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Prayer is Always an Opportunity to Rise to the Occasion

August 15, AD2018 0 Comments
Prayer is Always an Opportunity to Rise to the Occasion

I recently watched a movie about the life of St. Joseph of Cupertino, the Franciscan friar and mystic famed for levitating while praying or offering mass. This incredible saint could be a poster child for what sainthood truly means.  Through the power and graces of the Holy Spirit, he transformed from a clumsy, inept simpleton […]

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Clearing Murky Waters: God’s Care for our Souls

August 3, AD2018 0 Comments
Clearing Murky Waters: God’s Care for our Souls

Does God care if we sin? How does He look at and treat sinful human beings? I started to think and pray about that, pondering the effects of sin on the soul, God’s involvement in our lives, and what people think and say about sinfulness. So I first thought of my perception of Him. I […]

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Causality and St. Thomas Aquinas’ Second Way

August 1, AD2018 0 Comments
Causality and St. Thomas Aquinas’ Second Way

The second way of proving the existence of God by St. Thomas Aquinas is that of efficient causality. It is not just any old efficient causality such as that of local motion, which is observable through human sensation. It is efficient causality at the level of existence, the level of divine creation. The Second Way: […]

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Engaging and Enlightening Through Love

July 30, AD2018 0 Comments
Engaging and Enlightening Through Love

The art of civilized decency and scholarly discourse is diminishing, giving way to tactics aimed at shaming the faithful. I must admit that I was concerned about this year’s college graduation ceremonies. I wondered if they would be a repeat of last year’s debacle when it came to the treatment of certain commencement speakers. We […]

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I Have Been to Heaven

July 26, AD2018 0 Comments
I Have Been to Heaven

  I have been to Heaven because I have been to a Divine Liturgy. In order to explain what a Divine Liturgy is, we must start with the acknowledgment that the Catholic Church is not limited to the Roman Catholic Church. The universal Church also includes the Eastern Catholic Churches, which are in full communion […]

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An Interview With Bishop Thomas John Paprocki (Part II)

July 24, AD2018 0 Comments
An Interview With Bishop Thomas John Paprocki (Part II)

Thomas John Paprocki is the Bishop of Springfield in Illinois. The occasion of this interview was the recently-completed Springfield Diocesan Synod, the first since 1963. Kevin: Our Lord had a public life we can read about in the Gospels, as well as the majority of his years on earth which were mostly hidden from view. […]

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An Interview With Bishop Thomas John Paprocki (Part 1)

July 23, AD2018 0 Comments
An Interview With Bishop Thomas John Paprocki (Part 1)

Thomas John Paprocki is the Bishop of Springfield in Illinois. The occasion of this interview was the recently-completed Springfield Diocesan Synod, the first since 1963. Kevin: The previous diocesan synod was in 1963 under Bishop O’Connor. Its statutes are impressive but I suspect many things fell by the wayside due to the radical changes that followed […]

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The Hope and Healing of Humanae Vitae

July 16, AD2018 0 Comments
The Hope and Healing of Humanae Vitae

Pete Socks, the former book reviewer for Catholic Stand is now managing Breadbox Media, a Catholic-based, spiritually-focused, national podcast network. He will be posting podcasts regularly from different shows, introducing our readers to a wide variety of Catholic voices. The Hope and Healing of Humanae Vitae One Woman’s Journey of Faith and Healing on the 50th Anniversary […]

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No Man Is An Island
No Man Stands Alone

July 13, AD2018 0 Comments
No Man Is An Island <br> No Man Stands Alone

Seventeenth-century poet, John Donne, first included the phrase, “No man is an island”, in one of his meditations and later composed a poem of the same name. Later, in the 1960’s and 1970’s, a folk song echoed these sentiments, “No man is an island No man stands alone Each man’s joy is a joy to […]

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The Amazing Value of Hardship

July 13, AD2018 0 Comments
The Amazing Value of Hardship

Hardship is not pleasant. It creates discomfort in our lives. It inconveniences our plans. It discourages us, causing hesitation and inaction. Yet, properly understood, hardship is one of the most valuable opportunities in the Christian life. It helps us grow in faith, personal maturity, and intimacy with God. The opening verses of the 5th Chapter […]

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Take Heaven By Force

July 6, AD2018 0 Comments
Take Heaven By Force

“Out in the street, you don’t survive by being weak. This is our time, walls were made for us to climb. Don’t you try to lock us out ’cause we’re breaking down the doors and, oh, we’re prepared to fight, baby. There’s no stopping us (no stopping). No one does it better.” These are lyrics to […]

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Pop Culture Role Models

July 5, AD2018 0 Comments
Pop Culture Role Models

One has to look far and wide to find positive images of Christianity and in particular the Catholic Church in today’s mainstream media and in the overall culture. Television shows (The Young Pope), movies (Spotlight) and novels (The Da Vinci Code) constantly show the evils and hypocrisy of the members of the Church or its […]

