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The Allure of the Catholic Church

November 17, AD2017 1 Comment
The Allure of the Catholic Church

As I was making my way into the Catholic Church about 5 years ago, my priest at the time said something that still echoes in my mind today- “The Catholic Church is a treasure chest of spiritual resources. You can skim the top and experience only the basics of Christianity, but there is so much […]

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Becoming Christ: The 6th Chapter of Romans

November 17, AD2017 0 Comments
Becoming Christ: The 6th Chapter of Romans

In the 6th chapter of the letter to the Romans, St. Paul teaches that through complete surrender to Christ, the Christian becomes a second Christ. By undergoing sacrifice with and through Christ, sinners lose themselves only to become like Christ and more like themselves through him. This mystery reveals itself in three paradoxes in the […]

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Life and Intelligibility vs. Death and Inanity: Scientism and Meaning

November 16, AD2017 2 Comments
Life and Intelligibility vs. Death and Inanity: Scientism and Meaning

Moses set before the people Life and Death; from another aspect, Intelligibility and Inanity. He urged them to choose life (Deuteronomy 30:19). The Transcendentals Life and Intelligibility in this context refer to a single identity. They differ as logical, not real, distinctions. With Purpose, they form the triad of transcendentals. Each transcendental name refers fundamentally […]

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Foster Parenting: The Forgotten Piece in the Adoption Debate

November 16, AD2017 1 Comment
Foster Parenting: The Forgotten Piece in the Adoption Debate

Have you ever considered foster parenting? In the recent debate about adoption, why did the debate focus only on expensive infant adoptions? Why don’t we do more for these kids who have had a hard life? These questions – except being a foster parent as a priest – keep coming up in my mind. In […]

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God Will Not Be Outdone in Generosity

November 15, AD2017 1 Comment
God Will Not Be Outdone in Generosity

My mother-in-law didn’t care for me. I knew that long before our engagement was announced. I wasn’t even surprised when she tried to convince my husband not to marry me. Early on, we were polite to each other, but I knew she was saying unkind things about me. I should admit that she wasn’t alone […]

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I Know a Man: Gratitude and the God of Thanksgiving

November 15, AD2017 0 Comments
I Know a Man: Gratitude and the God of Thanksgiving

I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago was caught up to the third heaven—whether in the body or out of the body I do not know, God knows. And I know that this man was caught up into Paradise—whether in the body or out of the body I do not know, God […]

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Abortion and Catholic Politicians

November 14, AD2017 0 Comments
Abortion and Catholic Politicians

  Many self-styled pro-choice Catholic politicians today claim to accept the Church’s teaching against abortion. This may seem strange since the Church clearly teaches that abortion is wrong, but they justify their stance with a clever (if ultimately unsound) argument. They say that they’re personally opposed to the practice, but they don’t want to force […]

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Carmelite Spirituality: My Eyes and My Heart Will Remain Here Forever

November 14, AD2017 0 Comments
Carmelite Spirituality: My Eyes and My Heart Will Remain Here Forever

“To be a child of God means to be led by the hand of God, not one’s own will, to place every care and every hope in the hand of God and not to worry about oneself or one’s future.”-St. Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein) An Annual Carmelite Retreat Two weeks ago I made […]

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Prejudices Abound in Luther

November 13, AD2017 3 Comments
Prejudices Abound in Luther

With many Protestants celebrating the 500th year anniversary of the Reformation, I have take the opportunity to read many of Martin Luther’s own words hoping this would be beneficial in engaging those who have remained separated from the Church. After reading a variety of sources, I am struck by how clearly many of the prejudices […]

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Seeing Faces:  A Call to Have the Eyes of a Shepherd

November 13, AD2017 1 Comment
Seeing Faces:  A Call to Have the Eyes of a Shepherd

No Faceless Crowd Before Jesus When we read, study, and pray with the Gospels it is important for us to remember who is the audience that Jesus is speaking to.  I mention this scriptural tool in many of my homilies and talks I give, and recently a question came to me and this tool “How […]

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The Things That Last

November 12, AD2017 0 Comments
The Things That Last

This column is the first in a three part series concerning ethics, human happiness, and their connection to “the things that last.” Searching for a Lasting Foundation Ethical inquiry can be summed up into two basic questions: “What is the right[i] thing to do and how do I accomplish it?” We can see from these […]

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Is Anyone Sola Scriptura?

November 12, AD2017 18 Comments
Is Anyone Sola Scriptura?

