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A Catholic Chaplain Becomes a Hero

April 21, AD2018 0 Comments
A Catholic Chaplain Becomes a Hero

Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.–John 15:13-14 (KJV) The Sinking of the Maine, 1898: What Happened The nighttime explosion was massive and unexpected.  When Catholic Chaplain John Chidwick staggered onto the deck, he saw […]

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Sacred Mass: Does Our Behavior Reflect the Sanctity?

April 19, AD2018 6 Comments
Sacred Mass: Does Our Behavior Reflect the Sanctity?

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops estimates that some 30,000 people came into the Church at the Easter Vigil Masses this year. That is wonderful news for the Church and for those who have joined the Church! We welcome everyone to Holy Mother Church and pray for the greatest blessings upon them. As Catholics […]

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Giving God a Blank Check as a Vocation

April 16, AD2018 3 Comments
Giving God a Blank Check as a Vocation

What is a vocation? I am a single person. Sometimes having a vocation can seem to be a huge, scary thing, not meant for me. Other times, it feels like the thing that will make my life meaningful and I wonder why I don’t have one ‒ or at least why I don’t have the […]

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The Dispute on “Faith Alone”

April 16, AD2018 4 Comments
The Dispute on “Faith Alone”

My exploration of the “faith alone” controversy began in a discussion with a non-Catholic coworker. One morning, this friend asked me to go to his church the following Sunday, since his church was “far easier” than what he perceived the Catholic Church to be or require.  He indicated that all that was required to get to […]

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Take My Heart Away

April 15, AD2018 5 Comments
Take My Heart Away

In 1992, my husband and I told my parents we were expecting an addition to the family. They responded with excitement. Mom expressed how happy she was that I was going to experience the joy of being a mother. Her words revealed much about herself, and the joy in her heart. It was a beautiful […]

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Duc In Altum – Put Out Into the Deep

April 14, AD2018 1 Comment
Duc In Altum – Put Out Into the Deep

  What would it look like if we submitted our entire will to God? What kind of an impact would we have on the world? How fulfilling and peaceful would life become? While these are difficult questions to answer, they are worth considering. The Saints are examples of those who embraced God’s will for their […]

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Good Intentions/ Dangerous Intentions

April 12, AD2018 0 Comments
Good Intentions/ Dangerous Intentions

When was the last time you set out to do something with bad intent?  It has probably been quite some time, if ever.  Very few of us actually set out consciously to do wrong.  My greatest sins – both in terms of magnitude and volume – have been committed without the intent to do any […]

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Jesus Was Troubled

April 9, AD2018 0 Comments
Jesus Was Troubled

Several places in Scripture tell us that Jesus was troubled or worried, or experienced grief. John 11:33: When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come along with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in spirit and troubled. . . . John 11:35: Jesus wept. John 13:21: After he had said this, Jesus […]

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Our Ultimate Hope Is Resurrection

April 9, AD2018 0 Comments
Our Ultimate Hope Is Resurrection

If you conduct a poll of practicing Christians and ask them what their ultimate hope is, the vast, vast majority of them would say getting to heaven. They would explain that our souls live on after our bodies die, so they hope that their souls will spend a blissful eternity with God in heaven. However, […]

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Young Catholics Seem to Want an ‘Authentic’ Church heavily Influenced by Modernism

April 7, AD2018 2 Comments
Young Catholics Seem to Want an ‘Authentic’ Church heavily Influenced by Modernism

The end of March saw the conclusion of a week-long meeting held at the Vatican that engaged young people from all over the world. The meeting was established as a precursor to the upcoming synod on “Young People, the Faith, and the Discernment of Vocation.” The point was to encourage young people to come forward […]

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A Mystical Experience in St. Peter’s Basilica

April 7, AD2018 5 Comments
A Mystical Experience in St. Peter’s Basilica

There are so many reasons to love Catholicism that I am faced with the proverbial embarrassment of riches when I speak of Catholicism’s beauty. Yet, there is one reason that overwhelms them all and binds them all together: her mystical character. The word “mystical,” in relation to Christ and His Church, means that the Spirit […]

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The Importance of Forgiveness

April 4, AD2018 3 Comments
The Importance of Forgiveness

Like most people, throughout my life I have experienced very many offenses against me, ranging from the great to the small, whether it was the stewardess who cut in front of me in the airport security line or getting singled out for unkind treatment by someone I regarded as a friend. These offenses mean that […]

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Learning to Give by Caring for My Sister

April 3, AD2018 1 Comment
Learning to Give by Caring for My Sister

My sister Mary has dementia. I have been caring for her for about four years now. Dementia is an affliction that is difficult to deal with and it’s even more difficult to get used to. I live with Mary in the house we inherited from our father. Neither she nor I have ever been married […]

