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Knowing the Holy Spirit: Insight from the Gospel of John

Knowing the Holy Spirit: Insight from the Gospel of John

Who is the Holy Spirit?  We must never forget how important it is to formulate a question in order for our minds to understand what it is we are looking for, particularly when our subject is God.  For the Holy Spirit is a “Who” not a “What.” The Holy Spirit is not a thing sent […]

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Signal Graces: How the Blessed Mother Encourages Her Little Ones

May 27, AD2018 0 Comments
Signal Graces: How the Blessed Mother Encourages Her Little Ones

Praying the rosary is a devotional practice by which the faithful meditate on the mysteries of the lives of Jesus and Mary. In purposefully slowing down our pace by means of this prayer, we become open to what our Lady and our Lord have to say to us during the prayer, as well as in […]

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Let Boys be Boys;
BSA No Longer Fosters Male Bonding

May 26, AD2018 0 Comments
Let Boys be Boys; <br> BSA No Longer Fosters Male Bonding

  So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them:  — Genesis 1:27 The Boy Scouts of America diversification The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) decision to “diversify” by allowing girls to be members is another politically correct step in the ongoing […]

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Splendors of the Light

May 26, AD2018 0 Comments
Splendors of the Light

Among the many wonders of spring are the light of day that grows longer and the warmth of the sun that beckons the flowers to come alive after a winter’s slumber. Perhaps, the signs and wonders of spring illustrate the splendors of the Light of Life. “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows […]

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Pope Francis on How Contemplation Leads to Action

May 25, AD2018 0 Comments
Pope Francis on How Contemplation Leads to Action

Pope Francis’s recent apostolic exhortation, Gaudate et exsultate, on holiness in the modern world, initially seems to privilege charitable action over prayer and contemplation, saying that it is “not healthy to love silence while fleeing interaction with others, to want peace and quiet while avoiding activity, to seek prayer while disdaining service” (26). A reading […]

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Liturgical Abuses and Moral Corruption

May 25, AD2018 0 Comments
Liturgical Abuses and Moral Corruption

There is a long-debated bone of contention between various members of the Body of Christ about liturgical abuses in the Church.  Not only are there divergent thoughts about the ordinary and extraordinary forms of Mass, the Spirit of Vatican II gave rise to divisive liturgical experiments. Every alteration, every renovation, had a captive audience back […]

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Christians Are Restored Partakers of Divine Nature

May 24, AD2018 0 Comments
Christians Are Restored Partakers of Divine Nature

How many Catholics really grasp the fact that Christians are partakers of divine nature? How many of us actually participate daily in God’s divine nature? In the Catechism of the Catholic Church, we learn that the Word became flesh to make us “partakers of the divine nature” (CCC 460). The CCC quotes from the second letter […]

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To the People of Ireland and the World

May 24, AD2018 0 Comments
To the People of Ireland and the World

On May 25, 2018, a referendum will be held in Ireland on whether to repeal or retain the constitutional ban on abortion. How the Irish decide to vote it is of unutterable importance to all of us because the results of Friday’s election will have a ripple effect all over the world. To the People of […]

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Hell: Some Thoughts for the Scrupulous

May 23, AD2018 0 Comments
Hell: Some Thoughts for the Scrupulous

If I had to pick one thing I don’t love about being Catholic, the proof for the existence of Hell would be one of the top contenders. I can only speak for me, but it might seem pretty scary to think that every soul who doesn’t go to Heaven will be in absolute unimaginable agony […]

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Love- For If the Heart Doesn’t Pray,The Tongue Labours in Vain

May 23, AD2018 0 Comments
Love- For If the Heart Doesn’t Pray,The Tongue Labours in Vain

Many years ago, I attended a retreat given by Fr Michael Hollings, who was in great demand as a fearless and outspoken preacher. The retreat was for religious from many different orders. After joining the community for the communal recitation of the divine office, Fr Hollings began his first lecture with a tirade that reminded […]

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Put Your Chips Down, Bet The House, and Trust in God

May 22, AD2018 0 Comments
Put Your Chips Down, Bet The House, and Trust in God

To be a witness does not consist in engaging in propaganda, nor even in stirring people up, but in being a living mystery. It means to live in such a way that one’s life would not make sense if God did not exist. (Cardinal Emmanuel Célestin Suhard) Free-soloing Alex Honnold, 32, began climbing when he […]

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Simple, Little, Humble: A Newborn Symbolizes the Spirituality of St. Bernadette

May 22, AD2018 0 Comments
Simple, Little, Humble: A Newborn Symbolizes the Spirituality of St. Bernadette

On April 15, 2018, my first nephew was born. Though the birth of a new baby is always a precious occasion, the birth of my nephew was especially meaningful. After nine long months of waiting, this precious boy was finally here, resting peacefully in my arms. He was everything I could ever dream of, wrapped […]

