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Pope Francis Just Cannot Catch a Break

December 13, AD2017 16 Comments
Pope Francis Just Cannot Catch a Break

Even when Pope Francis agrees with the CCC he gets criticized. In case you haven’t heard there is a new  ‘Pope Francis controversy.’  The controversy has to do with the translation of the sixth petition of the Our Father – “Lead us not into temptation.” Here’s the background. Four years ago (2013) the French bishops made a […]

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Development, Dissent, and Infallible Teaching, Part I

December 1, AD2017 18 Comments
Development, Dissent, and Infallible Teaching, Part I

Many Catholic Christians believe that what the Church teaches on one or more subjects regarding faith and morals is wrong. Such Catholics try to legitimize their dissent from those teachings by appealing to cases where a teaching has apparently “changed”, or they note that such a teaching has “never been taught infallibly”. Since the Church […]

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Conversion: The Doorway to Transformation

November 30, AD2017 1 Comment
Conversion: The Doorway to Transformation

Conversion: Learning from a Child My Religious Order allowed me to go home this year for the Thanksgiving Holiday.  To say I am overjoyed by this gift is an understatement.  Now, one of the many blessings I receive when I visit my family in Michigan is the time I get to spend with my two […]

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Mortification: An Ancient Part of the Christian Spiritual Life

November 24, AD2017 21 Comments
Mortification: An Ancient Part of the Christian Spiritual Life

 “Shaun, please come see me. Thanks.” An email from my boss popped up, so I went over immediately. Walking into her office she noticed my shoelace, “Oh! Your shoe is untied.”  Without thinking, I blurted out, “Oh, that’s a mortification.”  Pause. In the nanoseconds after I said this I realized, 1) she is going to be totally […]

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Seeing Faces:  A Call to Have the Eyes of a Shepherd

November 13, AD2017 1 Comment
Seeing Faces:  A Call to Have the Eyes of a Shepherd

No Faceless Crowd Before Jesus When we read, study, and pray with the Gospels it is important for us to remember who is the audience that Jesus is speaking to.  I mention this scriptural tool in many of my homilies and talks I give, and recently a question came to me and this tool “How […]

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Eat, Drink And Be Merry

November 10, AD2017 0 Comments
Eat, Drink And Be Merry

Eat Drink And Be Merry Eat drink and be merry for tomorrow we die. There are several places in holy Scripture where this sentiment is expressed. The one that has been bouncing around my mind since I heard it at Sunday Mass a few weeks ago pertains to the parable of the rich man who […]

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The Samaritan Woman: She Will Be Loved

November 8, AD2017 0 Comments
The Samaritan Woman: She Will Be Loved

Early Morning He sleeps quietly, but my eyes are open.  My head rests softly on his shoulder and I feel his chest rise and fall.  I cannot say “my husband;” I say “my baal.” I sigh, thinking perhaps today I will be loved. The others were not righteous.  They divorced me publicly, with accusation, taunt, and […]

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Catholic Colleges Must Preserve Their True Mission

November 4, AD2017 1 Comment
Catholic Colleges Must Preserve Their True Mission

Traditional methods within authentic Catholic education are slowly deteriorating. This began, in part, thanks to a controversial movement made by a select number of Catholic institutions in 1967. Their act of “separation,” known as the “Land O’Lakes Statement,” has altered and distorted Catholic identity for the last 50 years. As a result, many Catholic colleges […]

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Private Conscience and the Church

November 1, AD2017 21 Comments
Private Conscience and the Church

The late Bishop Fulton Sheen explained the matters of conscience and that there are two kinds of truths: “Outer truths, which we master, like the distance of the sun from the earth; and inner truths, which master us; for example – God is merciful to the penitent. Inner truths affect a person’s destiny, like a […]

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St. Michael the Archangel: Needed Now More Than Ever

October 25, AD2017 1 Comment
St. Michael the Archangel: Needed Now More Than Ever

In a previous essay, I recognized St. Thomas the Apostle and his feast day July 3rd. Last month had another saint’s feast day that has significance for me and that is St. Michael the Archangel’s on September 29th.   His feast day is also shared by two other archangels – St.Gabriel and St. Raphael. Prior […]

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Tough Conversations, Hard Choices: Staying on the Path

October 24, AD2017 1 Comment
Tough Conversations, Hard Choices: Staying on the Path

In today’s P.C. (politically correct) world, one of the greatest perceived offenses is to impose one’s morality on someone else or give the appearance of “judging” another person.  Much ink has already been put to paper on the subject of “judging” and what Jesus was really getting at by telling us not to “judge” our […]

