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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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Hope Explored and Explained

August 4, AD2018 0 Comments
Hope Explored and Explained

I have not done a word-by-word analysis. I have not counted the occurrences. I have not spent the time necessary to validate the following statement, but, it occurs to me that the simple word “hope” must appear a couple of hundred times in the Bible. The Reason for Our Hope Always be ready to give […]

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Could We Add Pro-Life Words to the Pledge?

June 13, AD2018 0 Comments
Could We Add Pro-Life Words to the Pledge?

Right after WWII, there was a widespread movement which involved the Knights of Columbus, many co-sponsors in the Senate, resounding support in the House and the support of Dwight David Eisenhower, urging Congress to add the words “under God” to the Pledge of Allegiance. On Flag Day in 1954, these two simple words were added […]

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Praying For The America I Remember

May 31, AD2018 0 Comments
Praying For The America I Remember

The America I Remember Still Exists Frequently, I feel as if I had been born as the Wisconsin Glacier retreated from New England. In reality, of course, it was not quite that long ago. At the time of my birth in America, World War II had ended, the Korean Conflict had not yet begun, television sets were the […]

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Appearance versus Reality: Christ’s Body in the Eucharist

May 19, AD2018 0 Comments
Appearance versus Reality: Christ’s Body in the Eucharist

One day, a Protestant friend and I were discussing something pertaining to Christianity when my friend made a comment akin to “Jesus said it, and I believe it.” I replied that, in that case, I was glad he had come around to the belief that unless Christ’s followers ate His body and drank His blood, they […]

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Have Legal Abortions Killed 50 to 60 Million Children or a Billion?

April 30, AD2018 5 Comments
Have Legal Abortions Killed 50 to 60 Million Children or a Billion?

Earlier this year, on the anniversary of the Roe v Wade decision, I heard a radio host on a Catholic broadcast indicate that legal abortions had killed 50 to 60 million children in the years since the Supreme Court declared infanticide legal.  It is my recollection that he indicated the number was applicable to surgical […]

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The Dispute on “Faith Alone”

April 16, AD2018 4 Comments
The Dispute on “Faith Alone”

My exploration of the “faith alone” controversy began in a discussion with a non-Catholic coworker. One morning, this friend asked me to go to his church the following Sunday, since his church was “far easier” than what he perceived the Catholic Church to be or require.  He indicated that all that was required to get to […]

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Holy Week as a Reminder of Mary

March 31, AD2018 0 Comments
Holy Week as a Reminder of Mary

Hymns to Mary Half a gazillion years ago, which is defined as half a century give or take a decade or two, my primary education was at a parochial school in Groton, Massachusetts. Each morning, weather permitting, during the months of May and October, the student body processed out to a grotto which contained a […]

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Do Catholics Have “Three Ending Points”?

March 15, AD2018 7 Comments
Do Catholics Have “Three Ending Points”?

Having finished our lunch that day, one of my non-Catholic coworkers and I decided to take a walk around the building for a few minutes, just to get outside and away from bosses, phones, meetings and the other myriad joys to be found in and around the carpeted cells known as our offices. While on our […]

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Discernment: It May Not Turn Out The Way You Expect

February 13, AD2018 1 Comment
Discernment: It May Not Turn Out The Way You Expect

There are many beautiful things in and around the Catholic church.  One of the things that most people may not get to see is the discernment process of men and women who are trying to decide on the next phase of their lives. Over the passage of time, I have had the distinct honor of […]

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There Shall Be One Fold and One Shepherd

January 30, AD2018 1 Comment
There Shall Be One Fold and One Shepherd

My wife and I live in a small city, or actually more of a small to medium sized town with a population just slightly in excess of 29,500.  No matter where we drive in town we can find a few Christian churches – some large, some small, and some tiny storefronts. Out of curiosity, I […]

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The Catholic Church Survives For 2,000 Years: Possible or Probable?

January 2, AD2018 1 Comment
The Catholic Church Survives For 2,000 Years: Possible or Probable?

“And the gates of the underworld can never overpower it” (Matthew 16:18). At this point in time, it can easily be said that all things are, or very shortly may be, possible. Within a year, a decade, or by some relatively short time from now, the world will be completely changed again. For example, until the early twentieth […]

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God Knows His Plans For Us But How Do We?

December 10, AD2017 0 Comments
God Knows His Plans For Us But How Do We?

 For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord. Plans to prosper you and not to harm you. Plans to give you hope and a future. (NIV- Jeremiah 29:11) From the NABRE edition of the Bible, the passage reads, “For I know well the plans I have in mind for you—oracle of […]

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Don’t Drive Forward Using The Rearview Mirror

November 27, AD2017 0 Comments
Don’t Drive Forward Using The Rearview Mirror

 Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 3:13-14) I have had a driver’s license […]

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Actually, You CAN Fast from Technology

October 28, AD2017 0 Comments
Actually, You CAN Fast from Technology

From the USCCB, we learn that “For members of the Latin Catholic Church, the norms on fasting are obligatory from age 18 until age 59. When fasting, a person is permitted to eat one full meal, as well as two smaller meals that together are not equal to a full meal.”  There is only the […]

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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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