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Author Archive: Nicholas LaBanca

Nicholas is 20-something cradle Catholic who wears many hats, (husband, father, tradesman, religious education catechist, liberal arts college graduate, et al.) and hopes to give a unique perspective on life in the Church as a millennial. His favorite saints include his patron St. Nicholas, St. Ignatius of Loyola, St. Thomas Aquinas, St. John Mary Vianney and St. Athanasius of Alexandria. He currently writes for the Diocese of Joliet's monthly magazine, "Christ Is Our Hope".

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A Byzantine Look at Worshipping Ad Orientem, Part II

September 12, AD2017 0 Comments
A Byzantine Look at Worshipping Ad Orientem, Part II

This is the second and final interview with a duo of Byzantine Rite Catholic priests on the benefits of traditional elements in worship; principally, the offering of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass ad orientem. The first interview with Fr. Thomas Loya can be found here. Today, we sit down with Fr. Alexander Wroblicky, a […]

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A Byzantine Look at Worshipping Ad Orientem, Part I

August 29, AD2017 0 Comments
A Byzantine Look at Worshipping Ad Orientem, Part I

Last year, Robert Cardinal Sarah urged pastors the world over to “return as soon as possible to a common orientation, of priests and the faithful turned together in the same direction—Eastwards or at least towards the apse—to the Lord who comes, in those parts of the liturgical rites when we are addressing God.” To worship […]

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The Magisterium and the Dilemma of Dissent

August 3, AD2017 26 Comments
The Magisterium and the Dilemma of Dissent

There used to be a time when many of the world’s Catholic Christians submitted to the Church’s vision of faith and morals. The teaching authority of the Church was respected and trusted by Catholics the world over. However, the 21st century is a different time. There are more baptized Catholics now than ever before. Sadly, […]

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Church and Spiritual Maturity in Christian Life

July 6, AD2017 0 Comments
Church and Spiritual Maturity in Christian Life

People love sound bites. If it’s short, to the point, and appears powerful, people will take that sound bite and share it with others on social media. Recently, I came across one such soundbite, scrolling through Facebook’s newsfeed. My eyes caught a quote (in meme form) by Evangelical author and speaker, Elyse M. Fitzpatrick. She […]

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Reclaiming the Ancient Beauty of the Latin Rite

May 26, AD2017 6 Comments
Reclaiming the Ancient Beauty of the Latin Rite

This past Lent and Easter I spent a lot of time at a Byzantine (Ruthenian) Catholic parish near my home. As someone who often gets up between 4:30 – 5:30 am for work, making daily Mass is typically pretty hard to do on the average weekday. That’s why I was blessed to have this parish […]

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Differences in Doctrine Are Not Mere Window Dressings

April 28, AD2017 5 Comments
Differences in Doctrine Are Not Mere Window Dressings

With the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation coming up later this year, it’s sad to note that while great strides have been made in ecumenical outreach between the various Christian communities out there, there are still many things that divide us. However, there are more than a few Christians, typically those outside of mainline Protestant […]

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Ugly Churches and Modern Day Iconoclasm

March 26, AD2017 23 Comments
Ugly Churches and Modern Day Iconoclasm

Recently, my wife and I had to attend Mass at a different church outside of our diocese. Now I’ve walked into some ugly Catholic churches before, but this one stood out in its preeminent blandness. The church was basically a holdover from the proponents of a neo-iconoclasm, something which had been originally condemned as heretical […]

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