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Learning Christian Faith and Love in a Korean Adventure

June 23, AD2018 0 Comments
Learning Christian Faith and Love in a Korean Adventure

Around this time in 2012, I was a fresh college graduate and was preparing to depart for the Korean Peninsula to serve a year as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant. Before my year there, I knew very little about Korea, aside from the war fought long ago. In fact, the main reason I chose Korea […]

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A Reflection on Memorial Day Reverence

June 22, AD2018 0 Comments
A Reflection on Memorial Day Reverence

love one another with mutual affection; anticipate one another in showing honor. Romans 12:10 Reverence is the oft-used term to describe whether a behavior is respectful to show honor toward God, the dead, an esteemed person or something that is sacred. Over the years I have been active in Memorial Day and Veterans Day activities […]

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Hello, My Name Is …: Names in the Salvation Story

June 20, AD2018 0 Comments
Hello, My Name Is …: Names in the Salvation Story

“Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine.” (Isaiah 43:1b, RSV-CE) When my son Adam was a boy, he had a collection of action figures called “Rescue Heroes.” These robust little representatives of first responders came with all manner of cool gadgets and tools that were a […]

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How Will They Know that We Are Catholic?

June 18, AD2018 0 Comments
How Will They Know that We Are Catholic?

How do people know that we are Catholic? The Joy of the Amish Children A few weeks ago, I was driving to my sister’s house in Ashland, Ohio. Around that area, we are blessed to have the largest settlement of Amish in the world. We are accustomed to seeing horse-drawn black buggies, neat clotheslines full […]

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Saudade: Longing for What was Lost

June 18, AD2018 0 Comments
Saudade: Longing for What was Lost

Recently I came across a Portuguese word, “saudade,” which means a melancholic longing for what was lost; a missing person, place or experience that is unreachable, once had, or never had at all. There is, evidently, no direct English translation for this word which is more feeling than verb. Saudade (pronounced something along the lines […]

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How Does Your Garden Grow?

June 16, AD2018 0 Comments
How Does Your Garden Grow?

When my boys were young, I attempted a backyard garden. Not a large garden full of a variety of culinary delights, but a small pumpkin patch. I’ve never been a very good gardener but I thought this was doable. When I was about 9 years old, my dad was tilling his garden when I cried […]

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Has True North Ceased to Exist on Our Society’s Moral Compass?

June 15, AD2018 0 Comments
Has True North Ceased to Exist on Our Society’s Moral Compass?

The “breaking news” announcement from our local newspaper took me by surprise. It announced the death of our veterinarian, Dr. Janet Veit, and her husband, Brian Schumacher. They drowned during a fishing trip in Iceland. Janet was a compassionate, knowledgeable veterinarian whom I had known for 20 years. My heart broke along with the hearts […]

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Lava and the Sacred Heart of Jesus

June 14, AD2018 0 Comments
Lava and the Sacred Heart of Jesus

The haunting glow of fiery lava lights up the night sky near our house. The ever-moving lava has been visible like this for just six weeks, although it seems like six years. It’s like the surging, divine love of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, the furnace of charity, that burns away our imperfections and sins […]

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Scientism: Faith in Science and Non-Belief in God; Sean Carroll’s “The Big Picture”

June 9, AD2018 1 Comment
Scientism: Faith in Science and Non-Belief in God; Sean Carroll’s “The Big Picture”

INTRODUCTION Scientism, the belief that science can explain everything about the world and ourselves, is a religion, although not formally expressed as such. When I call it a religion, I mean that it is founded on faith, a faith that its proponents say is not faith, but rationality, but which is in fact a faith […]

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Patience – I Need It Now!

June 9, AD2018 0 Comments
Patience – I Need It Now!

Patience is not one of my strong suits. Considering that one of my mother’s favorite sayings was, “Dear Lord, give me patience – and I want it right now”, there might be a correlation. After all, my mother influenced my life like no other. When my two younger brothers grew into unruly teens and Mom […]

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The Joy of Ordination

June 7, AD2018 0 Comments
The Joy of Ordination

  It is well known that there is a crisis in the Catholic Church across the western world.  Parishes have closed due to declining attendance and demographics; churches sold off to private parties and converted to condominiums, offices or nightclubs; the assault on religious liberty seems to continue unabated; the shadow of the clergy abuse […]

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Mary through the Holy Rosary Defeats Satan

June 7, AD2018 0 Comments
Mary through the Holy Rosary Defeats Satan

It seems as though the devil has taken control of our world lately. Politicians are whole-heartedly embracing abortion, homosexual marriage, human cloning, embryonic stem cell research, marijuana sales, gambling, euthanasia, etc., as though these things are somehow normal, right, and good, instead of monstrous evils. Politicians are trading the hereafter for the here and now […]

