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Connecting with Nature to Develop a Faith Based Stewardship

May 24, AD2017 2 Comments
Connecting with Nature to Develop a Faith Based Stewardship

April 22 was the annual Earth Day celebration and many valuable seminars, lectures, and exhibits were provided around the country to increase the awareness of the challenges facing our environment. However, there were also some of the more radical views expressed such as the call for “nature rights”. Examples highlighted were a river in New […]

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Hope: A Misunderstood Virtue

May 24, AD2017 0 Comments
Hope: A Misunderstood Virtue

We all face difficult moments of darkness and anxiety when things can become difficult. Some may become disillusioned with life and lose hope. During these challenging times, hope can also be misunderstood. We may think that it is having a positive attitude or being optimistic. We may place our hope in things of this world, […]

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Looking For Hope In Tragedy’s Wake

May 23, AD2017 0 Comments
Looking For Hope In Tragedy’s Wake

Faith is introduced in daylight. But it actually becomes faith in the darkness, where we find ourselves vulnerable to every doubt and desire. Eventually, when the darkness fades, we grow in confidence and the roots of our faith go deeper. I learned that profoundly eight years ago this month when my youngest child received her […]

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The Big Bang Must Have Contained Divine Love

May 23, AD2017 1 Comment
The Big Bang Must Have Contained Divine Love

There may be evidence for a Big Bang, but there is no evidence that there was simply nothing, ‘no- thing’ whatsoever before it. What went bang? ‘Nothing’ can go bang. You do not need to be a scientist to know that, a two-year-old child knows that. The Big Bang Contained Love What created this surge […]

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“Pro Deo et Patria”: A Memorial Day Reflection

May 22, AD2017 3 Comments
“Pro Deo et Patria”: A Memorial Day Reflection

Memorial Day is upon us. For many, this is a time to prepare the backyard pool, warm up the grill, and invite family and friends over for a good old-fashioned B-B-Q. For me, Memorial Day is still about family and friends, but it is also about the U-S-A. From as far back as I can […]

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Catholic Identity Politics and Vocation in the Age of Trump

May 22, AD2017 1 Comment
Catholic Identity Politics and Vocation in the Age of Trump

Surely she had never asked God for anything except that He should let her have her will. And every time she had been granted what she asked for – for the most part. Now here she sat with a contrite heart – not because she had sinned against God but because she was unhappy that […]

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The Rosary: A Seemingly Endlessly Repeated Prayer

May 21, AD2017 2 Comments
The Rosary: A Seemingly Endlessly Repeated Prayer

On this particular day, before he made his way through the cube farm to his desk, Josh stopped by my carpeted cell on the way. “Last night, my wife and I went to a Catholic funeral, and there are a couple of things I want to ask about it.” Was his introduction, without a “Hi” […]

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Devotion to Mary Brought Me Closer to God

May 21, AD2017 0 Comments
Devotion to Mary Brought Me Closer to God

I have always had a special attraction to the Blessed Virgin Mary.  Ever since I was a child, there was something about seeing a statue of Mary or her image in a painting that drew me to her. Out of the fullness of revealed truth that is contained in the Catholic Church, I have always […]

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Catholicism and Baseball: Lessons to Teach

May 20, AD2017 0 Comments
Catholicism and Baseball: Lessons to Teach

Catholicism and baseball would seemingly have little to do with each other. However, many have compared devotion to the cross and to the baseball diamond. New York University President John Sexton once wrote a book comparing baseball and religion.  Journalist John L. Allen went a step further, comparing baseball to Catholicism in particular, although not […]

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One Catholic to Another: Don’t Stoop, Stephen Colbert

May 20, AD2017 30 Comments
One Catholic to Another: Don’t Stoop, Stephen Colbert

For many years, I enjoyed Stephen Colbert’s The Colbert Report. Colbert was funny in a positive way, never was vulgar, and was always respectful of his guests. Stephen Colbert Before and After Colbert made fun of himself, most of all, and that attribute of self-deprecating humor supported his open and frequent discussion of his own […]

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Mortal Sin: It’s Not That Bad?

