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Surprised by Joy: Mother Teresa and C.S. Lewis   

August 12, AD2018 0 Comments
Surprised by Joy: Mother Teresa and C.S. Lewis   

By Father John Catoir JCD The thing I remember most about St. Mother Teresa was her joy. I met her three times in my life. Once when we were giving talks on the same program; once at a Vatican Seminar on Family Life, and once when she asked me to give a week-long retreat to her […]

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Jesus, the Bible, and Christ’s Influence on History

July 14, AD2018 0 Comments
Jesus, the Bible, and Christ’s Influence on History

Of the approximately 107 Billion human beings that have lived and died on planet Earth, Jesus Christ was by far the most outstanding, the most influential, and the most revered. He only lived 33 years among us.  He never wrote a book, he never held an office, he never went to college, and he never […]

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The Culture of Sexual Freedom is Not True Freedom   

July 1, AD2018 0 Comments
The Culture of Sexual Freedom is Not True Freedom   

We all need to understand our own sexuality, and there’s a lot to learn. If you want to have a peaceful and meaningful life it would be wise not to allow yourself to be taken in completely by the surrounding culture of sexual freedom. Pope John Paul II observed that in In the past, the general […]

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Suicidal Thoughts

June 4, AD2018 0 Comments
Suicidal Thoughts

When you have a little time, please visit my website JohnCatoir.com, and scroll down past the white cross, then click on the left side under my portrait and view my VIDEO interview on the topic of Spiritual Joy. It has a section on suicidal thoughts, that has helped a lot of people. Suicidal Thoughts One […]

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To the People of Ireland and the World

May 24, AD2018 0 Comments
To the People of Ireland and the World

On May 25, 2018, a referendum will be held in Ireland on whether to repeal or retain the constitutional ban on abortion. How the Irish decide to vote it is of unutterable importance to all of us because the results of Friday’s election will have a ripple effect all over the world. To the People of […]

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A Call to Understand and Support Pope Francis

May 3, AD2018 21 Comments
A Call to Understand and Support Pope Francis

Pope Francis has my admiration because I hear the voice of love speaking through him. He always stresses God’s infinite mercy. People Accuse Pope Francis Recently, a ninety-three-year-old atheist accused him of denying the existence of hell. This man who has nothing but contempt for Christianity delighted in causing an uproar. The Pope denied his […]

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Our Catholic Suffering Syndrome (CSS) Part II

April 6, AD2018 1 Comment
Our Catholic Suffering Syndrome (CSS) Part II

In Part I, we discussed a common misunderstanding of suffering among many Catholics.  We looked at a specific type of suffering involving persecution. Now let’s turn to two other types of “meritorious” sufferings that don’t necessarily involve persecution – or the actions of others. St. Paul’s rather difficult statement in Col 1:24 frames a context […]

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Our Catholic Suffering Syndrome (CSS) Part I

April 5, AD2018 4 Comments
Our Catholic Suffering Syndrome (CSS) Part I

“Just offer it up!” It’s an iconic reference that’s become a Catholic spiritual cliché.  Dollars to donuts, it was your Mom’s response when you complained that Sis just poured the last drop of milk you wanted for your breakfast cereal.  “MOM, Suzie just….!!”  Mom cut to the chase with a terse: “J.O.I.U.”   So, why […]

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Stay Calm In the Midst of Chaos

February 4, AD2018 0 Comments
Stay Calm In the Midst of Chaos

 “Then, if you spend yourself in behalf of others… then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday,” Isaiah 58:10. Robert Louis Stevenson wrote: “Most of us reflect our surroundings. However, men (and women) with quiet minds cannot be perplexed or frightened; they carry on in times of […]

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A Short New Year’s Reflection and Resolution: Be Not Afraid

January 1, AD2018 0 Comments
A Short New Year’s Reflection and Resolution: Be Not Afraid

Be not afraid. One of the best ways to be faithful to the Lord is to take him at his word: “Be not afraid.” This is a call to courage. Jesus is asking you to be calm in the storm of life, not only for your own peace of mind but for the well-being of your […]

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Mortification: An Ancient Part of the Christian Spiritual Life

November 24, AD2017 21 Comments
Mortification: An Ancient Part of the Christian Spiritual Life

 “Shaun, please come see me. Thanks.” An email from my boss popped up, so I went over immediately. Walking into her office she noticed my shoelace, “Oh! Your shoe is untied.”  Without thinking, I blurted out, “Oh, that’s a mortification.”  Pause. In the nanoseconds after I said this I realized, 1) she is going to be totally […]

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The Harvest of Shadows:  Guns, Faith, Fear, and Zombies

November 18, AD2017 6 Comments
The Harvest of Shadows:  Guns, Faith, Fear, and Zombies