Coffee Shop Calvinism I recently came across a group of men from the Reformed Church we left to become Catholic who were gathered at our local Starbucks. They were discussing theology, and didn’t notice I was sitting next to them for several minutes while they talked about things like “once saved, always saved,” TULIP, and […]

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Fifteen Years of Yearning for Hope

November 11, AD2017 2 Comments
Fifteen Years of Yearning for Hope

November 11, 2017 marks the fifteenth (15th) anniversary of the shooting death of my son, Aaron Dougherty. More essentially, this date also marks the 15th anniversary of my yearning for hope for Aaron in the Resurrection of the Paschal Mystery. Aaron had been severely depressed for most of his 26-year-old life. He died in a […]

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A Devotional: Living With Rumours of War in South Korea

November 11, AD2017 4 Comments
A Devotional: Living With Rumours of War in South Korea

“And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars; see that you are not alarmed; for this must take place, but the end is not yet.” (Matthew 24: 6) South Korea and War I am now living in a distant land. Although I have my wife and child with me it isn’t quite like […]

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Catholic Thanksgiving

November 10, AD2017 0 Comments
Catholic Thanksgiving

We have been conditioned as Americans to consider Thanksgiving from one single historical perspective based upon the New England Thanksgiving event. Certainly, our commemoration and celebration of the Thanksgiving holiday the 4th Thursday of every November is a recalling of a very historical New England event at our nation’s origin that took place between Native Americans […]

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Eat, Drink And Be Merry

November 10, AD2017 0 Comments
Eat, Drink And Be Merry

Eat Drink And Be Merry Eat drink and be merry for tomorrow we die. There are several places in holy Scripture where this sentiment is expressed. The one that has been bouncing around my mind since I heard it at Sunday Mass a few weeks ago pertains to the parable of the rich man who […]

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Frozen Embryos and the Utilitarian Gotcha

November 9, AD2017 0 Comments
Frozen Embryos and the Utilitarian Gotcha

In recent news, science-fiction author Patrick S. Tomlinson has created what I call a Utilitarian Gotcha. By “gotcha”, I mean that however you answer the question, you’re supposed to lose: “If God is all-powerful, can He make a rock that He can’t lift?” You might have already heard of Tomlinson’s question as the “frozen embryos […]

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Virtue and Temperament

November 9, AD2017 0 Comments
Virtue and Temperament

Aristotle, who was continually interested in biological aspects of human behavior, made a distinction between “natural virtue” and “acquired virtue.” Natural virtue is related to basic biological inclinations, while virtue in the strict sense requires a rational application, often in the presence of difficulties, to develop habits of character. Aristotle and Hippocrates The authority regarding […]

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The Samaritan Woman: She Will Be Loved

November 8, AD2017 0 Comments
The Samaritan Woman: She Will Be Loved

Early Morning He sleeps quietly, but my eyes are open.  My head rests softly on his shoulder and I feel his chest rise and fall.  I cannot say “my husband;” I say “my baal.” I sigh, thinking perhaps today I will be loved. The others were not righteous.  They divorced me publicly, with accusation, taunt, and […]

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From Forgiveness to Forgetness

November 8, AD2017 0 Comments
From Forgiveness to Forgetness

Forgive and forget. Really? Is there such a thing as forgetness of sins? Remembering who or what has hurt us and how is part of self-preservation, isn’t it? Once burned–twice shy. We need to remember how not to get hurt so that we can function. But does God? And if we are to be like […]

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Lessons In Living Out God’s Call For You

November 7, AD2017 2 Comments
Lessons In Living Out God’s Call For You

Let’s imagine a scenario that may be all too familiar to many of us. It’s about living the American dream. John had always dreamed of becoming a doctor. He loved biology in high school, and received his degree in the same field of study in college. He graduated at the top of his class from […]

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When’s the Last Time You Were Told, “Follow Me?”

November 7, AD2017 0 Comments
When’s the Last Time You Were Told, “Follow Me?”

Out of all the commandments, we are given throughout Scripture, there is one that smacks me in the face multiple times every day. While most of them are pretty cut and dry, Jesus’ words, “Follow me,” is a commandment I contemplate on a daily basis. While each of us is called to follow Jesus as […]

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Three Chords and the Truth: Angels and Humans

November 6, AD2017 1 Comment
Three Chords and the Truth: Angels and Humans

Back in the 1950’s, Harlan Howard coined the phrase “Three chords and the truth” about the simplicity and directness of country music. While this description doesn’t define the entire genre, the point he was making was that the simple, direct way of conveying a story is a hallmark of a good country song. Angels and […]

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Wrinkles in Space – How Science Works, with a Perspective on Faith

November 6, AD2017 0 Comments
Wrinkles in Space – How Science Works, with a Perspective on Faith

“Gravity is a contributing factor in nearly 73 percent of all accidents involving falling objects.” – Dave Barry The 2017 Nobel Prize in physics was awarded to Rainier Weiss, Kip Thorne and Barry Barish for their work on detecting gravitational waves, “wrinkles in space”. For a detailed account of the award to these old guys […]

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