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Finding Our True Identity

December 11, AD2017 0 Comments
Finding Our True Identity

It’s amazing how much Christian imagery can be found in society today if we look hard enough. Many modern movies and songs indirectly portray the Gospel message by illustrating themes like self-sacrificial love, forgiveness, and finding our identity in something other than societal norms. I want to focus on that last theme – identity – […]

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God Knows His Plans For Us But How Do We?

December 10, AD2017 0 Comments
God Knows His Plans For Us But How Do We?

 For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord. Plans to prosper you and not to harm you. Plans to give you hope and a future. (NIV- Jeremiah 29:11) From the NABRE edition of the Bible, the passage reads, “For I know well the plans I have in mind for you—oracle of […]

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Raising Our Children in the Catholic Faith

December 10, AD2017 2 Comments
Raising Our Children in the Catholic Faith

What About Your Children? When we became Catholic, some of our friends were concerned for the sake of our children. Catholics didn’t have children’s programs – how were we going to raise our children in the Christian faith? My husband and I chuckle at those ideas now, as we did then when we informed them […]

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Are You Hoarding Your Blessings?

December 9, AD2017 2 Comments
Are You Hoarding Your Blessings?

The Parable of the Rich Fool began, “There was a rich man who had a good harvest.” I knew the passage well but had never really applied it to myself.  It was about a “foolish” man who wanted to store up his abundant harvest for himself so that he could eat, drink, and be merry “for […]

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Advent Lessons from an Old Testament Priest

December 8, AD2017 0 Comments
Advent Lessons from an Old Testament Priest

The Scriptures in Advent present us with a number of excellent role models of faith, but the father of John the Baptist is not one of them. Zechariah, a priest of the Law of Moses, serves rather as a negative example, at least at the beginning of his intriguing story. The account of how he […]

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A Sabbatical for Suffering with the Immaculate Conception

December 8, AD2017 1 Comment
A Sabbatical for Suffering with the Immaculate Conception

A year ago when I was 65 and working in Hawaii, I traveled 4,860 miles to Delaware to visit my Dad who had just been hospitalized in a psychiatric hospital. Dad was 90 and was suffering, we later found, from dementia. While I was home, I realized that the house was no longer spick and […]

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True Growth Entails Learning to Give Through Self-sacrifice

December 7, AD2017 1 Comment
True Growth Entails Learning to Give Through Self-sacrifice

My mother was 43 and a-half years old when I was born. I was told that her pregnancy was very difficult. Without proper medical care, she, as well as I, might not have made it. Obviously, God had other ideas because both my mother and I did indeed make it through just fine. But as […]

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Three Chords and the Truth: The Incarnation

December 7, AD2017 0 Comments
Three Chords and the Truth: The Incarnation

This is the second installment in a trilogy of articles written under the banner of “Three Chords and the Truth”. The first article, “Angels and Humans”, left us outside the gates of Eden with a vast expanse of time to cover before the Incarnation of Christ would be realized. This article will attempt to cover […]

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Christ Be Our Light! Reflections on Christmas, Chanukkah, and Strange Physics

December 6, AD2017 0 Comments
Christ Be Our Light! Reflections on Christmas, Chanukkah, and Strange Physics

This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. First Letter of John 1:5 (KJV) And they made new holy vessels, and brought in the candlestick, and the altar of incense, and the table into the temple. […]

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Austerity for Christmas

December 6, AD2017 0 Comments
Austerity for Christmas

I recently realized how I naturally put on the classical, jazz or fado (traditional Portuguese music) radio stations in my car, without any sacrifice at all. This might seem like an inconsequential detail of my life, but for the fact that it reveals a huge change in my musical taste and in myself. Before having […]

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4th Century Wisdom for Today’s Problems

December 5, AD2017 2 Comments
4th Century Wisdom for Today’s Problems

A typical well to do middle-class family lives in a prosperous country. They are an intact family with a mother, father and three children. The father holds a prestigious position in the local town. The mother is a devout Christian. They have access to every material need they desire.  All seems well. However, the husband […]

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Sexual Scandal and Sin, Rejecting The Gifts of God

December 4, AD2017 1 Comment
Sexual Scandal and Sin, Rejecting The Gifts of God

“I can do nothing on my own. As I hear, I judge, and my judgment is just, because I seek not my own will but the will of him who sent me.” John 5:30 My friend called me the other day. She had gotten into her car to take her children to school. Her husband […]

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Monica’s Miseries and Fortitude’s Strength

December 3, AD2017 0 Comments
Monica’s Miseries and Fortitude’s Strength

These days we hear a lot about “snowflakes.” These are young adults who must be protected from the least slight, whether real or imagined. Fortitude is the virtue that opposes this weakness. In one word, fortitude is strength. But of what kind? Fortitude has two sides: courage and toughness. Courage is the strength that one […]

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Does Amazon’s Alexa Say Jesus Christ ‘Is A Fictional Character’?

