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The Natural Desire for God

February 8, AD2016 9 Comments
The Natural Desire for God

Hunger to know St. Thomas Aquinas teaches that we have a natural desire for God. This desire has its origin in our intellects, so it is not like the bodily desire for food or drink or the desire to flee from harm or lash out at someone who angers us. It is more like the […]

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Catholic Schools: A Complete Education

February 4, AD2016 10 Comments
Catholic Schools: A Complete Education

Deciding where one’s kids should be educated can be a difficult task, especially in areas where there are so many good public, parochial, and charter schools. Many parents also choose home-schooling, and do a wonderful job. There are certainly a myriad of choices, but perhaps our values hierarchy should help us choose. Compartmentalizing Values Many Catholic […]

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Catholic Devotions: A Spiritual Vocabulary

January 7, AD2016 0 Comments
Catholic Devotions:  A Spiritual Vocabulary

Sometimes God grants special graces to parents. Little encouragements come out of the blue that let you know that what you’re trying to teach has gotten through. Parenting isn’t easy, and we’re grateful for these glimmers of the great saint we aspire for our daughter to become. Now that I’ve started writing for Catholic Stand, […]

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Homeschooling and Over-schooling

December 20, AD2015 5 Comments
Homeschooling and Over-schooling

Homeschooling is a radical proposition. Not sending your kids to school, an institution that has been a centerpiece and hallmark of our society for hundreds of years, is extreme. How many movies and books feature scenes that happen at school? How many childhood memories revolve around school activities, teachers, festivities? Homeschooling is a drastic choice, […]

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Weird Catholic Calendar

December 4, AD2015 1 Comment
Weird Catholic Calendar

You guys have your own calendar? We, the fellow from the adjacent carpeted cell in this vast sea of cubicles and I, had made it through the coffee line in the cafeteria and we were now on a search for a table. This was the first time he had invited me to go for coffee, and […]

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Being Thankful for a Catholic Education

November 28, AD2015 5 Comments
Being Thankful for a Catholic Education

During this time of year, we pause and give thanks for all of the blessings we have in our lives. These blessings become even more significant when we recognize that many do not have them, or at least do not have them to the degree we do. Giving thanks is something we should do often […]

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Are Bible Scholars a Bunch of Heretics?

October 19, AD2015 38 Comments
Are Bible Scholars a Bunch of Heretics?

Have you ever delved into the notes provided in the New American Bible? That is the translation used in the English Lectionary. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has the rights to it. If you quote more than a certain minimum in a publication of your own you must pay them royalties. Many […]

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The Grocery Line Love Story

October 5, AD2015 1 Comment
The Grocery Line Love Story

The grocery store line was long. Really long. “What is wrong with you idiots? Get another checker! This isn’t rocket science,” the young woman called out loud enough to be heard by everyone. “I have places to go. Come on now.” She reached into her back pocket for her iPhone. As she pulled it out […]

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Conspiracies and Catholicism: Devil’s Advocate

September 28, AD2015 4 Comments
Conspiracies and Catholicism: Devil’s Advocate

In some instances, “devil’s advocate” gets used as a polite form of various colloquialisms for a person who likes to cause trouble, or offer an opposing perspective to an issue. This label can result in great surprise on finding out that it’s Catholic– and a good thing, to boot. They’re part of the saint verification […]

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I am Catholic because I am Jesuit Educated

September 3, AD2015 7 Comments
I am Catholic because I am Jesuit Educated

A few months ago, a question circled the blogosphere: “Why are you Catholic?” A number of beautiful testimonies surfaced. I wanted to contribute, but I couldn’t quite articulate my story. Then, I came across a second question: “What does it mean to be Jesuit educated?” I tried to answer each question multiple times; I started […]

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Threats to Catholicism on College Campuses

August 29, AD2015 40 Comments
Threats to Catholicism on College Campuses

I was angry, but not as angry as I should have been. I was kind of curious, too: What would she say? How could the speaker justify her actions? How could my Catholic university justify its actions?” I sat in the classroom listening to the woman from Planned Parenthood and wondered again why my Catholic university had allowed this […]

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One Child More

August 24, AD2015 30 Comments
One Child More

  China has its evil and harmful “one child” policy. I propose for American Catholics a “one child more” policy. I think we should encourage all American, Catholic, married couples to ask themselves, “Could we have one child more?” Who Benefits from “One Child More?” The child who is the “one more.” He is blessed to have […]

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Conspiracies & Catholicism: Lucifer and the Vatican

July 28, AD2015 4 Comments
Conspiracies & Catholicism: Lucifer and the Vatican

Did you know that the Vatican is working with LUCIFER? It’s true! People also say they’re looking for aliens! Well, sort of. Actually, they’re working right next door to each other, doing their own things, and sometimes collaborate. And I’m not saying LUCIFER in all caps because I am yelling, or even for emphasis, but because it’s […]

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Love Is Our Mission: Who Is The Church?

June 29, AD2015 2 Comments
Love Is Our Mission: Who Is The Church?

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

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Corpus Christi: Do You Believe?

June 8, AD2015 9 Comments
Corpus Christi: Do You Believe?

Do you remember the old advertising slogan “Is it live? Or is it Memorex?” Christians the world over sort of ask a similar set of questions. And their answers are equally confused. Is the Eucharist the “Real Presence?” Does the bread genuinely become the Body of Christ and the wine become the Blood of Christ? […]

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A Home for the Wounded Heart: Chapter 8 of “Love is Our Mission”

June 1, AD2015 8 Comments
A Home for the Wounded Heart: Chapter 8 of “Love is Our Mission”

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

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I Complain, Therefore I Am

May 25, AD2015 30 Comments
I Complain, Therefore I Am

The popular atheist blogger, Hemant Mehta, ponders change with the question, “What happens when atheists are no longer a minority?” He mentions the human need to belong to a group, and the fight for a cause, and then invites answers to that question. Reading a few of the 1,600+ responses will verify the lack of […]

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Young Pro-Life Leaders Gather at Camp Joshua, Nevada

May 4, AD2015 3 Comments
Young Pro-Life Leaders Gather at Camp Joshua, Nevada

“So the people shouted, and the trumpets were blown. As soon as the people heard the sound of the trumpets, they raised a great shout, and the wall fell down flat…” (Joshua 6:20 NRSVCE) The theme is Christian and the biblical wall of Jericho is the metaphor referring to:  “Building a culture of life and bringing down the […]

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The Family: A Light in a Dark World

May 4, AD2015 1 Comment
The Family:  A Light in a Dark World

This column is the seventh 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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Goodness to Greatness

April 26, AD2015 6 Comments
Goodness to Greatness

We seek greatness by our very nature; God created us for great things. Great things because we are, essentially, good. Good because we are created in the Imago Dei. Throughout Salvation history we observe that the greatest men were the good men. Those whose lives we venerate and actions we emulate are those who committed […]

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The Subsistent Soul: Are You More than Particles?

April 12, AD2015 6 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 4 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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