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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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A Tale of Two Cooks and Two Meals

June 20, AD2018 0 Comments
A Tale of Two Cooks and Two Meals

We understand the adage “too many cooks spoil the broth” to mean that splitting a task in too many directions can be counterproductive.  Certainly, having five people with equal authority directing a play or project is a prescription for trouble.  Invariably, there will be disagreements and power plays which will sabotage the group’s efforts to […]

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The Hypocrite and the Sinner: Not Twins

May 21, AD2018 0 Comments
The Hypocrite and the Sinner: Not Twins

The Struggle Is Real William Gurnall once stated, “While the Christian commits a sin he hates it; whereas the hypocrite loves it while he forbears it.” We have all felt the frustration of falling into sin the same day as attending Mass or praying.  The truth is that we all play many positive and not […]

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Find Comfort in Christ: Take Off Your Shoes of Sin

April 24, AD2018 2 Comments
Find Comfort in Christ: Take Off Your Shoes of Sin

St. Teresa of Avila once stated, “We always find that those who walked closest to Christ were those who had to bear the greatest trials.”  Shoes, Comfort, Sin, and Appearances I recently saw a woman wobbling down the street and having great difficulty walking. The other woman she was with kept pointing to this woman’s […]

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Memory and Redemption

March 26, AD2018 0 Comments
Memory and Redemption

As we proceed through Lent, the recurring themes of redemption and forgiveness bubble to the surface of our thoughts. We understand redemption as literally being saved from our own sinfulness through the blood of Christ.  Left to ourselves, we would surely fall under the repeated weight of our imperfection and weakness.  Through God Almighty’s love […]

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Lent as a Moving Experience

February 24, AD2018 0 Comments
Lent as a Moving Experience

I find it powerful and transcendent that Lent is a moving journey toward the Cross and beyond.  This “moving” however, comes in three distinct contexts.  Each context has its place in the Lenten message. Powerful Emotion The first context of moving evoked by Lent may certainly be the strong, somber emotion of following a friend […]

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Falling for God: When Crosses Become Ladders

January 28, AD2018 1 Comment
Falling for God: When Crosses Become Ladders

       If we truly fancy ourselves followers of Christ, we must start seeing our crosses as ladders rather than burdens. Since Christ came to earth to teach us the way to Heaven, then we may rightly accept that his words and actions are sanctified lessons in that path.  His examples of love, service, […]

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Christmas Movies: It’s a Wonderful Life and Charlie Brown

December 21, AD2017 0 Comments
Christmas Movies: It’s a Wonderful Life and Charlie Brown

I recently bumped into an old friend from grammar school and we began reminiscing about our favorite Christmas movies. Apart from realizing that all of the candidates were over 50 years old(not surprising given what spews out today), we ended up agreeing on two winners, one originally a theatrical release and the other a now […]

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A Catholic Spin on Maslow: Your Needs Define Your Eternal Destiny

November 20, AD2017 2 Comments
A Catholic Spin on Maslow: Your Needs Define Your Eternal Destiny

I have always loved the study of what makes people tick, hence I dedicated part of my education to psychology.  While I understand that not all parts of psychology mesh well with Christian ideals, there is much in psychology that can be applied to these ideals, and Benjamin Maslow’s  famous Hierarchy of Needs is one. […]

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Let Prayer Be Your Air

October 23, AD2017 0 Comments
Let Prayer Be Your Air

I saw you rolling your eyes just now upon seeing the above title, but I want you to work with me for a moment. I realize that whether or not words rhyme is simply an accident of language, but perhaps we can use this happy accident to grow closer to God. The Myth of Compartmentalized […]

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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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