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The Holy Ghost versus the Holy Spirit, Redux;
Thoughts on the Anglican Usage Liturgy

August 15, AD2018 0 Comments
The Holy Ghost versus the Holy Spirit, Redux;<br>Thoughts on the Anglican Usage Liturgy

  Your soul is the ship, the Holy Spirit is the wind; he blows into your will and your soul goes forward… —Fr. Francis Libermann, cofounder of the order C.S.Sp (Congregation of the Holy Spirit–Spiritans*). Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me. —Psalm 51 (KJV) Which things also […]

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What a Little-Known Saint Can Teach Us about Responding To a Church in Turmoil

August 7, AD2018 0 Comments
What a Little-Known Saint Can Teach Us about Responding To a Church in Turmoil

Everywhere we turn it seems that the Church is in turmoil or some sort of disagreement. Both celebrated and emphasized by the news media, this turmoil can seem overwhelming and even despairing at time, making one think another great schism is about to happen. Disagreements abound. Immoral clergy are being called out and held up […]

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I Have Been to Heaven

July 26, AD2018 0 Comments
I Have Been to Heaven

  I have been to Heaven because I have been to a Divine Liturgy. In order to explain what a Divine Liturgy is, we must start with the acknowledgment that the Catholic Church is not limited to the Roman Catholic Church. The universal Church also includes the Eastern Catholic Churches, which are in full communion […]

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The Greatest Challenge to the Catholic Faith

July 2, AD2018 0 Comments
The Greatest Challenge to the Catholic Faith

  This column is about worldview (metaphysics and epistemology) although it touches on social justice and politics as well. It is about the greatest challenge to the Catholic Faith and gets to the very root of the polarization both outside and inside the Church. The greatest challenge to the Catholic Faith is Postmodernism, which is […]

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Who Are The Saints in the Eucharistic Prayer?

June 13, AD2018 0 Comments
Who Are The Saints in the Eucharistic Prayer?

During Mass for the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi), which we recently celebrated, the words spoken by the priest during the Liturgy of the Eucharist resounded in my mind. In particular, as the priest prayed the Eucharistic Prayer I (the Roman Canon), I was drawn to the several […]

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The Doctrinal Development of Islam

June 10, AD2018 0 Comments
The Doctrinal Development of Islam

Not unlike the history of doctrinal development in the Catholic Church, the possibility of doctrinal development within the Islam has been studied, discussed and whether or not such development remained consistent with Islamic teachings. regarding some assertions of philosophy which, to some, appeared to contradict Islamic teachings. Islam Various Islamic thinkers assert that there can […]

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Why I Love St. Claude de La Colombiere

June 8, AD2018 0 Comments
Why I Love St. Claude de La Colombiere

Whenever I attend Mass on the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, I am consoled by these words from the Gospel. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart, and you will find rest for yourselves.  For my yoke is easy, and my burden is […]

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Enter Into Christ’s Mystical Body; Let God Take Control

May 10, AD2018 6 Comments
Enter Into Christ’s Mystical Body; Let God Take Control

Just over five hundred years ago, in 1509, Henry VIII became King of England and it was because of him that Protestantism was introduced into England.  In that same year, John Colet, son of the Lord Mayor of London introduced stoicism into the St Paul’s school that he founded, which became a paradigm for the […]

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Place Your Bets:The Arnobius-Pascal You-Bet-Your-Life Wager

April 20, AD2018 3 Comments
Place Your Bets:The Arnobius-Pascal You-Bet-Your-Life Wager

Pascal & His Wager Blaise Pascal, 1623 A.D to 1662 A.D.,  noted author, thinker, mathematician, and philosopher, is famous for positing a thought argument about death, judgment, heaven, and hell that has come to be known as “Pascal’s Wager.”  Pascal said any rational person would live as if God exists so that one, perhaps, could live […]

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There’s Nothing New Under the Sun

April 12, AD2018 0 Comments
There’s Nothing New Under the Sun

The intellectual mood of our time could be best described as self-congratulatory. After the fall of the Berlin Wall, it was taken as fact that liberal democracies would sweep the globe. There was even a legitimate school of thought which believed we were witnessing “the end of history as such”. No more history, just one long […]

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Irish Catholic Weights & Measure

March 17, AD2018 0 Comments
Irish Catholic Weights & Measure

“He will fill your mouth with laughter, and your lips with shouting” (Job 8:21). Today is St. Patrick’s Day.  A day of joy and celebration filled with corned beef and cabbage, green beer and Irish whiskey.  The Irish are known for their humor. This story is offered in their honor. Four Irish Catholics It is […]

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The Guard of Honor of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

March 13, AD2018 0 Comments
The Guard of Honor of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

“Mine is the immense happiness of working, suffering, loving . . . my part is too beautiful. ” Sister Marie of the Sacred Heart When my mother died a little over a year ago, I found a hidden gem pressed between the pages of an old, precious Spanish missal.  It was a very thin folded […]

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Rebellion or Reverence: A Consideration for the Church

February 25, AD2018 2 Comments
Rebellion or Reverence:  A Consideration for the Church

