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Why the Prince of Peace Divides Us

August 28, AD2016 5 Comments
Why the Prince of Peace Divides Us

Christ is known as the Prince of Peace; as God the Son, through Whom “all things were made” (Nicene Creed), it is He alone who mediates true peace. And yet in this world we succumb to the wily tactics of the Great Deceiver, known as the “prince of this world.” The Bent One and his […]

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Political Control and the Freedom of Weakness

August 28, AD2016 2 Comments
Political Control and the Freedom of Weakness

  There’s a certain freedom in powerlessness, the loss of control. Recently, Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput wrote that the “astonishing flaws” of both major candidates was “depressing and liberating at the same time. Depressing, because it’s proof of how polarized the nation has become. Liberating, because for the honest voter, it’s much easier this year […]

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Welcome to the House of Moral Dilemma

August 27, AD2016 4 Comments
Welcome to the House of Moral Dilemma

I am totally astonished how any Catholic, professing to be faithful, could vote for Hillary Clinton. No amount of mental gymnastics has allowed me to understand how Hillary Clinton, and apparently those that support her, have no shame before God in promoting the horrendous evils of abortion, attacks on the family, and outright collusion against […]

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Replace Spiritual Mediocrity with Heroic Courage

August 27, AD2016 0 Comments
Replace Spiritual Mediocrity with Heroic Courage

Spend ten minutes watching the news, searching the Internet, or reading the paper and one is likely to become disgusted and discouraged. Our response can be simply to give up, accepting things for what they are, losing hope that things can be better. Sadly, this mentality of mediocrity and settling can readily transfer into our […]

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The TV Dinner and the Sexual Revolution

August 26, AD2016 0 Comments
The TV Dinner and the Sexual Revolution

There was something about the 1960s and ’70s. Making life easy and devising all kinds of shortcuts marked these decades. Nothing epitomizes this like the TV dinner. As a child of this era, I clearly remember my mother in the kitchen chopping, dicing, stewing, and roasting to have dinner on the table at 5:00 p.m. […]

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Plan For the Worst, Hope For the Best

August 26, AD2016 1 Comment
Plan For the Worst, Hope For the Best

One of the downsides to surfing the internet is that we can get bombarded by mixed messages on a whole range of topics. News junkies may eat this up but for most ordinary folk all the contradictory information can get a bit confusing and even aggravating. News from the world of health, medicine, and science […]

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Mustard Seed Faith

August 25, AD2016 1 Comment
Mustard Seed Faith

Back in high school, my shop teacher had us recite the abbreviated version Reinhold Niebuhr’s Serenity Prayer, the first sentence of the prayer popularized by Alcoholics Anonymous and other twelve-step programs. At the time, I had no idea why we recited it at the beginning of each class. God grant me the serenity to accept the things […]

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On Relationships in Modern Society

August 24, AD2016 1 Comment
On Relationships in Modern Society

For a long time I have perceived myself as someone who loved to think, even if my thoughts tended to pop up at odd times. As a consequence of my thoughts’ unconventional timing, sometimes what I write is caused either by thinking about something new, or something old in a new way. This time, it […]

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Why I Remain Catholic

August 24, AD2016 0 Comments
Why I Remain Catholic

Being a Catholic has always been a central part of my life. Though leaving the Catholic Church has never crossed my mind, explaining why I remain Catholic is a question I have never felt the need to answer. Living as a Catholic does present its unique challenges. Certain values we consider important are constantly being […]

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The Search for Justice and the Devil’s Dare: Correction

August 23, AD2016 1 Comment
The Search for Justice and the Devil’s Dare: Correction

On August 13, 2016, Catholic Stand published “The Search for Justice and the Devil’s Dare”, by Ramon Antonio A. Aldana. As Mr. Aldana’s managing editor, I was responsible for setting the essay up for publication. However, in doing so, I neglected to change the author’s field, which defaulted to “Anthony S. Layne”. As a consequence, […]

