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Author Archive: Gabriel Garnica

Gabriel Garnica has been an educator for over 30 years and a Catholic and conservative writer for over half that time. He is presently a columnist for RenewAmerica.us and FamilySecurityMatters.org and is proud and honored to bring his contributions to CatholicStand. Although he is both a licensed attorney and has a counseling degree, Gabriel is excited about his new career effort as a life and business coach. He shares his insights and perspectives on faith at Deus Solus and hopes to add a life coaching blog and website in the near future as well. Gabriel has a J.D. from New York University and a M.S. Ed. in counseling from Fordham University.

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Love Gives Suffering Reason and Purpose

September 27, AD2017 0 Comments
Love Gives Suffering Reason and Purpose

In the book Get Us Out of Here! the late Austrian mystic Maria Simma is quoted as saying that “Love without a Cross is empty; the Cross without Love is too heavy!” This phrase certainly illustrates the intimate and inherent link between Love and suffering that all of us should accept and embrace. Imperfect Humanity […]

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Keep Your Eyes Fixed on Christ

August 21, AD2017 0 Comments
Keep Your Eyes Fixed on Christ

The story of Christ walking on water and Peter almost having the faith to reach him ( Mt 14:22-33)  was recently heard at mass, yet with no pun intended, one may rightly ask if we can go a bit deeper in the message of this account.  Surely, most will agree that trusting the Lord to […]

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Embrace The Four Eyes Within You

July 20, AD2017 0 Comments
Embrace The Four Eyes Within You

I will never forget the trauma which my vision problems gave me growing up. I had myopia and astigmatism which made every eye test a humiliating experience. Nearly every kid in the class had better vision than I did.  They would read off the letters like brushing their teeth while I stumbled and fumbled through […]

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Our Faith Is Not About Clean Uniforms

June 20, AD2017 2 Comments
Our Faith Is Not About Clean Uniforms

A few years back I was visiting a friend when a man in a sparkling white uniform walked out of my friend’s home. When my friend told me that this gentleman was there to repair his washing machine, I was somewhat surprised. After all, I thought, how can anyone repair anything without getting at least […]

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Catholicism and Baseball: Lessons to Teach

May 20, AD2017 0 Comments
Catholicism and Baseball: Lessons to Teach

Catholicism and baseball would seemingly have little to do with each other. However, many have compared devotion to the cross and to the baseball diamond. New York University President John Sexton once wrote a book comparing baseball and religion.  Journalist John L. Allen went a step further, comparing baseball to Catholicism in particular, although not […]

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The Three Crosses: Snapshots of Our Journey

April 13, AD2017 1 Comment
The Three Crosses:  Snapshots of Our Journey

It has been said that the three crosses on Calvary on Good Friday represented Rebellion, Repentance, and Redemption in the forms of Gestas, Dismas and, of course, Our Lord. In a real sense, each of these crosses represents a step in our spiritual and eternal journey. Rebellion Tradition gives the name Gestas to the so-called […]

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Humility vs. Humiliation: The Lessons of Christ and St. Francis

March 20, AD2017 3 Comments
Humility vs. Humiliation:  The Lessons of Christ and St. Francis

I disagree with those who describe Our Lord’s Passion experience as humiliating, because I believe that they are merely projecting their perception of that situation on him. I can understand Our Lord’s embarrassment at being placed on public display nearly naked, given his great sense of purity. I can even understand Our Lord’s humanity being […]

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Why Christ Fell

February 20, AD2017 2 Comments
Why Christ Fell

I do not like icy streets.  They turn walking into an adventure where falling is a real possibility. I guess what I really do not like is falling.  Finding yourself on the ground is rarely a good result. The vantage point from the ground is usually not a good one.  The world tells us that […]

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Relentless Love: Christ’s Message From The Manger To The Cross

January 24, AD2017 0 Comments
Relentless Love: Christ’s Message From The Manger To The Cross

In his classic Mere Christianity, the great Christian author C.S. Lewis writes that God’s love for us is a relentless love, meaning that it continues and does not ebb and flow as our own virtues and vices so often do.  God does not merely love us when we are good, or when we remember or even […]

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Cigarettes and Fetuses, The Evolving Eden

November 24, AD2016 0 Comments
Cigarettes and Fetuses, The Evolving Eden

The Smoke It was once very taboo for a woman to smoke cigarettes at all, much less in public. Such women were viewed as having loose morals and having a negative reputation. In 1908 a woman was arrested for smoking a cigarette in public. Realizing the economic potential of getting women addicted to smoking, the […]

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Confusing God’s Borders with Our Own

October 27, AD2016 7 Comments
Confusing God’s Borders with Our Own

When confronted with the Ten Commandments, many children will describe them as simply a set of rules, a  list of what not to do. The first question then becomes if this perspective is something we should encourage or discourage.  The second question follows on a larger scale.  That question asks if we often confuse God’s […]

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The Five Lessons of Paul’s Conversion

September 19, AD2016 1 Comment
The Five Lessons of Paul’s Conversion

  We have all read the story of Saul’s conversion from murderous enemy of Christ’s people to legendary evangelist for God. While Paul did not become this legend as soon as he was knocked off his horse, that fall began the process that took him to that wonderful role in the history of our Faith. […]

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The Most Holy Rosary as a Divine Path

August 20, AD2016 0 Comments
The Most Holy Rosary as a Divine Path

We all know the beauty and power of the Holy Rosary, and yet sometimes, even often, we do not think about how truly transcendent this gift from Heaven truly is. There is so much beyond the basic regarding this prayer that one would need years to even begin to scratch the surface. Perhaps we can […]

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What is Your Cross Made Of?

