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Why I’ll Stay Catholic Even if the Whole World Turns Against Us

February 14, AD2016 2 Comments
Why I’ll Stay Catholic Even if the Whole World Turns Against Us

    Last year, in response to a Pew Research poll showing the American Catholic Church in decline, Elizabeth Scalia (now at the editorial helm of Aleteia) posted this challenge on her Patheos blog The Anchoress: If you’re Catholic and have access to a web-page, a radio program, a Facebook page, whatever, take a few […]

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This Valentine’s Day Pledge to Love Your Vows

February 13, AD2016 0 Comments
This Valentine’s Day Pledge to Love Your Vows

Thoughts of Valentine’s Day fills our heads with images of frilly pink hearts, chocolate covered strawberries, fluffy teddy bears, and of course, the cute bottomed cupid aiming his bow and arrow at a man and woman who, when pierced, magically, perfectly, eternally fall into blissful love. We snicker at the image of cupid and know reality […]

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Casting Your Vote as a Faithful Catholic

February 12, AD2016 17 Comments
Casting Your Vote as a Faithful Catholic

Here we are, coming into the backstretch of the quadrennial presidential election cycle. Of course, from here on out, you’re going to have your eyes and sensibilities assaulted by talking heads telling you for whom you should vote — or, at least, traducing and belittling every candidate but the ones they prefer. Many of the […]

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The Mass: Calvary Made Present for Each Generation

February 11, AD2016 4 Comments
The Mass: Calvary Made Present for Each Generation

The Holy Mass is the re-presentation of Jesus’ sacrifice on Calvary, in a real liturgical manner.  At the Last Supper (also known as the First Eucharist), Jesus created the Mass for each one of us to be present at His great sacrifice, even through time and space.  The word “Mass” comes to us from the […]

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Pro-Life or Social Justice: a False Catholic Dichotomy

February 10, AD2016 17 Comments
Pro-Life or Social Justice: a False Catholic Dichotomy

Right after the March for Life, the USCCB organized the Catholic Social Ministries Gathering. As one of the few who attended both events, I saw many people who were both pro-life and pro-social justice but I also saw a false dichotomy between the two in some. Unfortunately, some at the March for Life show inadequate care […]

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Cabbie Finds Radiant Hearts During MFL Week in NYC

February 10, AD2016 3 Comments
Cabbie Finds Radiant Hearts During  MFL Week in NYC

New York City, like any other big city, can get a bad rap if you only watch the news.  The news anchor would have you believe all New Yorkers do is shoot and rob each other, run over pedestrians and bicyclists with cars and buses, or get away with more unconscionable greed on Wall Street, […]

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Put Out Into the Deep of Your Heart This Lent

February 9, AD2016 7 Comments
Put Out Into the Deep of Your Heart This Lent

“Put Out into the Deep” In the missionary community of which I am a part, one of our charisms is receptivity. Why is that? At the beginning of this new millennium, Pope St. John Paul II told us, “a new stage of the Church’s journey begins, our hearts ring out with the words of Jesus… ‘put […]

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Seeking God in Our Disappointment

February 8, AD2016 1 Comment
Seeking God in Our Disappointment

  “Why did God let that happen??” We have all had the experience of pondering why something bad or disappointing happened to us. It is even more frustrating when our plans do not come to fruition despite the goal being good and worthy and our best efforts being put forth. If the disappointment concerns something […]

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Men Must Know Jesus Christ

February 8, AD2016 1 Comment
Men Must Know Jesus Christ

There is a serious Catholic “man crisis”.  Large numbers of men have left the Church and the majority of men who remain are lukewarm.  The root cause?  Men don’t know Jesus Christ. Men Giving Themselves to Christ Somehow, in the midst of heaps of Catholicism, the need to meet and know Jesus Christ gets lost.  […]

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The Natural Desire for God

February 8, AD2016 12 Comments
The Natural Desire for God

Hunger to know St. Thomas Aquinas teaches that we have a natural desire for God. This desire has its origin in our intellects, so it is not like the bodily desire for food or drink or the desire to flee from harm or lash out at someone who angers us. It is more like the […]

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Human Trafficking: Interview with Sr. Patricia Ebegbulem

February 7, AD2016 0 Comments
Human Trafficking: Interview with Sr. Patricia Ebegbulem

February 8 marks the 2nd International Day of Prayer and Awareness Against Human Trafficking because February 8 is the feast day of St. Josephine Bakhita, a former slave girl from Sudan who was rescued from human trafficking and entered the consecrated life. She lived her life with deep devotion to God and care for the […]

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Crucifix or Cross? Why the Difference Matters

February 7, AD2016 5 Comments
Crucifix or Cross? Why the Difference Matters

  Among the differences between Catholics and Protestants, is the use of the crucifix or cross. This was keenly brought to my attention when a faithful Protestant friend brought her children to the Right to Life office one day. Hanging in a prominent place above the office door, was my Saint Benedict crucifix. When her […]

