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Author Archive: Dan Byron

Dan and his bride, his gift from God, have been married over 50 years, and they have recently moved to East TN to reduce the distance to family. He is a 4th degree Knight, is active in the Society of St Vincent de Paul, and several other ministries. He has been listed in the "Who's Who Directory of Global Business Leaders".

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Man Puts a Question Mark Where God Put a Period

March 26, AD2017 0 Comments
Man Puts a Question Mark Where God Put a Period

There are many folk idioms or simply popular observations which would appear to be wrong at any number of levels.  One that comes to mind is “Half of the people you meet each day are below average.”  Clearly, that depends on the number of people you meet per day and where you meet them.  For […]

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Call No Man Father

March 10, AD2017 3 Comments
Call No Man Father

Over the passage of time, it had become clear that depending on which of the non-Catholic co-workers invited me to coffee, that established what the conversations may contain.  For example, if Josh stuck his head around the cube wall and asked me to go to coffee, the conversations would at least start on a more […]

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Pray Without Ceasing, Really?

February 21, AD2017 1 Comment
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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See the Beauty Through the Storm and Say Thank You

February 7, AD2017 0 Comments
See the Beauty Through the Storm and Say Thank You

My wife and I wanted to share New Year’s Eve with our eldest daughter.  She lives in New Hampshire and we live in East Tennessee, the solution was simple — road trip! The trip started a couple of days before New Year’s Eve, and we would return home a few days after New Year’s.  For the first […]

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Meditiation After Looking Through the Bottom of a Glass

January 13, AD2017 0 Comments
Meditiation After Looking Through the Bottom of a Glass

Stream of Consciousness Many thought processes tend to resemble a stream of consciousness. There logic and reason take a back seat to whatever happens to be making its way through that which represents itself as my mind at the moment.  In some cases these thought streams tend to be random, and do not appear to make any […]

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We Remain Works In Progress

December 27, AD2016 0 Comments
We Remain Works In Progress

When Martin Luther King would speak about race relations, he would frequently use a quote, originally attributed to an unknown black minister who used it when he spoke about slavery. Basically, it was a reminder that we are works in progress. Lord, we ain’t what we want to be; we ain’t what we ought to […]

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So Catholics Worship Statues, Right?

December 15, AD2016 0 Comments
So Catholics Worship Statues, Right?

It had been some period of time since either Steve or Josh had stopped by my cube.  The reader may recall ( or may have to search my earlier articles ) that Steve and Josh were acquaintances from work.  Josh had stopped by from time to time to ask about my catholic faith, and then […]

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It Can’t Be New Year’s Eve, It’s Still November

November 28, AD2016 0 Comments
It Can’t Be New Year’s Eve, It’s Still November

Happy New Year! I expect readers will ask themselves, “O.K., Dan, you have gone around the bend on this one!  It is not yet December, let alone New Year’s Eve.” Well, it is a new year for the Church, at any rate, Advent is the start of the new liturgical year.  We will have moved […]

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If God Was Small Enough To Understand

November 15, AD2016 2 Comments
If God Was Small Enough To Understand

On occasion, someone will ask me, essentially, “What am I supposed to do with this burden, and how am I supposed to handle this one?”  Once in a while, one of my most exasperated friends will ask, “Does He really know what He is doing?” My response is almost always the same, “If God were small […]

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Poverty Versus Simply Being Poor

November 5, AD2016 2 Comments
Poverty Versus Simply Being Poor

Poverty Versus Simply Being Poor For nearly a score of years, my wife and I lived in Central Texas. Much of that time, we worked with the Society of St Vincent de Paul (SVdP) and spent time serving the working poor in the area. These were people who may simply have had too much month at the […]

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Interesting Twists of Chapter and Verse in the Bible

October 15, AD2016 1 Comment
Interesting Twists of Chapter and Verse in the Bible

One of the beauties of the internet is tremendous amounts of, often conflicting, or at the very least misleading  material can be located in a trice.  Unless there is direct supporting knowledge with regard to the subject,  information obtained during a casual search should be taken with several pounds of salt. A bit earlier, actually while […]

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How Many Kinds of Prayer Are There?

October 1, AD2016 0 Comments
How Many Kinds of Prayer Are There?

Some large number of years ago, actually, a very large number of years ago, I recall watching a late night TV show and one of the guests was the then president of the Screen Actors Guild ( SAG ).  The host was most likely Jack Parr ( which is a clue as to how long […]

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The Thunderous Din of the Silent Majority

September 12, AD2016 5 Comments
The Thunderous Din of the Silent Majority

Who Are The Silent Majority? The silent majority is, as we understand it, a large group of people who do not express their opinions publicly. The term goes back, at least, to President Nixon who, in a November 3, 1969 speech, said, “And so tonight—to you, the great silent majority of my fellow Americans—I ask for […]

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Lingering at Immediate

September 3, AD2016 1 Comment
Lingering at Immediate

Growing up outside of Lowell, Massachusetts, in a French-Canadian home, we spoke French exclusively. My mother, a certified teacher in Canada, home schooled me a bit, and when tested, I was dropped into an English-only parochial school in the second grade. Of course, children adapt well and learn quickly, however, I was blessed / cursed / gifted with […]

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If It Is True, It Is Not New

August 19, AD2016 5 Comments
If It Is True, It Is Not New

If it is new, it is not true, and if it is true, it is not new. Every once and again, a message, post, or pin will ask the simple question, “How old is your church?” The message, pin, or post then presents a list of some of the Christian denominations and their age of […]

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The Beauty of the Rosary

August 6, AD2016 1 Comment
The Beauty of the Rosary

Looking back over the course of the years which have been accumulated thus far in my  life, one of the items to which I have always returned has been the Rosary. Praying the Rosary Whether it was said as part of a primary school assembly  in a grotto in front of a statue of the Blessed Virgin, in my car […]

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Keeping Up With The Joneses

July 16, AD2016 1 Comment
Keeping Up With The Joneses

Over the passage of time, I have observed a change in the Jones families I have encountered.The Jones family is that stereotypical family in the neighborhood, school, church, social setting, or otherwise known to each of us those who “have it all”.  They may have a larger house, they may have more cars, newer cars, better […]

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Love Your Enemies and Pray for Them

June 27, AD2016 1 Comment
Love Your Enemies and Pray for Them

If we can learn to love those whom we would otherwise call our enemies, we can grow closer to the Father. In this very familiar passage, Christ Jesus tells us that by simply loving those who love us, there is nothing to be gained. “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor  and […]

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Belief: In God We Trust

June 18, AD2016 0 Comments
Belief: In God We Trust

Belief in God  has been a constant throughout my career. As I look back over the decades, there have been very few constants, companies came and went, bosses came and went, etc.  Products which had been on the bleeding edge of technology rapidly became passé. One of the constants was that my desk space, be […]

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A Light, Silent Sound

June 5, AD2016 0 Comments
A Light, Silent Sound

Many of the articles which appear on Catholic Stand are correctly concerned about the election, abortion, medical issues, technology which blurs reality, the general economy, and the state of the world as seen from a Catholic-Christian perspective. Today, I am in a more pensive state, listening for the “light silent sound” as is discussed in 1 Kings […]

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