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Dom is a Benedictine-educated cradle Catholic, and something of a revert to the faith. In addition to consulting to management in the CPA profession and elsewhere, he and his wife of 40 years attempt to live according to the three pillars of Church authority--Scripture, Tradition and the Magisterium. They are both active at their parish where he is an Instituted Acolyte and a 4th Degree Knight of Columbus.

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Omission: Sinning by Not Acting–We Need to Avoid Avoiding

March 9, AD2017 2 Comments
Omission: Sinning by Not Acting–We Need to Avoid Avoiding

The Rich Man and Lazarus Pope Francis, in his 2017 Lenten Message, speaks of the Parable of The Rich Man and Lazarus. The rich man had it made in this life, while Lazarus struggled terribly, lying at the door of the rich man’s house, starving and deathly ill. Yet the rich man didn’t even notice […]

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I Confess…My Thoughts

February 8, AD2017 3 Comments
I Confess…My Thoughts

I’m Okay.  I’m Not So Sure About You or the Others… “But I’m a good person. I try to live the right way and not do anything immoral, illegal or dishonest. Heck, I’m living my life better than a lot of people I know.” These probably are pretty common thoughts.  But how accurate are they? […]

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If the Beer Truck Runs Over You Tomorrow, Is Your Soul Ready? Part Two

January 11, AD2017 3 Comments
If the Beer Truck Runs Over You Tomorrow, Is Your Soul Ready? Part Two

This is the second part of a two-part series addressing some practical matters we might want to consider in light of the question, “What if the beer truck runs over you tomorrow?” In part one of this series, we fleshed this question out in terms of preparing our souls. Throughout Sacred Scripture, we see our […]

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If the Beer Truck Runs Over You Tomorrow, Is Your Soul Ready? Part One

January 10, AD2017 0 Comments
If the Beer Truck Runs Over You Tomorrow, Is Your Soul Ready? Part One

A recent article I read about the new book, Benedict XVI—Last Testament: In His Own Words really caught my attention. In it, the pope is quoted as saying that as he prays and prepares for death, he fears death because the closer he draws to God, “the more intensely you feel how much you have […]

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Volunteering: Why You Don’t; Why We Need You

December 23, AD2016 18 Comments
Volunteering: Why You Don’t; Why We Need You

As part of the Mystical Body of Christ, we’ve each received gifts unique to our position in the Body, with graces that equip us for our work within the Church. If that’s the case, why do so few Catholics volunteer to use their gifts for the benefit of the Church? Who’s Doing All the Work? […]

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Forming Neighborhood Faith Communities

November 15, AD2016 4 Comments
Forming Neighborhood Faith Communities

The Current Situation We Face Can Seem Daunting In his recent e-mail to subscribers, Fr. George Rutler of New York’s Church of St. Michael summed up the current state of affairs here in the U.S.: Our federal government has intimidated religious orders and churches, challenging religious freedom. The institution of the family has been re-defined, […]

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Cut to the Chase

October 28, AD2016 23 Comments
Cut to the Chase

Lately, at Mass, at least some of our bishops and priests have told us to go home, pray and form our conscience, then vote accordingly this November. That’s fine as far as it goes. The problem, as some of the concerned laity see it, is that it does not go far enough. In fact, the […]

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Who Will Defend the Truth?

October 10, AD2016 10 Comments
Who Will Defend the Truth?

Defending the Truth Blessed John Henry Newman said, “…it is our plain duty to preach and defend the truth in a straightforward way…” This quote applies as much today as it did when he preached it in the 19th century. Just whose duty is it to defend the truth in our culture? Whose job is […]

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Have You Had A Mercy Checkup?

September 15, AD2016 0 Comments
Have You Had A Mercy Checkup?

The Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy officially ends soon (November 20, 2016). Considering that fact, together with Saint Teresa of Calcutta’s canonization, perhaps it is time for a quick mercy checkup. While we still have some time left, let’s see how we’re doing in our individual application of the works of mercy. Under prayerful consideration, what […]

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Why Are Catholics Cheapskates Regarding Giving?

August 7, AD2016 31 Comments
Why Are Catholics Cheapskates Regarding Giving?

What Jesus Said to Us About Giving In the Gospel of Luke, Jesus tells us about giving, “Sell your belongings and give alms. Provide money bags for yourselves that do not wear out, and inexhaustible treasure in heaven that no thief can reach nor moth destroy. For where your treasure is, there also your heart […]

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Dogs In Church: A Good Idea?

July 8, AD2016 3 Comments
Dogs In Church: A Good Idea?

  A while back, an acquaintance asked if I’d seen a dog at Mass recently.  Apparently, she had seen, during Sunday Mass, a lady carrying a small dog with her in a bag when she went up to receive Communion. Now in the interest of full disclosure here, I have to tell you that I’ve […]

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Salt of the Earth – Light of the World

June 24, AD2016 0 Comments
Salt of the Earth – Light of the World

These are difficult times that we live in. The media bombards us daily with accounts of inappropriate, illegal and immoral actions allegedly committed by the miscreants running for national political offices. For that matter, there are a variety of accusations made against just about every political candidate in every race during any election cycle, and […]

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Catholic Men and the Holy Rosary

June 4, AD2016 2 Comments
Catholic Men and the Holy Rosary

On May 13, 2016, the Catholic Church celebrated the 99th anniversary of the first apparition at Fatima.  During the Fatima apparitions to the three shepherd children in Portugal, Our Lady requested that the Rosary be prayed daily for world peace. While this is one of the more recent, popular calls to praying the Rosary, two […]

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ALIGNING CATHOLIC EDUCATION WITH THE MAGISTERIUM

May 14, AD2016 8 Comments
ALIGNING CATHOLIC EDUCATION WITH THE MAGISTERIUM

Catholic Education What do these institutions of higher learning all have in common? Loyola Marymount University Georgetown University Fordham University Gonzaga University Seattle University They all refer to themselves as “Catholic.” All are run by the Jesuits, and all allow or support activities that seem contra to Catholic teaching. Consider Loyola Marymount University: in spite […]

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