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The Subsistent Soul: Are You More than Particles?

April 12, AD2015 0 Comments
The Subsistent Soul: Are You More than Particles?

The word “subsistent” is tricky. Modern day dictionaries define “to subsist” as “to be sustained,” or “to maintain existence” or “to support or maintain with provisions or funds, to support.” This meaning is consistent with the word’s etymology. In classical Latin, subsistere meant “to stand firm” or “to come with relief or support.” In post-classical […]

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A Catechesis on Emotions

April 10, AD2015 3 Comments
A Catechesis on Emotions

Have you ever wondered what emotions are for, and how they fit in with a life of faith and reflection? Emotions are important because they give texture to experience, even though at times we feel as though our emotions confound us or get in the way. Many believe that emotions are nothing more than a […]

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Celibacy: All Love Bears Fruit

April 6, AD2015 0 Comments
Celibacy: All Love Bears Fruit

This column is the fifth in a series of introductory essays on the document “Love is Our Mission: The Family Fully Alive,” the preparatory catechesis for the eighth World Meeting of Families that will take place in Philadelphia next September 22-27, 2015 with Pope Francis. The first essay on the first chapter is here. The essay […]

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The Future Depends Upon Parental Love

March 9, AD2015 1 Comment
The Future Depends Upon Parental Love

This is the fifth in a series of introductory essays on the document “Love is Our Mission: The Family Fully Alive,” the preparatory catechesis for the eighth World Meeting of Families which will take place in Philadelphia next September 22-27, 2015 with Pope Francis. The first essay on the first chapter is here. The essay […]

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Just the Moral Facts, Ma’am

March 6, AD2015 2 Comments
Just the Moral Facts, Ma’am

As I write this article, former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling is giving some young cyberpunks a much-needed lesson in moral facts. Here’s the story: Last week, Schilling’s daughter Gabrielle was accepted by Salve Regina University on a baseball scholarship. (According to Wikipedia, Schilling is a “born-again Christian”.) As proud daddies want to do in […]

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Does Your Mind Wander When You Pray?

February 20, AD2015 8 Comments
Does Your Mind Wander When You Pray?

Do you have trouble paying attention while praying? Does your mind wander? Do you sometimes fall asleep? Do you forget where you were and stop? Do you then feel ashamed and disappointed in yourself? Do you get frustrated? Do you want to give up trying to pray long prayers like the Rosary? Do you give […]

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“A Beautiful Work of the Holy Spirit”

January 30, AD2015 33 Comments
“A Beautiful Work of the Holy Spirit”

Man likes to be in control, especially of  the Holy Spirit. Of course, most of us would deny trying to box in the Almighty, because we realize how ridiculous this sounds.  Yet, because we really do not like to change, we end up resisting even God.  We like our comfort zone. We especially don’t like […]

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What Cardinal Burke Really Said About Men and the “Feminization” of the Church

January 27, AD2015 18 Comments
What Cardinal Burke Really Said About Men and the “Feminization” of the Church

To quote a friend of mine, “Trying to understand Church issues through mainstream secular media is like trying to understand global economics through a 13-year-old girl’s Instagram account.” In short, it just won’t happen. The personnel aren’t equipped, and likely don’t want to take the time to become equipped, to speak well and foster understanding […]

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Homeschooling and the American Spirit

January 15, AD2015 8 Comments
Homeschooling and the American Spirit

I hear a lot about homeschooling from the blogs I read and, although it is a controversial topic, I am sure it has many advantages. Homeschooling is not an option for me, but I do think it is a wonderful choice among several schooling options. Homeschooling is unheard of in Portugal, where I live, and […]

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Infallible Does Not Mean Sinless

November 11, AD2014 51 Comments
Infallible Does Not Mean Sinless

A quick reminder that infallible does not mean sinless. Here are some quick facts about the papacy: 1) All of the 266 popes have sinned, including the first pope, St. Peter, who committed among the worst of sins: He denied Our Lord three times during the Passion. 2) While all of the popes have been […]

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Everything Matters in What You’re Busy About

October 29, AD2014 2 Comments
Everything Matters in What You’re Busy About

It is not enough to be busy: so are the ants. The question is: What are you busy about? – Henry David Thoreau I recently took a couple of daylong drives into the mountains of Colorado. On the first excursion, I visited Estes Park, traveled down the Peak-to-Peak Highway, hiked at Brainard Lake and took […]

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It Ain’t About the Football

October 2, AD2014 3 Comments
It Ain’t About the Football

I went to see “When the Game Stands Tall,”  the “football movie” as I called it, when I purchased my ticket from the woman at the box office. Though pigskins, helmets and touchdowns frame the narrative, that movie is about far more than football. The film, based on a true story, follows one of the […]

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The Catholic Man Crisis and Why It Matters

September 24, AD2014 52 Comments
The Catholic Man Crisis and Why It Matters

With its roots in Vatican II, the New Evangelization is a recognition that a crisis exists in the Church because large numbers of baptized Catholics have not been evangelized. But perhaps the most critical driver or the crisis has been largely ignored: the Catholic “man crisis.” Without coming to grips with why large numbers of […]

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Teaching About Vocations and Occupations

September 9, AD2014 5 Comments
Teaching About Vocations and Occupations

The Same Old Questions Another semester is beginning, and I am back in the classroom, teaching young college students about the parts and pieces of the human body. I stand before them and introduce myself as “Dr. Hunnell, a family physician”. At some point in the coming weeks, I will begin to get the questions: […]

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Does Education Prevent Children From Coming to Jesus?

August 30, AD2014 25 Comments
Does Education Prevent Children From Coming to Jesus?

My son was a third grader when he first faced prejudice in his classroom. “Mommy, we went to the front of the room to put our tally marks under who we are voting for,” he said. “When I put mine up, the teacher called out my name and said, ‘I am SURPRISED at YOU!’ Everyone laughed, and no one […]

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Did Jesus Really Die and Rise?

August 19, AD2014 164 Comments
Did Jesus Really Die and Rise?

Christian belief boils down to one thing: The literal, bodily resurrection of a man named Jesus, who lived in first century Palestine. If Jesus of Nazareth did not die on a Roman cross, if he was not buried, and if he did not rise again on the third day, alive, then you have no reason […]

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What Is God Calling You To Study?

August 7, AD2014 5 Comments
What Is God Calling You To Study?

Pretty soon, many students will make the return to college to continue their four year academic odyssey. This group will also include recent high school graduates that will officially become college students. The one question they are sure to be asked will be, “What are you majoring in?” For some, it will bring a quick […]

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