December 2, AD2017 18 Comments
Does Amazon’s Alexa Say Jesus Christ ‘Is A Fictional Character’?

If you’ve been thinking of buying an Amazon Alexa device for your home or for someone you love for Christmas, you might want to rethink that idea. According to a video posted on Nov. 24, Alexa said that Jesus Christ is “a fictional character.” Does this mean that when you are a gazzilionaire like Jeff […]

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Discipline, Doctrine and Amoris

December 1, AD2017 4 Comments
Discipline, Doctrine and Amoris

It is very easy to get lost in the complexity of the Catholic faith. Among the faithful, and those on the outside, or not-so-faithful, it is easy to misunderstand why some things in the Catholic faith have changed over the years, while some things have not. Sometimes it is confusing as to why something believed […]

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Seeing the Sign: A Reversion Story

November 30, AD2017 0 Comments
Seeing the Sign: A Reversion Story

The woman walked into the sign shop. She needed to order a banner for her daughter’s swim team and knew the owners of this shop well. No one was at the counter when she arrived. It was common for them to be in the back, working. She went to ring the bell and saw a […]

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The Love That Always Satisfies

November 29, AD2017 3 Comments
The Love That Always Satisfies

Ever since sin came into the world with the Fall of Adam and Eve, human beings have experienced an emptiness. Because of this emptiness, the human heart has been left with a void: we are left constantly searching for what we believe will satisfy our greatest longings. The lies of this world try to convince […]

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Ready, Set, GO! Marian Consecration, Living Divine Mercy, and Baptism in the Holy Spirit for Our Times

November 28, AD2017 6 Comments
Ready, Set, GO!   Marian Consecration, Living Divine Mercy, and Baptism in the Holy Spirit for Our Times

One hundred years ago, the Blessed Mother came to three shepherd children in Portugal in a series of apparitions we call by the name of the town in which she appeared: Fatima. At the time of these apparitions, fifteen hundred miles away in the heart of the Church, St. Maximilian Kolbe was studying in Rome […]

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Overcoming Pornography in Your Life

November 28, AD2017 0 Comments
Overcoming Pornography in Your Life

Pornography has become the most accepted forbidden fruit in the entire world. Looking at naked people for personal pleasure is strictly forbidden by God in His Word (Matthew 5:28). So why has it crossed over into the mainstream as being healthy and good? Because the Bible says in 1 John 5:19 that the whole world […]

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Don’t Drive Forward Using The Rearview Mirror

November 27, AD2017 0 Comments
Don’t Drive Forward Using The Rearview Mirror

 Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 3:13-14) I have had a driver’s license […]

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Aristotle Would Not Agree With This Commentary on Amoris Laetitia

November 27, AD2017 2 Comments
Aristotle Would Not Agree With This Commentary on Amoris Laetitia

(Disclaimer: I in no way intend to criticize here any of the actual content of Amoris Laetitia, only the commentary of Archbishop Fernández as noted below.) One day while perusing the National Catholic Register, I came across this article: “Archbishop Fernández Defends ‘Amoris Laetitia’ From Its Critics.” While Edward Pentin, the blog author, mentions in […]

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Abandoning Condemnation for Mercy

November 26, AD2017 6 Comments
Abandoning Condemnation for Mercy

The Lasting Effects of ‘The Year of Mercy’ The Year of Mercy was a special year dedicated to living out the mercy of Jesus Christ in a greater way. It has been more than two years since the Holy Father came to visit my own city, Philadelphia, where he did Mass for a crowd of […]

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Your Special Needs Child is No Angel

November 25, AD2017 7 Comments
Your Special Needs Child is No Angel

I understand the sentiments of those who say a special needs child is an “angel,” but understanding what they mean doesn’t mean I agree with what I understand. The sentiment implies that simply because of their special needs, these children are angelic creatures. This idea, while sweet, does not honor the challenging reality parents, caregivers, […]

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Consecrated Virginity: The Obscure Glory

November 25, AD2017 0 Comments
Consecrated Virginity: The Obscure Glory

Consecrated virgin: To many, the phrase sounds outlandish, not only unfamiliar but unsettlingly strange. To most of the world outside the Church, it means a crazy woman who has promised to renounce marriage for an unfathomable idea. Even to many Catholics, such a woman looks like a puzzling quasi-religious, taking vows but not entering an […]

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