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Author Archive: Paul Oakes

Ever the creative type, Paul is an avid writer, actor, filmmaker, artist, and musician. He's also extremely passionate about his Catholic faith. Currently, he resides on the border between Pennsylvania and Maryland.

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Soften Our Hearts of Stone and Help Us Repent

March 19, AD2017 1 Comment
Soften Our Hearts of Stone and Help Us Repent

Most Christians know the story of Jonah being swallowed by the whale but I wonder how many recall just how and why it came about. Jonah got swallowed by the whale because he was a disobedient prophet who rejected his divine commission to tell the people of Nineveh to repent. Jonah was told by God […]

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Pride and Humility, Vice and Virtue

February 17, AD2017 0 Comments
Pride and Humility, Vice and Virtue

If you go to the website Brainy Quotes and do a search on “pride” you are apt to find more quotes lauding pride than those that disdain it. But the Bible is pretty clear about pride: “Pride goes before disaster, and a haughty spirit before a fall. It is better to be humble with the […]

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Knowing Your Enemy And Fighting Back

January 21, AD2017 2 Comments
Knowing Your Enemy And Fighting Back

  Satan, Lucifer, the Devil, the Father of Lies – many of us, we grew up hearing one or more of these names. But how much do we really know about this fallen angel? What image comes to mind when someone mentions the Devil or Beelzebub? Do you imagine a big red guy with horns, […]

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St. Joseph: Model of a Righteous Man

December 19, AD2016 3 Comments
St. Joseph: Model of a Righteous Man

Christmas is fast approaching, but even for good Catholics, it’s sometimes easy to lose sight of the real reason we celebrate. It also doesn’t help with the secular world’s ever-more insistent message of ‘buy this, buy that; you haven’t lived until you own one of these; she’ll REALLY love you if you get her this; […]

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Sent Out to Embrace the Awkward Journey

November 19, AD2016 0 Comments
Sent Out to Embrace the Awkward Journey

A while back, my friend Heather suggested a topic for a Catholic Stand article: “What it’s really like to be a youth leader.” The only problem with this suggestion was that I had no idea what it was like to be a youth leader. When Heather made her suggestion in late April, early May, the […]

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Forgiveness Is Stronger Than Hate

October 21, AD2016 3 Comments
Forgiveness Is Stronger Than Hate

  After He was nailed to the cross, Jesus asked for forgiveness for his executioners. Some 2,000 years later His message of forgiveness is every bit as important now as it was then. “It’s the hardest thing to give away, And the last thing on your mind today, it always goes to those who don’t […]

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Glowing in the Dark: Teens On Fire

September 25, AD2016 0 Comments
Glowing in the Dark: Teens On Fire

  Speaking to tens of thousands of teenagers and young pilgrims at a candlelight vigil in the city of Freiburg, at the end of his Sept. 22-25, 2011 state visit to Germany, Pope Benedict XVI challenged those present with these stirring and unforgettable words: “Dare to be glowing saints, in whose eyes and hearts the […]

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Mustard Seed Faith

August 25, AD2016 1 Comment
Mustard Seed Faith

Back in high school, my shop teacher had us recite the abbreviated version Reinhold Niebuhr’s Serenity Prayer, the first sentence of the prayer popularized by Alcoholics Anonymous and other twelve-step programs. At the time, I had no idea why we recited it at the beginning of each class. God grant me the serenity to accept the things […]

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God’s Hands and Feet

June 26, AD2016 2 Comments
God’s Hands and Feet

“Christ has no body now but yours. No hands, no feet on earth but yours. Yours are the eyes through which he looks compassion on this world. Yours are the feet with which he walks to do good. Yours are the hands through which he blesses all the world. Yours are the hands, yours are […]

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New Life/ New Song

May 29, AD2016 2 Comments
New Life/ New Song

“Sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the earth!” ~ Psalm 96:1 In 2012, if someone had said I’d one day be a musician, I probably would’ve politely turned the conversation around. It wasn’t that I was against the idea. (Who hasn’t dreamed of being a big rock star?) Or that […]

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Why Catholic, Why Not?

April 24, AD2016 2 Comments
Why Catholic, Why Not?

“So much of what I had learned as a Protestant was opinion, hearsay, and rumor. When I read the Early Church Fathers, I found that they were Catholic in their ecclesiology and theology, and this forced me to study what the Catholic Church said about itself. When I learned the truth, I then became accountable […]

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The Motion of Mercy, or Going Through the Motions?

April 3, AD2016 0 Comments
The Motion of Mercy, or Going Through the Motions?

Today is Divine Mercy Sunday in the Jubilee Year of Mercy. Pope Francis dedicated this entire year to the crucial role of mercy in the lives of Christians. Pope St. John Paul II articulated people’s desperate need for mercy on June 7, 1997 when he visited the tomb of St. Maria Faustina Kowalska in Lagiewniki, Poland. “There […]

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