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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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Fear and Faith – Focus on the Lord

September 24, AD2017 0 Comments
Fear and Faith – Focus on the Lord

  Fear and faith are not two sides of the same coin as that would make them binary, either or, all, or nothing.  Rather, they would be more easily seen as always being present, but in different proportions.  Take the example of the “glass half full”; the glass is always full if you expand your […]

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Fulton J. Sheen, “America is Suffering From Tolerance”

September 3, AD2017 29 Comments
Fulton J. Sheen, “America is Suffering From Tolerance”

My view is simple.  When I meet a person who says, “I am Catholic, but,…” it is my immediate conclusion that he/she is not Catholic. In matters of faith and morals, the Church has a reasonably long history of leading the flock. Fulton J Sheen Even though he died quite some time ago, what Fulton J […]

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God Is The First Extremist

August 12, AD2017 0 Comments
God Is The First Extremist

Given the times in which we live, calling anyone an extremist is not really a very good thing.  When most people hear the term, their minds turn to some sort of radical, criminal, and nearly always murderous behavior – bombings, mass shootings, etc. Synonyms for extremist include fanatic, radical, and ultraist.  The Oxford dictionary defines an extremist as […]

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Communion Would Be the Same as the Holy Eucharist, If It Wasn’t Completely Different

July 23, AD2017 4 Comments
Communion Would Be the Same as the Holy Eucharist, If It Wasn’t Completely Different

It had been some time since the three of us, my two non-Catholic co-workers and I, had gone to coffee together.  Josh and I had held several conversations about Catholicism, the Holy Eucharist and its similarity or not to a variety of Protestant denominations.  Then, over the passage of time, we were joined by Steve […]

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If We Got it Wrong, We Got it Wrong From the Beginning

June 27, AD2017 20 Comments
If We Got it Wrong, We Got it Wrong From the Beginning

The Roman Catholic Church’s belief in the Real Presence of Christ in the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist has never varied in twenty centuries. Many other Christians have disagreed and got it wrong, sometimes with disastrous results. We once lived about 100 miles south of Waco where Vernon Wayne Howell wrecked havoc when he was […]

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Miracles Happen All The Time – Part II

June 5, AD2017 1 Comment
Miracles Happen All The Time – Part II

The reader will recall that I had met a young woman at a parish event and she was asking me why I did not believe in miracles.  My response to her had been that I did not believe in them, rather, I depended on them. I met her coming out of Mass one morning and […]

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Miracles Happen All The Time

June 4, AD2017 0 Comments
Miracles Happen All The Time

One afternoon, at some sort of parish event, one of the young women from the parish asked me, “You believe in miracles, don’t you?” My response was simply, “No.” Somewhat shocked she said, “Given some of your conversations with people around me, I thought you had been through all sorts of stuff, and you don’t […]

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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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If To Forgive Is To Love, How Deep Is Your Love?

May 7, AD2017 0 Comments
If To Forgive Is To Love, How Deep Is Your Love?

Yes, I know.  The question, “How deep is your love?”,  sounds as if it should be a 1977 song by the Brothers Gibb, but there is another aspect I would like to explore. A Metaphor A thousand or so years ago when I was involved in reliability predictions for various weapon and/or commercial systems, failures were […]

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It’s Time to Pray as a Nation

April 21, AD2017 0 Comments
It’s Time to Pray as a Nation

“[I]f then my people, upon whom my name has been pronounced, humble themselves and pray, and seek my face and turn from their evil ways, I will hear them from heaven and pardon their sins and heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14 So What Brought That Outburst On Anyhow? It is relatively easy to understand.  […]

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The Sin of Usury is Alive and Well

April 3, AD2017 6 Comments
The Sin of Usury is Alive and Well

Usury, at least in modern times, has typically been regarded as excessive interest rates, in the order of dozens or even hundreds of percent.  Those of us, of a “certain age”, can recall the stereotypical “loan shark” and his henchmen who fall under the category of usurious money lenders.  Such was not always the case.  […]

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Man Puts a Question Mark Where God Put a Period

March 26, AD2017 3 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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