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Finding Divine Mercy with St. Therese

April 3, AD2018 1 Comment
Finding Divine Mercy with St. Therese

Even if we’ve heard about God’ great mercy, we may unknowingly deprive ourselves of what His love wants to give us, as I’ve discovered in my own life. For as long as I can remember, I have battled perfectionism. Just when I think it’s gone away, it rears its ugly head, both at work and […]

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Passion and Grace

March 28, AD2018 0 Comments
Passion and Grace

As we celebrate the Glorious Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, let us also embrace Mary our Blessed Mother who shares in the passion and grace that open the gates of Heaven to us. United with her Son in His work of our redemption, Mary is our refuge and Mother of Mercy. Mary experienced firsthand […]

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Selah: How Big Is Your Trust Bucket?

March 27, AD2018 2 Comments
Selah: How Big Is Your Trust Bucket?

There is no small amount of discussion and even controversy over the meaning of the Hebrew word Selah. There are those who are firmly in the camp that believe the word is simply a term which gives musicians directions, such as adagio. On the other side, there are many who ascribe a more literary meaning […]

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A Modern Pandora’s Box: Amoris Laetitia II

March 24, AD2018 1 Comment
A Modern Pandora’s Box:  Amoris Laetitia II

Do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may prove what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. Rom 12:2 My last post, “A Modern Pandora’s Box: Amoris Laetitia,” cited instances, triggered in part by the encyclical, whereby certain cardinals, Bishops […]

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Why Have We Turned Away from Beauty?

March 22, AD2018 6 Comments
Why Have We Turned Away from Beauty?

My daughter gave me a CD for Christmas called Alma Mater: Featuring the Voice of Pope Benedict XVI. The first time I played it, I ended up on my knees in prayer. Good music will do that. Beauty in any form lifts us toward God. At a parish where our family used to worship, the pianist played […]

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When it comes to Politics Catholics should all be ‘Independents’

March 20, AD2018 45 Comments
When it comes to Politics Catholics should all be ‘Independents’

In today’s ideologically charged and politically polarized society terms like GOP Catholics, conservative Catholics, Catholic Democrats, and liberal Catholics are getting thrown around way too much. It’s enough to make one sick. Quite frankly these terms bring a knot to my stomach.  That’s followed by a bad taste in my mouth. It makes me think that […]

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L’Arche Communities Bring the Differently-Abled Together

March 20, AD2018 0 Comments
L’Arche Communities Bring the Differently-Abled Together

In 1964 a young man named Jean Vanier visited an asylum for the disabled at the invitation of a priest friend, who was a chaplain at the asylum. There, Vanier witnessed the inhabitants’ neglect, loneliness and sub-human living conditions. Feeling a call and a stirring in his heart, Vanier pooled resources from friends and family […]

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Christ’s Admonishing of the Pharisees in the Gospel of Matthew

March 19, AD2018 6 Comments
Christ’s Admonishing of the Pharisees in the Gospel of Matthew

This Lent we have already read some harsh condemnation of the Pharisees in the gospel. One of the more recent ones was Matthew 23:1-12. This section could be seen as a condemnation of the hypocrisy of the Pharisees. Among other things, the hypocrisy of the Pharisees seems to consist of indifference, ostentation, and status seeking. […]

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Here’s What I Learned from Fasting

March 19, AD2018 3 Comments
Here’s What I Learned from Fasting

Just over a year ago I was still living a life of hedonism, iniquity and the nihilistic, numbing pursuit of pleasure. But I was saved by God through a combination of religious experience and two years of careful thought and evaluation. I looked at the world around me, and my life, and realised all roads […]

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Overcoming Anxiety and Worry in a Darkening World

March 16, AD2018 2 Comments
Overcoming Anxiety and Worry in a Darkening World

As the world gets darker and becomes more evil with its headlong embrace of abortion, pornography, homosexuality, adultery, atheism, worldliness, euthanasia, divorce and remarriage, lack of reverence for the Eucharist, not going to Mass on Sundays, etc., it’s so easy to become discouraged and to get all caught up in the negative zeitgeist of this […]

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Making Connections: A Stray Dog and The Good Shepherd

March 16, AD2018 0 Comments
Making Connections: A Stray Dog and The Good Shepherd

The Parable of the Lost Sheep What man among you having a hundred sheep and losing one of them would not leave the ninety-nine in the desert and go after the lost one until he finds it? And when he does find it, he sets it on his shoulders with great joy6and, upon his arrival home, he […]

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