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The Errors of “Novitiate”

July 20, AD2018 0 Comments
The Errors of “Novitiate”

While flipping through a magazine from 2017 a few months ago, I noticed a “staff pick” feature for a movie that was soon to be released. According to the feature this movie, entitled “Novitiate,” was about the effects of Vatican II through the eyes of a discerning novice. This magazine feature, short as it was, […]

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My Mother Was a Priest.

July 19, AD2018 0 Comments
My Mother Was a Priest.

We were all shocked and shattered when my brother announced that he wanted to become a priest. It was not just that he wanted to become a priest, but he wanted to become a Cistercian priest. That meant that once he left home he would never return. Naturally, my mother was totally bereft. She was […]

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Blueprint for Catholic Living I: Satisfying the Hungers

July 19, AD2018 0 Comments
Blueprint for Catholic Living I: Satisfying the Hungers

When I was six years old I had a special treasure chest. It was only an old black plastic lunchbox, the kind a man might take to a construction site. I had filled it with all sorts of precious trinkets: marbles and magnifying glasses, cereal box prizes and secret notes, bouncing balls and classic comics, […]

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The Catholic Funeral Mass: A Source of Peace

July 18, AD2018 0 Comments
The Catholic Funeral Mass: A Source of Peace

This past May two of my relatives passed away within a few days of each other. One had a Catholic funeral Mass, or the Mass of Christian Burial, and the other had a non-Catholic service. I have only attended five funerals outside of the Catholic Church, and the one thing they all had in common […]

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A Casual Generation and the Casualness of the Saints

July 17, AD2018 0 Comments
A Casual Generation and the Casualness of the Saints

I am sometimes amazed by the casualness of this generation, sometimes called the millennial generation. In some ways casual is refreshing but in other ways, it ranges from rude through non-committal to utter-lawlessness. Buying and selling is one area which exemplifies this. Before the age of texting, buying a service or product from someone probably […]

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Why Do We Belong to the Catholic Church?

July 16, AD2018 0 Comments
Why Do We Belong to the Catholic Church?

  So why are we Catholic? The world hates us, with a passion. By just about every indicator, the Catholic Church is losing its rank among people in the world today as a moral force for good. The ratio of parishioners per priest is increasing. There seems to be no end to the scandals within […]

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Hearing God’s Voice in Trust and Faithfulness

July 14, AD2018 0 Comments
Hearing God’s Voice in Trust and Faithfulness

As I was preparing to leave for college way too long ago, my dad told me to be sure to introduce myself to the “young priest” at the parish I would be attending. Dad knew Father because they had served on a committee together. Talk at that time was that this priest would one day […]

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The Amazing Value of Hardship

July 13, AD2018 0 Comments
The Amazing Value of Hardship

Hardship is not pleasant. It creates discomfort in our lives. It inconveniences our plans. It discourages us, causing hesitation and inaction. Yet, properly understood, hardship is one of the most valuable opportunities in the Christian life. It helps us grow in faith, personal maturity, and intimacy with God. The opening verses of the 5th Chapter […]

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Dying in the Prime of Life

July 12, AD2018 0 Comments
Dying in the Prime of Life

It has always struck me that the Lord started His life’s work at such a young age and died a mere three years later. There is not much recorded about Jesus’ early and teenage years through His twenties, but the Gospel notes the age at which He began his public ministry shortly after being baptized: […]

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“All God’s Children Go to Heaven”
Derek and the Jar Baby

July 10, AD2018 0 Comments
“All God’s Children Go to Heaven”<br>Derek and the Jar Baby

But Jesus called them to him, saying, “Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God.”  Luke 18:16 A Different Child of God Derek was different.  We called him retarded.  It was before the term “developmentally disabled” even existed. Derek and I played together in […]

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God’s Love Manifested in The Sacred Heart of Jesus

July 9, AD2018 0 Comments
God’s Love Manifested in The Sacred Heart of Jesus

My living room, as do many other Catholic homes, bears the image of the Sacred Heart of Jesus on the front facing wall. This means that anyone who sits there inevitably looks at this image. Most of the times, people feel drawn to contemplate what meaning is given in that image. Such was the case […]

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The Power of a Queen: Mary’s Intercession

July 9, AD2018 0 Comments
The Power of a Queen: Mary’s Intercession

Catholics love to ask for the saints’ intercession, and no saint is called upon more often than Mary, the mother of Jesus. While every saint has at least some devotees within the Church, Mary is loved almost universally. Just about every Catholic has some sort of devotion to her, making her by far the most […]

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Creatio ex Nihilo: Why We Believe*

