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Pray Without Ceasing, Really?

February 21, AD2017 0 Comments
Pray Without Ceasing, Really?

Disclaimer Alert At the outset, it is important that I state that my wife and I are now retired and we have the opportunity to travel in a more leisurely manner than racing to the airport, trying to make connections, and getting upset with the TSA personnel.  Most often, if the trip is only going […]

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To Enter the Dance with Jesus

February 21, AD2017 0 Comments
To Enter the Dance with Jesus

One of the various middle school responsibilities for teachers includes chaperoning a middle school dance at which no one ever dances. After weeks of exciting gossip in the hall, texting among friends, decision-making about clothes and who’s going with whom, the event itself never measures up to its anticipation. Oh, there may be one or […]

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The Problem with Participation Awards

February 20, AD2017 1 Comment
The Problem with Participation Awards

Have you ever noticed the trend in today’s society to give everyone who participates in something, no matter how trivial their contribution, some sort of “award” for their participation? Even the worst players on the Little League team get something shiny to hang in their rooms for bothering to show up to the game. Maybe unimportant, […]

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Why Christ Fell

February 20, AD2017 2 Comments
Why Christ Fell

I do not like icy streets.  They turn walking into an adventure where falling is a real possibility. I guess what I really do not like is falling.  Finding yourself on the ground is rarely a good result. The vantage point from the ground is usually not a good one.  The world tells us that […]

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I’m a Mystic (And So Are You)

February 19, AD2017 0 Comments
I’m a Mystic (And So Are You)

Earlier this month I participated in my first ever retreat, called “The Retreat in Daily Life.” It was a week-long retreat which took place in tandem with my work day; 30 minutes of prayer on my own in the morning, complemented by 30 minutes of scheduled discussion with a spiritual guide in the afternoon at […]

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The Ambassador, Michael Novak, Lent a Hand

February 18, AD2017 1 Comment
The Ambassador, Michael Novak, Lent a Hand

My name and The Catholic Book Blogger have become one it seems.  Many people know me for my reviews and interviews. However, there was a time when I was simply a struggling greenhorn blogger just striking out on a self-hosted blog. That all changed one day with a chance encounter that has ultimately led me […]

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The Battle for the Homefront

February 18, AD2017 0 Comments
The Battle for the Homefront

During World War II, all of the men, women, and children who were not enlisted in the military knew that they were still an integral part of the fight.  By running factories, living frugally, and keeping morale up, the folks left behind bravely fought the battle on the homefront.  Though we are not living in […]

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How Can Imperfect Contrition Lead to Perfect Contrition?

February 17, AD2017 0 Comments
How Can Imperfect Contrition Lead to Perfect Contrition?

How can imperfect contrition lead to perfect contrition? To make a “good confession” and to receive absolution for sin, a sinner must be, according to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, “of contrite heart.” (Paragraph 1450). The sinner must have contrition. Imperfect Contrition The Catechism describes two types of contrition, each sufficient for effective reception […]

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Pride and Humility, Vice and Virtue

February 17, AD2017 0 Comments
Pride and Humility, Vice and Virtue

If you go to the website Brainy Quotes and do a search on “pride” you are apt to find more quotes lauding pride than those that disdain it. But the Bible is pretty clear about pride: “Pride goes before disaster, and a haughty spirit before a fall. It is better to be humble with the […]

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Our New Sacramental Temple

February 16, AD2017 0 Comments
Our New Sacramental Temple

O God, you are my God, I seek you, my soul thirsts for you. My flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary land where no water is. So I have looked upon you in the sanctuary, beholding your power and glory. (Psalm 63:1-2) As this passage from Psalm 63 tells us, the ancient Israelites yearned […]

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The Case for Chastity

February 16, AD2017 0 Comments
The Case for Chastity

A Love-Hate Relationship with Sexual Freedom Our culture has a love-hate relationship with the ideas of sexual liberation that spewed out of the sixties and seventies. By promising instant gratification and sexual self-realization, the sixties and seventies crafted a narrative in which the purpose of sexuality was totally separate from procreation. This liberation has created […]

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Apologetics: Tackling Belief, Truth, and Moral Relativism

February 15, AD2017 0 Comments
Apologetics: Tackling Belief, Truth, and Moral Relativism

Today’s secular society operates on an array of levels when it comes to belief, truth, and moral relativism. For this reason, it becomes necessary to examine these entities in our world to provide an adequate response to moments when their meanings become convoluted. Belief and truth can convey deeply held convictions of an individual or […]

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The Power of the Mass: Why We Believe What We Believe

February 15, AD2017 1 Comment
The Power of the Mass: Why We Believe What We Believe

This is the second part of a series on The Power of the Mass. Part one is available here. I have been inspired to make clear not only the true presence of Christ in the Eucharist, but also the continual sacrifice of Jesus on the altar at every Catholic Church throughout the world. The same […]

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The Stumbling Block of the Crucifix

February 14, AD2017 4 Comments
The Stumbling Block of the Crucifix

  As a Catholic, I am often challenged about our use and reverence for the crucifix.  The most common charge has been that the crucifix focuses on Christ’s death and fails to celebrate the Resurrection. But as Catholics we recognize these two events are necessarily intertwined. Each time we reflect on the image of Christ […]

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Abortion, Underlying Myths, and a Skewed Idea About Mercy

February 14, AD2017 3 Comments
Abortion, Underlying Myths, and a Skewed Idea About Mercy

I was involved in an online discussion last week on Facebook and the points raised in the discussion illustrate many erroneous ideas many people, including some Catholics, have about abortion. I pray some of the counterarguments in the debate may be of help to you if you become engaged in an argument with people who make […]

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The Brewing Philippine War Between Duterte and the Church

February 13, AD2017 6 Comments
The Brewing Philippine War Between Duterte and the Church

A war is brewing in the Philippines. And it is not a war of guns (although, much of the cause of this brewing war has been the indiscriminate death of some Filipinos). The brewing war is a battle for the minds and hearts of Filipinos regarding the right way to combat the rising drug problem […]

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On Earth as In Heaven

February 13, AD2017 2 Comments
On Earth as In Heaven

What Does the Father Desire? Have you ever stopped to think about that? I spend so much time telling the Father what I desire that I rarely stop to ask Him what He desires. A friend once shared with me a humorous, yet convicting, conversation he had with his wife. She asked him, “If you […]

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Working Around the Impasse in the God Debate

February 12, AD2017 4 Comments
Working Around the Impasse in the God Debate

  Almost 70 years ago a famous but now somewhat forgotten debate took place on BBC radio between Bertrand Russell and Rev. C. J. Copleston, S.J. The topic of the debate was whether or not God existed. Russell, a British philosopher, logician, mathematician, historian, writer, social critic, political activist, and self-described atheist, argued against God’s […]

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A Child, A Stranger, the Body of Christ

February 12, AD2017 1 Comment
A Child, A Stranger, the Body of Christ

My 8-year-old grandson and a stranger both gave me a special gift one recent Sunday. And there I was thinking I was doing something good for them at Mass. Colin, my grandson, goes to Mass with his third-grade class a couple of times a week. He usually doesn’t go on Sundays, though. My son-in-law normally […]

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Give Us This Day Our Supersubstantial Bread

February 11, AD2017 1 Comment
Give Us This Day Our Supersubstantial Bread

“Give us this day our daily bread” … what does that mean? On the surface, it’s a simple acknowledgment that the things we need to live all have their source in God, as well as a request that our needs for the day be provided. However, hiding under that simple word “daily” is many centuries’ […]

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