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Retired engineer from Texas, because the cowboy thing on the ranch growing up didn't work out. Actually rode the Vomit Comet at NASA in Houston once, being totally weightless for 20 minutes!

Married with two kids and Vinnie the Wonder Dog. I love the Church and what it stands for. Without the sacraments, I am nothing.

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The High Priestly Prayer of Jesus

February 21, AD2018 0 Comments
The High Priestly Prayer of Jesus

John 17 contains the longest recorded prayer of Jesus Christ, which he said right after the Last Supper. Jesus, the Eternal High Priest, is in direct conflict with Caiaphas, the Jewish High Priest in the Jerusalem Temple for that year. The Romans had taken over appointing the High Priest from the Jewish Nation, as part […]

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The Bible Canon – 73 Books or 66 Books?

January 20, AD2018 3 Comments
The Bible Canon – 73 Books or 66 Books?

So why does the Catholic Bible have 73 books, while the Protestant Bible has only 66 books? Some Protestants believe that the Catholic Church added 7 books to the Bible at the Council of Trent in response to Luther’s Reformation, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. The Original Catholic Canon In about 367 […]

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The Hail Mary, a Biblical Prayer to the Mother of God

December 21, AD2017 2 Comments
The Hail Mary, a Biblical Prayer to the Mother of God

The “Hail Mary” is one of the most beautiful prayers in the world. It combines the words of the Archangel Gabriel (who is a messenger from God), the words of St. Elizabeth (the mother of John the Baptist, who was filled with the Holy Spirit while still in her womb), and ends with a very […]

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Overcoming Pornography in Your Life

November 28, AD2017 0 Comments
Overcoming Pornography in Your Life

Pornography has become the most accepted forbidden fruit in the entire world. Looking at naked people for personal pleasure is strictly forbidden by God in His Word (Matthew 5:28). So why has it crossed over into the mainstream as being healthy and good? Because the Bible says in 1 John 5:19 that the whole world […]

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Jesus Christ, the “New” Adam

October 19, AD2017 2 Comments
Jesus Christ, the “New” Adam

In 1 Corinthians 15:45, St. Paul compares Jesus to Adam, Thus it is written, The first man Adam became a living being;” the last Adam became a life-giving spirit. This is one of those very simple scripture verses that packs a wallop theologically. Let’s take a look at other verses of scripture and see how […]

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The Power of the Church

September 22, AD2017 4 Comments
The Power of the Church

There is a movement today in the world that denies the power of the Church of Jesus Christ in our lives. The narrative goes something like this: “I’m spiritual, not religious. I have my bible and my beliefs about God, and I don’t need any organized church to tell me what to think or what […]

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The Catholic St. Paul

August 19, AD2017 0 Comments
The Catholic St. Paul

Many people today claim that St. Paul, not Martin Luther, was the first Protestant. Why? Because Paul was not one of the original twelve apostles and seemed to be going around the country planting churches. Some even claim that each of these churches was autonomous, with no central authority like Peter; that is certainly the […]

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The God Confirmation

July 20, AD2017 5 Comments
The God Confirmation

Today there are many people who claim to be atheists. Some famous ones, like Richard Dawkins and the late Christopher Hitchens, have even written books with the usual misapplication of scientific facts that somehow disprove the existence of God.  The purpose of this article will be to take a rational look at the world we […]

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The Catholic Church and Science

June 22, AD2017 7 Comments
The Catholic Church and Science

Many people erroneously believe that the dark ages were caused by the Catholic Church and its hatred of science/love of superstition, and its dominant control of the mind of man during what has been called the “medieval” or “dark ages.”  But nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, just the opposite is true. […]

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Baptists at the Door!

March 21, AD2017 22 Comments
Baptists at the Door!

baptists The other day, some really nice young men, Baptists, came to my front door, and we had a very interesting conversation. I wish I had been better prepared, but I did present to them some Bible verses that they had not thought about before. The rest of this article goes into some of these […]

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The Horror of Sin

February 22, AD2017 3 Comments
The Horror of Sin

Sin.  Why is that one three-letter word so dangerous to mankind? Because it is the one thing that will keep us from ever being happy and fulfilled. Sin has the power to turn us away from God, instead of toward the light of Christ. Sin leads us away from Jesus and heaven, and towards the […]

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Saved by Faith Alone?

January 23, AD2017 6 Comments
Saved by Faith Alone?