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Good Atheists and Bad Catholics

August 22, AD2016 14 Comments
Good Atheists and Bad Catholics

Being Good Without God For Catholics at least, the news that atheists can live a morally praiseworthy life, or people belonging to any other religion, for that matter, is neither all that surprising nor particularly distressing. As Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI said during his 2011 visit to the Bundestag, Unlike other great religions, Christianity has never […]

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Quotes Suitable for Framing: Thomas Babington Macaulay

August 21, AD2016 1 Comment
Quotes Suitable for Framing: Thomas Babington Macaulay

Joseph Stalin: “How many divisions has the Pope?“ Pius XII (later, to Winston Churchill) : “Tell my son Joseph he will meet my divisions in heaven.“ In all the hurly-burly of day to day events regarding the Church, it is sometimes good to take several steps back and take a very long view of the […]

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Judas Pontius Kaine

August 21, AD2016 8 Comments
Judas Pontius Kaine

As a conscientious Catholic voter, who has examined the words and actions of the Catholic Democrat candidate, Tim Kaine, I have come to the conclusion that to vote for this man would be a grave sin. One of the rights recognized by the Declaration of Independence is the right to life. Yes, Kaine has said […]

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Transgenderism and Girl Stereotypes

August 20, AD2016 9 Comments
Transgenderism and Girl Stereotypes

One of the more memorable scenes from To Kill A Mockingbird was the fist fight started by Jean Louise “Scout” Finch against Walter Cunningham on the playground. Facing the consequences with her father, Atticus Finch, Scout is not told that she should be ladylike or that girls should not fight. Instead, he tells her that […]

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The Most Holy Rosary as a Divine Path

August 20, AD2016 0 Comments
The Most Holy Rosary as a Divine Path

We all know the beauty and power of the Holy Rosary, and yet sometimes, even often, we do not think about how truly transcendent this gift from Heaven truly is. There is so much beyond the basic regarding this prayer that one would need years to even begin to scratch the surface. Perhaps we can […]

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If It Is True, It Is Not New

August 19, AD2016 5 Comments
If It Is True, It Is Not New

If it is new, it is not true, and if it is true, it is not new. Every once and again, a message, post, or pin will ask the simple question, “How old is your church?” The message, pin, or post then presents a list of some of the Christian denominations and their age of […]

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Bill Donaghy & TOB: Step Away from the Insanity Into Reality

August 19, AD2016 0 Comments
Bill Donaghy & TOB: Step Away from the Insanity Into Reality

  After interviewing Bill Donaghy from The Theology of the Body Institute about their upcoming Congress this September, I was filled with hope and joy for the Church. Bill lives out the core values of the gospel without pretention, probably because he is married with four children and is submerged in” the beautiful mess” of family life. One […]

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 I Confess to Being an Addict to Olympic Sports

August 18, AD2016 0 Comments
 I Confess to Being an Addict to Olympic Sports

I thought I had overcome my addiction to athletics, but the Olympic games in Rio reawakened it, so I spent most of the last weekend glued to the television. It all started many years ago when as a boy I was selected to represent the school as a pole vaulter at the  National Athletics competition at […]

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Lessons from Prison Ministry

August 18, AD2016 1 Comment
Lessons from Prison Ministry

One Saturday morning about a year and a half ago I attended training to volunteer at the local county jail. During the training, the deputy instructor spent the morning teaching us everything that can go wrong in a prison. Riots, lock downs, power outages, disease outbreak, homemade weapons – it really is quite an impressive […]

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Prayerful Reflection For The Upcoming Election

August 17, AD2016 0 Comments
Prayerful Reflection For The Upcoming Election

This election season has been placing many into a state of confusion, leaving them to wonder about the direction our nation will soon be heading in. As Christians, we must remain rooted in our convictions. In these moments, I am reminded of the words of St. Pio of Pietrelcina, “Pray, hope, and don’t worry.” Joshua […]

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