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Away from Rome for 35 years, Richard ran the gamut from married Assemblies of God minister to 15 years as an “LGBT” activist before seeing the non-gaiety of his former lifestyle and religious choices. He reconnected with the Church in 2005 and was confirmed at age 50 during the 2006 Easter Vigil. His story was first featured in This Rock/Catholic Answers magazine during 2008 and nationally shared on Gus Lloyd’s “Seize the Day” radio broadcast in 2009. Richard’s journey was later posted on the “Why I’m Catholic” website and remains one of their most visited conversion essays, and presented on Patrick Madrid's daily radio program in 2015. Besides Catholic Stand, he shares occasional pieces for Public Discourse, ChurchPOP, and manages his own blog to boot. His studies include 8 years of theology, divided evenly between Protestant and Catholic perspectives. Music is another of his passions, particularly classic jazz, blues early rock—and Gregorian Chant. He has worked in various facets of healthcare for nearly 40 years and is a 4th Degree Knight of Columbus. Richard resides in Minneapolis, MN and is a member of All Saints Catholic Church.

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Spiritual Friendship—Some Observations

January 24, AD2016 49 Comments
Spiritual Friendship—Some Observations

Lately, within the last 2-3 years especially, a grassroots movement has been quietly taking hold within certain circles of Catholicism. There is a group of people who, like me, have same-sex attractions (SSA) and are looking for legitimate ways to cope with their feelings while remaining true to Church teaching.  So far so good. Their umbrella […]

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The Holy Family, Holiday Movies, and Divorce

December 27, AD2015 3 Comments
The Holy Family, Holiday Movies, and Divorce

I need to quit watching Lifetime Network movies. Or TV. Or both. Okay not all of it, but probably two-thirds or more. This month the channel I mentioned is having a marathon, as they generally do, of “holiday movies.” As I said, some of them are really good. But the majority, not unexpectedly, do not […]

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All Saints, All Souls, All Strivers

November 1, AD2015 8 Comments
All Saints, All Souls, All Strivers

Today is one of the most powerful and beautiful Solemnities within the Church Calendar: the Feast of All Saints. Tomorrow, and closely connected to All Saints, is All Souls Day, another solemn Feast that encourages us to pray and intercede for those who have passed on before us. In fact, the exhortation to do so […]

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Francis of Assisi — My Saint and Friend

October 4, AD2015 0 Comments
Francis of Assisi — My Saint and Friend

    Sometimes we pick a patron Saint, and sometimes they pick us. Likely it is some of both, as in my case 10 years ago today, when I returned to the Catholic Faith. I woke up at around 5 AM that rain soaked morning, trudged on foot nearly a mile to St Olaf Catholic […]

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Pope Francis and Manic Opportunity

September 6, AD2015 13 Comments
Pope Francis and Manic Opportunity

Oxford defines manic, in its adjective form, as a person or group “showing wild and apparently deranged excitement and energy.” It is thus safe to say that the so-called “Francis effect,” soon to be appearing in our own back or front yard, can be challenging in this exact regard, even to ourselves as Catholics. No serious Catholic […]

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Same-Sex Attraction and the “Courage” to Live

August 8, AD2015 31 Comments
Same-Sex Attraction and the “Courage” to Live

Have you heard of Courage International? It is the official Catholic apostolate for men, women, and their loved ones who struggle with SSA (same-sex attraction). I have a very dear young friend by the name of Andrés, who is a beautiful Latino man, and who was born and raised in Mexico, where he still lives. […]

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Same-Sex Relations: Lessons From A Burning Bush

July 12, AD2015 47 Comments
Same-Sex Relations: Lessons From A Burning Bush

It was Thanksgiving, 2008. The family had gathered for an amazing meal and increasingly rare time of just enjoying each other. I was admittedly taken aback when not one but two of my loved ones, who had attended my confirmation at age 50 just 2 years earlier, used that same family gathering as an occasion […]

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Dreams and Nightmares, Marriage and Me

July 1, AD2015 4 Comments
Dreams and Nightmares, Marriage and Me

There have been two times in my life when I considered myself at least moderately “popular” in the classically American societal sense. The first was during the 12 years when I was an fairly successful Assemblies of God minister, with a pretty wife and, at least within charismatic Christian circles, for the most part well-liked […]

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A Good Man’s Happy Death

June 13, AD2015 17 Comments
A Good Man’s Happy Death

Just over 2 months ago, my father, Donald Leroy Evans, journeyed into eternity. I wrote elsewhere recently about my own experience with him, bridging chasms we once had, due in large part to my SSA (same sex attraction) struggles and the closeness we later shared in the last number of years since my return to […]

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Make-Up and Martyrdom—And Wake-Up Calls

June 19, AD2014 1 Comment
Make-Up and Martyrdom—And Wake-Up Calls

Tonight I was awakened from a rather long nap to the EWTN (Eternal Word Television Network) and Johnnette Benkovic’s very fine program by the name of “Women of Grace.” May I first say that, as a proud nearly 60-year-old type of guy I inwardly groan and generally turn the channel quickly when such shows are […]

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Praying Across the Mysteries: A Fresh Look at the Newest Saint’s Most Beloved Supplication

April 24, AD2014 4 Comments
Praying Across the Mysteries: A Fresh Look at the Newest Saint’s Most Beloved Supplication

As of this weekend, we will now have not one, but two new canonized Pope/Saints in the Church who each fulfilled their Papacies, beginning to end, within my lifetime. Yes I am that old! Laying that thought of my ever-increasing ancientness aside, both contributed to the Church in ways so numerous and far-reaching that it […]

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General Confession: Slamming the Door to Satan and Self this Lent

March 24, AD2014 15 Comments
General Confession: Slamming the Door to Satan and Self this Lent

Lent, as you read this, is approximately half done now—soon you will be able to eat candy again, have that evening glass of wine, or say a welcome goodbye to whatever you may have chosen as a Lenten penance this year. It will be over and you (and I) will be quite candidly relieved as […]

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