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Catholic Joy?

April 24, AD2015 6 Comments
Catholic Joy?

  Joy is one of the fruits of the Holy Spirit, not a special gift given to a select few;  it is simply a by-product of living in God. However, when people think of a Catholic saint, the first image that comes to mind is a sad, pale, thin figure, often tortured and in pain, or looking […]

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Book “Selfish” Not Christ-like

April 22, AD2015 39 Comments
Book “Selfish” Not Christ-like

Last week, I peeked into the epicenter of hedonism as it advances. I was working in the kitchen while watching the news. I kept the TV on when Entertainment Tonight followed. I’ll skip the Bruce Jenner sex change hoopla and get straight to story that made me shudder. (Nowadays, it takes a lot.) Famous person […]

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Modern Secularism’s Triple Distortion of Divine Mercy

April 21, AD2015 14 Comments
Modern Secularism’s Triple Distortion of Divine Mercy

I continue to be amazed by how this secular society tries to twist Divine Mercy into blinking, happy-go-lucky acceptance of every behavior one can imagine. This warped and sinister reasoning follows a three-way distortion of logic, Church teaching, and Divine Mercy. First, we are told that, since we are all created in God’s image, it […]

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The Complementarity of Justice and Mercy

April 21, AD2015 8 Comments
The Complementarity of Justice and Mercy

We have just celebrated Divine Mercy Sunday during the season of Easter, which can rightly be viewed as a season of mercy. Pope Francis has declared that the Church will celebrate a Jubilee Year of Mercy beginning December 8, 2015. Through both the rhythm of the liturgical calendar and the guidance of our Holy Father […]

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Make the Sign of the Cross and Go In!

April 20, AD2015 2 Comments
Make the Sign of the Cross and Go In!

Outside of his family, General William S. Rosecrans had three great passions in his life: His religion, Roman Catholicism, to which he had converted as a cadet at West Point, the Army and the Union. In the Civil War, all three passions coincided. Rising to the rank of Major General and achieving command of the […]

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Contemplating The Mystery of Mercy

April 18, AD2015 1 Comment
Contemplating The Mystery of Mercy

Our Holy Father, Pope Francis recently released, Misericordiae Vultus, his Bull of Indiction of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy. In this document, he lays out his plans for this upcoming celebration of our Lord’s incredible love and mercy towards His people.  In addition, he encourages us to begin preparing ourselves now for this event through […]

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A Difficult Lent

April 15, AD2015 1 Comment
A Difficult Lent

“We had the experience but missed the meaning, / And approach to the meaning restores the experience / In a different form, beyond any meaning / We can assign to happiness” – T.S. Eliot For a few days, I watched the sun descend over the Point Loma Cliffs. Each day, roughly 30 minutes before sunset, […]

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Mary’s Simple and Amazing Guide to Discipleship

April 15, AD2015 2 Comments
Mary’s Simple and Amazing Guide to Discipleship

God approached a young woman, and she said, “Yes.” Next, what she didn’t say was even more noteworthy. She didn’t say, “I will do this.” Instead, she said, “Let it be done unto me.” And then she thanked God for allowing her to be the one with whom He would give flesh to the most […]

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Walking Our Own Journey to God

April 14, AD2015 2 Comments
Walking Our Own Journey to God

In November 2013, I wrote a column [link here] about my son leaving the Church, and going off on a journey, that was far away from what most of us imagine for our kids who been raised well in the Church. He had changed his name to “Fig” and moved to a Feminist Anarchist commune and […]

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The Theology of Science-Fiction: Part I — Some Speculative Fiction Gospels

April 14, AD2015 5 Comments
The Theology of Science-Fiction: Part I — Some Speculative Fiction Gospels

“…when I was not prey to the temptations of this world, I devoted my nights to imagining other worlds. … There is nothing better than imagining other worlds…to forget the painful one we live in. At least so I thought then. I hadn’t yet realized that, imagining other worlds, you end up changing this one.”Umberto […]

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Time and the Gospel of Sean

April 13, AD2015 14 Comments
Time and the Gospel of Sean

This is the first of two essays on the philosophy of the atheist cosmologist, Sean Carroll. The main idea carried over to the second essay is the distinction between qualitative time as the condition of mutability and quantitative time as the logical comparison of one local motion with another. Today, replacement of the lens of […]

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Book Review: A Pathway Under the Gaze of Mary

April 13, AD2015 4 Comments
Book Review: A Pathway Under the Gaze of Mary

Shortly after Sr. Lúcia of Fátima died ten years ago, I remember remarking to someone, “Her death means we will only now come to know of things about Fátima that were previously unknown.” Knowing the beautiful story of Fátima, its message, and the unfortunate controversies surrounding it, I also knew that there was a treasure […]

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The Subsistent Soul: Are You More than Particles?

April 12, AD2015 6 Comments
The Subsistent Soul: Are You More than Particles?

The word “subsistent” is tricky. Modern day dictionaries define “to subsist” as “to be sustained,” or “to maintain existence” or “to support or maintain with provisions or funds, to support.” This meaning is consistent with the word’s etymology. In classical Latin, subsistere meant “to stand firm” or “to come with relief or support.” In post-classical […]

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What Makes You Powerful?

April 11, AD2015 2 Comments
What Makes You Powerful?

As a single mom of five boys, I pretty much know what I’m doing in the next five minutes or so. Beyond that is anyone’s guess, so it should come as no surprise that I didn’t realize that the Feast of Divine Mercy is the Sunday after Easter. As Good Friday’s Tenebrae service came to an […]

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A Catechesis on Emotions

April 10, AD2015 3 Comments
A Catechesis on Emotions

Have you ever wondered what emotions are for, and how they fit in with a life of faith and reflection? Emotions are important because they give texture to experience, even though at times we feel as though our emotions confound us or get in the way. Many believe that emotions are nothing more than a […]

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Depression: Down, But Not Out

April 10, AD2015 23 Comments
Depression: Down, But Not Out

According to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), at any given time, approximately 3 % of adults have major depression, also referred to as major depressive disorder, a lasting and severe type of depression. In fact, major depression is the leading reason for disability for Americans between the ages of 15 […]

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Thoughts from a New Daddy

April 9, AD2015 1 Comment
Thoughts from a New Daddy

My Christmas present to my wife this last year was a glider, which provides all the comfort of a recliner with the smooth rhythmic motion of a rocking chair. Since we were expecting our first-born child in a few months, it seemed a fitting gift, useful and comfortable and perfect for quiet mornings. Now I’m […]

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