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The Hypocrite and the Sinner: Not Twins

May 21, AD2018 0 Comments
The Hypocrite and the Sinner: Not Twins

The Struggle Is Real William Gurnall once stated, “While the Christian commits a sin he hates it; whereas the hypocrite loves it while he forbears it.” We have all felt the frustration of falling into sin the same day as attending Mass or praying.  The truth is that we all play many positive and not […]

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Discernment of Our Thoughts and Prayers

May 21, AD2018 0 Comments
Discernment of Our Thoughts and Prayers

The other night, I woke to a phone call around midnight and then I couldn’t get back to sleep. This could have been due to the humidity, which isn’t yet bad enough to warrant turning on the A/C unit, but is to the point where even having several fans going doesn’t really make a dent. […]

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The Catholic and Gnostic Views of Materiality Yield Hope and Despair

May 20, AD2018 0 Comments
The Catholic and Gnostic Views of Materiality Yield Hope and Despair

Simply, the Catholic and Gnostic views of materiality are, respectively, Good and Evil, which engender hope and despair. It is paradoxical that the modern adoration of materiality in the form of technology should be concurrent and compatible with the Gnostic regard of materiality as evil. If we take the material and its pleasures as a […]

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Mary, Mother of the Church: A New Celebration

May 20, AD2018 0 Comments
Mary, Mother of the Church: A New Celebration

Our Blessed Mother is honored under many titles. The faithful have often referred to Mary as “the Mother of God”, “the Mother of the faithful” or simply “our Mother” to stress her personal relationship with each one of us, her children. Pope Francis has recently declared that a new memorial will be celebrated in honor […]

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Seeing the Face of God in the Poor

May 19, AD2018 0 Comments
Seeing the Face of God in the Poor

There is a tenet in the Legion of Mary so central to the mission of the apostolate that perhaps all the works and prayers its members perform can be said to flow directly from it: it is critical for Christians to see the face of God in their fellow man. Whether a person is in […]

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Appearance versus Reality: Christ’s Body in the Eucharist

May 19, AD2018 0 Comments
Appearance versus Reality: Christ’s Body in the Eucharist

One day, a Protestant friend and I were discussing something pertaining to Christianity when my friend made a comment akin to “Jesus said it, and I believe it.” I replied that, in that case, I was glad he had come around to the belief that unless Christ’s followers ate His body and drank His blood, they […]

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“Infinite Jest” Reaffirms The Power of Confession

May 18, AD2018 0 Comments
“Infinite Jest” Reaffirms The Power of Confession

David Foster Wallace’s book, Infinite Jest, is unique: hilarious and bleak, enlightening and depressing. Wallace tried on two separate occasions to become Catholic but sadly was never baptised. You can feel his striving and yearning, looking for the Truth. Tragically, he killed himself when he was only 46 and we will never know whether he […]

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Defending the Catholic Church with Scripture

May 18, AD2018 0 Comments
Defending the Catholic Church with Scripture

So there you are being confronted by a Protestant, who asks you some simple bible questions about your personal salvation and the Catholic Church getting in the way of it. With what do you answer back? There is a way to turn the tables on these well-meaning Christians and to put them on the defensive […]

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The Promise of Friendship With God

May 17, AD2018 0 Comments
The Promise of Friendship With God

You are my friends if you do what I command you. I no longer call you slaves, because a slave does not know what his master is doing. I have called you friends, because I have told you everything I have heard from my Father. (John 15:14-15) With these words, Jesus makes clear to the apostles […]

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God’s Chat with the Devil;
The Vision of Pope Leo XIII

May 17, AD2018 0 Comments
God’s Chat with the Devil; <br> The Vision of Pope Leo XIII

For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.  — 1 Corinthians 1:22-25 INTRODUCTION: STORIES ABOUT POPE LEO’S VISION OF THE DEVIL While he was attending Mass in 1884 Pope Leo XIII reportedly had a vision and overheard a conversation between God and the devil, […]

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The Universal Appeal of Jane Austen

May 16, AD2018 0 Comments
The Universal Appeal of Jane Austen

Celebrated Worldwide, Beloved By Millions: Jane Is Everywhere The Jane Austen Circle of Singapore regularly hosts Regency balls and teas at the Old Parliament Arts House. Membership consists largely of octogenarians and nonagenarians— several of them are youngsters, not yet fifty years old You can attend an Austen Festival at the following locations: Bath, England; Canberra […]

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Lessons in Marriage from Mary

May 16, AD2018 0 Comments
Lessons in Marriage from Mary

In this article, I wish to examine three ways that Mary can teach us about marriage. This month presents us with the opportunity not only of thinking about Mary but also of our own mother and, perhaps, the institution of marriage as a whole. Mary’s “Yes” is the “Yes” that We Depend on in Marriage […]

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