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Understanding the Holy Spirit Through the Life of the Virgin Mary

October 15, AD2017 1 Comment
Understanding the Holy Spirit Through the Life of the Virgin Mary

As we look at Holy Spirit in the life of the Virgin Mary I want you to think about what our Catechism says at the start of its section on Mary “What the Catholic faith believes about Mary is based on what it believes about Christ, and what it teaches about Mary illumines, in turn, […]

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Persecution: The Eighth Beatitude

October 5, AD2017 4 Comments
Persecution: The Eighth Beatitude

Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven. Blessed are you when men revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. These verses seem to be written as two beatitudes. But they really say the same thing in different […]

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Does Catholic Social Justice Equal Big Government?

October 3, AD2017 14 Comments
Does Catholic Social Justice Equal Big Government?

The political left and secularists have hijacked the term “social justice”. Ask anyone and they will describe social justice in terms of wealth distribution and expanding the role of government in the name of justice. This might sound ideal. Who would not want to be for spreading the wealth? But for the last few decades, […]

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The Only “Core” of Catholic Education Is Truth

October 1, AD2017 2 Comments
The Only “Core” of Catholic Education Is Truth

On October 8 and 9, 1859, the Blessed Mother appeared to Adele Brise, a young Belgian woman, in Champion, Wisconsin.  Three times, Adele saw a lady dressed in shining white robes with a crown of 12 stars about her head, standing in a grove between two trees. During the third appearance, the lady spoke. I […]

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The Face of Christ, the Gateway to Humility

September 24, AD2017 2 Comments
The Face of Christ, the Gateway to Humility

Devotion to the Holy Face of Christ I have yet to meet a Catholic that does not know who St. Therese of Lisieux is.  However, from my experience, many people tend to cut her religious name short.  She is not St. Therese of the Child Jesus, she is St. Therese of the Child Jesus and […]

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Called To Serve Anyway

September 23, AD2017 0 Comments
Called To Serve Anyway

“The greatest among you will be your servant.” (Matt. 23.11) We need to learn to serve others, as we would like to be served. We may not know the outcome when we are stuck between two situations with one decision that is needed to be made. We may even be in a struggle of choices […]

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Peacemakers: The Seventh Beatitude

September 1, AD2017 1 Comment
Peacemakers: The Seventh Beatitude

A peacemaker can make enemies friends. Peacemaking and Friendship Friendship is at the root of everything good. Once God creates a person like you or me, that person is made to live in a state of friendship. And because he is made to, he ought to live up to his calling. But friendship with whom? […]

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Purity of Heart

August 2, AD2017 1 Comment
Purity of Heart

Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. The kingdom of God is where God’s will is fully done by us and everyone else. Our goal and God’s goal for us is full unity with Christ. The kingdom of God and our unity with Christ are what we reference when we use […]

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Tristan and Isolde and the Three in One

July 21, AD2017 2 Comments
Tristan and Isolde and the Three in One

I found myself placed next to a high powered High Court Judge at a dinner party in one of the most exclusive clubs in London. What on earth was I going to talk to her about I was thinking, when, discovering that I was a Catholic writer, she made everything simple for me.  She asked […]

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The Fifth Beatitude: Mercy

July 1, AD2017 0 Comments
The Fifth Beatitude: Mercy

Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy. For the past five months I’ve been writing about the Beatitudes in order to understand them better. We can hear something hundreds of times without its meaning ever sinking in or becoming knowledge. For a long time the Beatitudes seemed like white noise to me. But […]

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 A Legacy of Joy

June 25, AD2017 1 Comment
 A Legacy of Joy

A legacy is defined as something handed down by a predecessor. When I think about the concept of spiritual joy, I see it as a legacy handed down to us by the Lord himself. Jesus wants you to receive his joy, and pass it along to others. Pope St. John Paul II, said, “Christ came […]

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Justice Will Make You Happy: The Fourth Beatitude

June 2, AD2017 0 Comments
Justice Will Make You Happy: The Fourth Beatitude

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied. Good Just Lives Our life is morally good or righteous if it is made up of acts of justice. The first three of the Ten Commandments concern justice toward God. Justice toward God is giving Him what is due to him. Thankfully, […]

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Getting Real with Reconciliation: The Essence of Making a Good Confession

May 11, AD2017 1 Comment
Getting Real with Reconciliation: The Essence of Making a Good Confession

When I was a boy, going to Confession was a regular part of my Catholic school experience. I remember standing in line with the other students as I waited my turn, dreading that dark little box, thinking over my list of sins, and hoping I would remember my Act of Contrition. Once I entered, however, […]

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