July 8, AD2018 0 Comments
Creatio ex Nihilo:  Why We Believe*

  In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was formless and void, and darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the waters. —Genesis:1:1-2 (KJV) INTRODUCTION—ATHEISTS AND CREATIO EX NIHILO It is hard for scientists who are atheists to […]

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Taking Jesus on a Family Trip

July 8, AD2018 0 Comments
Taking Jesus on a Family Trip

You are a practicing Catholic and you are going with your family on another fun-filled, summer road trip.  Perhaps you have always and most graciously invited Jesus along.  If, however, you have never intentionally provided a comfortable space for Jesus in your well-earned, vacation sojourns, here are some ideas that might help to assure Jesus […]

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Tithing, Holiness, and Redemption

July 7, AD2018 0 Comments
Tithing, Holiness, and Redemption

All tithes from the land, whether the seed from the ground or the fruit from the tree, are the Lord’s; they are holy to the Lord. If persons wish to redeem any of their tithes, they must add one-fifth to them. All tithes of herd and flock, every tenth one that passes under the shepherd’s […]

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“Our Citizenship is in Heaven”

July 6, AD2018 0 Comments
“Our Citizenship is in Heaven”

I remember, when my first son was born, my wife and I made the decision to stop by her grandfather’s house on the way home from the hospital. Our son was born in the same town Granddad lived; and as I knew he was very sick (yet still very alert and conscious), I suggested we […]

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Pop Culture Role Models

July 5, AD2018 0 Comments
Pop Culture Role Models

One has to look far and wide to find positive images of Christianity and in particular the Catholic Church in today’s mainstream media and in the overall culture. Television shows (The Young Pope), movies (Spotlight) and novels (The Da Vinci Code) constantly show the evils and hypocrisy of the members of the Church or its […]

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Giving It All Through Mary – Being “All In” With Jesus

July 5, AD2018 0 Comments
Giving It All Through Mary – Being “All In” With Jesus

The giving of oneself to God and to neighbor is not only an act of charity. Giving it all requires a deep faith as well. Do we really love God with all our heart, soul and mind? If so, what does such a love entail? How far do we have to go in our expression […]

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Magnanimity is a Virtue that is Missing in Most People’s Lives

July 3, AD2018 0 Comments
Magnanimity is a Virtue that is Missing in Most People’s Lives

“Just do your best.” Chances are you heard that growing up, and even now may still hear it in adulthood. But it misses the mark when it comes to practicing magnanimity. To be honest, I absolutely hate the phrase “just do your best” because it most often comes with the implication that your best may […]

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Forgive, Don’t Hand Yourself to the Torturers

July 1, AD2018 0 Comments
Forgive, Don’t Hand Yourself to the Torturers

Then the master called the servant in. ‘You wicked servant,’ he said, ‘I canceled all that debt of yours because you begged me to. Shouldn’t you have had mercy on your fellow servant just as I had on you?’ In anger his master handed him over to the jailers to be tortured, until he should pay back […]

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Michelangelo Creates Sculptures On His Path To Redemption

June 30, AD2018 0 Comments
Michelangelo Creates Sculptures On His Path To Redemption

Michelangelo sculpted the Vatican Pieta, which is known worldwide and is, perhaps, the most viewed work of art in St. Peter’s church in the Vatican.  Another of his most famous sculptures is his solitary David. Less well known, however, is his Florentine Pieta, which some believe he intended to be placed at his own grave. The artistic and political […]

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Principles for Your Spiritual Life: Insights from the Carmelite Rule

Principles for Your Spiritual Life: Insights from the Carmelite Rule

Here then are a few points I have written down to provide you with a standard of conduct to live up to; but our Lord, at his second coming, will reward anyone who does more than he is obliged to do. See that the bounds of common sense are not exceeded, however, for common sense […]

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The Limits of Science: What Science Can’t Do

June 29, AD2018 0 Comments
The Limits of Science: What Science Can’t Do

Who hath measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, and meted out heaven with the span, and comprehended the dust of the earth in a measure, and weighed the mountains in scales, and the hills in a balance? —Isaiah 40:12 (KJV) To answer the question “To be or not to be?’ we cannot […]

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Living Waters for Our Time

June 28, AD2018 0 Comments
Living Waters for Our Time

  “The time will come when people will not tolerate sound doctrine but, following their own desires and insatiable curiosity, … will stop listening to the truth and will be diverted to myths” [2 Timothy 4: 3-4]. Certainly we are seeing evidence today of St. Paul’s predictions as our society becomes more secular and as […]

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