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Wrinkles in Space – How Science Works, with a Perspective on Faith

November 6, AD2017 0 Comments
Wrinkles in Space – How Science Works, with a Perspective on Faith

“Gravity is a contributing factor in nearly 73 percent of all accidents involving falling objects.” – Dave Barry The 2017 Nobel Prize in physics was awarded to Rainier Weiss, Kip Thorne and Barry Barish for their work on detecting gravitational waves, “wrinkles in space”. For a detailed account of the award to these old guys […]

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Catholic Colleges Must Preserve Their True Mission

November 4, AD2017 1 Comment
Catholic Colleges Must Preserve Their True Mission

Traditional methods within authentic Catholic education are slowly deteriorating. This began, in part, thanks to a controversial movement made by a select number of Catholic institutions in 1967. Their act of “separation,” known as the “Land O’Lakes Statement,” has altered and distorted Catholic identity for the last 50 years. As a result, many Catholic colleges […]

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Are You Confused?

October 16, AD2017 17 Comments
Are You Confused?

Ever since the public release of Pope Francis’ exhortation Amoris Latitia last year, the Catholic media has been full of stories about the errors that are perceived within it’s writing. These errors have been widely written about by scholars, priests, bishops, and laypersons. I have written about them many times since immediately after the exhortation’s […]

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Homeschooling in Response to Communism

October 5, AD2017 7 Comments
Homeschooling in Response to Communism

I was recently trying to explain to some American friends in their sixties, who came to visit for dinner, why it is so scandalous in Portugal for my three-year-old daughter not to be in “school”. It is a huge cultural norm here that children go to daycare at the age of two or no later […]

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The Hearts Of Many Will Wax Cold

October 4, AD2017 15 Comments
The Hearts Of Many Will Wax Cold

Scripture warns us clearly that in the last days, charity will suffer. Matthew 24:12 “Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold.” I always considered the imagery of cold hearts as horrible and something I was immune to. I have learned that the warning St. Paul gives about not assuming we are […]

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The Only “Core” of Catholic Education Is Truth

October 1, AD2017 2 Comments
The Only “Core” of Catholic Education Is Truth

On October 8 and 9, 1859, the Blessed Mother appeared to Adele Brise, a young Belgian woman, in Champion, Wisconsin.  Three times, Adele saw a lady dressed in shining white robes with a crown of 12 stars about her head, standing in a grove between two trees. During the third appearance, the lady spoke. I […]

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The Five Ways of St. Thomas Aquinas Part V: The Fifth Way

September 22, AD2017 0 Comments
The Five Ways of St. Thomas Aquinas Part V: The Fifth Way

The Fifth Way – Argument from Governance or Order Just as the Third and Fourth Ways build on the first two Ways, the Fifth of the Five Ways builds on everything else. But, again, let’s put this in modern terms. In St. Thomas’ terms, natural bodies “act for an end.” In modern terms, natural and […]

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50 Years Later – The Influence of Benedictine Monks and Nuns

August 24, AD2017 0 Comments
50 Years Later – The Influence of Benedictine Monks and Nuns

People recounted incidents from the good old days. Embellishments were, of course, a part of the tales, some of which have grown in size and dramatic impact over time. Nevertheless, old friends spent a big part of the weekend catching up with one another. Some hadn’t seen one another in many years. The occasion was […]

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From Strangers to Neighbors: Working with Refugees

August 21, AD2017 10 Comments
From Strangers to Neighbors: Working with Refugees

Diana (pronounce Dee-ahna) sat in the passenger seat as I was driving. Her three kids were in the back seat looking out the windows quietly. Diana was equally quiet as we had only met the day before, and it was only by chance that I was asked to give her and her family a ride […]

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Crisis of Faith in the Church

August 13, AD2017 2 Comments
Crisis of Faith in the Church

The Faithful Are Abandoning Ship “Crisis of faith” is a popular term bandied about to describe what is going on in the Church today. The Catholic Church had been the faithful’s arc of safety and spiritual refuge up until recently. The crisis of faith among the faithful and our clergy is alarming. Conflicting statements and […]

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Four Years of Grace

June 20, AD2017 1 Comment
Four Years of Grace

May marked one year since my college graduation, so in honor of the occasion I thought I would take a chance to reflect upon my college years. This might seem like an odd thing to do on a site called Catholic Stand, but the connection is that I attended a faithful Catholic college. Because God […]

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A Catholic Often Gets the Short End of the Stick on Both Sides of Academia

June 7, AD2017 4 Comments
A Catholic Often Gets the Short End of the Stick on Both Sides of Academia

