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Faith & Spirituality

Looking For Hope In Tragedy’s Wake

May 23, AD2017 0 Comments
Looking For Hope In Tragedy’s Wake

Faith is introduced in daylight. But it actually becomes faith in the darkness, where we find ourselves vulnerable to every doubt and desire. Eventually, when the darkness fades, we grow in confidence and the roots of our faith go deeper. I learned that profoundly eight years ago this month when my youngest child received her […]

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The Big Bang Must Have Contained Divine Love

May 23, AD2017 1 Comment
The Big Bang Must Have Contained Divine Love

There may be evidence for a Big Bang, but there is no evidence that there was simply nothing, ‘no- thing’ whatsoever before it. What went bang? ‘Nothing’ can go bang. You do not need to be a scientist to know that, a two-year-old child knows that. The Big Bang Contained Love What created this surge […]

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“Pro Deo et Patria”: A Memorial Day Reflection

May 22, AD2017 1 Comment
“Pro Deo et Patria”: A Memorial Day Reflection

Memorial Day is upon us. For many, this is a time to prepare the backyard pool, warm up the grill, and invite family and friends over for a good old-fashioned B-B-Q. For me, Memorial Day is still about family and friends, but it is also about the U-S-A. From as far back as I can […]

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Catholic Identity Politics and Vocation in the Age of Trump

May 22, AD2017 0 Comments
Catholic Identity Politics and Vocation in the Age of Trump

Surely she had never asked God for anything except that He should let her have her will. And every time she had been granted what she asked for – for the most part. Now here she sat with a contrite heart – not because she had sinned against God but because she was unhappy that […]

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The Rosary: A Seemingly Endlessly Repeated Prayer

May 21, AD2017 2 Comments
The Rosary: A Seemingly Endlessly Repeated Prayer

On this particular day, before he made his way through the cube farm to his desk, Josh stopped by my carpeted cell on the way. “Last night, my wife and I went to a Catholic funeral, and there are a couple of things I want to ask about it.” Was his introduction, without a “Hi” […]

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Devotion to Mary Brought Me Closer to God

May 21, AD2017 0 Comments
Devotion to Mary Brought Me Closer to God

I have always had a special attraction to the Blessed Virgin Mary.  Ever since I was a child, there was something about seeing a statue of Mary or her image in a painting that drew me to her. Out of the fullness of revealed truth that is contained in the Catholic Church, I have always […]

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Catholicism and Baseball: Lessons to Teach

May 20, AD2017 0 Comments
Catholicism and Baseball: Lessons to Teach

Catholicism and baseball would seemingly have little to do with each other. However, many have compared devotion to the cross and to the baseball diamond. New York University President John Sexton once wrote a book comparing baseball and religion.  Journalist John L. Allen went a step further, comparing baseball to Catholicism in particular, although not […]

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One Catholic to Another: Don’t Stoop, Stephen Colbert

May 20, AD2017 29 Comments
One Catholic to Another: Don’t Stoop, Stephen Colbert

For many years, I enjoyed Stephen Colbert’s The Colbert Report. Colbert was funny in a positive way, never was vulgar, and was always respectful of his guests. Stephen Colbert Before and After Colbert made fun of himself, most of all, and that attribute of self-deprecating humor supported his open and frequent discussion of his own […]

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Mortal Sin: It’s Not That Bad?

May 19, AD2017 1 Comment
Mortal Sin: It’s Not That Bad?

Have you ever encountered someone who feels the Catholic Church is all about guilt? They ask: “Why do I have to go to Mass every Sunday? Why can’t I the receive the Eucharist if I missed Mass? Why do I have to go to confession?” Blaming the Church is an excuse people use to diminish […]

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God’s Gift of the Present

May 18, AD2017 1 Comment
God’s Gift of the Present

We tend to romanticize the past and feel anxious for the future to arrive. In doing so, we dismiss the present as a prelude or temporary step before something guaranteed to be better. In his novel, The Screwtape Letters, C.S. Lewis illustrates the folly of this way of thinking through the advice of a senior […]

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A Devotional: Picking Up My Cross as a Husband and Dad

