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Allison Tobola Low is a lifelong Catholic, passionate for sharing Christ and the Catholic faith with others. She works full time as a physician in Tyler, Texas, and also received a Master's degree in Theology from the Augustine Institute in Denver, CO. Allison finds time to teach and share the Catholic faith every opportunity she can find, including being a catechist for Adult Faith Formation and RCIA at her local parish. Allison enjoys giving talks in parishes on a variety of faith-related topics and is also a regional leader for St. Paul Street Evangelization. Her website is www.pillarandfoundation.com where you can find short simple Catholic videos she creates (that are especially for children/young adults).

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The Doctrine of the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist

July 10, AD2018 0 Comments
The Doctrine of the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist

The Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist has been believed by Christians since the time of the Apostles. Understanding this metaphysically and describing our belief in human terms has been a development over time, but the teaching that Jesus – Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity – is present in the bread and wine after […]

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Who Are The Saints in the Eucharistic Prayer?

June 13, AD2018 0 Comments
Who Are The Saints in the Eucharistic Prayer?

During Mass for the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi), which we recently celebrated, the words spoken by the priest during the Liturgy of the Eucharist resounded in my mind. In particular, as the priest prayed the Eucharistic Prayer I (the Roman Canon), I was drawn to the several […]

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Understanding Our Call to Have Great Faith

May 13, AD2018 0 Comments
Understanding Our Call to Have Great Faith

There are many situations in our lives where our faith is tested. Confusion and discord within the Church continue today as they have for centuries. Injustice and a lack of charity are seen even among those who claim to be Christian. Those who place their confidence in Christ and his Church are ridiculed, mocked and […]

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Paul Uses Typology to Reveal Warnings From Exodus

April 13, AD2018 0 Comments
Paul Uses Typology to Reveal Warnings From Exodus

One method of revelation in the Divine Pedagogy which has always fascinated me is typology. Through this method, God orchestrates the people, places, and events of the past to foreshadow future situations. God gives us deep truths if we can recognize the connections Paul teaches us through typology (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 128-129). He highlights […]

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Lonestar Law: How Protecting Wildlife Can Help Us Appreciate Our Higher Laws

March 15, AD2018 0 Comments
Lonestar Law: How Protecting Wildlife Can Help Us Appreciate Our Higher Laws

I have never been interested in fishing, hunting or camping, so it is very surprising that one of my favorite shows on television right now is Lonestar Law on Animal Planet, where cameras follow Texas Game Wardens in their work. The show is fascinating! Not only did I know very little about the duties of […]

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Finding Grace and Happiness – The Powerful Story of Venerable Hermann Cohen

February 12, AD2018 3 Comments
Finding Grace and Happiness – The Powerful Story of Venerable Hermann Cohen

A few weeks ago, I stumbled across the conversion story of Venerable Hermann Cohen (also known as Father Augustine Marie of the Blessed Sacrament) and was deeply moved. Never having heard of this man before, I have not been able to stop thinking about him since. If you are struggling with sin, his remarkable story will […]

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An Examination of Conscience Using New Testament Figures

January 19, AD2018 0 Comments
An Examination of Conscience Using New Testament Figures

When we perform an examination of conscience, it is common to use the Ten Commandments as a guide for reflection (as seen here, here and here). But it can also be helpful to meditate on some categories of sins the Church describes: the seven capital sins – or called the ‘seven deadly sins’ – (pride, envy, avarice, […]

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The Dilemma of the Essential and Nonessential Doctrines

December 16, AD2017 1 Comment
The Dilemma of the Essential and Nonessential Doctrines

Over the past few years when evangelizing, I have heard a claim that is becoming more prevalent among Protestants. This belief has been expressed to me in these words: “We cannot resolve all of the disagreements among Christians but these disputes revolve around the nonessentials. We should give glory to God that Christians are united […]

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Prejudices Abound in Luther

November 13, AD2017 3 Comments
Prejudices Abound in Luther

With many Protestants celebrating the 500th year anniversary of the Reformation, I have take the opportunity to read many of Martin Luther’s own words hoping this would be beneficial in engaging those who have remained separated from the Church. After reading a variety of sources, I am struck by how clearly many of the prejudices […]

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A Glimpse of Satan’s Playbook

October 13, AD2017 0 Comments
A Glimpse of Satan’s Playbook

Satan is the father of lies, clever yet deceitful, hating God and all God loves. He leads the charge in the spiritual battle that exists for our souls with Satan always opposing God at every turn and trying to turn us against God. But God has given us a glimpse of Satan’s playbook in the […]

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Embracing Our Call as Christians: To Be Conspirators of Goodness

September 13, AD2017 0 Comments
Embracing Our Call as Christians: To Be Conspirators of Goodness

