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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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Incorporating a Lasso Rosary in Your Catholic Wedding

April 30, AD2017 1 Comment
Incorporating a Lasso Rosary in Your Catholic Wedding

We are on the cusp of so many beautiful things these days, like spring, Easter and vacations. However, the one I’m most excited about is my daughter’s upcoming wedding. Anyone who has planned a wedding knows it can be quite daunting. Thankfully, we have beautiful traditions to choose from and to guide us as we prepare […]

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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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