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Author Archive: Pete Socks

Pete Socks converted to the Catholic faith in 1996. He continues to learn the riches of our Faith through books. The passion to read has led to his ministry as a book reviewer for leading Catholic publishers. You can find his reviews, author interviews and weekly giveaways at The Catholic Book Blogger (www.catholicbookblogger.com). Pete is also passionate about how technology can aid in building ones faith. You can find his writing on this topic at Biblezon (www.biblezon.com) the home of the Catholic faith building tablet. He hopes to combine what he finds between the covers of books and in leading Catholic technology to share insightful topics with the audience here at Catholic Stand. When not reading and writing, Pete is the happily married father of five working his way through life in rural PA.

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The Ambassador, Michael Novak, Lent a Hand

February 18, AD2017 2 Comments
The Ambassador, Michael Novak, Lent a Hand

My name and The Catholic Book Blogger have become one it seems.  Many people know me for my reviews and interviews. However, there was a time when I was simply a struggling greenhorn blogger just striking out on a self-hosted blog. That all changed one day with a chance encounter that has ultimately led me […]

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Focus Your Efforts

October 25, AD2016 0 Comments
Focus Your Efforts

We are living in a world where we are constantly inundated with information. The news comes to us almost immediately as it happens. In fact, we pretty much carry the news in our pockets with the smartphone technology available to us today. This convenience comes to us at a price, however. We lose focus. Do […]

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SexEd: A Catholic Mother’s Conviction

October 16, AD2016 41 Comments
SexEd: A Catholic Mother’s Conviction

Imagine for a moment that an innocent inquiry throws you into what amounts to a political firestorm. Your only purpose was to defend your Catholic faith. You meant no malice towards anyone. There was no personal agenda. The intent behind your inquiry and concern was merely to ensure that the teachings of the Church were being respected and […]

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Strengthen Our Seminarians

October 11, AD2016 3 Comments
Strengthen Our Seminarians

Fred Craddock passed away in 2015. He was professor of preaching ay Candler School of Theology, one of 13 seminaries of the United Methodist Church. Now before you think I’ve gone totally of the rails here I would like to offer a quote of his which is relevant to Catholics as well. He is discussing […]

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Refining Gold

September 26, AD2016 0 Comments
Refining Gold

We go to Mass, we go to confession frequently but we are not quite perfect are we? We are inherently human. We slip, we fall, we make mistakes. We often face trials in our lives. Some shake us to our core. Some, though they may not seem so at the time, effect a course alteration […]

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Be a Flame, Evangelize

July 15, AD2016 0 Comments
Be a Flame, Evangelize

In our day to day lives, we encounter many people. In those encounters, opportunities arise which allow us to share our faith. Do we? We are called to. The last three popes have all spoken of the New Evangelization, a mission specifically designed for the laity. How we carry out that mission determines if we […]

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The Eagle and the Rattlesnake

July 2, AD2016 0 Comments
The Eagle and the Rattlesnake

We often judge people don’t we? We put up invisible walls against those we don’t trust. Somehow we sense when someone is “up to no good” and means to do us harm. However, do we stop and think about our own intentions? I think we often forget that due to original sin we are in […]

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Your Heavenly Home

June 17, AD2016 1 Comment
Your Heavenly Home

Commercialism is all around us. It stares us in the face as we watch TV. Buy this fancy new vehicle and you will have a big smile on your face like this family…..maybe even balloons! Rush out and buy this new leather recliner and you’ll sleep like a baby…just like this guy. What don’t you […]

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Handling Criticism

June 3, AD2016 2 Comments
Handling Criticism

It seems no matter what our station in life we are bound to be the object of criticism at some point. Perhaps you are a teacher whom parents criticize their teaching style. Maybe you are a sports coach who is criticized for making the wrong call at a crucial point in the game. Priests and […]

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A Person’s A Person No Matter How Small

May 25, AD2016 1 Comment
A Person’s A Person No Matter How Small

That famous line comes from the book Horton Hears a Who by Dr. Suess. The books main character of Horton the Elephant, while splashing in a pool, hears a small speck of dust talking to him. Horton believes that a small person lives on the speck and places it on a clover, vowing to protect […]

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Confession: The Light is On for You

March 30, AD2016 1 Comment
Confession: The Light is On for You

Fear, anxiety, dread, embarrassment. These are all emotions one may feel when faced with having to go to confession. This is not how it needs to be, in fact it’s not how it’s meant to be. One thing to remember is that the sacrament of Confession is less about us and more about God. How […]

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Pope Judging 101

March 10, AD2016 25 Comments
Pope Judging 101

There seems to be a rather disturbing trend in what I would call papacy bashing. This recent trend is fueled by a media that is focused exclusively on gaining ground via sound bites. These sound bites are more often than not misquoted and taken out of context. Pope Francis has become a frequent victim of […]

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The Book That Changed My Life

March 5, AD2016 3 Comments
The Book That Changed My Life

  In 2013 I embarked upon a journey. There have been many twists and turns in that journey and it has led me here to Catholic Stand. Before my time here you likely have gotten to know me as The Catholic Book Blogger. That’s where my reversion story begins. I am a convert who joined […]

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The Incredible Journey of a Satanist to Pro-Life Warrior

January 22, AD2016 4 Comments
The Incredible Journey of a Satanist to Pro-Life Warrior

The pro-life movement has been filled with numerous stories of interest since the fight began with the Roe v. Wade decision in 1973. The numbers of abortions performed since then are staggering. Today there are many abortion survivors who speak out against abortion and there are those who have had abortions that are witnesses to […]

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Suffering For a Reason: Not What Yoda Would Advise

January 15, AD2016 3 Comments
Suffering For a Reason: Not What Yoda Would Advise

“Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hatred. Hatred leads to suffering.” This quote comes from Star Wars’ Master Yoda in in an exchange with the young Anakin Skywalker. An interesting statement to say the least but our faith tells us more. As Paul writes in Romans 5:3-5: “Not only that, but we even boast […]

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Labor: We Work the Whole Day Through

December 18, AD2015 3 Comments
Labor: We Work the Whole Day Through

Work is for man, not man for work. This teaching comes to us from the Church and specifically the Catechism 2428. The question that comes to mind is what, if any, value is there in work? Are we destined to toil our days away with no intrinsic value to our labors? When do we put a […]

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Introduction: Humility In the Combox

November 20, AD2015 6 Comments
Introduction: Humility In the Combox

I tend to look at first articles in a new home as a chance to introduce yourself. In that spirit, and since I’m the new kid on the block here at Catholic Stand…hello! Some of you may already be familiar with my work and my backstory. For those that are not, I’m otherwise known online as […]

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