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Whoever Is Not Against You Is For You

July 3, AD2018 0 Comments
Whoever Is Not Against You Is For You

For the past five or six years I have been attending a men’s group run by a non-denominational evangelical church. I would have liked to find a Catholic men’s group, but whenever I looked into it at the parishes my family has attended, these groups were always scheduled during the middle of a weekday, conflicting […]

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Principles for Your Spiritual Life: Insights from the Carmelite Rule

Principles for Your Spiritual Life: Insights from the Carmelite Rule

Here then are a few points I have written down to provide you with a standard of conduct to live up to; but our Lord, at his second coming, will reward anyone who does more than he is obliged to do. See that the bounds of common sense are not exceeded, however, for common sense […]

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Trains and Chains and God as First Cause

June 27, AD2018 2 Comments
Trains and Chains and God as First Cause

Trains and chains are popular analogies used to illustrate the argument for a First Cause, whom we call God. See: Reasons to Believe (p. 32) by Scott Hahn, Answering Atheism (p. 236) by Trent Horn, Who Designed the Designer? (p. 34-37)  by Michael Augros, and, most recently, “What Caused God” by Trent Horn. But is […]

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Our Catholic Mission: Making Disciples

June 26, AD2018 0 Comments
Our Catholic Mission: Making Disciples

We use the word disciple a lot, but do we know what it really means? What images does that word conjure up? When you hear the word disciple, do you maybe picture a man with a beard, sandals, and a cloak traveling along a dusty road somewhere, intent on preaching to the masses? Or do […]

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Practical Advice on Sharing the Faith

June 25, AD2018 0 Comments
Practical Advice on Sharing the Faith

Faith is the belief in something intangible, something invisible – and it’s the hardest thing to relay in words to those who don’t believe, or who haven’t experienced the depths of faith.  St. Paul put it more eloquently in his letter to the Hebrews: Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction […]

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The Eternal Beauty of the Mass

June 21, AD2018 0 Comments
The Eternal Beauty of the Mass

I would like to offer the following reflections and practices that have helped me better participate at Mass. My hope is that reflections might help someone else enter more deeply into the mystery and beauty of the Eucharist. This column will have served its purpose if the reader realizes by its end how barely we […]

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A Tale of Two Cooks and Two Meals

June 20, AD2018 0 Comments
A Tale of Two Cooks and Two Meals

We understand the adage “too many cooks spoil the broth” to mean that splitting a task in too many directions can be counterproductive.  Certainly, having five people with equal authority directing a play or project is a prescription for trouble.  Invariably, there will be disagreements and power plays which will sabotage the group’s efforts to […]

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The Vocation of Law and the Catholic Moral Vision

June 17, AD2018 0 Comments
The Vocation of Law and the Catholic Moral Vision

National Review recently published the commencement address George Weigel delivered at Ave Maria School of Law in Florida. In it, Weigel urges prospective Catholic lawyers to, like Martin Luther King Jr., challenge the philosophy of legal positivism, which Weigel says “empties law of moral content, detaches it from reason, and treats law as merely an […]

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The Confiteor and the Three Forms of the Apostolate: Thoughts, Words, and Deeds

June 15, AD2018 0 Comments
The Confiteor and the Three Forms of the Apostolate: Thoughts, Words, and Deeds

Three Forms of the Apostolate The Confiteor of the Mass outlines three areas of sin: “I confess to God Almighty, before the whole company of heaven, and to you, my brothers and sisters, that I have sinned in thought, word, and deed; in what I have done and in what I have failed to do, […]

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A Call to Compassion in the Catholic Online Community

June 12, AD2018 0 Comments
A Call to Compassion in the Catholic Online Community

Online Catholics I’ve recently been discouraged by a number of responses to Catholics asking advice on the internet. Usually, a sincere Catholic posts a question on a group page, or on a column, asking for some support or guidance on a matter related to faith. These people are hoping for encouragement, support, and guidance on […]

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Come Home to the Church: You’ve Been Asked

June 6, AD2018 0 Comments
Come Home to the Church: You’ve Been Asked

The funeral Mass was about to begin. Friends and acquaintances of the deceased and of his family sat in pews behind or to the side of the area where the rather large family sat. Many of those paying their respects—family and non-family alike—were somewhat familiar with the Rite of Christian Burial. They were cradle Catholics, […]

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The Sign of the Cross is Powerful

June 3, AD2018 0 Comments
The Sign of the Cross is Powerful

The sign of the Cross is one of the most widely recognizable and controversial symbols in the world, as well as the most powerful symbol. It is a symbol that is both revered and hated by Christians and non-Christians alike. To many Jews, it inspires fear because of the long history of anti-Semitism perpetrated by […]

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