments
Is The Church Out of Her League on the Environment?

Many continue to raise questions about the Church’s role and expertise in addressing environmental issues. Eyebrows were recently raised with the Pontifical Academy of Sciences workshop on “How to Save the Natural World on Which We Depend” and with the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) letter to the U.S. Secretary of State regarding environmental […]

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An Interfaith Dialogue with a Muslim Social Justice Comedian

April 24, AD2017 0 Comments
An Interfaith Dialogue with a Muslim Social Justice Comedian

I enjoy the TED Radio Hour podcast. The program offers illumination on a wide range of topics and is generally fun to listen to. But a recent episode had kind of a delayed reaction effect on me, which is to say, the more I thought about it the angrier I got. The episode was called […]

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Catholicism Is, Most Importantly, An Experiential Faith

April 23, AD2017 2 Comments
Catholicism Is, Most Importantly, An Experiential Faith

A Catholic, baptized into the very life of Christ ( CCC 1213), is invited to discover much more about God, Holy Scriptures, the saints and the traditions of his Church than dry facts because Catholicism is, most importantly, an experiential faith. Ironically, most Christians allow fear of deception to impede growth in the Spirit and hinder […]

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With Love: To Desire What God Gives Us

April 23, AD2017 0 Comments
With Love: To Desire What God Gives Us

desire The day’s temperature climbed to 77 degrees, quite warm by Segovia standards for a mid-afternoon in October. Not a cloud graced the sky. We didn’t have the benefit of even a slight breeze. And we had little idea of exactly where we were going–not unusual during this Spanish vacation. My wife Donna and I […]

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When Mystical Truths Become Relevant

April 22, AD2017 0 Comments
When Mystical Truths Become Relevant

I first began to understand certain mystical truths as I prayed at the place where Jesus was crucified on the first Good Friday. I have written about some of these insights when I spent a night in the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem,  but some were too much for me to understand at the time, and […]

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The Problem With Papal Mind-Readers

April 22, AD2017 13 Comments
The Problem With Papal Mind-Readers

As people continue to be confused over what Pope Francis thinks here or there, especially regarding Communion for the divorced and remarried, one thing seems to come up over and over again: what does Pope Francis, this bishop, or that bishops’ conference mean by these words? Obviously, we need to draw meaning from the text […]

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Why Do We Need The Benedict Option?

April 21, AD2017 2 Comments
Why Do We Need The Benedict Option?

The Benedict Option by Rod Dreher is, at the end of the day, underwhelming. That’s not all its own fault; it arrives amidst much hype, hype which turns out to be rather disproportionate to its more modest aims. On one hand, it’s not clear that those who characterize Dreher as telling Christians to head for the […]

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It’s Time to Pray as a Nation

April 21, AD2017 0 Comments
It’s Time to Pray as a Nation

“[I]f then my people, upon whom my name has been pronounced, humble themselves and pray, and seek my face and turn from their evil ways, I will hear them from heaven and pardon their sins and heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14 So What Brought That Outburst On Anyhow? It is relatively easy to understand.  […]

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My Grandmother’s Cross Has Become Our Cross

April 20, AD2017 2 Comments
My Grandmother’s Cross Has Become Our Cross

My grandmother, Opal, never raised her voice. She found joy in the simplest things: reading a book, playing scrabble, or completing her crossword puzzles. Her house was spotless all the time; not one thing was ever out of place. Her curio cabinet with filled with shiny, colored dishes and trinkets. Some trinkets she bought at […]

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Marriage and Contemplative Prayer

April 20, AD2017 2 Comments
Marriage and Contemplative Prayer

Marriage tests us in ways we never thought possible. This vocation challenges us to die to ourselves and at the same time inspires and encourages us to rise to a new life united to another. This is a journey that finds its ultimate reality in God. St. Teresa of Avila and St. John of the […]

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My and Marjorie’s Amazing Journey

April 19, AD2017 0 Comments
My and Marjorie’s Amazing Journey

This is a true story about love and love of God, how God really does work in mysterious ways, and Evangelization, all rolled into one! Some months ago, on August 21, 2016, a large group of young adults met at the National Shrine of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton in Emmitsburg, MD to participate in a Year […]

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Aggravations–Sources of Grace

April 19, AD2017 4 Comments
Aggravations–Sources of Grace

Oh, the Aggravations We Face! Do you know someone whose purpose in life seems to be to aggravate you? You know what I mean, right? This person is the one who manages to raise your blood pressure just about any time that you interact with them. Maybe it’s the things they say to you. Perhaps […]

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There is No Saint of the Broken Hearted

April 18, AD2017 5 Comments
There is No Saint of the Broken Hearted

When times are tough, I — like many Catholics — turn to my friends, the saints. Whether you’re searching for a job, battling breast cancer, or asking for a safe journey, there’s usually a saint for every cause. So why is there a saint for toothaches, bad storms, and mice infestations, but not for the […]

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Lessons On the Garden of Your Soul from the Master Vinedresser

April 18, AD2017 0 Comments
Lessons On the Garden of Your Soul from the Master Vinedresser

Ever since my wife and I moved into our current home I have had an ongoing battle with the shrubbery. There are times when honestly I don’t know who’s winning the battle — the vegetation or me. But it’s all part of having a nice home, and I try to take pride in the way […]

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A Devotional: Celebrate the Joy

April 17, AD2017 1 Comment
A Devotional: Celebrate the Joy

“Happy is he who does not have sadness in his mind, and who has not fallen away from his hope.” -Sirach 14:2 Finding Hope in Christ Lent is a time of fasting, prayer, and almsgiving toward others. It is a time of sacrifice and charity. It is a time of getting to know Jesus even […]

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And With Whose “Spirit” ?

April 17, AD2017 15 Comments
And With Whose “Spirit” ?

“And also with you.” “And with your Spirit.” Six of one half a dozen of the other ? Mox nix ? Who cares? What difference does it make? The difference is all the difference in the world. Actually, all the difference in all the universe and all Heaven. The difference is: Jesus Christ present as […]

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Grabbing the Lion of Judah’s Tail

April 16, AD2017 1 Comment
Grabbing the Lion of Judah’s Tail

As we approach Holy Week, Lent has steadily moved us to the edges of ourselves.  Yet, we can miss one of the most important elements of the Christian life if we overlook an element of Jesus’ identity that comes into particular focus as we enter Holy Week.   We focus a great deal on the […]

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Why We Worship On Sunday

April 16, AD2017 6 Comments
Why We Worship On Sunday

As children, all Catholics are taught the Ten Commandments. We learn that it is wrong to kill, to steal, to commit adultery, to worship other gods, etc. The Ten Commandments come from the Old Testament, and for the most part they transfer over to Christianity quite seamlessly. However, there is one exception: the third commandment […]

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