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Man Puts a Question Mark Where God Put a Period

March 26, AD2017 0 Comments
Man Puts a Question Mark Where God Put a Period

There are many folk idioms or simply popular observations which would appear to be wrong at any number of levels.  One that comes to mind is “Half of the people you meet each day are below average.”  Clearly, that depends on the number of people you meet per day and where you meet them.  For […]

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Ugly Churches and Modern Day Iconoclasm

March 26, AD2017 5 Comments
Ugly Churches and Modern Day Iconoclasm

Recently, my wife and I had to attend Mass at a different church outside of our diocese. Now I’ve walked into some ugly Catholic churches before, but this one stood out in its preeminent blandness. The church was basically a holdover from the proponents of a neo-iconoclasm, something which had been originally condemned as heretical […]

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Art: A Glimpse into the Beauty of God

March 25, AD2017 1 Comment
Art: A Glimpse into the Beauty of God

There is something about art that touches the soul. Whether it be a breathtaking painting, a powerful poem, or a song that speaks to the heart, art- in all forms- has the unique ability to transform, uplift, and inspire. In my own life, there have been many instances in which I have been profoundly impacted […]

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What’s The Joy of The Lord All About?

March 24, AD2017 1 Comment
What’s The Joy of The Lord All About?

Imagine if Jesus really meant it when He said, “I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” John 10:10 How different might we look to those around us if we took this to heart? The truth is, Jesus did mean it. He truly did come to give us abundant life! Is this […]

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The Thirst of Jesus

March 24, AD2017 2 Comments
The Thirst of Jesus

The last words a person says before dying are cherished by those who care for him or her. They are always remembered and reflect upon, since they reveal what that individual considered to be truly important. During someone’s final moments, the little time and energy left are dedicated to addressing what is most precious in […]

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Authentic Prayer: Battling Distractions

March 23, AD2017 0 Comments
Authentic Prayer: Battling Distractions

Did you know that you can’t really pray without distractions? Don’t take my word for it, take the word of St Teresa of Avila. When she went to confession to St Peter of Alcantara she told him that she couldn’t pray any longer because of the distractions that attacked her every time she tried to […]

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The Easter Bunny is a Protestant

March 23, AD2017 7 Comments
The Easter Bunny is a Protestant

Most people know that Martin Luther kick started the Reformation and got Protestantism rolling.  Not too many people know that Luther also inadvertently helped commercialize Easter. It was Martin Luther’s Lutherans who came up with that cute little critter known as the Easter Bunny. According to history.com “the Easter bunny reportedly was introduced to America by […]

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Marian Consecration is Not a “Nice” Thing to Do

March 22, AD2017 18 Comments
Marian Consecration is Not a “Nice” Thing to Do

Committing myself to Jesus through Mary in Consecration seemed like a nice thing to do. Growing up in a Catholic home, I went to Mass every week because my parents dragged me. I wasn’t quite kicking and screaming, but I certainly was in need of an attitude adjustment. Years of CCD seemed uninspiring. I don’t remember what I was taught […]

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Baptists at the Door!

March 21, AD2017 16 Comments
Baptists at the Door!

baptists The other day, some really nice young men, Baptists, came to my front door, and we had a very interesting conversation. I wish I had been better prepared, but I did present to them some Bible verses that they had not thought about before. The rest of this article goes into some of these […]

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Lowering the Bar

March 20, AD2017 3 Comments
Lowering the Bar

In an age of rapidly increasing technology, mass higher education, and increasing prosperity it would appear that our lives are forever getting better.  Our society is more well informed and well pampered than ever before.  Our once simple lives have become more fancy, more fabulous!  Every event, institution and organization we are involved in performs […]

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Humility vs. Humiliation: The Lessons of Christ and St. Francis

March 20, AD2017 2 Comments
Humility vs. Humiliation:  The Lessons of Christ and St. Francis

