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Dying in the Prime of Life

July 12, AD2018 0 Comments
Dying in the Prime of Life

It has always struck me that the Lord started His life’s work at such a young age and died a mere three years later. There is not much recorded about Jesus’ early and teenage years through His twenties, but the Gospel notes the age at which He began his public ministry shortly after being baptized: […]

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The Power of a Queen: Mary’s Intercession

July 9, AD2018 0 Comments
The Power of a Queen: Mary’s Intercession

Catholics love to ask for the saints’ intercession, and no saint is called upon more often than Mary, the mother of Jesus. While every saint has at least some devotees within the Church, Mary is loved almost universally. Just about every Catholic has some sort of devotion to her, making her by far the most […]

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Not Of the World: Catholic Tradition and Separation

June 25, AD2018 0 Comments
Not Of the World: Catholic Tradition and Separation

There’s a certain value to nonconformity, to separation from the rest of society. In “If 6 Was 9”, Jimi Hendrix wrote of “white collared conservatives” that were hoping “my kind will drop and die /But I’m going to wave my freak flag high.” So long as you stand for something definite, something positive that the […]

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The Importance of a Sacramental Outlook

June 21, AD2018 0 Comments
The Importance of a Sacramental Outlook

No one recognizes the power of a symbol like the Catholic Church. Catholic theology itself is imbued with the law that the physical order is a reflection of the spiritual order. It is a theology that is deeply tied to the Philosophy of the Human Person which understands man as a composite of body and […]

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The Eternal Beauty of the Mass

June 21, AD2018 0 Comments
The Eternal Beauty of the Mass

I would like to offer the following reflections and practices that have helped me better participate at Mass. My hope is that reflections might help someone else enter more deeply into the mystery and beauty of the Eucharist. This column will have served its purpose if the reader realizes by its end how barely we […]

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Christ’s Victory Over Our Sin and the Devil

June 14, AD2018 0 Comments
Christ’s Victory Over Our Sin and the Devil

June 10th, the Tenth Sunday in Ordinary Time this year, announces Christ’s victory over our sin and the Devil. Through her lectionary readings, the Church, our mother and teacher, gives us an opportunity to reflect on Adam’s original condition in paradise, on the fall and our fallen condition now, on Christ’s victory over our sin […]

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Come Home to the Church: You’ve Been Asked

June 6, AD2018 0 Comments
Come Home to the Church: You’ve Been Asked

The funeral Mass was about to begin. Friends and acquaintances of the deceased and of his family sat in pews behind or to the side of the area where the rather large family sat. Many of those paying their respects—family and non-family alike—were somewhat familiar with the Rite of Christian Burial. They were cradle Catholics, […]

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How Prayer, Fasting, and Almsgiving Help Fight Tempttion

June 6, AD2018 0 Comments
How Prayer, Fasting, and Almsgiving Help Fight Tempttion

If you’re Catholic, you’ve probably heard at least once in your life that you should pray, fast, and give alms. These are the three traditional acts of piety that the Church encourages above all others, especially during Lent (although we are supposed to practice them all year round). There are several reasons why these practices […]

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The Sign of the Cross is Powerful

June 3, AD2018 0 Comments
The Sign of the Cross is Powerful

The sign of the Cross is one of the most widely recognizable and controversial symbols in the world, as well as the most powerful symbol. It is a symbol that is both revered and hated by Christians and non-Christians alike. To many Jews, it inspires fear because of the long history of anti-Semitism perpetrated by […]

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Knowing the Holy Spirit: Insight from the Gospel of John

Knowing the Holy Spirit: Insight from the Gospel of John

Who is the Holy Spirit?  We must never forget how important it is to formulate a question in order for our minds to understand what it is we are looking for, particularly when our subject is God.  For the Holy Spirit is a “Who” not a “What.” The Holy Spirit is not a thing sent […]

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“Infinite Jest” Reaffirms The Power of Confession

May 18, AD2018 0 Comments
“Infinite Jest” Reaffirms The Power of Confession

David Foster Wallace’s book, Infinite Jest, is unique: hilarious and bleak, enlightening and depressing. Wallace tried on two separate occasions to become Catholic but sadly was never baptised. You can feel his striving and yearning, looking for the Truth. Tragically, he killed himself when he was only 46 and we will never know whether he […]

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Our Lady as Spiritual Vessel

May 10, AD2018 2 Comments
Our Lady as Spiritual Vessel

For many years I struggled to understand the “vessel” images applied to the Virgin Mary in the Litany of Loreto. In the Litany she is described variously as a “spiritual vessel,” a “vessel of honor,” and a “singular vessel of devotion.” These are gracious but mysterious descriptions, to be sure. Pope St. John Paul II […]

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Maybe We Need Some Kung Fu in Catholic Catechesis

May 9, AD2018 0 Comments
Maybe We Need Some Kung Fu in Catholic Catechesis

When people hear the term Kung Fu they probably think of the martial arts and guys like Bruce Lee or Jackie Chan, or even the 1970s TV show Kung Fu.  But expertise in the martial arts is apparently only one kind of Kung Fu. The term Kung Fu translates as an acquired skill, work performed, […]

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What is Man?

