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Author Archive: James Hooper

James Hooper is a lifelong Catholic, and is blessed with a wonderful wife and child. Jim was was graced with a profound reversion experience in 2011, with a strong calling to know God, obey His Church, and spread the Gospel to seeking souls. His evangelical outreach has focused on online apologetics, street evangelization, and communications strategies. Jim is a team leader for Saint Paul Street Evangelization in Downtown St. Louis and Belleville, IL, and the Director of Communications for St. Mary of Victories Church in St. Louis. Jim is a fervent supporter of the Covenant Catholic Radio Network in St. Louis (http://covenantnet.net), and has evangelized on the air several times.

Professionally, Jim is the Leader of a Business Architecture team at a large Catholic Health Ministry. He has a Master of Science Degree in Management Information Systems from Saint Louis University, and is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP).

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Rosary Reflections: A Renewed Call to Prayer

January 29, AD2017 1 Comment
Rosary Reflections: A Renewed Call to Prayer

Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth and the life. Nobody comes to the father except by me.” He identified himself elsewhere as a “door,” and encouraged us to knock on that door with persistence, like a friend asking for bread. “Knock and the door shall be opened.” Catholic tradition is deep–2,000-years old deep, […]

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Amoris and the Dubia: The Controversies Explained

December 29, AD2016 10 Comments
Amoris and the Dubia: The Controversies Explained

Some Catholics may be unaware of, or are possibly confused by, the controversy following the release of Pope Francis’ Amoris Laetitia, and the new letter and dubia which in response have been submitted to the Pope asking for confirmation of various aspects of Catholic doctrine. To help make the faithful aware of this situation, and hopefully to understand […]

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New Mass, Old Mass: Savor the Fullness

November 29, AD2016 2 Comments
New Mass, Old Mass: Savor the Fullness

I am a relative newcomer to the Traditional Latin Mass, the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite. My family and I first attended this form of Mass only a short time ago. I think it was the Feast of Christ the King in 2014 at the St. Francis de Sales Oratory in St. Louis, MO, which […]

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Trump is the Better Moral Choice

October 26, AD2016 19 Comments
Trump is the Better Moral Choice

By the time you read my next article, either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump will be elected to the office of President of the United States. That is a fact. Barring a major catastrophe, one of those two candidates will hold the highest office in the land, hold our temporal futures in their hand, and […]

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Trump Is in the House

September 29, AD2016 62 Comments
Trump Is in the House

In my last article, “Welcome to the House of Moral Dilemma,” I presented the many reasons why a serious Catholic in good faith could not vote for Hillary Clinton. In summary, one cannot simply close one eye to the moral difficulties of the Democrat Party, while focusing on what is perceived as “good.” Unless you […]

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Welcome to the House of Moral Dilemma

August 27, AD2016 47 Comments
Welcome to the House of Moral Dilemma

I am totally astonished how any Catholic, professing to be faithful, could vote for Hillary Clinton. No amount of mental gymnastics has allowed me to understand how Hillary Clinton, and apparently those that support her, have no shame before God in promoting the horrendous evils of abortion, attacks on the family, and outright collusion against […]

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The Eucharist: Lord, Help Our Unbelief

July 29, AD2016 16 Comments
The Eucharist: Lord, Help Our Unbelief

A few months back I attended a Confirmation ceremony at a local parish. Of course, we were all very proud of the confirmandi, especially as they proceeded into the church in their Confirmation attire, and as the priest laid hands upon them conferring the seal of the Holy Spirit. But as the ceremony ended, it […]

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Our Lady of Guadalupe and the New Evangelization

June 30, AD2016 4 Comments
Our Lady of Guadalupe and the New Evangelization

According to Internet lore, Hillary Clinton once visited Mexico City and the miraculous image of Our Lady of Guadalupe. During her visit, as she examined the image, she asked, “Who painted this?” The priest with her said, “God, of course.” It’s impossible to know how much further that conversation went, or if the priest explained some […]

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Prayer to the Saints: One in The Body

June 1, AD2016 0 Comments
Prayer to the Saints: One in The Body

One of the major criticisms that Catholics often receive from most Protestants and others outside of the faith is that we worship the saints. The usual assertion is that Catholics are idolatrous for believing that a Christian can or should communicate with a “dead” person in heaven, and that we are wrong in thinking that anyone […]

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Where are You, God?

May 6, AD2016 7 Comments
Where are You, God?

“Where are you, God?” many ask these days. He’s certainly hard to see in the utter chaos of today’s world. He’s hard to detect in the murders and butchery and blasphemy of those who kill Christians and innocents around the world. It’s difficult to discern His presence in the reality of almost 4,000 unborn babies […]

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False Extremes Part 2: Tradition and The Word

April 7, AD2016 0 Comments
False Extremes Part 2:  Tradition and The Word

In Part 1 of this series on false dichotomies and extreme positions, we reviewed the false idea of Sola Scriptura, and the question of “Who is the Church?” Now we continue the discussion by examining the question of so-called ‘Traditions of Men’ vs. Sacred Tradition, and the question of whether the Word of God is […]

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St. Mary of Victories: The Hidden Heart of Catholic St. Louis

March 12, AD2016 2 Comments
St. Mary of Victories:  The Hidden Heart of Catholic St. Louis

  Have you ever driven by a building for years and never given a moment of thought to what history might have transpired there? My family and I had driven by such a place between Interstate 55 and the Mississippi River for years, never knowing the colorful personalities and rich history associated with this church. It sits […]

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False Extremes Part 1: The Case of the Missing “Both-And”

February 5, AD2016 5 Comments
False Extremes Part 1:  The Case of the Missing “Both-And”

One of the things I’ve noticed in my many discussions with those who are separated from the Catholic faith is the recurrence of a variety of false dichotomies. This is a fallacy which suggests that the truth must be one of two options given, when in reality these options are not exhaustive, and the full truth oftentimes […]

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Catholic Devotions: A Spiritual Vocabulary

January 7, AD2016 0 Comments
Catholic Devotions:  A Spiritual Vocabulary

Sometimes God grants special graces to parents. Little encouragements come out of the blue that let you know that what you’re trying to teach has gotten through. Parenting isn’t easy, and we’re grateful for these glimmers of the great saint we aspire for our daughter to become. Now that I’ve started writing for Catholic Stand, […]

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No Thanks To Evil Toys

December 17, AD2015
No Thanks To Evil Toys

I recently made a post on Facebook complaining about the evil-looking toys that are included in some of the so-called “kids meals” at fast food restaurants.  I had seen others in the past, such as creepy teenage vampires and skull faces, but the latest one that raised my eyebrows was a small round blob of […]

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Catholic Priests: A Special Blessing

November 27, AD2015 3 Comments
Catholic Priests:  A Special Blessing

Catholic priests are heroes to me. After the sacrifice and moral fiber of my own father in this earthly life, the spiritual fathers God has sent into my life have most inspired me to be a better man in my own vocation. I’ve gotten to know diocesan priests, Jesuits, Franciscans, Dominicans, Oblates of Mary Immaculate, […]

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Evangelization’s Golden Key: Humility in Christ

November 13, AD2015 2 Comments
Evangelization’s Golden Key:  Humility in Christ

Keys are an important image used in the Bible.  Keys, such as those given by Jesus to Peter, on the Old Testament occasion of Yom Kippur for his role in the New Covenant binding and loosing sins, are important symbols.  Even Peter’s name (Kephas), is an alliteration of the Kiphas, the stone box in which the Keys […]

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