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On Selling Jesus

January 15, AD2018 0 Comments
On Selling Jesus

A Tale of Two Christmases One of the defining moments for me on my journey to the Catholic Church was over Christmas Eve and Christmas Day two years ago. We attended the Christmas Eve service at our Protestant, Baptist church. It was a beautiful service, filled with amazing music and a festive feel. The following […]

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Without Excuse: The Divine Origin of Happiness

January 11, AD2018 1 Comment
Without Excuse: The Divine Origin of Happiness

This column is the last in a series of 3 columns on ethics and human happiness Knowledge of the Divine within the Created Order St. Paul tells us in his letter to the Romans that knowledge of God for those without the Jewish faith, “is clear to their minds; God himself has made it clear […]

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Three Chords and the Truth: Discipleship

January 10, AD2018 0 Comments
Three Chords and the Truth: Discipleship

The Great Commission, as it has come to be known, was given to the disciples of Jesus just before His Ascension into Heaven. These parting instructions to “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28:19) were addressed to His immediate listeners as well as “those who will believe in me through their word” […]

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The Blasphemy All Around Us

January 4, AD2018 12 Comments
The Blasphemy All Around Us

Casual swearing. Routine profanity. Mainstreamed irreverence. These curses of our age don’t seem to shock us like they used to. Ever since Rhett Butler first uttered the “D” word in Gone with the Wind in 1939, the entertainment industry has gone from bad to worse in its moral offensiveness. Every modern venue of entertainment, from […]

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As You Go: Bringing Christ to Others in the Present Moment

December 27, AD2017 3 Comments
As You Go:  Bringing Christ to Others in the Present Moment

Jesus sent out these twelve instructing them, … “Go … to the lost sheep … As you go, make this proclamation: ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ Cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, drive out demons (Matthew 10:5-8). I am so little, so sinful and broken. Yet my heart longs to serve […]

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Christmas Movies: It’s a Wonderful Life and Charlie Brown

December 21, AD2017 0 Comments
Christmas Movies: It’s a Wonderful Life and Charlie Brown

I recently bumped into an old friend from grammar school and we began reminiscing about our favorite Christmas movies. Apart from realizing that all of the candidates were over 50 years old(not surprising given what spews out today), we ended up agreeing on two winners, one originally a theatrical release and the other a now […]

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I’m Guilty And You May Be Too

December 5, AD2017 6 Comments
I’m Guilty And You May Be Too

I’m Guilty And You May Be Too  I’m guilty and I bet you are too. I put people in baskets. It seems to be innate human nature. We boil people down into groups and put them into baskets. We put ourselves into baskets. Sometimes baskets are necessary, sometimes they just serve to divide. Through prayer and […]

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Conversion: The Doorway to Transformation

November 30, AD2017 1 Comment
Conversion: The Doorway to Transformation

Conversion: Learning from a Child My Religious Order allowed me to go home this year for the Thanksgiving Holiday.  To say I am overjoyed by this gift is an understatement.  Now, one of the many blessings I receive when I visit my family in Michigan is the time I get to spend with my two […]

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A Catholic Spin on Maslow: Your Needs Define Your Eternal Destiny

November 20, AD2017 2 Comments
A Catholic Spin on Maslow: Your Needs Define Your Eternal Destiny

I have always loved the study of what makes people tick, hence I dedicated part of my education to psychology.  While I understand that not all parts of psychology mesh well with Christian ideals, there is much in psychology that can be applied to these ideals, and Benjamin Maslow’s  famous Hierarchy of Needs is one. […]

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The Allure of the Catholic Church

November 17, AD2017 7 Comments
The Allure of the Catholic Church

As I was making my way into the Catholic Church about 5 years ago, my priest at the time said something that still echoes in my mind today- “The Catholic Church is a treasure chest of spiritual resources. You can skim the top and experience only the basics of Christianity, but there is so much […]

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Seeing Faces:  A Call to Have the Eyes of a Shepherd

November 13, AD2017 1 Comment
Seeing Faces:  A Call to Have the Eyes of a Shepherd

No Faceless Crowd Before Jesus When we read, study, and pray with the Gospels it is important for us to remember who is the audience that Jesus is speaking to.  I mention this scriptural tool in many of my homilies and talks I give, and recently a question came to me and this tool “How […]

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Eat, Drink And Be Merry

November 10, AD2017 0 Comments
Eat, Drink And Be Merry

Eat Drink And Be Merry Eat drink and be merry for tomorrow we die. There are several places in holy Scripture where this sentiment is expressed. The one that has been bouncing around my mind since I heard it at Sunday Mass a few weeks ago pertains to the parable of the rich man who […]

