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Contemplating The Mystery of Mercy

April 18, AD2015 0 Comments
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 3 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 10 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 2 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 1 Comment
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 15 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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The Home is Symbolic

April 9, AD2015 2 Comments
The Home is Symbolic

What is the difference between a home and a hotel? Or a dormitory? If you were to come home to a clean house (cleaned by a maid) and had food to eat (store-bought), would it really make any difference who did those things? What if it wasn’t your home, but an actual hotel or if […]

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A Work Week Theology

April 8, AD2015 2 Comments
A Work Week Theology

There are more of us than there are of them. More laity than religious, that is. Throughout history, the great saints have gifted the Church with unique charisms and rules for religious life. But what does that mean for those who live and work in the world—the other 7.2 billion of us? We are reminded in […]

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Conspiracies & Catholicism: Angels

April 7, AD2015 2 Comments
Conspiracies & Catholicism: Angels

You’ve probably heard about that baby girl who survived a car accident that killed her mother, hanging in her car seat for 14 hours until emergency personnel showed up. The first responders say they heard someone– not the baby, but either a woman or a child– yelling for help, which gave them the strength to […]

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“Gay” is the New Anti-Freedom: What I’ve Learned From Indiana’s RFRA

April 7, AD2015 153 Comments
“Gay” is the New Anti-Freedom: What I’ve Learned From Indiana’s RFRA

Here’s what I’ve learned from the massive kerfluffle over Indiana’s RFRA: 1. Indiana is simply an intolerable (pun intended) place to do business, so mayors and governors from other states have declared Hoosier country off-limits. Bakers, florists, photographers, and restaurateurs in Indiana have apparently had super-secret meetings in which they have solemnly vowed they will […]

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The Case for a Mass Conversion of Men

April 6, AD2015 16 Comments
The Case for a Mass Conversion of Men

Despite the fact the New Evangelization has been an ongoing emphasis by the Catholic Church for over forty years, it has failed to stem the disastrous losses of the faithful in the U.S. Since 2000, 14 million Catholics have left the faith, parish religious education participation of children has dropped by 24%, Catholic school attendance […]

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