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The Antidote to Indifference

September 2, AD2017 0 Comments
The Antidote to Indifference

I recently encountered a stranger who spontaneously proclaimed to me that she was a “peace, love, and Nelson Mandela” kind of person. She briefly bemoaned the recent strife in the world and the problem of religion. She shared her belief that people need to be “more connected” to others’ feelings. Then we parted company in […]

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Reigniting the Fire, One Boy at a Time

September 2, AD2017 0 Comments
Reigniting the Fire, One Boy at a Time

Feeling alone. We all have felt it. The sense that no one cares or needs you. Though one might be surrounded by dozens of people, the feeling still may creep up on you. I felt this way in the middle of Marine Corps boot camp. I was 18 years old and though I was part […]

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A Devotional: The Rock

September 1, AD2017 0 Comments
A Devotional: The Rock

“Flesh and blood has not revealed this to you but my Heavenly Father…you are Peter and upon this rock I will build my Church and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it.” [Matthew: 16:17-18] God gives us infinite treasures that can help us on our journey to holiness and ultimately to Heaven. […]

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Peacemakers: The Seventh Beatitude

September 1, AD2017 1 Comment
Peacemakers: The Seventh Beatitude

A peacemaker can make enemies friends. Peacemaking and Friendship Friendship is at the root of everything good. Once God creates a person like you or me, that person is made to live in a state of friendship. And because he is made to, he ought to live up to his calling. But friendship with whom? […]

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The “Way” of Christ

August 30, AD2017 0 Comments
The “Way” of Christ

The Idea of a Way In Chapter 14 of the Gospel of John, known as The Last Discourse, Jesus tells the apostles He is going before them to prepare a place for them and will come back to take them there. Then He says, “You know the way that leads where I go” (John 14:4). […]

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Why We Should Stop Apologizing for Our Faith

August 29, AD2017 7 Comments
Why We Should Stop Apologizing for Our Faith

Living in a society that is constantly rejecting God, I find it somewhat difficult to be fully comfortable living out my faith in a public setting. We live in a culture that is generally unaccepting of Christianity, and it is so easy to become ashamed of our faith. I have been tempted at times to […]

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A Day of Peace Would Be a Wondrous Thing

August 28, AD2017 0 Comments
A Day of Peace Would Be a Wondrous Thing

It’s been said that on December 25, 1914, during the First World War, an “unofficial ceasefire” occurred. On that day, German and British soldiers put aside their differences, and for one day, one of the most reverent of days, peace ensued. Perhaps you’ve heard the account of the “Christmas Truce.” The story is a remarkable […]

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The Power of Patience and Persevering Prayer

August 27, AD2017 1 Comment
The Power of Patience and Persevering Prayer

With modern technology, we have become accustomed to receiving answers immediately. Long silences often make us anxious and frustrated. We become impatient and fail to understand why there is a delay in receiving a response. There are times when our prayers are not answered immediately. No matter how long we pray or how many times […]

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Our Society is Destroying Itself

August 26, AD2017 30 Comments
Our Society is Destroying Itself

Our society is in sad shape — or at least it is from what I can see. As universal acceptance of values and religion has dropped, so has the accepted standard for what constitutes a good life. Even from a non-Catholic perspective, one hears about too many crimes to remember just by turning on the […]

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What to Do When the Devil Attacks

August 25, AD2017 16 Comments
What to Do When the Devil Attacks

The devil attacks us secretly most of the time, but there are other times when an attack is obvious and it is usually extremely controlling. It quickly robs us of our peace and replaces it with an uncontrollable anxiety. Once that takes hold, the devil starts to work on the mind by injecting bad thoughts […]

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50 Years Later – The Influence of Benedictine Monks and Nuns

August 24, AD2017 0 Comments
50 Years Later – The Influence of Benedictine Monks and Nuns

People recounted incidents from the good old days. Embellishments were, of course, a part of the tales, some of which have grown in size and dramatic impact over time. Nevertheless, old friends spent a big part of the weekend catching up with one another. Some hadn’t seen one another in many years. The occasion was […]

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Evil and Reversion: How a Deist Became a Theist, Part III

August 24, AD2017 4 Comments
Evil and Reversion: How a Deist Became a Theist, Part III

As stated in the previous installment, I will be approaching the problem of evil. For me, the problem of evil was elephant in the room for theism. When I was younger, my grandmother was battling cancer. She fought it for nine years. I would go with her to her chemo treatments and other appointments while […]

