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Embracing Our Call as Christians: To Be Conspirators of Goodness

September 13, AD2017 0 Comments
Embracing Our Call as Christians: To Be Conspirators of Goodness

There is rising darkness, chaos and disorder all around us today. This is happening both outside of the Church as well as within. It is possible these trials could escalate and become the worst tribulations humanity has ever seen, but we cannot forget that since the beginning of mankind, there have been good times and […]

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A Byzantine Look at Worshipping Ad Orientem, Part II

September 12, AD2017 0 Comments
A Byzantine Look at Worshipping Ad Orientem, Part II

This is the second and final interview with a duo of Byzantine Rite Catholic priests on the benefits of traditional elements in worship; principally, the offering of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass ad orientem. The first interview with Fr. Thomas Loya can be found here. Today, we sit down with Fr. Alexander Wroblicky, a […]

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Being a Prophet: Learning From Elijah, Father of Carmelites

September 9, AD2017 2 Comments
Being a Prophet: Learning From Elijah, Father of Carmelites

Carmelites are rooted in a prophetic tradition which goes back to the time of the Prophet Elijah.  The original hermits of Carmel chose to reside at the Wadi Carith, Elijah’s well.  The choice of location for the Carmelite’s initial foundation placed them within the prophetic shadow of the Prophet Elijah, who is identified as the […]

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The Benedict Option Is Not For Me

September 9, AD2017 12 Comments
The Benedict Option Is Not For Me

Full disclosure: I did not actually read the book “The Benedict Option”. Spiritdaily and a NY Times article is where I gleaned information about this movement in the Church. I did, however, have limited exposure to the idea of Covenant Communities in my parish. About years ago, a very holy, sincere parish priest and several parish families were trying to form a […]

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The Five Ways of St. Thomas Aquinas, Part IV: The Fourth Way

September 8, AD2017 0 Comments
The Five Ways of St. Thomas Aquinas, Part IV: The Fourth Way

The Fourth Way — the Argument from Gradation or Degrees of a Quality The Fourth Way to demonstrate the existence of God is from the objective degrees of desirable qualities of things. In order for qualities to be objective rather than subjective, degrees of quality must be relative to a fixed point of reference that […]

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A Primer on The Psalms: Understanding a Masterpiece

September 3, AD2017 0 Comments
A Primer on The Psalms: Understanding a Masterpiece

While we often scavenge the world of literature for pertinent, practical self-help books to assist in restoring us to a state of physical, mental and spiritual health, one of the most overlooked but most profound of works on the topic is found in the Psalms. Our everyday familiarity with the Psalms should not let us […]

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A Byzantine Look at Worshipping Ad Orientem, Part I

August 29, AD2017 0 Comments
A Byzantine Look at Worshipping Ad Orientem, Part I

Last year, Robert Cardinal Sarah urged pastors the world over to “return as soon as possible to a common orientation, of priests and the faithful turned together in the same direction—Eastwards or at least towards the apse—to the Lord who comes, in those parts of the liturgical rites when we are addressing God.” To worship […]

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A Catholic Holy Roller: The Story of the St. Anthony Chapel Car

August 9, AD2017 1 Comment
A Catholic Holy Roller: The Story of the St. Anthony Chapel Car

Back in the early 1900s The St. Anthony of Padua chapel railroad car traversed North America bringing the Sacraments to folks in areas of the country where there were no Catholic Churches.  It was also responsible for more than few conversions during its 17 years of rollin’ along. In 1939, Oklahoma City’s Bishop Francis Kelley […]

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Pope Francis Visits Fatima: An Interview with Two Pilgrims

July 4, AD2017 0 Comments
Pope Francis Visits Fatima: An Interview with Two Pilgrims

Pope Francis came to Fatima, Portugal on May 12-13, 2017, which marked the 100th anniversary of the apparition of Our Lady to the three shepherd children. I live in Portugal, but unfortunately I was unable to be present. I did interview two of my friends who were there. Vanessa Machado is 34 years old, a […]

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The Catholic Pivotal Players Are an Antidote to Our Vitriol

June 29, AD2017 3 Comments
The Catholic Pivotal Players Are an Antidote to Our Vitriol

Watching Bishop Robert Barron’s new series Catholicism: The Pivotal Players which focuses on the Saints can be an antidote to the poison that is sometimes in our culture. The wise people at a local parish, St. Ann’s in Flushing, Queens, had the stroke of genius to show it recently. I and many of the other viewers […]

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The Catholic Church and Science

June 22, AD2017 7 Comments
The Catholic Church and Science

Many people erroneously believe that the dark ages were caused by the Catholic Church and its hatred of science/love of superstition, and its dominant control of the mind of man during what has been called the “medieval” or “dark ages.”  But nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, just the opposite is true. […]

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The True Old West Tale of Adam and Eve’s Conversion

June 16, AD2017 0 Comments
The True Old West Tale of Adam and Eve’s Conversion

Father Patrick Manogue was both a legendary priest and a very interesting character in Western history. An Irish immigrant, Manogue became a miner during the California Gold Rush just so he could become a priest.  He eventually built the first Catholic Church in Nevada and went on to become the first Bishop of Sacramento. Born […]

