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Faith & Spirituality

Poor in Spirit or a Poverty Spirit

October 22, AD2017 0 Comments
Poor in Spirit or a Poverty Spirit

The name of a single fictional character captures the image of what most people consider the epitome of greed- Scrooge! Ebenezer Scrooge, the central character of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, showcases this sin in exquisite detail and depth.  Scrooge exhibits all the outward signs of greed we commonly think of: gaining at the expense […]

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What Happens When We Don’t Pray?

October 22, AD2017 0 Comments
What Happens When We Don’t Pray?

“In prayer you become one with the source of our true light – Jesus Himself.” Pope Saint John Paul II I never had much of an intentional prayer life outside of the rosary until this year, when I discovered Ignatian spirituality and contemplative prayer. This form of imaginative prayer has been a rich experience for […]

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Leaving Behind A Legacy

October 21, AD2017 0 Comments
Leaving Behind A Legacy

Dying is not a popular topic for discussion. But considering that everyone who dies leaves some kind of legacy behind, maybe we should at least all think about death a little bit more. Have you ever stopped to consider that one day you will die? That you’ll no longer be in the land of the […]

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Prayer: A Learning Process

October 21, AD2017 1 Comment
Prayer: A Learning Process

Prayer is how I began to know God. Before that, my relationship with Him was mediocre at best. I was raised Catholic, and God was very much central in our lives and in my upbringing, but formal prayer was not something I even thought about. I prayed a few prayers before bed out of respect […]

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A Short Devotional: Comfort Food, Heavenly Bread

October 20, AD2017 0 Comments
A Short Devotional: Comfort Food, Heavenly Bread

“I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats of this bread will live forever, and the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.” (John: 6:33) Do you have a cookbook by you or a family member, one made by collecting favorite recipes? I bet […]

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“Oh My God!”: Incorporating Exclamatory Prayer into Your Life

October 20, AD2017 1 Comment
“Oh My God!”: Incorporating Exclamatory Prayer into Your Life

I have a vivid memory from my freshman year of college. One of my professors, a Catholic, exclaimed, “Oh my God!” I, being rather sensitive about that sort of language, went to him privately and asked if he could please not swear as much, since it put the temptation to curse into my consciousness. He […]

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Jesus Christ, the “New” Adam

October 19, AD2017 2 Comments
Jesus Christ, the “New” Adam

In 1 Corinthians 15:45, St. Paul compares Jesus to Adam, Thus it is written, The first man Adam became a living being;” the last Adam became a life-giving spirit. This is one of those very simple scripture verses that packs a wallop theologically. Let’s take a look at other verses of scripture and see how […]

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Arguments Pro and Con: the Four Marks of the Church

October 18, AD2017 1 Comment
Arguments Pro and Con: the Four Marks of the Church

After a fruitful breakfast conversation with a searching friend, I realized that almost all the questions that he asked were in some way connected to the four marks of the Church, its holiness, oneness, Catholicity, and Apostolicism. In these marks, the Church finds its authority and its right to call herself holy—two points that are […]

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The Catholic Faith: A Life-Altering Journey

October 18, AD2017 0 Comments
The Catholic Faith: A Life-Altering Journey

I have come to see my Catholic faith as a life-altering journey, sometimes tearing down the strongholds of selfishness and pride, sometimes lifting me up to the heights of heaven, but always, always turning me into the man God expects me to be. Every once in a while I find myself reflecting on this faith journey […]

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As Christians we are commanded to forgive

October 16, AD2017 8 Comments
As Christians we are commanded to forgive

People hurt one another emotionally every day. And all too often when we should forgive, bitterness festers. A close family member betrays another. A wife or husband walks out and files for divorce. A trusted friend stabs you in the back.  Hurtful words are said to us in a fit of anger. At some point […]

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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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Tilling The Soil Of Faith

October 13, AD2017 0 Comments
Tilling The Soil Of Faith

When is the last time you tilled the soil on your property or someone else’s? For some, tilling is a regular activity. For others, the word has little to no meaning. In times past, when life was agriculture-based, tilling the soil was part of everyday life. To till the soil was to prepare the dirt […]

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The Church: A Solid Rock To Stand On