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The Trouble With The World is Me

August 23, AD2017 7 Comments
The Trouble With The World is Me

In his book, Small is Beautiful, Schumacher said,”Although people go on crying out for solutions, they become angry when they are told that the restoration of society must come from within and not from without.” The evil that we read about daily in our newspapers or see on our television screens is but the outward […]

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Who Am I? A Sinner

Who Am I?  A Sinner

Early on in the pontificate of Pope Francis, during an interview, when asked who he was Pope Francis responded with the statement “I am a sinner.”  At the time, this statement was used in the U.S., to exclaim the humbleness and relatable-ness of Pope Francis to the everyday person.  In the light of recent events […]

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My Enemy is My Neighbor: Becoming a Good Samaritan

August 22, AD2017 1 Comment
My Enemy is My Neighbor: Becoming a Good Samaritan

“Who is my neighbor?” Today, I think, this question is more pertinent than ever. Social media is great at creating the illusion that we’re all in each other’s back pocket. But it comes at the cost of making friendship more of an abstraction, as we make “friends” of people who are little more than an […]

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Keep Your Eyes Fixed on Christ

August 21, AD2017 0 Comments
Keep Your Eyes Fixed on Christ

The story of Christ walking on water and Peter almost having the faith to reach him ( Mt 14:22-33)  was recently heard at mass, yet with no pun intended, one may rightly ask if we can go a bit deeper in the message of this account.  Surely, most will agree that trusting the Lord to […]

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Unplug for God and Find Joy in Silence

August 20, AD2017 4 Comments
Unplug for God and Find Joy in Silence

An old proverb says silence is golden. Whoever came up with that proverb was on to something. Today, I went to a popular fast food sandwich chain restaurant for lunch. While waiting in line to be served, I couldn’t help but take notice of the man in front of me. During the entire time the […]

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The Catholic St. Paul

August 19, AD2017 0 Comments
The Catholic St. Paul

Many people today claim that St. Paul, not Martin Luther, was the first Protestant. Why? Because Paul was not one of the original twelve apostles and seemed to be going around the country planting churches. Some even claim that each of these churches was autonomous, with no central authority like Peter; that is certainly the […]

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Exposing the Enemy’s Plan

August 19, AD2017 1 Comment
Exposing the Enemy’s Plan

  “If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.”  Sun Tzu- The Art […]

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What is True Freedom?

August 18, AD2017 3 Comments
What is True Freedom?

The eternal recurrence In The Gay Science and other works, Nietzsche presents his idea of the eternal recurrence. The demon in Nietzsche’s work poses this question “Do you want this once more and also for innumerable times?” (The Gay Science, 341). According to Nietzsche, most of us would tremble at this question because we do […]

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Finding Peace Amidst Chaos in Adoration

August 17, AD2017 2 Comments
Finding Peace Amidst Chaos in Adoration

Letters To God While sorting through a bin of items from my childhood, I came across several pages of prayer journals. In different phases of my life, I would write my prayers to God in letter form. The letters are written in such familiar language, as though I was writing a letter to a best […]

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Our Battle with Sin – The Cancer of Our Souls

August 15, AD2017 4 Comments
Our Battle with Sin – The Cancer of Our Souls

Being diagnosed with cancer is always a dreaded event. There are many fears: will it be terminal? How much suffering will be endured? What painful treatments will be needed? The anxiety can become overwhelming because there are a lot of unknowns. There becomes an acute awareness of the brevity of this life. A sense of […]

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Let Christ Rip The Rug Up From Under You

August 15, AD2017 1 Comment
Let Christ Rip The Rug Up From Under You

When Jesus invites us to die to ourselves, He is not referring to some pious act of self-sacrifice which will make us look or feel holy. No, He has something much more radical in mind. The kind of inner transformation Christ desires will literally rip the rug up from under our feet and shatter our […]

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Living in the Mutable: Of Time and Eternity

August 14, AD2017 3 Comments
Living in the Mutable: Of Time and Eternity

Pope St. John Paul II begins the encyclical Fides et Ratio with the admonition “Know Yourself”. Most apparently, we are material creatures and as such are mutable. We change. Change is time. In contrast, God is immutable, eternally so. He does not change. This essay is a meditation on time, on our nature as material […]

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