Whenever some sad soul goes bonkers with a gun, the media instantly goes into a lather of breathless updates and saturation coverage. Yet one single factor evidenced in every American mass shooting remains curiously unaddressed by the media’s “in-depth” coverage. They stubbornly avoid mentioning this determinative factor: None of the mass-killing perpetrators had a deep […]

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Virtue and Temperament

November 9, AD2017 0 Comments
Virtue and Temperament

Aristotle, who was continually interested in biological aspects of human behavior, made a distinction between “natural virtue” and “acquired virtue.” Natural virtue is related to basic biological inclinations, while virtue in the strict sense requires a rational application, often in the presence of difficulties, to develop habits of character. Aristotle and Hippocrates The authority regarding […]

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Private Conscience and the Church

November 1, AD2017 21 Comments
Private Conscience and the Church

The late Bishop Fulton Sheen explained the matters of conscience and that there are two kinds of truths: “Outer truths, which we master, like the distance of the sun from the earth; and inner truths, which master us; for example – God is merciful to the penitent. Inner truths affect a person’s destiny, like a […]

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Seeking Jesus: An Interview with Author Julie Davis

October 3, AD2017 0 Comments
Seeking Jesus: An Interview with Author Julie Davis

We do not draw people to Christ by loudly discrediting what they believe, by telling them how wrong they are and how right we are, but by showing them a light that is so lovely that they want with all their hearts to know the source of it. – Madeleine L’Engle, Walking on Water In her second […]

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Restoring Catholic Relevance in Society-Part II

September 30, AD2017 3 Comments
Restoring Catholic Relevance in Society-Part II

 Why has the Church become largely irrelevant to the secular culture? In Part I of this article, we explored how the culture is breeding individual isolation through withdrawal into technology.  The Church has not been immune to that influence.  In Part II we’re going to explain how the Church can once again become “relevant” as […]

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Restoring Catholic Relevance in Society- Part I

September 29, AD2017 13 Comments
Restoring Catholic Relevance in Society- Part I

Am I the only one feeling that the Catholic Church has become irrelevant in political, social and moral arenas? It’s not really a question anymore. The cultural outcomes have objectively provided the answer across a broad bandwidth: abortion, gender-identity, same-sex marriage, euthanasia, genetic engineering.  Take your pick. This article isn’t another “hand-wringing” eulogy for Catholic […]

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 A Legacy of Joy

June 25, AD2017 1 Comment
 A Legacy of Joy

A legacy is defined as something handed down by a predecessor. When I think about the concept of spiritual joy, I see it as a legacy handed down to us by the Lord himself. Jesus wants you to receive his joy, and pass it along to others. Pope St. John Paul II, said, “Christ came […]

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A Devotional : Light of Life

June 11, AD2017 1 Comment
A Devotional : Light of Life

“Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled,”  [Luke 1:45]. We all know the pleasure of being outdoors on a beautiful day under a big blue sky with the warmth and light of the sun on our faces. A feeling of peace and serenity comes over […]

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The First Principle is Christian Unity

June 10, AD2017 6 Comments
The First Principle is Christian Unity

Some Protestant clergy have chosen unity over fragmentation. They have given up everything to become Catholic and lead congregations into the Catholic Faith. On February 12th, 2012, Monsignor Jeffrey Steenson was installed as the first Ordinary for the Anglican Ordinariate (1) in the United States.  In his installation homily, he uttered some of the dearest […]

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Pentecost and You

June 4, AD2017 2 Comments
Pentecost and You

We celebrate the birthday of the Church on Pentecost Sunday fifty days after Easter. The Holy Spirit came upon the apostles and transformed them from the frightened men they had become after the crucifixion, into the courageous apostles of Jesus Christ, who fearlessly faced martyrdom. At every Confirmation ceremony, the Bishop invokes the same Holy […]

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How Having Faith Can Help You Find True Love

May 27, AD2017 1 Comment
How Having Faith Can Help You Find True Love

We often ask ourselves if God hears our prayers and what we have to do when He’s not talking. When someone asks me these questions I always say that, of course, God hears everyone and when we think that He’s not talking that just means that we don’t hear Him or maybe don`t want to […]

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The Optimism of Pope John XXIII

May 15, AD2017 2 Comments
The Optimism of Pope John XXIII

Don’t trust your pessimistic feelings. There was a great outpouring of elation from the laity and the clergy in 1959 when Pope John XXIII announced his plans to convene the Second Vatican Council. He was 68 years old and was considered too old to take on such a gigantic task. His optimism frightened the Cardinals […]

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The White Kid From Notinhood on Suburbia

May 14, AD2017 0 Comments
The White Kid From Notinhood on Suburbia

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about Suburbia (where I’ve lived my whole life ) and Rod Dreher’s book, The Benedict Option. I haven’t read Rod’s book, but I’ve read a ton of what he’s written about the BenOp over the past several years. The argument from this White Kid who’s never lived in the ‘hood, who […]

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