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A Mother in the City: Life Transitions and Consecration to Mary

August 18, AD2018 0 Comments
A Mother in the City: Life Transitions and Consecration to Mary

I have always thrived on new adventures. As I am unafraid of flying and always seek to visit new places, I am undaunted by exploring a far-away land where I may not speak the local language. Even six years ago, when I traveled to South Korea as an English teacher, I was more filled with […]

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An Ignatian Style Examination of Conscience

August 17, AD2018 0 Comments
An Ignatian Style Examination of Conscience

Lately, I’ve tried to make an examination every night before going to sleep. Too often, I only spend a bleary-eyed minute or two on it. It’s a pity that I don’t always make as much use of this last part of my day as I could. There are many graces to be gleaned from these […]

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7 Steps for Making a Holy Hour Holy

August 17, AD2018 0 Comments
7 Steps for Making a Holy Hour Holy

  Like many other Catholics, I am not always quite sure how to spend an hour with Jesus.  Western culture has formed us to be productive, not to “waste” time alone in silence. Since we are uncomfortable as we sit before the tabernacle, it is difficult to discern a clear plan of action. We might wonder […]

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Freedom and Choice:
An Addiction for Our Time

August 16, AD2018 0 Comments
Freedom and Choice:<br>An Addiction for Our Time

Now the Lord is spirit and where the spirt of the lord is, there is freedom. —2 Corinthians 3:17 It seems as if the most important “rights” issue of our times is freedom of choice. Whether it be politics, sexuality, consumerism, abortion, euthanasia or gender identification, we appear to be addicted to having unlimited choice. […]

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Prayer is Always an Opportunity to Rise to the Occasion

August 15, AD2018 0 Comments
Prayer is Always an Opportunity to Rise to the Occasion

I recently watched a movie about the life of St. Joseph of Cupertino, the Franciscan friar and mystic famed for levitating while praying or offering mass. This incredible saint could be a poster child for what sainthood truly means.  Through the power and graces of the Holy Spirit, he transformed from a clumsy, inept simpleton […]

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The Holy Ghost versus the Holy Spirit, Redux;
Thoughts on the Anglican Usage Liturgy

August 15, AD2018 0 Comments
The Holy Ghost versus the Holy Spirit, Redux;<br>Thoughts on the Anglican Usage Liturgy

  Your soul is the ship, the Holy Spirit is the wind; he blows into your will and your soul goes forward… —Fr. Francis Libermann, cofounder of the order C.S.Sp (Congregation of the Holy Spirit–Spiritans*). Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me. —Psalm 51 (KJV) Which things also […]

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Surprised by Joy: Mother Teresa and C.S. Lewis   

August 12, AD2018 0 Comments
Surprised by Joy: Mother Teresa and C.S. Lewis   

By Father John Catoir JCD The thing I remember most about St. Mother Teresa was her joy. I met her three times in my life. Once when we were giving talks on the same program; once at a Vatican Seminar on Family Life, and once when she asked me to give a week-long retreat to her […]

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The Desire to Worship Well

August 12, AD2018 0 Comments
The Desire to Worship Well

My husband and I were in the Nashville area recently, closing on our new home. We attended Mass at a church where we have previously worshipped. This particular Sunday, though, we were looking through different eyes. Would this be the parish we soon joined? These might be the priest and deacon who will guide us spiritually; […]

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We Have a Part to Play in Miracles

August 11, AD2018 0 Comments
We Have a Part to Play in Miracles

  Recently, a local priest delivered a compelling homily on the miracles of Jesus. Before his homily was over, he had challenged every person to seek the miracle that their life needs. Unpacking the gospel from that day, he explained that every miracle starts with “something”. He noted that the healing of the Centurion’s daughter […]

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Blueprint for Catholic Living II: The Body Walking in Worship

August 10, AD2018 0 Comments
Blueprint for Catholic Living II: The Body Walking in Worship

The Church is God’s temple on earth, and believers are the living stones that form that holy house. We have been called to follow our Father’s divine blueprint for our lives: building on the sturdy foundation of Christ the cornerstone, living in holy fellowship with one another, being an open door to the lost world, […]

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Why Isn’t Being Catholic a Habit?

August 8, AD2018 0 Comments
Why Isn’t Being Catholic a Habit?

“Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.” —Proverbs 22:6 Introduction—Duhigg’s Book about Habits As part of an alumni book club at my alma mater, George Washington University, we read Charles Duhigg’s New York Times Bestseller, The Power of Habit, Why We […]

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What Does it Take to Be Human?
On the Genetic Modifications of Embryos

August 7, AD2018 0 Comments
What Does it Take to Be Human? <br>On the Genetic Modifications of Embryos

I did not know yet how far they were from the human heritage I ascribed to them.   —H.G. Welles, The Island of Dr. Moreau INTRODUCTION Some time ago I read in my favorite source of science news, the Drudge Report, this headline from the Sunday Express: “Human-pig HYBRID? Scientists hoping to create part man, part pig […]

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A Woman Clothed with the Sun

August 6, AD2018 0 Comments
A Woman Clothed with the Sun

In Revelation chapter 12, John sees a mysterious vision of “a woman clothed with the sun” (Revelation 12:1). This woman gives birth to the Messiah (Revelation 12:5; cf. Psalm 2:8-9, a messianic psalm), so Catholics believe her to be Mary, the mother of Jesus. Consequently, we often see this passage as strong biblical evidence for […]

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What Will You Be Wearing To Your Particular Judgment?

August 4, AD2018 0 Comments
What Will You Be Wearing To Your Particular Judgment?

“But when the king came in to see the guests, he noticed a man there who was not wearing a wedding robe, and he said to him, ‘Friend, how did you get in here without a wedding robe?’ And he was speechless. Then the king said to the attendants, ‘Bind him hand and foot, and […]

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Clearing Murky Waters: God’s Care for our Souls

August 3, AD2018 0 Comments
Clearing Murky Waters: God’s Care for our Souls

Does God care if we sin? How does He look at and treat sinful human beings? I started to think and pray about that, pondering the effects of sin on the soul, God’s involvement in our lives, and what people think and say about sinfulness. So I first thought of my perception of Him. I […]

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The Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel: A Scriptural Journey

The Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel: A Scriptural Journey

“All gracious God, may the prayers of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother and Queen of Carmel, protect us, and bring us to your Holy Mountain, Christ our Lord ….” These lovely words are from the opening prayer for the Mass on the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. The words may not be familiar […]

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The Hunger Years

July 31, AD2018 0 Comments
The Hunger Years

Dr. Taylor Marshall had a recent post on the state of the priesthood by the numbers. The “priest to Catholics” ratio (taken from the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate at Georgetown) indicates that in 1950 there was one priest to every 652 Catholics in the United States. In 2016 that ratio had dropped […]

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Mission, Impossible?

July 30, AD2018 0 Comments
Mission, Impossible?

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavens, as he chose us in him … to be holy and without blemish before him. [Ephesians 1:3-4] To be holy and without blemish—sounds impossible, doesn’t it? Our call to be holy […]

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Engaging and Enlightening Through Love

July 30, AD2018 0 Comments
Engaging and Enlightening Through Love

The art of civilized decency and scholarly discourse is diminishing, giving way to tactics aimed at shaming the faithful. I must admit that I was concerned about this year’s college graduation ceremonies. I wondered if they would be a repeat of last year’s debacle when it came to the treatment of certain commencement speakers. We […]

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Loneliness Can Kill You

July 29, AD2018 0 Comments
Loneliness Can Kill You

Some of us may be old enough to remember the opening line of Elvis Presley’s song, “Are you lonesome tonight…?” As it turns out, a lot of people are, indeed, lonesome. Loneliness apparently has grown to epic proportions in the United States. It affects all age groups to one degree or another, and it is […]

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This Cheerful Struggle: What Are You Struggling Against?

July 27, AD2018 0 Comments
This Cheerful Struggle: What Are You Struggling Against?

  Anyone who has been living the Christian life for a while has their habits and devotions, which are used as aids along the way. In addition to the Bible, most of us have other reading materials that we use regularly or even daily. One such blessed series of books I use is entitled In […]

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Can We Ask for the Intercession of Non-Saints?

July 22, AD2018 0 Comments
Can We Ask for the Intercession of Non-Saints?

This month marks the one year anniversary of the passing of an extraordinary man, Fr. Arne Panula. While I never met him personally, I am deeply indebted to this wonderful man. My closest encounter with Fr. Arne was when he led the 2017 National Catholic Prayer Breakfast in a closing prayer, just weeks before his death. […]

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‘I Desire Mercy, Not Sacrifice’

July 22, AD2018 0 Comments
‘I Desire Mercy, Not Sacrifice’

There are so many angry, frustrated people on Facebook spewing their volatile rage these days that I try to avoid using it. But earlier this week I happened upon a particularly disturbing article that someone had re-posted. The article is about something that happened four years ago. A woman set her husband on fire after […]

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Why and How Catholics Should Learn about Science

July 20, AD2018 0 Comments
Why and How Catholics Should Learn about Science

‘It looks full of hard words and signs and numbers, not very entertaining or understandable looking, and I wonder whether it will make people wiser or better.’ So wrote a cousin of Josiah Willard Gibbs when she happened onto a copy of his most famous paper on thermodynamics lying on his desk. —As quoted from Order […]

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