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Author Archive: Todd Nolan

Todd was born and raised just outside of Philadelphia (Go Phils!) but now lives and works in Michigan. He has been involved with the Church, and working with youth, for over 15 years in the areas of ministry, athletics, and education. He has a M.A. in Theology from Catholic Distance University, with a concentration in Ecclesial Service (special thanks to the intercession of St. Joseph of Cupertino). He is a proud family man and has a passion for all things CATHOLIC!

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Vocations, Lifestyles, and Doing God’s Will

January 19, AD2017 0 Comments
Vocations, Lifestyles, and Doing God’s Will

Today’s society is more preoccupied with encouraging its members to pursue attitudes and careers that lead to personal, self-gratifying fulfillment, rather than the universal, selfless service found in vocations. The results are disturbing, as many lose sight of what truly matters in life (and it is not simply about one’s own individual happiness and pleasure). […]

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Merry Christmas and Thank You!

December 28, AD2016 1 Comment
Merry Christmas and Thank You!

[Editor’s Note: This article was published on Catholic Stand on December 25, 2015. We are republishing here for your holiday enjoyment, since the message is inspiring and relevant.] Christmas has always been a time to celebrate with the ones we love. Each year, many anticipate reuniting with family members and friends and look forward to […]

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Living the Season of Advent

December 16, AD2016 0 Comments
Living the Season of Advent

It’s that time of year, Advent; time to begin making out our lists for family, friends, and even ourselves. The cards, the presents, the food – nothing is to be overlooked. However, we must also be sure not to get lost in the festivities of the season. In looking for ways to prepare to commemorate […]

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Strong Catholic Institutions: Offering Hope To A Fallen World

November 22, AD2016 0 Comments
Strong Catholic Institutions: Offering Hope To A Fallen World

Catholic colleges and universities offer unique and rewarding opportunities for today’s undergraduate students. They exist to enlighten, inspire and motivate. They also strive to nurture a desire within that seeks knowledge and purpose beyond the halls of academia. Many have witnessed memorable moments of spiritual enlightenment and fulfillment within such institutions. Sadly, however, others have […]

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Abortion: A Person Can Live Without It

October 19, AD2016 2 Comments
Abortion: A Person Can Live Without It

The most basic understanding, when it comes to civil rights, revolves around the necessary and equal treatment of individuals, regardless of sex, race, or religion. When do these rights begin and who has the right to decide who receives them? During a 2008 Democratic Compassion Forum at Messiah College, Mrs. Clinton was asked the following […]

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St. Bonaventure’s Work on Faith and Reason and How We Can Practice It (Part I)

September 18, AD2016 0 Comments
St. Bonaventure’s Work on Faith and Reason and How We Can Practice It (Part I)

These words from St. Bonaventure begin one of St. John Paul II’s contributions to the Catholic Church, his encyclical, Fides et Ratio (FR): Faith and reason are like two wings on which the human spirit rises to the contemplation of truth; and God has placed in the human heart a desire to the truth—in a word, to […]

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Prayerful Reflection For The Upcoming Election

August 17, AD2016 0 Comments
Prayerful Reflection For The Upcoming Election

This election season has been placing many into a state of confusion, leaving them to wonder about the direction our nation will soon be heading in. As Christians, we must remain rooted in our convictions. In these moments, I am reminded of the words of St. Pio of Pietrelcina, “Pray, hope, and don’t worry.” Joshua […]

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“I Used To Be Catholic”

July 14, AD2016 10 Comments
“I Used To Be Catholic”

If you speak with enough Catholics, you will eventually become familiar with the phrase, “I used to be Catholic.” Sometimes, it seems as if being Catholic is more a matter of ancestry than anything else. Just as some choose to celebrate certain traditions that pertain to one’s ethnicity, so too, they accept only certain teachings […]

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Bringing Back What Is True and Good

June 16, AD2016 0 Comments
Bringing Back What Is True and Good

  Religious values are constantly under attack today. Truth and order have been replaced by confusion and chaos. The former offered direction and purpose. The later reveals uncertainty and despair. This unfortunate reality distorts objective truth and intensifies moral relativism, thus continuing to reduce society to the lowest common denominator. This becomes troublesome when one […]