May 19, AD2017 1 Comment
Mortal Sin: It’s Not That Bad?

Have you ever encountered someone who feels the Catholic Church is all about guilt? They ask: “Why do I have to go to Mass every Sunday? Why can’t I the receive the Eucharist if I missed Mass? Why do I have to go to confession?” Blaming the Church is an excuse people use to diminish […]

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Can Christians Believe in a Christ Without Miracles?

May 19, AD2017 0 Comments
Can Christians Believe in a Christ Without Miracles?

Do we really need to believe in certain miracles to be Christians? That is the question Nicholas Kristof of the New York Times asked Evangelical pastor Rev. Tim Keller and more recently former President Jimmy Carter. The answer Kristof seems to want is, “No, you can be skeptical about the Virgin Birth and the Resurrection […]

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God’s Gift of the Present

May 18, AD2017 1 Comment
God’s Gift of the Present

We tend to romanticize the past and feel anxious for the future to arrive. In doing so, we dismiss the present as a prelude or temporary step before something guaranteed to be better. In his novel, The Screwtape Letters, C.S. Lewis illustrates the folly of this way of thinking through the advice of a senior […]

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Easter and Building a Curriculum of Hope

May 18, AD2017 0 Comments
Easter and Building a Curriculum of Hope

I have been working in the field of education for more than twenty years now. And every time I come to reflect upon the fruits of Easter, I always try to connect it to the work of educating young people. This month, I have decided to write about the relationship between the Resurrection story and […]

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A Devotional: Picking Up My Cross as a Husband and Dad

May 17, AD2017 0 Comments
A Devotional: Picking Up My Cross as a Husband and Dad

If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.  (Luke 9:23) The Gospels and the Church tell us to pick up our cross daily. This might seem an overwhelming task but it is not precisely because Jesus embraced His cross first before He ever asked us to copy […]

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Dali & Grunewald – Two Images of Crucifixion

May 17, AD2017 2 Comments
Dali & Grunewald – Two Images of Crucifixion

Two Images, One Lord It would be difficult to name a person who is the subject of more works of art than Jesus Christ. For each such work, in a very real sense, every painting, sculpture, drawing, carving, mural, and crucifix reveals an artist’s vision of Jesus. Salvador Dali painted a famous image of Jesus, […]

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What Confirmation Is All About

May 16, AD2017 1 Comment
What Confirmation Is All About

For most Catholics today, the Sacrament of Confirmation is a mystery, a ritual that we celebrate simply as a formality without really understanding what it’s about. If anything, it is usually seen as a chance to personally choose to follow Jesus after our parents made that choice for us at our baptism. That’s unfortunate, because […]

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Florence Nightingale and The Sisters of Armed Conflict

May 16, AD2017 0 Comments
Florence Nightingale and The Sisters of Armed Conflict

In 1910 Florence Nightingale died. In her last will and testament, Nightingale bequeathed $1,500 [$40,000 in current values] to Sister of Mercy Mother Stanislaus of the Hospital of St. John and St. Elizabeth along with all her Catholic books in French and English.   She left the same amount of money to the Reverend Mother […]

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The Optimism of Pope John XXIII

May 15, AD2017 1 Comment
The Optimism of Pope John XXIII

Don’t trust your pessimistic feelings. There was a great outpouring of elation from the laity and the clergy in 1959 when Pope John XXIII announced his plans to convene the Second Vatican Council. He was 68 years old and was considered too old to take on such a gigantic task. His optimism frightened the Cardinals […]

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Athens Comes to Greet Jerusalem: Substantial Change and Material Creation

May 15, AD2017 0 Comments
Athens Comes to Greet Jerusalem: Substantial Change and Material Creation

As Catholics, we believe that God revealed himself gradually to his chosen people, the Jews, and completed this Divine revelation in the Jewish Messiah, the Christ our Lord. We believe that Jesus Christ established the Catholic Church to transmit that revelation to all people through all generations. The revelation was not only knowledge but also […]

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