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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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Imitate John the Baptist – Friend of the Bridegroom

November 3, AD2017 0 Comments
Imitate John the Baptist – Friend of the Bridegroom

When John the Baptist’s disciples are disturbed that Jesus’ disciples are baptizing people and Christ is increasing in importance, they come to their master to complain. John then reveals his role in salvation history. “He who has the bride is the bridegroom. The friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices greatly at […]

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Thy Will be Done on Earth

November 1, AD2017 1 Comment
Thy Will be Done on Earth

Our Father, Who art in Heaven, hallowed be Thy name; Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. […]

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Patrick Coffin: From Islam to Christ With Derya Little

October 27, AD2017 1 Comment
Patrick Coffin: From Islam to Christ With Derya Little

The Patrick Coffin Show podcast features weekly interviews with A-list influencers and outliers in the effort to recover the Judeo-Christian roots of the culture. Patrick is the Canadian-born former host of Catholic Answers Live, and he has raving fans around the world. He injects these fascinating interviews with his own distinctive blend of depth and […]

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Unprofitable Servant? More Like a Loss Leader! How Jesus Can Use My Meager Offerings

October 27, AD2017 0 Comments
Unprofitable Servant? More Like a Loss Leader! How Jesus Can Use My Meager Offerings

I Am a Loss Leader! Way back in the 1980s I was a marketing student. There was a common business term in those days, “loss leader.” It referred to a product that was highly promoted and sold below market value in order to get more customer traffic into the store. The strategy was used in […]

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A Day in the Life of a Religious Sister

October 19, AD2017 1 Comment
A Day in the Life of a Religious Sister

Sister Christina Sister Christina Marie Neumann, a Franciscan sister serving in Grand Forks, North Dakota, works at St. Anne’s Guest Home for the elderly and is an active blogger at Our Franciscan Fiat. She offers a peek into her life: People often wonder what a typical day is like for a religious sister. In the […]

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The Fallacy of Placing Faith in Science Rather than in God

October 15, AD2017 2 Comments
The Fallacy of Placing Faith in Science Rather than in God

It’s curious how people who claim to have faith in science criticize Christians for believing in God based on faith. Yet, what science has to offer has become a belief system, itself (e.g. religion.) And this “religion” fails to offer any sound, unchanging, and omnipotent foundation. While science is supposed to be based upon logic, […]

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From Panic Attacks to Freedom in God- Part II

October 10, AD2017 7 Comments
From Panic Attacks to Freedom in God- Part II

This is the second part of the hardest story I have ever told. It is my story of struggling with anxiety, panic attacks anxiety and depression. To read Part I. Soon after my ectopic pregnancy, I became pregnant with my second child. I followed all the medical advice to keep postpartum at bay. I gave birth […]

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From Panic Attacks to Freedom in God- Part I

October 9, AD2017 4 Comments
From Panic Attacks to Freedom in God- Part I

This is the hardest story I have ever told. It is my story of struggling with anxiety, panic attacks anxiety and depression. My story will contain references to counseling and medical care and I want to be clear- I am not here to tell you to change any protocol with counselors or doctors because we […]

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Restoring Catholic Relevance in Society-Part II

September 30, AD2017 3 Comments
Restoring Catholic Relevance in Society-Part II

 Why has the Church become largely irrelevant to the secular culture? In Part I of this article, we explored how the culture is breeding individual isolation through withdrawal into technology.  The Church has not been immune to that influence.  In Part II we’re going to explain how the Church can once again become “relevant” as […]

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Restoring Catholic Relevance in Society- Part I

September 29, AD2017 13 Comments
Restoring Catholic Relevance in Society- Part I

Am I the only one feeling that the Catholic Church has become irrelevant in political, social and moral arenas? It’s not really a question anymore. The cultural outcomes have objectively provided the answer across a broad bandwidth: abortion, gender-identity, same-sex marriage, euthanasia, genetic engineering.  Take your pick. This article isn’t another “hand-wringing” eulogy for Catholic […]

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Commands Are Not Ideals

September 19, AD2017 8 Comments
Commands Are Not Ideals

“For I gave you an example that you also should do as I did to you” (John 13:15). Our Lord told the apostles this at the Last Supper. Later on Jesus tells the apostles that they are to love one another as He has loved them (John 13:34), that if they truly love Him they […]

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