It has been going on ever since the Protestant Reformation in 1517, five hundred years ago.  The bible verses in question are when Paul says that we also believe in Christ Jesus, that we may be justified by the faith of Christ and not by the works of the law  (Gal 2:16), and when James […]

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The Kingdom of Jesus Christ on Earth

December 30, AD2016 4 Comments
The Kingdom of Jesus Christ on Earth

During this Christmas season, it’s good to take a look at what the true meaning of the birth of Christ was. It was not only God being born on earth, although it certainly was that. The birth of Jesus, in fact, was the restoration of the divine Kingdom on earth, with the King of Kings […]

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Mary, Mary, Quite Necessary

November 25, AD2016 16 Comments
Mary, Mary, Quite Necessary

One of the great divides in Catholic-Protestant relationships is the Mother of Jesus, the Blessed Virgin Mary. Most, if not all, Protestants simply cannot fathom why Catholics put such a premium on including her in our prayers and in our Church. They wrongly believe that we are “worshiping her” when we are actually invoking her […]

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Debunking Myths about Catholic History

October 25, AD2016 5 Comments
Debunking Myths about Catholic History

  There are many false things that some people believe about Catholicism, especially when it comes to historical facts. Let’s examine some of these myths and hopefully explain what the truth really is. Catholic Priests Chained Bibles in Church to Keep People from Reading Them Yes, Catholic priests did keep Bibles chained to the podium, but […]

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How the Devil Deceives Us

September 28, AD2016 14 Comments
How the Devil Deceives Us

Most of the readers of Catholic Stand are probably aware of the wicked deception going on today in the world. St. Paul warned us about this in 2 Thessalonians 2: 10. This was addressed in a previous column here. But the purpose of this article is to see exactly how Satan tries to deceive us. […]

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Invoking the Holy Spirit in Our Lives

July 25, AD2016 0 Comments
Invoking the Holy Spirit in Our Lives

The Holy Spirit is the third person of the Blessed Trinity, just as active in the world today as ever. The Bible says that the Holy Spirit created the world (Genesis 1:2), led Jesus into the desert (Matthew 4:1), comes to us at Confirmation (Acts 8:18), and intercedes for us in sighs that we cannot understand […]

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The Basics on Indulgences

June 23, AD2016 5 Comments
The Basics on Indulgences

Indulgences! The very name stirs up emotions about Martin Luther and the initial cause of the Reformation. While the Council of Trent way back in the sixteenth century corrected some local German abuses about the selling of indulgences, the Catholic Church has never done away with granting indulgences. Selling holy things, like indulgences, is the sin […]

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The Spiritual Life by Analogy

June 4, AD2016 5 Comments
The Spiritual Life by Analogy

An analogy is a comparison of one thing to another. There are many spiritual analogies out there, ways in which we can illustrate how Christians live in the secular world today. Let’s explore some of them. Analogy 1: Lunar Expedition When the Apollo astronauts went to the moon, they had to live in a very […]

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The Immaculate Heart of Mary

May 21, AD2016 4 Comments
The Immaculate Heart of Mary

There are many devotions in the Holy Catholic Church, all of which lead us to Christ. None of them exist for any purpose other than to help us to know Jesus, to love Jesus, and to serve Jesus in this world, so that we get to spend a blissful eternity with Him in Heaven, forever. […]

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Conscience and Catechism

April 28, AD2016 11 Comments
Conscience and Catechism

The Catechism of the Holy Catholic Church I recently had two very enlightening conversations on the subject of conscience: one with a teenage girl at CCD, and one with a Jesuit priest in his seventies. The teenage girl told me that she thought that homosexuality was okay, because, she said, love is love, and love […]

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The Eucharist: Overcoming the Forbidden Fruit

April 13, AD2016 9 Comments
The Eucharist: Overcoming the Forbidden Fruit

There is so much to be said about the Eucharist. It is Christ’s supreme gift of Himself to mankind. We can never truly thank God enough for this new Passover meal, which replaces an ordinary sacrificed lamb with The Lamb of God, Jesus Himself. It is the true food that replaces the forbidden fruit. What […]

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Personalizing the Passion, Part Two

March 25, AD2016 2 Comments
Personalizing the Passion, Part Two

Last year, I wrote an article called Personalizing the Passion.  After much thought, I decided to follow up on that article with a slightly different twist.  This time, let’s take a look at some of the characters in the Passion, and then examine ourselves to see which one(s) we most closely represent in our daily […]

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The World vs. The Bible

February 26, AD2016 1 Comment
The World vs. The Bible

For any human on planet Earth to have a chance to get to Heaven, choices have to be made. These choices include deciding on whether or not the things of this world are more important to us than the things of the next world are. Sometimes, loving the things of this world can make us […]

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