July 20, AD2016 1 Comment
What is Your Cross Made Of?

We always hear about the need to take up one’s cross and follow Christ and, if we call ourselves followers of Christ, well we should. However, with all the focus on taking up one’s cross, there has been a failure to ask a very important question, which is, “What is your cross made of?” The […]

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Getting Home is a Game Plan All Christians Can Embrace

June 20, AD2016 0 Comments
Getting Home is a Game Plan All Christians Can Embrace

I once overheard two men arguing about whether chess or backgammon was the better game. I found their discussion interesting because I enjoy both of these popular and ancient games. I learned to play chess when I was 12 years old and taught my brother and Dad how to play. The three of us were […]

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Walking Between the Tablet and the Calf

May 23, AD2016 0 Comments
Walking Between the Tablet and the Calf

You may recall in Scripture, how the people, impatient that Moses had not returned from the Mount where he was receiving The Ten Commandments, did call upon Aaron to make a golden calf which they could worship and, although they did offend God very much, were only spared immediate destruction by the pleas of Moses […]

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Keep Your Hands Together

April 25, AD2016 3 Comments
Keep Your Hands Together

One of my favorite saints is not as famous as most others. In fact, relatively few people have heard of him and, seemingly, even less can pronounce his name. All of that, of course, does not matter. In fact, I think that his relative obscurity fits in quite nicely with the story of his brief […]

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Divine Mercy: Heaven’s Ultimate “Mulligan”

March 31, AD2016 0 Comments
Divine Mercy:  Heaven’s Ultimate “Mulligan”

I do not play golf, but an old friend of mine does and, one time, when I asked him what his score was, he asked me, “Which one, the real one or the one with mulligans?” Confused, I asked him what a mulligan was, and he told me that, in informal golf among buddies, opponents […]

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Divine Mercy as The Perfect Antidote to The Self-Hate of Sin

January 26, AD2016 10 Comments
Divine Mercy as The Perfect Antidote to The Self-Hate of Sin

As many of us know, this year has been declared a Jubilee Holy Year of Mercy by Pope Francis, which should remind all of us that Divine Mercy is not just a devotion practiced right after Easter each year but rather, a game plan we should follow every day. I never cease to be amazed […]

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Three Kings and a Baby

December 31, AD2015 2 Comments
Three Kings and a Baby

Behind the humble majesty of Christmas, we find three powerful reminders of the sacredness of love, and life, in the core of our faith. We have just celebrated the feasts of the Holy Family and the Holy Innocents, and we are headed for the feast of the Epiphany, wherein we commemorate the journey and adoration […]

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An Ironic Sandwich

December 3, AD2015 2 Comments
An Ironic Sandwich

The days immediately after Thanksgiving have traditionally marked the start of the Christmas shopping season since at least the 1930s, but the name “Black Friday” originated in Philadelphia in the early 1960s to describe the intense traffic and shopper volume of that day and weekend, eventually spreading into nationwide usage. The phrase “Cyber Monday” was […]

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How Much is That Saint in The Mirror?

November 4, AD2015 0 Comments
How Much is That Saint in The Mirror?

How many of us have, at one time or another, looked in the mirror and seen a potential saint? I would venture to say that most of us have not for a myriad of reasons. Some of us may be so burdened with our imperfections, including the misconception that saints are perfect, that we could […]

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Rationalization of Sin: Who is Your Container?

October 6, AD2015 7 Comments
Rationalization of Sin: Who is Your Container?

The famous psychologist, Leon Festinger, proposed his Theory of Cognitive Dissonance, to explain how individuals rationalize their way away from discomfort to comfort, from inconsistency to consistency and, ultimately, from an external to an internal locus of control. A more simplified, if not utterly simplistic, way of seeing this dynamic is what I would like […]

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Diocesan Deaconate Training: Does It Reflect Christ’s Mercy and Compassion?

July 15, AD2015 13 Comments
Diocesan Deaconate Training: Does It Reflect Christ’s Mercy and Compassion?

We are all aware of the need for increased vocations to the priesthood and deaconate in response to the growing demands and complexities of modern society as reflected in our prayer for this need during the Mass. Certainly, most people are also aware of the need for such vocations to be properly and carefully discerned, […]

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