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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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We Are the Reason for the Season

December 9, AD2016 2 Comments
We Are the Reason for the Season

As children, many of us enjoyed carefully studying the Highlights pages to find the hidden objects. I remember diligently seeking for each one until all had been found. Our adult lives are like that as well, although our diligence may not mirror that of our childhood. Seeking the Hidden Objects in Life The possibilities of […]

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Christian Mysticism and its Counterfeit

December 5, AD2016 15 Comments
Christian Mysticism and its Counterfeit

A Reflection on the Vatican’s document on New Age Spirituality. The Vatican document on New Age Spirituality is subtitled, Jesus Christ the Bearer of the Water of Life – A Christian reflection on the New Age. Published in 2003, it insists that a clear understanding of our own tradition is the best antidote to alien influences […]

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Worship God, Not Self

December 2, AD2016 0 Comments
Worship God, Not Self

Why believe in God? Well, why not?  Something made the universe or do you think if it was an accident? If it was, then we are all just matter and our choices don’t mean anything.  But we have feelings of love and compassion and even hate, which give us to have a purpose. But where […]

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It Can’t Be New Year’s Eve, It’s Still November

November 28, AD2016 0 Comments
It Can’t Be New Year’s Eve, It’s Still November

Happy New Year! I expect readers will ask themselves, “O.K., Dan, you have gone around the bend on this one!  It is not yet December, let alone New Year’s Eve.” Well, it is a new year for the Church, at any rate, Advent is the start of the new liturgical year.  We will have moved […]

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Pray As You Can, Not As You Can’t

November 23, AD2016 3 Comments
Pray As You Can, Not As You Can’t

I was determined to leave my mark before leaving school, but, as I could not make it in the academic field, I decided that I would have to do it on the athletic field. I spent hours in the gym building up my muscles, on the track increasing my speed, and with my trainer perfecting my […]

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Survey Says Many Protestants Believe More Like Catholics

November 17, AD2016 28 Comments
Survey Says Many Protestants Believe More Like Catholics

Heresy is running rampant in America. At least that’s what the headline on a recent article at The Federalist said. The article, “Survey Finds Most American Christians Are Actually Heretics,” written by a young man named G. Shane Morris, states that a recent survey of 3,000 people found that “although Americans still overwhelmingly identify as […]

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Hell: Real and Freely Chosen

November 16, AD2016 6 Comments
Hell: Real and Freely Chosen

As we approach the end of this liturgical year, the Church reminds us to contemplate life after death. One doctrine clearly taught by Christ is hell – the state of eternal misery. Far too often today there is silence from the pulpit and in our catechesis regarding hell, possibly due to an assumption this reality […]

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God’s Secret Plan

November 11, AD2016 4 Comments
God’s Secret Plan

I remember going to watch the musical Godspell over forty years ago. I think I was the only person present who did not like it. However, it did inspire another most unusual theatrical idea that I thought was quite wonderful.  The idea came from the Shakespearean actor,  Alec McGowan, and it hit the London stage […]

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Amoris Laetitia, Mercy Robots & Sinning In Heaven

November 10, AD2016
Amoris Laetitia, Mercy Robots & Sinning In Heaven

Many scholars and theologians think that, at best, certain statements in the papal Exhortation Amoris Laetitia are ambiguous, with some possible interpretations being heresy. For this reason, forty-five theologians have appealed to the Vatican for what they see as errors in Amoris Lateitia to be corrected [henceforth herein “AL”]  so the Exhortation will not proclaim […]

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Hacking and the Law, Ethics, Vigilante Justice, and Catholicism

November 7, AD2016 0 Comments
Hacking and the Law, Ethics, Vigilante Justice, and Catholicism

  When you stop and think about it, the World Wide Web today is kind of similar to the old Wild West. There are good guys roaming the web, bad guys, and even vigilantes. The good guys might be the white hat hackers – people who hack to help find the weaknesses in network security […]

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Life Trumps Death, Always

November 2, AD2016 11 Comments
Life Trumps Death, Always

I drive a cab in New York City, and when I am in the East Village, I stop in front of the Margaret Sanger Center, operated by Planned Parenthood. I sprinkle some Holy Water on the pavement and say a prayer for life, and to stop the killing of the unborn, of all people. I […]

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Jesus Freak

October 30, AD2016 6 Comments
Jesus Freak

Recently, I posted pro-life comments on an article about a celebrity who said that he and his girlfriend were “eternally grateful” that Planned Parenthood was there for them to help them kill their first child. In my comments, I mentioned God had made this unique child in His image and that – despite the fact […]

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Be Rooted In the Basics of Our Faith

October 29, AD2016 0 Comments
Be Rooted In the Basics of Our Faith

Students have to master the basics in school before going to university. It is a long journey through elementary, middle and high school, taking at least twelve years before people can finally study what they are really interested in. Some students become discouraged, so drop out before they can even begin to study for their chosen […]

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Fallen Angels and the War for Our Souls

October 19, AD2016 25 Comments
Fallen Angels and the War for Our Souls

Every week in Mass we pray the Nicene Creed and say the words, “I believe in one God, the Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all things visible and invisible.” This is a profession of our belief that God has created all things from nothing, both the material things we experience in our […]

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Tradinistas Want to Replace Capitalism With “Catholic” Socialism!

October 17, AD2016 4 Comments
Tradinistas Want to Replace Capitalism With “Catholic” Socialism!

In case you haven’t heard, there is apparently a new small sub-group of Catholics who have decided that it’s time to end the American Experiment. They call themselves Tradinistas. In their own words, the Tradinistas are “a small party of young Christian socialists committed to traditional orthodoxy, to a politics of virtue and the common […]

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