I disagree with those who describe Our Lord’s Passion experience as humiliating, because I believe that they are merely projecting their perception of that situation on him. I can understand Our Lord’s embarrassment at being placed on public display nearly naked, given his great sense of purity. I can even understand Our Lord’s humanity being […]

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Soften Our Hearts of Stone and Help Us Repent

March 19, AD2017 1 Comment
Soften Our Hearts of Stone and Help Us Repent

Most Christians know the story of Jonah being swallowed by the whale but I wonder how many recall just how and why it came about. Jonah got swallowed by the whale because he was a disobedient prophet who rejected his divine commission to tell the people of Nineveh to repent. Jonah was told by God […]

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Let Me Kill It: The Violence of Being More Ethical Than Your Society

March 19, AD2017 0 Comments
Let Me Kill It: The Violence of Being More Ethical Than Your Society

Especially important is the warning to avoid conversations with the demon… So don’t listen to him. Remember that – do not listen. -William Peter Blatty, The Exorcist There a is quotation attributed to Eliezer Yudkowski, a researcher in the field of artificial intelligence, that periodically makes the social media rounds in memetic form (generally without […]

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Gratitude is a Prayer

March 18, AD2017 0 Comments
Gratitude is a Prayer

While recently considering the many types of prayer we can use when talking to God, I recalled a conversation I had last fall with a priest. The topic was envy, and my desire to avoid it. In response, this priest recommended I pray a decade of the rosary and, before each bead, think of something […]

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Call Me Interruptible: Finding Grace in the Unexpected

March 17, AD2017 0 Comments
Call Me Interruptible: Finding Grace in the Unexpected

There is a wonderful song written by Sammy Cahn and made famous by Frank Sinatra titled “Call Me Irresponsible.”  The singer plaintively begins with “Call me irresponsible. Call me unreliable. Throw in undependable, too.” But the ending melodically makes clear that “it’s undeniably true, that I’m irresponsibly mad for you.” A Visit from the Savior […]

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St. Paul and the Divinity of Jesus

March 16, AD2017 1 Comment
St. Paul and the Divinity of Jesus

For Christians, the divinity of Jesus is almost axiomatic. It’s arguably the belief that defines Christianity and most clearly sets it apart from every other religion in the world. However, things have not always been quite so simple. In the fourth century, a priest named Arius taught that Jesus was not God, and he started […]

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Fasting: Opening the Door for Christ

March 15, AD2017 2 Comments
Fasting: Opening the Door for Christ

Lent is here! For many, panic ensues on what one should be giving up for Lent. Chocolates? Facebook? Alcohol? Frequently, I have come up with my fast the day of Ash Wednesday as I am walking up to receive ashes on my forehead. For many years I only associated Lent with fasting. Fasting, to me, […]

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Seeking a Holy Silence in Lent

March 15, AD2017 2 Comments
Seeking a Holy Silence in Lent

silence “The very best and highest attainment in this life is to remain still and let God act and speak in you.” (Meister Eckhart, 13th-century German Dominican priest and mystic) I’m involved in some personal discernment about my life’s mission. Frankly, it is proving much more challenging than I initially expected. The world is so […]

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A Devotional: Seeking God During Suffering

March 14, AD2017 0 Comments
A Devotional: Seeking God During Suffering

“And their heart was brought low with hardships. They were weakened, and there was no one to help them.”        Psalm 106:12 In my own life, I have had experienced hurdles which have tested my faith in people. Our hearts can be “brought low,” as the Psalm reads, during trials with others.  Sometimes we may feel there […]

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Pro-Life Motherhood: A Feminist Career Choice

March 13, AD2017 6 Comments
Pro-Life Motherhood: A Feminist Career Choice

Raising children is not a default chore for women who were not successful in the world of business, power, and wealth.  However, the trend in the last few decades has been to delegate childcare to women who are often treated like second-class citizens. Society seems to dismiss and even ridicule women’s most sacred, natural role […]

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