Paul Griffiths is an expert on Catholic thought, holding the Warren Professor of Catholic thought at Duke Divinity School but this past month he was forced to resign for questioning liberal orthodoxy. On the other hand, last week, the Newman Society listed nine Catholic colleges who were commencement speakers who disagreed with Catholic teaching. One […]

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Easter and Building a Curriculum of Hope

May 18, AD2017 0 Comments
Easter and Building a Curriculum of Hope

I have been working in the field of education for more than twenty years now. And every time I come to reflect upon the fruits of Easter, I always try to connect it to the work of educating young people. This month, I have decided to write about the relationship between the Resurrection story and […]

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Catholic Schools Week 2017

January 29, AD2017 0 Comments
Catholic Schools Week 2017

Catholic Schools Week begins January 29 and ends February 4. Catholic schools all across the United States will be celebrating in their own unique ways. Established in 1974, the week celebrates the ongoing contributions of Catholic education in the United States. This year’s theme is “Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service.”  (A good […]

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Why Do We Give Up on Teen Sex?

January 25, AD2017 24 Comments
Why Do We Give Up on Teen Sex?

I recently came across several articles which were based upon a large amount of excellent data that the Center for Disease Control collects annually. Thousands of students in grades 9-12 across the nation self-report the frequency of sexual activity, usage of tobacco, alcohol, drugs, and weapons, and the amount of physical activity they undertake. This […]

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St. John Bosco, Education, and the Youth of Today

January 16, AD2017 1 Comment
St. John Bosco, Education, and the Youth of Today

Can the ideas of a nineteenth-century saint, known for his work among young people, say something relevant to educators of the twenty-first century? Don Bosco and Young People Every January 31st, the Church marks the feast day of St. John Bosco, who died January 31, 1888.  He is known in the Church as the Father […]

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Show Me Your Sportsmanship: I’ll Show You Your Culture

January 5, AD2017 5 Comments
Show Me Your Sportsmanship: I’ll Show You Your Culture

Having grown up in the United States, I thought it was common knowledge that playing sports is a school of morality, character training, and indispensable to a child’s upbringing. Now that I live in Portugal and am raising my children here, I see that is not the case in other places around the world; such […]

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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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Strong Catholic Institutions: Offering Hope To A Fallen World

November 22, AD2016 0 Comments
Strong Catholic Institutions: Offering Hope To A Fallen World

Catholic colleges and universities offer unique and rewarding opportunities for today’s undergraduate students. They exist to enlighten, inspire and motivate. They also strive to nurture a desire within that seeks knowledge and purpose beyond the halls of academia. Many have witnessed memorable moments of spiritual enlightenment and fulfillment within such institutions. Sadly, however, others have […]

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SexEd: A Catholic Mother’s Conviction

October 16, AD2016 41 Comments
SexEd: A Catholic Mother’s Conviction

Imagine for a moment that an innocent inquiry throws you into what amounts to a political firestorm. Your only purpose was to defend your Catholic faith. You meant no malice towards anyone. There was no personal agenda. The intent behind your inquiry and concern was merely to ensure that the teachings of the Church were being respected and […]

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Catholic Teen Sexologists?

October 4, AD2016 41 Comments
Catholic Teen Sexologists?

Within the past two weeks the bishop of Nashville has come under fire for supporting his diocesan-wide high school sex education curriculum. He apparently has taken the position that parents who wish to opt their high school children out of the program may need to opt them out of the school altogether. According to one […]

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Bill Donaghy & TOB: Step Away from the Insanity Into Reality

August 19, AD2016 0 Comments
Bill Donaghy & TOB: Step Away from the Insanity Into Reality

  After interviewing Bill Donaghy from The Theology of the Body Institute about their upcoming Congress this September, I was filled with hope and joy for the Church. Bill lives out the core values of the gospel without pretention, probably because he is married with four children and is submerged in” the beautiful mess” of family life. One […]

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Bad Moral Theologians (BMTs)

August 4, AD2016 18 Comments
Bad Moral Theologians (BMTs)

There are evil things that some people really, really want to do. There are some people who not only want to do evil things but also want to be justified in doing them. They want others to say their evil deeds would be good. So, what to do if you are one of them? What if you […]

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“I Used To Be Catholic”

July 14, AD2016 10 Comments
“I Used To Be Catholic”

If you speak with enough Catholics, you will eventually become familiar with the phrase, “I used to be Catholic.” Sometimes, it seems as if being Catholic is more a matter of ancestry than anything else. Just as some choose to celebrate certain traditions that pertain to one’s ethnicity, so too, they accept only certain teachings […]

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