May 8, AD2018 1 Comment
What is Man?

In Matthew’s Gospel Jesus tells His disciples that He did not come to bring peace but, rather, the sword (Mt. 10:34). He tells the apostles that His message will set family members against themselves and that they will become each other’s enemies. Immediately after this Jesus continues by saying that those who love father or […]

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Be like Christ

May 2, AD2018 0 Comments
Be like Christ

Be like Mike? If you were around then, do you remember the “Be like Mike” Gatorade TV commercial of the 1990s? The implication of the ad was that if you drank Gatorade you might be able to play on your own court with the same excellence as Michael Jordan, the then perhaps greatest professional basketball […]

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Bullied for Adhering to the Faith in a Catholic High School

April 24, AD2018 23 Comments
Bullied for Adhering to the Faith in a Catholic High School

Over the past few months, ‘bullying’ has become a recurring topic of discussion among the members of Fusion, our youth ministry at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church.  For professing his faith one of our members is being bullied – at the Catholic High School he is attending. Sam (a pseudonym) was ecstatic when he learned last […]

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A Year in a New Land: Reflections from a Recent Convert

April 23, AD2018 0 Comments
A Year in a New Land: Reflections from a Recent Convert

On April 15, 2017, I was received into the Catholic Church at my parish’s annual Easter Vigil. As I stood and received the sacrament of Confirmation, I felt a stirring in my soul that I had sought for years, but never could seem to grasp. Since that night, I’ve found a world of new experiences—new […]

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God’s Teaching is Clear But Society is Still Confused

April 17, AD2018 0 Comments
God’s Teaching is Clear But Society is Still Confused

It’s hard to understand why so many people today are unable to see that humans are not, and never will be, smarter than God. And we seem to be drifting further and further away from His teaching. About a year ago I opined that society’s fixation on the fun stuff – sporting events and entertainment […]

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Our Ultimate Hope Is Resurrection

April 9, AD2018 0 Comments
Our Ultimate Hope Is Resurrection

If you conduct a poll of practicing Christians and ask them what their ultimate hope is, the vast, vast majority of them would say getting to heaven. They would explain that our souls live on after our bodies die, so they hope that their souls will spend a blissful eternity with God in heaven. However, […]

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Lord, Have Divine Mercy on Us

April 8, AD2018 0 Comments
Lord, Have Divine Mercy on Us

  The true meaning of the word mercy is often misunderstood and misused. Far from indicating that all bets are off and you are free to do whatever you please – without repercussions – true mercy has ramifications that benefit the immortal soul. The definition of Mercy is: The disposition to be kind and forgiving. Founded on […]

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Young Catholics Seem to Want an ‘Authentic’ Church heavily Influenced by Modernism

April 7, AD2018 2 Comments
Young Catholics Seem to Want an ‘Authentic’ Church heavily Influenced by Modernism

The end of March saw the conclusion of a week-long meeting held at the Vatican that engaged young people from all over the world. The meeting was established as a precursor to the upcoming synod on “Young People, the Faith, and the Discernment of Vocation.” The point was to encourage young people to come forward […]

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Practicing Kindness in a Harsh World

April 4, AD2018 0 Comments
Practicing Kindness in a Harsh World

In recent months, the Holy Spirit has shown me some things about kindness through two mostly isolated elderly people. One, a friend from my family’s parish, has been confined to a nursing home of late. My father, in his capacity as a deacon, has been bringing her Communion on weekends, and my mother and I […]

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Give Me A Hand: Let’s Return to the Reverence Our Lord Deserves

April 2, AD2018 20 Comments
Give Me A Hand: Let’s Return to the Reverence Our Lord Deserves

If you enjoy controversial topics, you’ve come to the right place.  In this article, I will take on one of the most contentious, emotional and persistent topics in the Catholic blogosphere:  Communion in the Hand.  Most people engaging in the debate are expressing emotion and opinion.  Do we really know the Church’s position on receiving […]

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Pilate: The King’s Friend?

March 29, AD2018 1 Comment
Pilate: The King’s Friend?

Do You Think You Know Why Pilate Condemned Christ? Lacking the authority to execute Christ themselves, the Jewish leaders dragged Christ before Pontius Pilate, the Roman Procurator of Judah. Pilate judged Christ innocent of any civil crime, so he intended to release him. Why, then, did he condemn Jesus to an ignominious death? John the […]

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