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How Prayer, Fasting, and Almsgiving Help Fight Tempttion

June 6, AD2018 0 Comments
How Prayer, Fasting, and Almsgiving Help Fight Tempttion

If you’re Catholic, you’ve probably heard at least once in your life that you should pray, fast, and give alms. These are the three traditional acts of piety that the Church encourages above all others, especially during Lent (although we are supposed to practice them all year round). There are several reasons why these practices […]

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Christians Commit to Living the Call to Holiness

June 4, AD2018 0 Comments
Christians Commit to Living the Call to Holiness

Trying to conform to the world’s definition of living can cause great pressure to a Christian who wants to live the call to holiness. Many Catholic Christians are not even aware that this call is for all baptized persons. Some wrongly think it is meant only for people in the religious vocation. Whenever I take […]

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“Last Things:” C. P. Snow Revisited

June 2, AD2018 0 Comments
“Last Things:” C. P. Snow Revisited

For the living know that they shall die: but the dead know not any thing, neither have they any more a reward; for the memory of them is forgotten. Also their love, and their hatred, and their envy, is now perished; neither have they any more a portion for ever in any thing that is […]

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That You May Bear Much Fruit

June 1, AD2018 1 Comment
That You May Bear Much Fruit

Most everyone knows what it means to bear fruit in the natural sense of bringing children into the world, or in the financial sense of making an investment profitable. But what does it really mean to bear fruit for the Kingdom? During the Easter Season, the Church’s liturgy drew a great deal of wisdom from […]

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Praying For The America I Remember

May 31, AD2018 0 Comments
Praying For The America I Remember

The America I Remember Still Exists Frequently, I feel as if I had been born as the Wisconsin Glacier retreated from New England. In reality, of course, it was not quite that long ago. At the time of my birth in America, World War II had ended, the Korean Conflict had not yet begun, television sets were the […]

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A Dog Without a Leash

May 28, AD2018 0 Comments
A Dog Without a Leash

Some time ago I viewed a video of a man who took his dog with him to talk to teens. The dog was off of the leash the entire time and was indeed a very well trained dog. His purpose was to get the kids to consider that the dog was granted this freedom because […]

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Signal Graces: How the Blessed Mother Encourages Her Little Ones

May 27, AD2018 0 Comments
Signal Graces: How the Blessed Mother Encourages Her Little Ones

Praying the rosary is a devotional practice by which the faithful meditate on the mysteries of the lives of Jesus and Mary. In purposefully slowing down our pace by means of this prayer, we become open to what our Lady and our Lord have to say to us during the prayer, as well as in […]

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Splendors of the Light

May 26, AD2018 0 Comments
Splendors of the Light

Among the many wonders of spring are the light of day that grows longer and the warmth of the sun that beckons the flowers to come alive after a winter’s slumber. Perhaps, the signs and wonders of spring illustrate the splendors of the Light of Life. “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows […]

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Put Your Chips Down, Bet The House, and Trust in God

May 22, AD2018 0 Comments
Put Your Chips Down, Bet The House, and Trust in God

To be a witness does not consist in engaging in propaganda, nor even in stirring people up, but in being a living mystery. It means to live in such a way that one’s life would not make sense if God did not exist. (Cardinal Emmanuel Célestin Suhard) Free-soloing Alex Honnold, 32, began climbing when he […]

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Discernment of Our Thoughts and Prayers

May 21, AD2018 0 Comments
Discernment of Our Thoughts and Prayers

The other night, I woke to a phone call around midnight and then I couldn’t get back to sleep. This could have been due to the humidity, which isn’t yet bad enough to warrant turning on the A/C unit, but is to the point where even having several fans going doesn’t really make a dent. […]

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The Catholic and Gnostic Views of Materiality Yield Hope and Despair

May 20, AD2018 0 Comments
The Catholic and Gnostic Views of Materiality Yield Hope and Despair

Simply, the Catholic and Gnostic views of materiality are, respectively, Good and Evil, which engender hope and despair. It is paradoxical that the modern adoration of materiality in the form of technology should be concurrent and compatible with the Gnostic regard of materiality as evil. If we take the material and its pleasures as a […]

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Appearance versus Reality: Christ’s Body in the Eucharist

May 19, AD2018 0 Comments
Appearance versus Reality: Christ’s Body in the Eucharist

One day, a Protestant friend and I were discussing something pertaining to Christianity when my friend made a comment akin to “Jesus said it, and I believe it.” I replied that, in that case, I was glad he had come around to the belief that unless Christ’s followers ate His body and drank His blood, they […]

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