Even in this time of Lent in the Church, the world rolls on without any serious attention to God. Even within the Church, we often see more attention given to Fish Fry’s than we do Stations of the Cross. It’s a sad statement of our times that many appear to have chosen the wide path […]

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The Eroticism of Harrison Lemke’s “Song for St. Valentine”

February 14, AD2018 0 Comments
The Eroticism of Harrison Lemke’s “Song for St. Valentine”

Some counter-cultural attitudes are actually pretty widespread. An obvious example is an attitude towards Hallmark holidays like Valentine’s Day. Shirking the yoke of corporatized romance, chocolates in pink wrappers, and garish cards isn’t exactly an underground movement, whispered about at the margins of society. And Catholics have unique ways of being counter-cultural on this day; […]

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Valentine’s Ash Wednesday: Death-to-Self for Love

February 13, AD2018 3 Comments
Valentine’s Ash Wednesday: Death-to-Self for Love

What are your plans for Valentine’s Ash Wednesday? Sex and Death The combination was bound to happen eventually; it will happen again in 2024 and 2029, then not again until the 22nd century. Most people I know personally or through social media have taken it fairly well. One person did wonder if, since some bishops […]

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Finding Grace and Happiness – The Powerful Story of Venerable Hermann Cohen

February 12, AD2018 3 Comments
Finding Grace and Happiness – The Powerful Story of Venerable Hermann Cohen

A few weeks ago, I stumbled across the conversion story of Venerable Hermann Cohen (also known as Father Augustine Marie of the Blessed Sacrament) and was deeply moved. Never having heard of this man before, I have not been able to stop thinking about him since. If you are struggling with sin, his remarkable story will […]

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Liturgies of the Church: To Everything There is a Time

February 6, AD2018 0 Comments
Liturgies of the Church: To Everything There is a Time

“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens…” (Ecclesiastes 3:1) Particular moments and in life are too grand to be captured completely by anything new or original. While we may feel that nobody has ever experienced our depth of joy or sadness or love, we find our personal attempts fail […]

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An Encounter with the Forearm of St. Francis Xavier

January 31, AD2018 3 Comments
An Encounter with the Forearm of St. Francis Xavier

This past January, thanks to the collaboration of Catholic Christian Outreach (CCO) and the Jesuits, the forearm of St. Francis Xavier came to my city, as part of a tour across Canada. As Angèle Regnier, the co-founder of CCO, said, “it’s the arm that he would have used to baptize and heal and, you know, done […]

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Extraordinary Man, Extraordinary Soul: The Life of St. Damien Of Molokai

January 29, AD2018 1 Comment
Extraordinary Man, Extraordinary Soul: The Life of St. Damien Of Molokai

Our Lord said that He was “meek and humble of heart.” Matthew 11:29. Mary sings in her Magnificat that “my soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord.” Luke 1:46. St. John the Baptist told his followers that “He must increase; I must decrease.” John 3:30.  This is where the greatness of the saints lies. They […]

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The Benedictine Sisters of Virginia: Celebrating 150 Years

January 5, AD2018 0 Comments
The Benedictine Sisters of Virginia: Celebrating 150 Years

  On May 1, 2018, the Benedictine Sisters of Virginia will celebrate their jubilee: that’s 150 years since the first Benedictine sisters, originally from Bavaria, Germany, established a presence in Richmond, VA. What followed is remarkable. Today the Benedictine Sisters of Virginia is a flourishing community that developed right along with the young and growing […]

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The Catholic Church Survives For 2,000 Years: Possible or Probable?

January 2, AD2018 1 Comment
The Catholic Church Survives For 2,000 Years: Possible or Probable?

“And the gates of the underworld can never overpower it” (Matthew 16:18). At this point in time, it can easily be said that all things are, or very shortly may be, possible. Within a year, a decade, or by some relatively short time from now, the world will be completely changed again. For example, until the early twentieth […]

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A Christmas Carol, Luigi Taparelli, Economics, and Almsgiving

January 1, AD2018 2 Comments
A Christmas Carol, Luigi Taparelli, Economics, and Almsgiving

For maybe a few weeks or so during the Advent and Christmas seasons and into the New Year, many people take Charles Dickens’ message in A Christmas Carol to heart. It’s a good message. Dickens’ neatly sums up his message to the world when Ebenezer Scrooge says to Marley’s ghost, “you were a good businessman,” […]

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Fr. O’Connor: Absolution for Absolute Evil

December 12, AD2017 4 Comments
Fr. O’Connor: Absolution for Absolute Evil

At 36, Father Richard “Sixtus” O’Connor found himself assigned to the Nuremberg Trials to minister to twenty-one prisoners who had been charged with war crimes and crimes against humanity.  The Franciscan missionary had been recommended by General George Patton because of his fluency in German and his calming influence on German prisoners captured during the […]

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4th Century Wisdom for Today’s Problems

December 5, AD2017 2 Comments
4th Century Wisdom for Today’s Problems

A typical well to do middle-class family lives in a prosperous country. They are an intact family with a mother, father and three children. The father holds a prestigious position in the local town. The mother is a devout Christian. They have access to every material need they desire.  All seems well. However, the husband […]

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