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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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Being Spiritually Active in Everyday Life

July 23, AD2017 1 Comment
Being Spiritually Active in Everyday Life

I was pleasantly surprised by the response that my previous article, entitled The Devil Preys on Idle Souls, received from viewers. As a result, I want to continue this theme and offer insight into one specific method when it comes to defending ourselves daily against the devil’s tactics. A strong defense is just as essential […]

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The Devil Preys on Idle Souls

June 24, AD2017 2 Comments
The Devil Preys on Idle Souls

Early within The Acts of the Apostles, angels gain the attention of Christ’s chosen through a provocative question. As the eleven stare in amazement at Christ’s Ascension into heaven, they soon hear the following words, “Men of Galilee, why are you standing there looking at the sky?” (Acts 1:11)  This brings to light the fact […]

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“Pro Deo et Patria”: A Memorial Day Reflection

May 22, AD2017 3 Comments
“Pro Deo et Patria”: A Memorial Day Reflection

Memorial Day is upon us. For many, this is a time to prepare the backyard pool, warm up the grill, and invite family and friends over for a good old-fashioned B-B-Q. For me, Memorial Day is still about family and friends, but it is also about the U-S-A. From as far back as I can […]

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Marriage and Contemplative Prayer

April 20, AD2017 2 Comments
Marriage and Contemplative Prayer

Marriage tests us in ways we never thought possible. This vocation challenges us to die to ourselves and at the same time inspires and encourages us to rise to a new life united to another. This is a journey that finds its ultimate reality in God. St. Teresa of Avila and St. John of the […]

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Submariners, St. Joseph, and Lent

March 28, AD2017 2 Comments
Submariners, St. Joseph, and Lent

Lent is often a struggle for me. Trying to find just the right ways to prepare can sometimes leave me unsettled. What should I give up? How much time should I spend in prayer? How much should I donate? Who should I give it to? What else could I be doing? How do I know […]

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Apologetics: Tackling Belief, Truth, and Moral Relativism

February 15, AD2017 0 Comments
Apologetics: Tackling Belief, Truth, and Moral Relativism

Today’s secular society operates on an array of levels when it comes to belief, truth, and moral relativism. For this reason, it becomes necessary to examine these entities in our world to provide an adequate response to moments when their meanings become convoluted. Belief and truth can convey deeply held convictions of an individual or […]

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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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