October 12, AD2017 0 Comments
The Church: A Solid Rock To Stand On

You Are Peter Last month I had the honor of witnessing my mother and stepdad’s marriage in the Catholic Church. They were both raised Catholic but were never confirmed, and have been married civilly for fourteen years. They began their journey back to the Church shortly after I began my own conversion process, and it […]

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Imaging God Through the Gift of Intercession

October 12, AD2017 0 Comments
Imaging God Through the Gift of Intercession

Father, Son and Holy Spirit, this is our Triune God.  He is One and inseparable.  Where the Father is, so also is the Son and the Holy Spirit.  This dynamic holds true for each person of the Trinity. Jesus tells Philip, “He who sees me sees the Father.” (John 14: 9). “The Father and I […]

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Our Lady’s Wisdom: The Rosary and Liturgical Life

October 11, AD2017 6 Comments
Our Lady’s Wisdom: The Rosary and Liturgical Life

My God, I believe, I adore, I hope and and I love You! I beg pardon for those who do not believe, do not adore, do not hope and do not love You. After repeating this prayer three times the angel rose and said to us: Pray in this way. The hearts of Jesus and Mary […]

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The Day I Met Jesus While Riding My Bike

October 11, AD2017 7 Comments
The Day I Met Jesus While Riding My Bike

Note: This first portion was written in Fall 2014, but not widely published. The Day I Met Jesus A little over a year and a half ago, I was riding my bike when I saw what appeared to be a homeless woman walking hers. She was quite disheveled and had various grocery bags hanging from […]

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Some Things Are Better Left Unsaid

October 9, AD2017 5 Comments
Some Things Are Better Left Unsaid

I like the adage: “Some things are better left unsaid”. But I have a hard time following it, especially when I am in one of my darker moods and in an intense “discussion” with my wife. For instance, I’ll say something that aggravates her and she will bring up divorce. “I don’t know why we […]

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The Lesson on Self-Sacrifice I Learned From a Seed my Father Planted

October 7, AD2017 1 Comment
The Lesson on Self-Sacrifice I Learned From a Seed my Father Planted

I remember once, back in the early 1990’s, I was riding in the car with my father, who was driving me home from my job at the U.S. Postal Service. He was talking about how he never really had a father-son relationship with his own father. Then he said something I’ll never forget. He said, […]

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Angels-Mysterious Guardians of Body and Soul

October 7, AD2017 2 Comments
Angels-Mysterious Guardians of Body and Soul

Angels may have different meanings to different people, but I can assure you that they are not little chubby babies with wings. Neither are they lifeless doctrines or pious maternal presence that keep little children from falling off rickety bridges into running water. Angels are much more vital than that, and, quite frankly, I do […]

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Ann Mattingly: Hard and Rough As a Nutmeg Grater

October 6, AD2017 0 Comments
Ann Mattingly: Hard and Rough As a Nutmeg Grater

“As hard and rough as a nutmeg grater” It took Ann Mattingly six agonizing minutes to swallow the Holy Eucharist given her by Father Stephen L. Dubuisson at her home in Washington, D C.  It was March 10, 1824, and Mattingly had been suffering from breast cancer for six years.  Her condition had steadily worsened […]

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Striving to Live Worthy of His Call

October 6, AD2017 0 Comments
Striving to Live Worthy of His Call

In today’s culture getting married young may not be frowned upon, but it certainly isn’t very common. Recently, my fiancé and I, both in our early 20s, went on our engagement weekend, which was part of our marriage prep through the Church. There must have been 20-30 couples there, and I am almost positive we […]

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Persecution: The Eighth Beatitude

October 5, AD2017 4 Comments
Persecution: The Eighth Beatitude

Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven. Blessed are you when men revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. These verses seem to be written as two beatitudes. But they really say the same thing in different […]

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Prayer- Now and at the Hour of Our Death

October 2, AD2017 0 Comments
Prayer- Now and at the Hour of Our Death

Stories about our horrific hurricane season will be told for weeks to come. Most will eventually be forgotten. However, there is one that I am sure will endure for years, namely the heroism of one Colette Sulcer of Beaumont, Texas. Sulcer’s car got stuck in a parking lot near an Interstate 10. It is unclear […]

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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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