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Serving the World through Our Children

May 22, AD2016 0 Comments
Serving the World through Our Children

Relaxation takes many forms. From exercising, to reading a good book, to sitting on the beach watching a beautiful sunset. There are wonderful ways to unwind in our lives. Since the birth of the newest addition to our family, I have now found a new one – giving a bottle. There is something rewarding about […]

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Resilience of the Church, from Martyrs to Monks

April 21, AD2016 0 Comments
Resilience of the Church, from Martyrs to Monks

The first century Christians began as a group of individuals who continued to hold on to their Jewish roots, but recognized Jesus Christ as the Son of God. This would soon cause division as they would begin to pray and worship as a distinct group, and abandon the traditions of their strict, Jewish contemporaries. Dialogue […]

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Catholic Is As Catholic Does

March 26, AD2016 1 Comment
Catholic Is As Catholic Does

Every time I read about a Catholic institution honoring someone who harbors contrary views to the Church, I cringe. Now, I realize I should be used to this by now as these events are commonplace today. However, I become more and more disappointed at the complacency on the part of Catholic institutions of higher learning, […]

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The Zika Virus and the Demographic Winter

February 20, AD2016 1 Comment
The Zika Virus and the Demographic Winter

Stories concerning the Zika virus have been all over the news, lately, and for good reason. I am all in favor of informing the public regarding various diseases, as well as methods to keep one (and their family members) safe from them. However, I begin to get concerned when individuals, some of whom lack sound […]

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Marching On

January 22, AD2016 2 Comments
Marching On

The Roe v Wade decision still remains unsettling to many. Since that day a culture of death has permeated society, and the world. Nevertheless, many continue to defend the voiceless, and will stand up for them, again, this year, united with others in our nation’s capital. This is a testimony to an unwillingness to accept […]

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Being Thankful for a Catholic Education

November 28, AD2015 5 Comments
Being Thankful for a Catholic Education

During this time of year, we pause and give thanks for all of the blessings we have in our lives. These blessings become even more significant when we recognize that many do not have them, or at least do not have them to the degree we do. Giving thanks is something we should do often […]

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On the Simplicity of God

October 31, AD2015 1 Comment
On the Simplicity of God

St. Thomas Aquinas, in his ability to know Who and What God is, chose a unique path in which to travel. Many are familiar with his work, Summa Theologica. His use of apophatic theology led to an incredible understanding of God’s nature, not because it is based on facts/proofs about Who God is, but rather […]

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Pope Francis: A Crusader for Hope and the Common Good

October 2, AD2015 0 Comments
Pope Francis: A Crusader for Hope and the Common Good

    The Holy Father’s stay in America may be over, but his impact will be felt for quite some time. His visit provided multiple opportunities for reflection and growth, and his hope was that many would be transformed and inspired by his words. Whether believers, or non-believers, all were amazed by his presence. His […]

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Saint Giles: A Saint For Today

September 4, AD2015 0 Comments
Saint Giles: A Saint For Today

  Of all the gifts Holy Mother Church has bestowed on us, one of the greatest is the saints. These ordinary men and women, who lived extraordinary lives of heroic virtue while on earth, continue to demonstrate the timeless true beauty and greatness our Church has to offer. As a Catholic high school teacher, I […]

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Planned Parenthood: The Price of Justice

August 17, AD2015 0 Comments
Planned Parenthood: The Price of Justice

  Recent videos, recorded by the Center for Medical Progress (CMP), will continue to add to the mounting disapproval of Planned Parenthood’s (PP) methods of providing what they refer to as women’s healthcare. It appears the winds of change might begin to blow are blowing in a new direction now, and though this is cause […]

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Is Marriage a Lifestyle or Something More?

July 16, AD2015 17 Comments
Is Marriage a Lifestyle or Something More?

The Supreme Court’s recent rendering on same-sex marriage continues to be met with mixed emotions. Many feel this was the correct decision since those who practice a same-sex lifestyle should be entitled to the same rights as heterosexuals. Others feel that the institution of marriage was dealt, yet another, critical blow. Regardless of one’s position, […]

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