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“Fake News” – The Paganization of the Church

June 13, AD2017 7 Comments
“Fake News” – The Paganization of the Church

Social media today is flooded with what some call ‘fake news’ stories. Whether it is a falsification about an archaeological discovery, an allegation of criminal activity by a company, or a ploy to demean a political figure, it is amazing the lies people will tell – and believe. These stories, often with very convincing details, […]

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The Five Ways of St. Thomas Aquinas, Part I

June 11, AD2017 8 Comments
The Five Ways of St. Thomas Aquinas, Part I

Thomas Aquinas’ Ways But on one particular day, she grabbed my full, locked-on attention. She was talking about St. Thomas Aquinas’ famous Five Logical Proofs of God’s Existence, or five ways to demonstrate God’s existence. Up until that moment, I’d pretty much taken the Catholic Church’s teachings for granted. But this was new! These five […]

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Fr. Francis L. Sampson: Paratrooper Padre

June 10, AD2017 3 Comments
Fr. Francis L. Sampson: Paratrooper Padre

A leap year baby, Francis L. Sampson was born on February 29, 1912, in Cherokee Iowa. A quarter of a century later he graduated from Notre Dame and made a bee-line for St. Paul’s Seminary at Saint Paul Minnesota.  Ordained a priest for the Des Moines Iowa diocese on June 1, 1941, he served briefly […]

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Florence Nightingale and The Sisters of Armed Conflict

May 16, AD2017 0 Comments
Florence Nightingale and The Sisters of Armed Conflict

In 1910 Florence Nightingale died. In her last will and testament, Nightingale bequeathed $1,500 [$40,000 in current values] to Sister of Mercy Mother Stanislaus of the Hospital of St. John and St. Elizabeth along with all her Catholic books in French and English.   She left the same amount of money to the Reverend Mother […]

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The Optimism of Pope John XXIII

May 15, AD2017 2 Comments
The Optimism of Pope John XXIII

Don’t trust your pessimistic feelings. There was a great outpouring of elation from the laity and the clergy in 1959 when Pope John XXIII announced his plans to convene the Second Vatican Council. He was 68 years old and was considered too old to take on such a gigantic task. His optimism frightened the Cardinals […]

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Differences in Doctrine Are Not Mere Window Dressings

April 28, AD2017 5 Comments
Differences in Doctrine Are Not Mere Window Dressings

With the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation coming up later this year, it’s sad to note that while great strides have been made in ecumenical outreach between the various Christian communities out there, there are still many things that divide us. However, there are more than a few Christians, typically those outside of mainline Protestant […]

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Mother Cabrini:The First American Saint

April 28, AD2017 1 Comment
Mother Cabrini:The First American Saint

“Although her constitution was very frail, her spirit was endowed with such singular strength that, knowing the will of God in her regard, she permitted nothing to impede her from accomplishing what seemed beyond the strength of a woman.” Pius XII The first American citizen to be canonized as a saint of the Roman Catholic […]

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Time, Progressivism, Death, and the Liturgical Calendar

March 3, AD2017 0 Comments
Time, Progressivism, Death, and the Liturgical Calendar

Time present and time past Are both perhaps present in time future, And time future contained in time past. If all time is eternally present All time is unredeemable. What might have been is an abstraction Remaining a perpetual possibility Only in a world of speculation. What might have been and what has been Point […]

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Church History: The Four Horsemen of Apologetics

March 1, AD2017 1 Comment
Church History: The Four Horsemen of Apologetics

Sharing the Catholic faith with our separated brothers and sisters can be a challenge, especially when there isn’t a shared understanding of early Church history. Many still believe that the Catholic Church was actually created when the Emperor Constantine signed the Edict of Milan, making the Christian faith legal in the Roman Empire. The other […]

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Athanasius Contra Mundum

January 28, AD2017 0 Comments
Athanasius Contra Mundum

Saint Athanasius, a Doctor of the Church, and the foremost defender of the divinity of Christ, is one of the key figures in the history of the Faith.  His era, the Fourth Century, was a time period of turbulent change, not unlike our own in that respect. With the conversion of the Emperor Constantine to Christ, the Church was […]

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Contemplating Martyrdom: A Test of My Faith

January 15, AD2017 2 Comments
Contemplating Martyrdom: A Test of My Faith

Imagine living in a time when Roman soldiers could walk into your house without notice and demand you show your loyalty by burning incense as a sign of worship to the Emperor. Anyone failing to do this would be given a death sentence. As a Christian in America I have fortunately not faced anything similar […]

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Multifaceted Approaches to World Peace

January 8, AD2017 4 Comments
Multifaceted Approaches to World Peace

During the eighties, I edited an anthology, Philosophical Perspectives on Peace, which included numerous prescriptions for world peace by philosophers, psychologists, and litterateurs from the ancient world, and through the Renaissance and Enlightenment, up to the late twentieth century.   The proposals of these authors seem to break up naturally into the following categories: 1) […]

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