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Felix Whelan is both a Catholic convert and a revert, having entered the faith in the '80s, fallen away, and found his way "home to Rome" in 2010. In addition to his essays published on Catholic Stand, he writes novels, poetry, non-fiction, and even (co-authored with his lovely wife, Carol Ann) vegan and vegetarian cookbooks.

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G. K. Chesterton on the Lunacy of Self-Esteem

November 9, AD2016 4 Comments
G. K. Chesterton on the Lunacy of Self-Esteem

As a devout Catholic father of two kids in public schools, I have often found myself at odds with an educational curriculum that presents to kids as “fact” a worldview I consider not only incorrect but in many areas downright propagandist, even insidious. Let’s call this worldview the “cult of self-esteem”. Twice-Weekly “Self-Love-Ins” For example, when my […]

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The Atheist Heart of Darkness

October 9, AD2016 5 Comments
The Atheist Heart of Darkness

In the wake of my previous essay, “Atheists are Lame,” I spent five solid days defending belief in God on Twitter. This is the fourth time this year I’ve waded in to do battle with Twitter atheists. Sometimes the debates are fun; at other times they’re simply exhausting. In this last round, I gained a new insight […]

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Sola Fide, 500 Years Later – How Wide is the Divide?

September 9, AD2016 10 Comments
Sola Fide, 500 Years Later – How Wide is the Divide?

Sola Fide I am not a theologian, or even most days a very effective apologist. I am simply a devout Catholic who loves Jesus, and who does his best each day to stay faithful to the teaching of the One True Church Jesus founded — the Roman Catholic Church. That bias made clear, my take on […]

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Catholic and Vegetarian – What’s The Connection? Part II

August 10, AD2016 13 Comments
Catholic and Vegetarian – What’s The Connection? Part II

  If you missed “Catholic and Vegetarian — What’s the Connection? Part I”, click here to start at the beginning. Vegetarian Saints Now, you may object that Catholic social teaching makes no pronouncement on diet, that Jesus clearly ate fish in the Bible, and even said “It is not what enters one’s mouth that defiles that […]

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Catholic and Vegetarian – What’s the Connection? Part I

August 9, AD2016 3 Comments
Catholic and Vegetarian – What’s the Connection? Part I

My Happy Catholic Vegetarian Married Life As I approach the midpoint of my fifth decade on earth, I am extraordinarily lucky to find myself, at the deepest, most grounded root of my being, a very happy person. My wife, Carol Ann, is the best person I have ever known. I feel lucky that she loves […]

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With Laudato Si’, Pope Francis Outmaneuvers Both the Left and the Right

July 9, AD2016 10 Comments
With Laudato Si’, Pope Francis Outmaneuvers Both the Left and the Right

Laudato Si’, One Year Later May 24, 2016 marked the one year anniversary of the publication of Pope Francis’ environmental encyclical Laudato Si’: On Care For Our Common Home. Unlike many pundits who stormed the Internet with their opinions and analysis on day one (much of which I strongly suspect was pre-written and already queued […]

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The Way God Sees Us – A Mystical Experience

June 12, AD2016 1 Comment
The Way God Sees Us – A Mystical Experience

What is a “Mystical Experience? I read a fascinating article recently entitled In These Moments; Mystical Experiences on my Twitter pal Jeff Walker’s blog Mere Observations. Jeff opens the conversation with this defining quote from Father James Martin’s book The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything: What does it mean to have a mystical experience? One definition is that a […]

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Atheists are Lame

May 15, AD2016 15 Comments
Atheists are Lame

  I live in the country, on a one acre “hobby farm” I share with my wife, two teenagers, and a small menagerie of other people’s cast-off animals. We take in the stray dogs and cats our irresponsible neighbors dump off in the fields around us, pay for their spaying or neutering plus any needed […]

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Catch 23: Why a World with Two Billion Christians In It Stays Such a Mess, Part II

April 17, AD2016 5 Comments
Catch 23: Why a World with Two Billion Christians In It Stays Such a Mess, Part II

  Click here to read Part I Another Unwritten Rule But why does our banding together as Christians to effect sweeping national and global change strike us as so very unlikely? Perhaps, in our gut, we’re aware of an “unwritten rule” Joseph Heller missed. We can sense at least one more “Catch” at work here, […]

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Catch 23: Why a World with Two Billion Christians In It Stays Such a Mess, Part I

April 16, AD2016 7 Comments
Catch 23: Why a World with Two Billion Christians In It Stays Such a Mess, Part I

