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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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Prayer to the Saints: One in The Body

June 1, AD2016 0 Comments
Prayer to the Saints: One in The Body

One of the major criticisms that Catholics often receive from most Protestants and others outside of the faith is that we worship the saints. The usual assertion is that Catholics are idolatrous for believing that a Christian can or should communicate with a “dead” person in heaven, and that we are wrong in thinking that anyone […]

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Why C.S. Lewis Would Want You to Join a Writing Group

May 13, AD2016 4 Comments
Why C.S. Lewis Would Want You to Join a Writing Group

When J.R.R. Tolkien retired from his post at the University of Oxford in 1959, he intended to spend his new-found free time finishing The Silmarillion. Though this book is less well-known than his Lord of the Rings, Tolkien considered it his real work—the work he’d spent decades trying to get back to. One can easily […]

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Religious Schools Are Fundamental to Liberty

May 11, AD2016 5 Comments
Religious Schools Are Fundamental to Liberty

Catholics who are not big on history may probably not be aware of the amount of anti-Catholic animus that existed in the U.S. from the early 1800s up to as late as World War II.  And even though we’ve had a Catholic president and currently have a Catholic Vice President and a Catholic Speaker of […]

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Angela’s Orderliness

May 10, AD2016 1 Comment
Angela’s Orderliness

Orderliness is an important human virtue. It is the good habit by which a person does what he ought to do, when and how he should do it. It is about properly managing time and tasks. Here is a parable about one person’s experience with order and the vice of disorder. Angela was bright but […]

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Modern Education and Catholic Schools

Modern Education and Catholic Schools

  Education is the means by which the future of a nation is sown and cultivated. There is hardly anything more important to the civic order than how the community’s young are educated.  The education of one generation will determine the success or failure of the next. If we took an honest look at our […]

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Lessons From Jerusalem’s First Sidewalk Counselors

April 22, AD2016 0 Comments
Lessons From Jerusalem’s First Sidewalk Counselors

Today many people, of all ages, stand or kneel and pray at abortion businesses. Some of them speak with the women and girls who are going there pregnant, many of whom will leave un-pregnant. The speakers have come to be known as “sidewalk counselors,” although “sidewalk saviors” or “sidewalk angels” better describes what they do. […]

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The Journey to Emmaus: A Model for Educators

April 20, AD2016 1 Comment
The Journey to Emmaus: A Model for Educators

One of my favourite readings during the Easter Season is the Gospel reading on the journey of Jesus  together with the two disciples on the road to Emmaus. It is a personal favourite since it speaks directly to me as an educator. I have always seen this story as a good model for teachers. The […]

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Catholic Is As Catholic Does

March 26, AD2016 1 Comment
Catholic Is As Catholic Does

Every time I read about a Catholic institution honoring someone who harbors contrary views to the Church, I cringe. Now, I realize I should be used to this by now as these events are commonplace today. However, I become more and more disappointed at the complacency on the part of Catholic institutions of higher learning, […]

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Where is Truth?

March 14, AD2016 3 Comments
Where is Truth?

In a recent column, I discussed the definition of truth as “what is.” Truth is the equation of thought and thing. It is the conformity of a person’s mind and reality. But where is truth to be found? Catholic philosopher Peter Kreeft sums up the greatest Catholic thinker, Thomas Aquinas, on this question. According to […]

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Pro-Life or Social Justice: a False Catholic Dichotomy

February 10, AD2016 19 Comments
Pro-Life or Social Justice: a False Catholic Dichotomy

Right after the March for Life, the USCCB organized the Catholic Social Ministries Gathering. As one of the few who attended both events, I saw many people who were both pro-life and pro-social justice but I also saw a false dichotomy between the two in some. Unfortunately, some at the March for Life show inadequate care […]

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The Natural Desire for God

February 8, AD2016 12 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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