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Does God Favor the Prayers of a Child?

April 4, AD2017 14 Comments
Does God Favor the Prayers of a Child?

When I was a kid I went to a Catholic school, one of the nuns told us that God favors the prayers of a child. That statement stuck with me, like a rule to live by. Now, there really isn’t anything in the Bible that states exactly that. But, among the verses I also took […]

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When the Loss of a Loved One Leads to Depression

March 22, AD2017 1 Comment
When the Loss of a Loved One Leads to Depression

Even St. John of the Cross experienced depression. Take a look at Dark Night of the Soul if you’ve never read it. Mother Teresa was depressed for 50 years. She once said, “The place of God in my soul is blank. There is no God in me. When the pain of longing is so great—I […]

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An Antidote for Amoris Laetitia Angst

February 1, AD2017 12 Comments
An Antidote for Amoris Laetitia Angst

Amoris Laetitia.  Regrettably, both Catholic and secular media seem to be dancing to a cadence of increasing hysteria. These bold-print emotional barrages are spreading undue anxiety into the ranks of otherwise placid and well-reasoned Catholics, who previously exampled more stoic equilibriums. De Facto Schism! Heresy and Scandal! Pope Francis leading the Church into confusion?  Traditional […]

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Multifaceted Approaches to World Peace

January 8, AD2017 4 Comments
Multifaceted Approaches to World Peace

During the eighties, I edited an anthology, Philosophical Perspectives on Peace, which included numerous prescriptions for world peace by philosophers, psychologists, and litterateurs from the ancient world, and through the Renaissance and Enlightenment, up to the late twentieth century.   The proposals of these authors seem to break up naturally into the following categories: 1) […]

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Illuminating The Immaculate Conception; Mary’s Marriage-Part II

December 21, AD2016 2 Comments
Illuminating The Immaculate Conception; Mary’s Marriage-Part II

A wife is bound to her husband as long as he lives (1 Cor. 7:39) If Jesus was born by an act of sacred matrimonial consummation, would the Holy Spirit engage an act of fornication or adultery? Mary must have been consummated in a marriage that would last eternally because her Spouse is The Eternal […]

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Illuminating the Immaculate Conception- Part I

December 20, AD2016 8 Comments
Illuminating the Immaculate Conception- Part I

During Advent, all Christians reverently turn their attention toward Jesus’ birth. Regrettably, that focus sometimes obscures an essential participant: Mary.  Although primarily a Catholic predilection and emphasis, the deep insights gained by exploring Mary’s unique and mysterious identity – the concept of her “Immaculate Conception” – bear wonderful fruits.  This nomenclature may be unfamiliar to […]

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Christmas Eve in the Psychiatric Unit

December 1, AD2016 1 Comment
Christmas Eve in the Psychiatric Unit

In the Hospital I was not just in the hospital but in the “Psychiatric Unit” of the hospital. This is what happened to me on Christmas Eve, 2003. I was granted a pass to go home either Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. It wasn’t much of a choice but I chose the second option. This […]

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Reflections On The Election: A Lament of a Colorado Catholic

November 8, AD2016 12 Comments
Reflections On The Election: A Lament of a Colorado Catholic

Regrettably, I left Sunday Mass yesterday disheartened.  And angry.  I told my wife: “If this is what the Catholic Church has come to, then I’m seriously wondering why Jesus needs to keep it around.”  Why would I say that?  Because if this election again embraces and empowers the same godless, secular agenda that has already […]

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Trump “Deplorables” Living in Bizarreland

November 5, AD2016 3 Comments
Trump “Deplorables” Living in Bizarreland

Candidate Obama in the 2008 presidential campaign promised “change,” over and over: he was “a leader who can deliver change.” And he has indeed delivered to the country changes in exponential proportions – changes that are praised by some as the “new normal,” but by others seem like daily confrontation with the bizarre. Obama Obama, […]

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