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The Virtues of the Magi

January 18, AD2018 0 Comments
The Virtues of the Magi

The prominent virtues of the Magi are piety and wisdom (in recognizing Christ as universal king and the light of the world), faith, fortitude, hope and humility. Universal Kingship Matthew’s Gospel highlights Christ’s kingship through the magi when he writes, “[a]fter Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi […]

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Why Would a Victim Share the Story of Their Ordeal?

January 18, AD2018 0 Comments
Why Would a Victim Share the Story of Their Ordeal?

Victory over evil is a matter for rejoicing when something profound comes out of an otherwise heart-wrenching ordeal. By looking closely at every obstacle, struggle, and eventual victory in their lives, people have the ability to discover hope. Such examinations of their past can be an aid to faith for a fruitful future.  Most who […]

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Seeking the Truth with Jennifer Fulwiler and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton

January 17, AD2018 1 Comment
Seeking the Truth with Jennifer Fulwiler and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton

You may have seen the Saint’s Name Generator posted on the internet. It randomly chooses a saint for whatever occasion you wish. Many Catholics use it to pick a patron for the new year. The generator was created by Jennifer Fulwiler. She came to Catholicism from atheism and wrote about her conversion in a book called […]

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Holy Water, Vodka and their Cures

January 17, AD2018 0 Comments
Holy Water, Vodka and their Cures

From long experience I have learned that there is nothing like holy water to put devils to flight and prevent them from coming back again. They also flee from the Cross, but return; so holy water must have great virtue. For my own part, whenever I take it, my soul feels a particular and most […]

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I Do Not Fear The Lord

January 16, AD2018 1 Comment
I Do Not Fear The Lord

Fear of the Lord is one of the gifts of the Holy Spirit and it is mentioned many times in Holy Scripture, in both the Old and the New Testaments. Harry Does Not Fear My friend Harry, a decorated veteran, devoted husband and father, grandfather, and currently late-in-life learner about his faith, told me recently […]

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A Hopelessly Inbound Ballistic Missile

January 16, AD2018 0 Comments
A Hopelessly Inbound Ballistic Missile

BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII.  SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL. It was Saturday morning, January 13, 2018, at 8:07 A.M. in Hawaii Standard Time (HST) when I received that text message. Hopeless Thoughts There are no emergency shelters for a nuclear bomb on the Big Island of Hawaii. Besides, I reasoned, […]

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On Selling Jesus

January 15, AD2018 0 Comments
On Selling Jesus

A Tale of Two Christmases One of the defining moments for me on my journey to the Catholic Church was over Christmas Eve and Christmas Day two years ago. We attended the Christmas Eve service at our Protestant, Baptist church. It was a beautiful service, filled with amazing music and a festive feel. The following […]

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The Story of the Rich Young Man: Is There Hope For Us?

January 15, AD2018 1 Comment
The Story of the Rich Young Man: Is There Hope For Us?

In Mark 10: 17 – 27, a disappointed rich young man walked away from Jesus when He told him what was needed to become perfect.  Strangely enough, I have always been attracted by this passage. My focus, however, is not the obvious message. Instead, I look at what may be the more powerful underlying message of […]

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The Scriptural Seeds of the Papacy

January 14, AD2018 7 Comments
The Scriptural Seeds of the Papacy

Although the seeds of the papacy are scriptural, it takes a little digging to expose them. There is nothing more distinctly Catholic than the papacy. While just about every other Catholic belief can be found in at least some other Christian denominations, our beliefs about the papacy are unique. Nobody else believes that the bishop […]

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Discovering Real Life in Christ as a Religious

January 14, AD2018 0 Comments
Discovering Real Life in Christ as a Religious

“I came so that they might have life and have it more abundantly.” John 10:10 In the midst of Jesus’ discourse on the sheep, the gate, and the shepherd, we find these illustrious words. As the Good Shepherd, he offers life: real life, abundant life to his sheep. His sheep hear his voice and follow him. […]

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The Scandal of Forgiveness in Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri

January 13, AD2018 0 Comments
The Scandal of Forgiveness in Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri

To be a little simplistic, Martin McDonagh’s films tend to be preoccupied with cycles of violence, in which parties retaliate against each other for the hurts they suffer, drawing others into this cycle until somebody tries to end it by accepting the hurt done to him, or, indeed, turning that violence upon himself. In Bruges […]

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Path of Renewal

January 13, AD2018 0 Comments
Path of Renewal

According to a reading from the second letter of St. Peter, “We await new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells. … Therefore, … be eager to be found without spot or blemish before Him, at peace” [2 Peter 3:13-14]. In this time of waiting, let us consider ways of renewing our commitment […]

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The Lonely Way of the Writer: A New Year’s Message for My Fellow Writers

January 12, AD2018 4 Comments
The Lonely Way of the Writer: A New Year’s Message for My Fellow Writers

Every January 1st, many of us decide to come clean with our personal struggles and make resolutions to better ourselves in the days ahead. In the spirit of this new year, I have my own confession to make: I often suffer from periods of sorrow and loneliness so profound that I sometimes wonder how I […]

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Is There Hope in God’s Providence During Desolation?

