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The Catholic Church’s Coaching Tree

March 18, AD2017 0 Comments
The Catholic Church’s Coaching Tree

In the years of teaching RCIA, one of the more lively sessions concerns the issues of authority between Sacred Scripture and Holy Tradition and how we Catholics accept both. A major sticking point for many Protestant catechumens is acknowledging the historical authority of apostolic succession. In turn, there is often a false perception that there […]

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Omission: Sinning by Not Acting–We Need to Avoid Avoiding

March 9, AD2017 2 Comments
Omission: Sinning by Not Acting–We Need to Avoid Avoiding

The Rich Man and Lazarus Pope Francis, in his 2017 Lenten Message, speaks of the Parable of The Rich Man and Lazarus. The rich man had it made in this life, while Lazarus struggled terribly, lying at the door of the rich man’s house, starving and deathly ill. Yet the rich man didn’t even notice […]

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Starting Conversations to Start Evangelization

March 6, AD2017 5 Comments
Starting Conversations to Start Evangelization

I was working in a Youth Summer Conference job (they were very similar to Steubenville conferences) when I had the most uncomfortable experience in my life. The summer staff, ten of us split into two groups of five, were blindfolded and put in a car by our bosses. We drove for what felt like three […]

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The First Beatitude: Poverty of Spirit

February 28, AD2017 2 Comments
The First Beatitude: Poverty of Spirit

This is the first of a series of columns on the beatitudes. Each will consider what one beatitude means, how it applies to the life of Our Lord, how it applies to us, and how we can live it out better. Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven. What […]

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Do You Love Me?

February 26, AD2017 0 Comments
Do You Love Me?

We tell God we love Him and adore Him. So, when we make this statement, we can ask ourselves, ” Do we really mean it or are we sending an empty message?” We need to ask ourselves if we heap up empty phrases like Jesus said not to do in Matthew 6:7. Do we mean […]

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Pope Francis: A Corrupt Creation, Christian Hope, and Rebirth

February 23, AD2017 10 Comments
Pope Francis:  A Corrupt Creation, Christian Hope, and Rebirth

On February 22, Pope Francis continued his catechesis on the importance of  Christian hope in the face sin during his weekly General Audience. Although his reflections focused on the corruption of creation, they are not the opinions of a left-leaning environmentalist but the profound insights of a man of God. The Environment Unfortunately, many Catholics will most […]

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Making a Manly Retreat: A Catholic Among the Separated Brothers

February 23, AD2017 4 Comments
Making a Manly Retreat: A Catholic Among the Separated Brothers

What does it mean to be a man? Over the course of my life, I have had many opportunities to consider that question, particularly with regard to how it impacts my Catholic call to love as Jesus has loved me. This is not as easy as it seems. The world has its own views of […]

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How Can Imperfect Contrition Lead to Perfect Contrition?

February 17, AD2017 0 Comments
How Can Imperfect Contrition Lead to Perfect Contrition?

How can imperfect contrition lead to perfect contrition? To make a “good confession” and to receive absolution for sin, a sinner must be, according to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, “of contrite heart.” (Paragraph 1450). The sinner must have contrition. Imperfect Contrition The Catechism describes two types of contrition, each sufficient for effective reception […]

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Give Us This Day Our Supersubstantial Bread

February 11, AD2017 1 Comment
Give Us This Day Our Supersubstantial Bread

“Give us this day our daily bread” … what does that mean? On the surface, it’s a simple acknowledgment that the things we need to live all have their source in God, as well as a request that our needs for the day be provided. However, hiding under that simple word “daily” is many centuries’ […]

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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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Reflections on Righteous in the First Letter of John

January 14, AD2017 0 Comments
Reflections on Righteous in the First Letter of John

Recently, we heard selections from the First Letter of John at daily Mass. St. John writes with boldness and clarity but also with a degree of paradox. In this letter, he makes fierce pronouncements about salvation. He makes it clear who will get into heaven and who will not. He talks about the children of […]

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Simple Ignatius

January 12, AD2017 3 Comments
Simple Ignatius

Since my first encounter with Ignatian Spirituality years ago, I have spent a lot time both intrigued and mystified by it.  As is often the case with Catholic prayers, much of the material explaining these spiritual exercises retain the language originally used by Ignatius.  While this may be appreciated by those who already understand Ignatius […]

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Feminists Just Don’t Understand Why We Are Here

January 6, AD2017 6 Comments
Feminists Just Don’t Understand Why We Are Here

Whenever we hear the term “stay-at-home” mom or “housewife,” we picture a woman whose life revolves around her kids. We all know the stereotype. The stereotypical stay-at-home mom or housewife is a woman whose sole mission in life is to serve her children and husband. Sadly, such a woman has no life aspirations or goals.  […]

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More Doctrine for a Better Homily

January 3, AD2017 3 Comments
More Doctrine for a Better Homily

Doctrinal Homily Outlines, a lectionary-based aid for homilists, began as this layman’s response to the Year of Faith Pope Benedict XVI declared for 2012-2013. In Porta Fidei, Benedict’s apostolic letter announcing the Year of Faith, the Holy Father asked each of us to “rediscover the content of the faith that is professed, celebrated, lived and […]

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The Book of Job: Speak Rightly Of God

January 1, AD2017 1 Comment
The Book of Job: Speak Rightly Of God

At the end of the Book Of Job, God tells the acquaintances of Job, who have denigrated, accused, and chastised Job, to prepare sacrifices; but He also tells them not to pray in offering the sacrifices, because He will not listen to their prayers. However, He tells these men He will listen to the prayers […]

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Amoris and the Dubia: The Controversies Explained

December 29, AD2016 10 Comments
Amoris and the Dubia: The Controversies Explained

Some Catholics may be unaware of, or are possibly confused by, the controversy following the release of Pope Francis’ Amoris Laetitia, and the new letter and dubia which in response have been submitted to the Pope asking for confirmation of various aspects of Catholic doctrine. To help make the faithful aware of this situation, and hopefully to understand […]

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Illuminating The Immaculate Conception; Mary’s Marriage-Part II

December 21, AD2016 2 Comments
Illuminating The Immaculate Conception; Mary’s Marriage-Part II

A wife is bound to her husband as long as he lives (1 Cor. 7:39) If Jesus was born by an act of sacred matrimonial consummation, would the Holy Spirit engage an act of fornication or adultery? Mary must have been consummated in a marriage that would last eternally because her Spouse is The Eternal […]

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Illuminating the Immaculate Conception- Part I

December 20, AD2016 8 Comments
Illuminating the Immaculate Conception- Part I

During Advent, all Christians reverently turn their attention toward Jesus’ birth. Regrettably, that focus sometimes obscures an essential participant: Mary.  Although primarily a Catholic predilection and emphasis, the deep insights gained by exploring Mary’s unique and mysterious identity – the concept of her “Immaculate Conception” – bear wonderful fruits.  This nomenclature may be unfamiliar to […]

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The Prayers of the Saints

December 16, AD2016 1 Comment
The Prayers of the Saints

As we strive for holiness on earth with our eyes always on Jesus Christ, we are not alone. Created in the image of the Trinity, a communion of Divine Persons, we are social creatures. When we become united to God through baptism, we also become part of a communion of saints that transcends time and […]

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So Catholics Worship Statues, Right?

December 15, AD2016 0 Comments
So Catholics Worship Statues, Right?

It had been some period of time since either Steve or Josh had stopped by my cube.  The reader may recall ( or may have to search my earlier articles ) that Steve and Josh were acquaintances from work.  Josh had stopped by from time to time to ask about my catholic faith, and then […]

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