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Author Archive: John McNichol

John McNichol is a Catholic, Husband, Father, Teacher, Writer and Speaker living in the Pacific NorthWest. He is the author of three published novels: Books 1 and 2 in the Young Chesterton Chronicles series ('The Tripods Attack!', and 'The Emperor of North America'), as well 'The King's Gambit', an adventure novel for the 9-12 year old crowd.

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Relics: Not Just A Dead Man’s Hand

April 23, AD2016 1 Comment
Relics: Not Just A Dead Man’s Hand

The use of relics in the Catholic faith as a means of revitalizing our faith has a history going back literally to the days of the Old Testament. But before I talk about things from a few millenia ago, I’d like to tell you a little bit about a point in my own life. Relics […]

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Why I Cannot Vote for Trump

March 29, AD2016 13 Comments
Why I Cannot Vote for Trump

A recent exchange on Facebook about Donald Trump helped me clarify a few things for myself about the upcoming elections. Names changed below: KARIN (X): -(Trump) is the ONLY candidate who is truly an AMERICAN, he is not beholden to any lobbyists or any other group, he speaks OUR language and says what needs to […]

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Whatever Else Francis Is, He Is The Pope

January 30, AD2016 36 Comments
Whatever Else Francis Is, He Is The Pope

With the ecological slideshow on the side of the Vatican, detractors of the Pope added another perceived offense to the now-long list of Francis’ supposed errors, gaffes, and outright heresies as the pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church. Why a slideshow with endangered species? Why, when the unborn are slaughtered in such higher numbers?  The […]

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Talk, Talk: Why Catholics Should Debate on the Internet

October 3, AD2015 10 Comments
Talk, Talk: Why Catholics Should Debate on the Internet

“There is a holy anger, excited by zeal, that moves us to reprove with warmth those whom our mildness failed to correct.” – St. John Baptiste de la Salle I’ve heard the arguments against debating on Facebook. They’re much the same as those against engaging in debate with anyone, on anything: You won’t change a person’s […]

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Bumper Sticker Wisdom: For Catholics, Too!

July 7, AD2015 10 Comments
Bumper Sticker Wisdom: For Catholics, Too!

Most of us have had one on the bumper of our car at some point- a sticker that states an opinion or belief we find important or humorous. In an age when we like to share about ourselves more than ever, a bumper sticker gives us yet another opportunity to tell a stranger something we […]

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It’s a Family Thing

May 17, AD2015 30 Comments
It’s a Family Thing

“Why all the *things?*” This comment took me a little by surprise. I’ve heard it more than once by someone who has left the faith, in part because of a stated desire to get rid of all the ‘things’ in Catholicism that supposedly stood between them and an authentic relationship with Jesus Christ. It’s a […]

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Fight All Error: An Open Letter to All Catholic Bloggers and Publishers

March 14, AD2015 12 Comments
Fight All Error: An Open Letter to All Catholic Bloggers and Publishers

“Fight all error, but do it with good humor, patience, kindness and love. Harshness will damage your own soul and spoil the best cause.” -St. John Cantius “A culture of encounter demands that we be ready not only to give, but also to receive. Media can help us greatly in this, especially nowadays, when the […]

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NFP: Birth Liberation Not Birth Control

November 26, AD2014 177 Comments
NFP: Birth Liberation Not Birth Control

“Birth Control is a name given to a succession of different expedients by which it is possible to filch the pleasure belonging to a natural process while violently and unnaturally thwarting the process itself.”                                           […]

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Why Contraception is Wrong

October 28, AD2014 271 Comments
Why Contraception is Wrong

Biblically, the story of Onan in Genesis Chapter 38 was a blunt enough message for the first nineteen centuries of Christianity: preventing children by artificial means was offensive to God. So much so that God summarily killed Onan for it (Gen 38: 8-10). Worse, after Christ’s resurrection, Catholics and protestant theologians gave Onan the dubious […]

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When Good Catholics Are Bad People Part II

October 3, AD2014 5 Comments
When Good Catholics Are Bad People Part II

In part I, we looked at what forgiveness was and wasn’t. But along with prayer and receiving the Sacraments for aid, how can we put it into practice? In his book Forgive For Good, Luskin gives a number of strategies: 1)  Don’t confuse a lack of motivation to forgive with an unforgivable offense. If you were […]

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When Good Catholics are Bad People: How Do I Heal When Hurt by Those in the Church?

September 2, AD2014 11 Comments
When Good Catholics are Bad People: How Do I Heal When Hurt by Those in the Church?

Years and years ago, I took a volunteer position at our parish. I had been impressed by our pastor’s drive and orthodoxy, leading his congregation and its school to a state of dynamic, authentic Catholicism. At the first meeting, though, a different side of Father showed up than I was used to. He was critical […]

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