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A Year of Living Like Paul

February 6, AD2016 3 Comments
A Year of Living Like Paul

This past January 20 marked the one year anniversary of the death of my friend, Paul Coakley. Last year I wrote two articles about my thoughts on his life, death and subsequent impact upon me. Now that a year has passed, I would like to offer another reflection upon said impact. I wrote at the end […]

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False Extremes Part 1: The Case of the Missing “Both-And”

February 5, AD2016 5 Comments
False Extremes Part 1:  The Case of the Missing “Both-And”

One of the things I’ve noticed in my many discussions with those who are separated from the Catholic faith is the recurrence of a variety of false dichotomies. This is a fallacy which suggests that the truth must be one of two options given, when in reality these options are not exhaustive, and the full truth oftentimes […]

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Catholic Schools: A Complete Education

February 4, AD2016 10 Comments
Catholic Schools: A Complete Education

Deciding where one’s kids should be educated can be a difficult task, especially in areas where there are so many good public, parochial, and charter schools. Many parents also choose home-schooling, and do a wonderful job. There are certainly a myriad of choices, but perhaps our values hierarchy should help us choose. Compartmentalizing Values Many Catholic […]

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Prayer – How to get started

February 4, AD2016 4 Comments
Prayer – How to get started

Many years ago I used to run a retreat and conference centre in London. As I had to run the place on a shoe string I tried to do as many of the odd jobs myself to save money. But I always had to call in the plumber when the drains were blocked. One day […]

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St. JP II’s ‘New Feminism’: Rediscovering the Beauty of ‘Being a Woman’

February 4, AD2016 14 Comments
St. JP II’s ‘New Feminism’: Rediscovering the Beauty of ‘Being a Woman’

The traditional feminist discourse of the 1970s engaged the culture in the debate on women’s liberation during the Post Conciliar decade that followed Vatican II. The role of women in society was changing, and Madison Avenue marketed its brand of femininity—the “24-hour woman.” [Remember this TV commercial? “I can bring home the bacon…fry it up […]

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The Best Description of God, EVER!

February 3, AD2016 0 Comments
The Best Description of God, EVER!

At Mass today, I discovered the most thorough description of God I have ever heard.  It was contained in the second reading, verses from a chapter I’ve read or listened to many times before.  But like tumblers inside a combination lock, something clicked in my head today that never clicked before.  Here is what I’m […]

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Gender Theory and Sexual Confusion

February 3, AD2016 32 Comments
Gender Theory and Sexual Confusion

Perhaps the most confusing issue of our age and the one that may vex members of the Body of Christ the most, surround the topic of gender. This topic has become so enormously confusing over the last several decades that at first one can hardly be blamed for succumbing to the emotional arguments in favor […]

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Three Catholic Men, Their Music and Mercy.

February 3, AD2016 0 Comments
Three Catholic Men, Their Music and Mercy.

The Power of Music Music has such a power to invoke many different kinds of feelings in all of us. It has the power to bring pleasure, happiness, sadness, reflection and a wide range of other emotions and thoughts. Even those who cannot communicate or who are suffering to the point of not being able […]

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How to Do Lent: One Practical Thing to Do During Lent

February 2, AD2016 1 Comment
How to Do Lent: One Practical Thing to Do During Lent

It’s coming up on that time of year again: the time that our whole Church calendar centers upon – Lent and Easter. As Christians and as Catholics, we are taught throughout our lives the three things we are supposed to practice during Lent to bring us closer to Christ: pray, fast, and give. I always […]

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Lourdes: Bittersweet and Beautiful

February 2, AD2016 4 Comments
Lourdes: Bittersweet and Beautiful

“Could we have a second round of cappuccinos please?” I asked the French waiter. Amused, he asked if we were American. I suppose we were propagating the stereotype that Americans expect massive portions, but we didn’t mind because we wanted the caffeine. Europeans need to get over their stinginess when it comes to the serving […]

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All People Are Walking Tabernacles Of Grace

February 1, AD2016 4 Comments
All People Are Walking Tabernacles Of Grace

“People are walking tabernacles of grace.” — Father Christopher Seiler For monk and author Thomas Merton, a famous revelation hit him at the corner of Fourth and Walnut, in the middle of the Louisville, Kentucky shopping district. For St. Francis, the revelation struck him while riding a horse on an Italian road leading to Assisi. I’m […]

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Purgatory, Unresolved Grief & Freedom in Christ

January 31, AD2016 13 Comments
Purgatory, Unresolved Grief & Freedom in Christ

Unresolved Grief Unresolved grief is a relatively new concept in mental health circles. Secular doctors are beginning to realize it is the root cause of many emotional problems.  In Catholic terminology, unresolved grief occurs when we cling to those who have died, refusing to surrender their souls to God or embrace our new relationship to […]

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