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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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And With Whose “Spirit” ?

April 17, AD2017 15 Comments
And With Whose “Spirit” ?

“And also with you.” “And with your Spirit.” Six of one half a dozen of the other ? Mox nix ? Who cares? What difference does it make? The difference is all the difference in the world. Actually, all the difference in all the universe and all Heaven. The difference is: Jesus Christ present as […]

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A Devotional: In The Image and Likeness of God

April 5, AD2017 0 Comments
A Devotional: In The Image and Likeness of God

“So God created humankind in his image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.”  Genesis 1:27 In His Image From the beginning, in Genesis 1:27, we are told we are made in the image and likeness of God. We tend to hear this statement a lot “She/he looks so […]

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Unburden Yourself – The Gifts of Confession and Forgiveness

April 2, AD2017 0 Comments
Unburden Yourself – The Gifts of Confession and Forgiveness

Many of our personal woes are driven by anxieties that seem to us to be inescapable or unmanageable. We deal with the boss that demands a project on a Friday night that is due on Monday morning, after he promised you the day off at that particular Monday; the co-worker that uses the idea that […]

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A Devotional: Reflections on the Law

March 30, AD2017 2 Comments
A Devotional: Reflections on the Law

“Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfill” ( Matt:5:17). This reading from Matthew reminded me of the lasting endurance of the law, which Christ came “not to abolish, but to fulfill.”  Nonetheless, I’ve heard reflections lately which tend to lay […]

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Confiding Ourselves to Saint Joseph

March 27, AD2017 2 Comments
Confiding Ourselves to Saint Joseph

Who Understands St. Joseph’s Mystery? Saint Joseph is the veritable hero of the parable of the hidden treasure, it was unquestionably St. Joseph: “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which someone found and hid; then, in his joy, he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. […]

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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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