May 17, AD2017 0 Comments
A Devotional: Picking Up My Cross as a Husband and Dad

If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.  (Luke 9:23) The Gospels and the Church tell us to pick up our cross daily. This might seem an overwhelming task but it is not precisely because Jesus embraced His cross first before He ever asked us to copy […]

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What Confirmation Is All About

May 16, AD2017 1 Comment
What Confirmation Is All About

For most Catholics today, the Sacrament of Confirmation is a mystery, a ritual that we celebrate simply as a formality without really understanding what it’s about. If anything, it is usually seen as a chance to personally choose to follow Jesus after our parents made that choice for us at our baptism. That’s unfortunate, because […]

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Florence Nightingale and The Sisters of Armed Conflict

May 16, AD2017 0 Comments
Florence Nightingale and The Sisters of Armed Conflict

In 1910 Florence Nightingale died. In her last will and testament, Nightingale bequeathed $1,500 [$40,000 in current values] to Sister of Mercy Mother Stanislaus of the Hospital of St. John and St. Elizabeth along with all her Catholic books in French and English.   She left the same amount of money to the Reverend Mother […]

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Acceptance and Anxiety

May 14, AD2017 1 Comment
Acceptance and Anxiety

I have inherited a high level of anxiety and perfectionism which makes peace difficult to attain in my life. When I was a teenager newly moved to Massachusetts, I learned about ticks and the diseases they carry. I was barely able to leave the house from fear. In College, I was so concerned about my […]

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The White Kid From Notinhood on Suburbia

May 14, AD2017 0 Comments
The White Kid From Notinhood on Suburbia

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about Suburbia (where I’ve lived my whole life ) and Rod Dreher’s book, The Benedict Option. I haven’t read Rod’s book, but I’ve read a ton of what he’s written about the BenOp over the past several years. The argument from this White Kid who’s never lived in the ‘hood, who […]

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The Father’s Personal Command to Us: Listen to Him

May 13, AD2017 0 Comments
The Father’s Personal Command to Us: Listen to Him

It is very rare in the New Testament that we are given words directly spoken by God the Father so when this happens it should grab our attention. One of the three occasions this occurs is at the Transfiguration. God the Father identifies who Jesus is and then concludes His message with a powerful exhortation […]

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Mrs. Valiant, Meek and Mild: Reconciling Confidence and Gentleness

May 12, AD2017 2 Comments
Mrs. Valiant, Meek and Mild:  Reconciling Confidence and Gentleness

One of the most common early Church titles of our Lady is “the Valiant Woman.”  She is the one we run to in distress, looking for shelter and asking her to rout our spiritual adversaries.  This gentle woman, quiet dove, is also She who will crush Satan beneath her heel.  How do we reconcile these […]

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The Supernatural Power of Confirmation

May 12, AD2017 9 Comments
The Supernatural Power of Confirmation

In a recent essay, I asked the question:  “Where is the passion and fire within the Church? Where is the passion and fire within me? In this essay, I desire to explore the potential answer: The Supernatural Power of Confirmation. What is Confirmation? If I were to ask you that question how might you answer? Growing […]

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I Cannot Attend Your Wedding, Because of Love

May 11, AD2017 21 Comments
I Cannot Attend Your Wedding, Because of Love

Many Catholics struggle with how to handle situations where family and friends, who are Baptized Catholics but do not practice, choose to celebrate events in their lives that are not in alignment with Scripture and Church teaching. Such situations include marriages outside of the faith, non-religious secular marriages, and remarriages, among other things. Becoming more common […]

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My Dear France, The Tender Daughter Of The Sacred Heart #3

May 10, AD2017 2 Comments
My Dear France, The Tender Daughter Of The Sacred Heart #3

Sacred Heart: Christ appearing to Saint Marguerite-Marie Alacoque, December 17, 1673, Feast of St. John the Apostle. The apse fresco, painted in 1966 by Luc Barbier (1903-1989) in the Chapel of the Visitation, Paray-le-Monial. The Gift of the Sacred Heart to Louis XIV As we narrated at the end of Chapter Two, the Sacred Heart […]

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