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Catholicism Is, Most Importantly, An Experiential Faith

April 23, AD2017 2 Comments
Catholicism Is, Most Importantly, An Experiential Faith

A Catholic, baptized into the very life of Christ ( CCC 1213), is invited to discover much more about God, Holy Scriptures, the saints and the traditions of his Church than dry facts because Catholicism is, most importantly, an experiential faith. Ironically, most Christians allow fear of deception to impede growth in the Spirit and hinder […]

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With Love: To Desire What God Gives Us

April 23, AD2017 0 Comments
With Love: To Desire What God Gives Us

desire The day’s temperature climbed to 77 degrees, quite warm by Segovia standards for a mid-afternoon in October. Not a cloud graced the sky. We didn’t have the benefit of even a slight breeze. And we had little idea of exactly where we were going–not unusual during this Spanish vacation. My wife Donna and I […]

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When Mystical Truths Become Relevant

April 22, AD2017 0 Comments
When Mystical Truths Become Relevant

I first began to understand certain mystical truths as I prayed at the place where Jesus was crucified on the first Good Friday. I have written about some of these insights when I spent a night in the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem,  but some were too much for me to understand at the time, and […]

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Why Do We Need The Benedict Option?

April 21, AD2017 1 Comment
Why Do We Need The Benedict Option?

The Benedict Option by Rod Dreher is, at the end of the day, underwhelming. That’s not all its own fault; it arrives amidst much hype, hype which turns out to be rather disproportionate to its more modest aims. On one hand, it’s not clear that those who characterize Dreher as telling Christians to head for the […]

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It’s Time to Pray as a Nation

April 21, AD2017 0 Comments
It’s Time to Pray as a Nation

“[I]f then my people, upon whom my name has been pronounced, humble themselves and pray, and seek my face and turn from their evil ways, I will hear them from heaven and pardon their sins and heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14 So What Brought That Outburst On Anyhow? It is relatively easy to understand.  […]

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My and Marjorie’s Amazing Journey

April 19, AD2017 0 Comments
My and Marjorie’s Amazing Journey

This is a true story about love and love of God, how God really does work in mysterious ways, and Evangelization, all rolled into one! Some months ago, on August 21, 2016, a large group of young adults met at the National Shrine of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton in Emmitsburg, MD to participate in a Year […]

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Aggravations–Sources of Grace

April 19, AD2017 4 Comments
Aggravations–Sources of Grace

Oh, the Aggravations We Face! Do you know someone whose purpose in life seems to be to aggravate you? You know what I mean, right? This person is the one who manages to raise your blood pressure just about any time that you interact with them. Maybe it’s the things they say to you. Perhaps […]

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There is No Saint of the Broken Hearted

April 18, AD2017 5 Comments
There is No Saint of the Broken Hearted

When times are tough, I — like many Catholics — turn to my friends, the saints. Whether you’re searching for a job, battling breast cancer, or asking for a safe journey, there’s usually a saint for every cause. So why is there a saint for toothaches, bad storms, and mice infestations, but not for the […]

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Lessons On the Garden of Your Soul from the Master Vinedresser

April 18, AD2017 0 Comments
Lessons On the Garden of Your Soul from the Master Vinedresser

Ever since my wife and I moved into our current home I have had an ongoing battle with the shrubbery. There are times when honestly I don’t know who’s winning the battle — the vegetation or me. But it’s all part of having a nice home, and I try to take pride in the way […]

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A Devotional: Celebrate the Joy

April 17, AD2017 1 Comment
A Devotional: Celebrate the Joy

“Happy is he who does not have sadness in his mind, and who has not fallen away from his hope.” -Sirach 14:2 Finding Hope in Christ Lent is a time of fasting, prayer, and almsgiving toward others. It is a time of sacrifice and charity. It is a time of getting to know Jesus even […]

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Why We Worship On Sunday

April 16, AD2017 6 Comments
Why We Worship On Sunday

As children, all Catholics are taught the Ten Commandments. We learn that it is wrong to kill, to steal, to commit adultery, to worship other gods, etc. The Ten Commandments come from the Old Testament, and for the most part they transfer over to Christianity quite seamlessly. However, there is one exception: the third commandment […]

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Where is the Passion and Fire?

April 15, AD2017 10 Comments
Where is the Passion and Fire?

During this Holy week, as we enter more fully into the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, it is a good time to ask ourselves some deep and profound questions around Passion and Fire. Where are the passion and fire? Where is the passion and fire within the Church? Where is the passion and fire within me? […]

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God Hanging on the Gallows: A Prayer This Good Friday

April 14, AD2017 2 Comments
God Hanging on the Gallows: A Prayer This Good Friday

A few years ago, the BBC news channel presented an interesting documentary regarding Jewish life in the first century. In the course of that documentary, they showed the skull of a man, who was believed to have lived during that time. Using modern technology, scientists and archaeologists were able to recreate what they say was […]

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Suffering and the Christ of Good Friday

April 14, AD2017 2 Comments
Suffering and the Christ of Good Friday

It has frequently been said that Good Friday is meaningless without Easter Sunday. Certainly this statement is true for, as St. Paul explains, if Christ has not risen, our faith is in vain (cf. 1 Corinthians 15:14). We must not overlook the fact, however, that Easter Sunday is not possible without Good Friday. As much […]

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Living With Only a Thin Veil Between Earth and Heaven

April 13, AD2017 23 Comments
Living With Only a Thin Veil Between Earth and Heaven

I tend to rush through my daily duties like a solitary soul, disconnected from God and other people. However, I became aware that humans are actually intimately connected not just to God and the living but also to those who have died and are alive in Christ after recent encounters with birth, death, and dying. […]

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A Reflection on the Last Words of Christ

April 12, AD2017 4 Comments
A Reflection on the Last Words of Christ

The words Christ spoke on the cross are some of the most important in history. Because of how important His Passion was, every word He said was uttered with purpose and significance, such as fulfilling the Messianic prophecies or giving a just reward to the good thief. I am very far from the first and […]

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When We Revile Others We Are, Ironically, Also Reviling God

April 11, AD2017 2 Comments
When We Revile Others We Are, Ironically, Also Reviling God

Reviling someone, whether it is mocking, taunting, or ridiculing, is almost always a sinful act, yet one which many tend to easily forget or overlook when going to confession. People often revile, ridicule, mock, or taunt those whom they judge to be inferior due to nature or due to some advantage they think they hold […]

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My Dear France, Tender Daughter of the Sacred Hearts #2

April 10, AD2017 2 Comments
My Dear France, Tender Daughter of the Sacred Hearts #2

The first chapter of our scrutiny presented almost all the main heroes of the nascence of French Sacred Hearts revelation and devotion. How these and other heroes were guided by the Sacred Hearts, and what were, starting from the time of the Prophet Moses, remained and becoming today the intentions of this Divine grace, are […]

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The Theology of the Body: Part II

April 10, AD2017 0 Comments
The Theology of the Body: Part II

theology of the body I have been waiting impatiently for the “theological timebomb set to go off.” This was George Weigel’s assessment of The Theology of the Body by Pope St. John Paul II as described in Witness to Hope: The Biography of Pope John Paul II (p. 343). Little did I realize that the […]

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A Faith Adventure: Evangelizing a Family Member

April 9, AD2017 8 Comments
A Faith Adventure: Evangelizing a Family Member

I recently had a conversation about our faith with a fallen-away Catholic family member. This situation is exactly what the New Evangelization is all about. According to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops: “In a special way, the New Evangelization is focused on ‘re-proposing’ the Gospel to those who have experienced a crisis of […]

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