January 12, AD2018 0 Comments
Is There Hope in God’s Providence During Desolation?

December 13th—the Feast Day of St. Lucy, I stood aside a grave of another unborn child. It is unnatural for a father to bury his child. Standing in a cemetery after the funeral Mass for your miscarried child is truly a surreal and somber experience. When humans encounter death—especially the loss of a family member […]

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Without Excuse: The Divine Origin of Happiness

January 11, AD2018 1 Comment
Without Excuse: The Divine Origin of Happiness

This column is the last in a series of 3 columns on ethics and human happiness Knowledge of the Divine within the Created Order St. Paul tells us in his letter to the Romans that knowledge of God for those without the Jewish faith, “is clear to their minds; God himself has made it clear […]

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PFLAG ‘T.H.AW.’- A Program to Make Homosexual Behavior ‘Okay’

January 11, AD2018 26 Comments
PFLAG ‘T.H.AW.’- A Program to Make Homosexual Behavior ‘Okay’

  The announcement in our parish bulletin last spring seemed innocuous enough. A program entitled Transgender Homosexual Awareness (T.H.AW.) was being held to give parishioners “an opportunity . . . to hear the voices and to understand the experiences of our transgender brothers and sisters and their family members.” But since our parish had already […]

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Can You Hear My Prayers, God?

January 10, AD2018 0 Comments
Can You Hear My Prayers, God?

Can You Hear Me, God? Can you hear me, God? I have a strong faith. I know He always hears me, yet my prayers do not always get answered the way I want them answered. And when they consistently don’t, I get bouts of being fed up and annoyed with the Big Guy. Then remorse for […]

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Three Chords and the Truth: Discipleship

January 10, AD2018 0 Comments
Three Chords and the Truth: Discipleship

The Great Commission, as it has come to be known, was given to the disciples of Jesus just before His Ascension into Heaven. These parting instructions to “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28:19) were addressed to His immediate listeners as well as “those who will believe in me through their word” […]

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Man-Made Spirituality versus Communion With God

January 9, AD2018 4 Comments
Man-Made Spirituality versus Communion With God

Attendance at Mass, regular confession, spiritual exercises, fasting, and prayer are wonderful vehicles of grace but if we think pious activities alone will sanctify us, we will only appear holy on the outside like the Pharisees: Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites. You are like whitewashed tombs, which appear beautiful on the outside, […]

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Can a Faithful Catholic Believe in Science?

January 9, AD2018 1 Comment
Can a Faithful Catholic Believe in Science?

INTRODUCTION In this post, I examine whether I, as a faithful Catholic, and as a scientist who holds that miracles are possible must believe that the Creation account given in Genesis is literally true, without modification, and thereby exclude what science tells us about common descent and cosmology. In a way, it’s the other side […]

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40 Days for Life: A Transformation Process

January 8, AD2018 0 Comments
40 Days for Life: A Transformation Process

During the 40 Days for Life efforts over the years, our Knights of Columbus Council provides 24-hour shifts outside an abortion clinic where we say Rosaries and other prayers for a continuing 24-hour vigil during the 40 days. This year, as is usually the case, I pulled an early morning hour shift (4:00 am). Being […]

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Learning from Our Lord Through Anxiety

January 8, AD2018 4 Comments
Learning from Our Lord Through Anxiety

I am learning to keep my anxiety and irritation about others to myself. That does not mean that I have stopped my negative thoughts about others. But, hopefully, that is in the near-future. I usually get anxious or irritated primarily when I experience feelings of inferiority. Someone pulls in front of me in traffic and […]

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A Devotional: Dealing with Difficult People

January 7, AD2018 0 Comments
A Devotional: Dealing with Difficult People

 “There are difficult moments in life, but with hope the soul goes forward and looks ahead to what awaits     us.” – Pope Francis  When we are happy and feel accepted and loved, life often feels positive. When we feel alone, rejected and insecure, life feels challenging. Faith is not about feelings; we always have to […]

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Finding the Love of a Lifetime

January 7, AD2018 0 Comments
Finding the Love of a Lifetime

  Looking back on my life I can truly say, God has been very patient with me and also very gracious toward me. But it took me quite some time to be able to see and understand that. I was fortunate, while growing up, to have good parents who both had a strong Catholic faith. […]

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