There is rising darkness, chaos and disorder all around us today. This is happening both outside of the Church as well as within. It is possible these trials could escalate and become the worst tribulations humanity has ever seen, but we cannot forget that since the beginning of mankind, there have been good times and […]

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Our Battle with Sin – The Cancer of Our Souls

August 15, AD2017 4 Comments
Our Battle with Sin – The Cancer of Our Souls

Being diagnosed with cancer is always a dreaded event. There are many fears: will it be terminal? How much suffering will be endured? What painful treatments will be needed? The anxiety can become overwhelming because there are a lot of unknowns. There becomes an acute awareness of the brevity of this life. A sense of […]

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Wisdom About Suffering from St. Paul and St. Frances de Sales

July 13, AD2017 1 Comment
Wisdom About Suffering from St. Paul and St. Frances de Sales

There are many painful experiences that are a part of our lives this side of heaven. These can be emotional such as disappointment, heartache, betrayal, sadness, loneliness, frustration, righteous anger and indignation. Or they can be physical sufferings from disease or injury, from torture, starvation or various other trials. The pain can be intensified when […]

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“Fake News” – The Paganization of the Church

June 13, AD2017 7 Comments
“Fake News” – The Paganization of the Church

Social media today is flooded with what some call ‘fake news’ stories. Whether it is a falsification about an archaeological discovery, an allegation of criminal activity by a company, or a ploy to demean a political figure, it is amazing the lies people will tell – and believe. These stories, often with very convincing details, […]

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The Father’s Personal Command to Us: Listen to Him

May 13, AD2017 0 Comments
The Father’s Personal Command to Us: Listen to Him

It is very rare in the New Testament that we are given words directly spoken by God the Father so when this happens it should grab our attention. One of the three occasions this occurs is at the Transfiguration. God the Father identifies who Jesus is and then concludes His message with a powerful exhortation […]

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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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Contemplating Martyrdom: A Test of My Faith

January 15, AD2017 2 Comments
Contemplating Martyrdom: A Test of My Faith

Imagine living in a time when Roman soldiers could walk into your house without notice and demand you show your loyalty by burning incense as a sign of worship to the Emperor. Anyone failing to do this would be given a death sentence. As a Christian in America I have fortunately not faced anything similar […]

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The Prayers of the Saints

December 16, AD2016 1 Comment
The Prayers of the Saints

As we strive for holiness on earth with our eyes always on Jesus Christ, we are not alone. Created in the image of the Trinity, a communion of Divine Persons, we are social creatures. When we become united to God through baptism, we also become part of a communion of saints that transcends time and […]

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Hell: Real and Freely Chosen

November 16, AD2016 6 Comments
Hell: Real and Freely Chosen

As we approach the end of this liturgical year, the Church reminds us to contemplate life after death. One doctrine clearly taught by Christ is hell – the state of eternal misery. Far too often today there is silence from the pulpit and in our catechesis regarding hell, possibly due to an assumption this reality […]

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Fallen Angels and the War for Our Souls

October 19, AD2016 25 Comments
Fallen Angels and the War for Our Souls

Every week in Mass we pray the Nicene Creed and say the words, “I believe in one God, the Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all things visible and invisible.” This is a profession of our belief that God has created all things from nothing, both the material things we experience in our […]

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The Mass: The Perfect Form of Worship

September 14, AD2016 0 Comments
The Mass: The Perfect Form of Worship

As a young adult, there was a time when I was lukewarm in my faith and attended Mass on Sundays but was merely going through the motions. Because I was bored by the Mass, there was a point when, out of curiosity, I attended a few Baptist church services with a friend. The experience was […]

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Love Conquers Evil

August 15, AD2016 3 Comments
Love Conquers Evil

Lately, I find myself saddened by our American society. Our culture of death does not respect the dignity of every human life, disregards truth and relativizes morality. People attend rallies to support the murder of the innocent, promote laws to change the definition of marriage, perform acts of corruption without consequence and shout cries for […]

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My Apology as a Christian

July 15, AD2016 7 Comments
My Apology as a Christian

Pope Francis recently called for all Christians to give an apology to various people we have offended or marginalized in our lives. Hearing this request, my first reaction was to become somewhat defensive particularly on the issue of homosexuality – “How can we apologize for proclaiming the truths of God’s revelation?” But after sincerely contemplating […]

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Our Supersubstantial Bread, The Eucharist

June 15, AD2016 3 Comments
Our Supersubstantial Bread, The Eucharist

A few weeks ago, we celebrated the Solemnity of Corpus Christi, calling to mind the mystery of the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist. This wondrous gift allows us to experience the most intimate encounter with Christ this side of heaven. The Church has always taught the Eucharist is the source and summit of […]

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