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Author Archive: Ken Kniepmann

Ken is the Executive Director for the John Paul II Healing Center, based in Tallahassee, FL. He is a frequent speaker at Center events and his extensive ministry experience includes teaching apologetics, retreat presenter and volunteer youth ministry. Ken holds a Bachelors in Psychology and a Masters in Counseling, both from St. Louis University.

Ken has been married for more than 25 years to his wife Sharon. They have two children.

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“It’s Hard to be Humble”

September 17, AD2017 1 Comment
“It’s Hard to be Humble”

In 1975, singer Mac Davis released a song entitled “It’s Hard to be Humble”.  The lyrics of this tongue-in-cheek song brought crowds to laughter, yet, they certainly struck uncomfortably close to home.  The crowds would merrily sing along as Davis crooned: “Oh, Lord it’s hard to be humble, when you’re perfect in every way/ I can’t […]

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Exposing the Enemy’s Plan

August 19, AD2017 1 Comment
Exposing the Enemy’s Plan

  “If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.”  Sun Tzu- The Art […]

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The Sin Problem

July 12, AD2017 5 Comments
The Sin Problem

“Sign, sign, everywhere a sign Blockin’ out the scenery, breakin’ my mind Do this, don’t do that, can’t you read the sign?” Five Man Electric Band- Signs, 1970 For many, many Catholics (and non-Catholic Christians) the lyrics above sum up their experience in the Church.  For many, Christianity looks like one big, fat rule book. […]

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The Deadly Cancer of Anger

June 14, AD2017 5 Comments
The Deadly Cancer of Anger

“This deadly cancer of anger… makes us unlike ourselves, makes us like timber wolves or furies from Hell, drives us forth headlong upon the points of swords, makes us blindly run forth after other men’s destruction as we hasten toward our own ruin.” This quote by St. Thomas More goes a long way to explain […]

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Grabbing the Lion of Judah’s Tail

April 16, AD2017 1 Comment
Grabbing the Lion of Judah’s Tail

As we approach Holy Week, Lent has steadily moved us to the edges of ourselves.  Yet, we can miss one of the most important elements of the Christian life if we overlook an element of Jesus’ identity that comes into particular focus as we enter Holy Week.   We focus a great deal on the […]

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My Three Me’s

March 11, AD2017 1 Comment
My Three Me’s

Heading south from Orlando to Yeehaw Junction, the Florida Turnpike traverses a vast stretch of real estate inhabited almost exclusively by alligators, herons, snakes, and fish.  It’s a lengthy forty-seven miles across the swamp without a single exit.  Last Thursday, traveling to south Florida to speak at a men’s conference, I found myself stuck in […]

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Inside the Faces of Pride

February 11, AD2017 1 Comment
Inside the Faces of Pride

Pride is something most of us understand to a certain extent.  Or, at the very least, we think we know what it looks like when we see it.  Whether seen in business leaders, politicians, celebrities, or neighbors, there is a type of pride that almost all of us recognize.  You can characterize it as bombastic, […]

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Simple Ignatius

January 12, AD2017 3 Comments
Simple Ignatius

Since my first encounter with Ignatian Spirituality years ago, I have spent a lot time both intrigued and mystified by it.  As is often the case with Catholic prayers, much of the material explaining these spiritual exercises retain the language originally used by Ignatius.  While this may be appreciated by those who already understand Ignatius […]

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The Amazing Advent(ure)

December 13, AD2016 0 Comments
The Amazing Advent(ure)

We all have our own thoughts about the season preceding Christmas.  Some of these thoughts might be grounded in solid theological understanding, after all, it is the beginning of the Church year.  Others might be more pedestrian than that, since Advent inhabits the same calendar space as the Christmas shopping season.  Our own sentimental reflections […]

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Aslan is a Lion

November 13, AD2016 8 Comments
Aslan is a Lion

“Aslan is a lion- the Lion, the great Lion.” “Ooh” said Susan. “I’d thought he was a man. Is he-quite safe? I shall feel rather nervous about meeting a lion”…”Safe?” said Mr Beaver …”Who said anything about safe? ‘Course he isn’t safe. But he’s good. He’s the King….” -BEAVER in ‘The Lion, the Witch and […]

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How About Those Apples?

October 13, AD2016 1 Comment
How About Those Apples?

When I lived in the Midwest, Fall was the time when my wife and I headed to the local orchard to pick apples.  We would arrive at the orchard and head immediately to the apple trees.  We would never, ever, head for the peach or cherry trees.  Obviously, since apples come from apple trees, going to the […]

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Supernaturally Oriented Catholicism Grows

September 16, AD2016 5 Comments
Supernaturally Oriented Catholicism Grows

“African Christianity puts a powerful stress on the miraculous, on eternal life, on the active providence of God, on healing grace, and on the divinity of Jesus… The reason a supernaturally oriented Christianity grows is that it is congruent with the purposes of the Holy Spirit, and also that it presents something that the world […]

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Setting Men Ablaze

August 13, AD2016 6 Comments
Setting Men Ablaze

The world of Catholic spirituality is, in a word, immense. Contemplative, Ignatian, Dominican, Carmelite- you get the idea. Yet as I spent time looking for Catholic-based insight on a particular variant of spirituality, I was stunned at the lack of information. It would be an understatement to say that relevant, practical, and engaging material for […]

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The Children of the Promise

July 13, AD2016 0 Comments
The Children of the Promise

Though I am the father of two adopted children, I have long neglected considering the topic of adoption, and how all people are the adopted children of God, from a scriptural or theological perspective.  Years ago, I remember I harbored a certain animosity toward God, thinking that I was somehow less than completely beloved by […]

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Bearing One’s Cross

June 14, AD2016 2 Comments
Bearing One’s Cross

The question of human suffering casts a long shadow on the human experience. If you talk to people long enough, they’ll get around to telling you that the issue of suffering has profoundly affected their spiritual journey. Either they’ll tell you it has brought them deep into the heart of God, or it has been […]

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The Light Weight of Doctrinal Declarations

April 19, AD2016 2 Comments
The Light Weight of Doctrinal Declarations

Have you ever seen this t-shirt logo:  “The Church/Bible teaches it. I believe it. That settles it”? It is a rather pithy and provocative turn of phrase. More importantly, however, it reflects an utter misunderstanding in regards to what it takes to evangelize in a postmodern culture that is secular, humanistic and widely skeptical of […]

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Wrestling with the Restless Heart

March 22, AD2016 3 Comments
Wrestling with the Restless Heart

One of St. Augustine’s most oft-quoted writings,  “…our hearts are restless until they can find rest in you.”, was penned after more than a decade of  the great saints personal wrestlings, as he looked for meaning in his life.  Those words are profoundly important, echoing the long teaching of the Church.  The human ‘heart’, which […]

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