According to the Pew Research Center, there are just over two billion Christians in the world today. That means roughly one in every three and a half people on the face of the earth professes faith in Jesus Christ, and claims to understand and embrace the Gospel message. The Theory and the Reality While denominations […]

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Three Small Lessons (and One Huge One) Learned from Giving Up Complaining for Lent

March 20, AD2016 4 Comments
Three Small Lessons (and One Huge One) Learned from Giving Up Complaining for Lent

I was raised Methodist back in the ’60s and ’70s, and yes, Methodists do Lent. My siblings and I dreaded the coming of the Lenten season because in our family it always meant the same long fast — six solid weeks without candy. Mom chose that particular “giving up” for us, and since she controlled […]

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Why I’ll Stay Catholic Even if the Whole World Turns Against Us

February 14, AD2016 51 Comments
Why I’ll Stay Catholic Even if the Whole World Turns Against Us

    Last year, in response to a Pew Research poll showing the American Catholic Church in decline, Elizabeth Scalia (now at the editorial helm of Aleteia) posted this challenge on her Patheos blog The Anchoress: If you’re Catholic and have access to a web-page, a radio program, a Facebook page, whatever, take a few […]

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Pope Francis VS the Spirit of the Age

January 17, AD2016 65 Comments
Pope Francis VS the Spirit of the Age

Click here to listen to this post read by the author Pope Francis’ September, 2015 announcement of a streamlined marriage annulment process sent the conservative Catholic blogosphere spinning like an angry wasp against a window. “Scrap the New Annulment Rules” announced The Catholic Thing. The Catholic Herald declared “The Pope’s radical annulment reforms could overturn […]

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Why Christmas Matters

December 21, AD2015 0 Comments
Why Christmas Matters

Click here to listen to this post read by the author A December, 2014 Daily Mail article reported the results of a holiday survey of 2,000 British families. The poll found that one third of UK children ages 10 to 13 (we’re not talking babies here) had no idea Christmas celebrates the birth of Jesus. […]

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“No Thanks, Jesus!” The Impoverishment of Spiritual Minimalism

November 22, AD2015 91 Comments
“No Thanks, Jesus!” The Impoverishment of Spiritual Minimalism

Click here to listen to this post read by the author It was a minimal Twitter exchange. Just two or three tweets back and forth, really. Anti-Catholic types occasionally pick fights with me on social media, so I was wary the conversation was headed for an argument. My publishing imprint eSaint Library was promoting a […]

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A God Bigger Than Science

October 25, AD2015 4 Comments
A God Bigger Than Science

Click here to listen to this article read by the author A lot of Sundays, our small town Parish priest starts his homilies with a joke. Sometimes they’re actually funny. Like this one: God is sitting in Heaven when a scientist says to Him, “Lord, we don’t need you anymore. Science has finally figured out […]

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What God has Joined Together: Divorce, Annulment, and the Miracle of Marriage

September 27, AD2015 8 Comments
What God has Joined Together: Divorce, Annulment, and the Miracle of Marriage

  Click here to listen to this article read by the author DIVORCE In the Gospel of Matthew, Chapter 19:3-6, we find this exchange: Some Pharisees approached him, and tested him, saying, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for any cause whatever?” He said in reply, “Have you not read that […]

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The Catholic Church is Right on Infant Baptism

August 30, AD2015 15 Comments
The Catholic Church is Right on Infant Baptism

On a recent episode of the Catholic Answers Live radio call in show, a Protestant caller vehemently objected to the Catholic practice of infant baptism. After quoting Romans 10:9, “If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Jesus from the dead, you shall be saved,” he […]

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The Real Reason Christianity Is Declining in America

August 6, AD2015 25 Comments
The Real Reason Christianity Is Declining in America

In the wake of the May, 2015 Pew Research poll “America’s Changing Religious Landscape: Christians Decline Sharply as Share of Population,” the mainstream media wasted no time in rushing the Church’s obituary to America’s front page. Liberal Progressivism had finally won the day. The Age of Aquarius was dawning… And I’m sure that’s how it […]

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Attending Mass is an Act of Humility

July 6, AD2015 77 Comments
Attending Mass is an Act of Humility

“Attending Mass is an act of humility…” I woke up this morning with those words running through my mind. I don’t know what I was dreaming, or even if I was dreaming. The thought was just there, scrolling like a marquee across my burgeoning consciousness as I rolled half-asleep from the bed and launched into […]

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