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Moving Toward True Peace

January 19, AD2018 0 Comments
Moving Toward True Peace

Life is just a speck in time, it passes us by so quickly. There is a beginning and there is an end, but it is what we do with the time in-between that really matters. It is this time that the Lord has given us to learn what is most important: love. And it is […]

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The Virtues of the Magi

January 18, AD2018 1 Comment
The Virtues of the Magi

The prominent virtues of the Magi are piety and wisdom (in recognizing Christ as universal king and the light of the world), faith, fortitude, hope and humility. Universal Kingship Matthew’s Gospel highlights Christ’s kingship through the magi when he writes, “[a]fter Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi […]

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On Selling Jesus

January 15, AD2018 0 Comments
On Selling Jesus

A Tale of Two Christmases One of the defining moments for me on my journey to the Catholic Church was over Christmas Eve and Christmas Day two years ago. We attended the Christmas Eve service at our Protestant, Baptist church. It was a beautiful service, filled with amazing music and a festive feel. The following […]

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The Scriptural Seeds of the Papacy

January 14, AD2018 9 Comments
The Scriptural Seeds of the Papacy

Although the seeds of the papacy are scriptural, it takes a little digging to expose them. There is nothing more distinctly Catholic than the papacy. While just about every other Catholic belief can be found in at least some other Christian denominations, our beliefs about the papacy are unique. Nobody else believes that the bishop […]

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Discovering Real Life in Christ as a Religious

January 14, AD2018 0 Comments
Discovering Real Life in Christ as a Religious

“I came so that they might have life and have it more abundantly.” John 10:10 In the midst of Jesus’ discourse on the sheep, the gate, and the shepherd, we find these illustrious words. As the Good Shepherd, he offers life: real life, abundant life to his sheep. His sheep hear his voice and follow him. […]

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Path of Renewal

January 13, AD2018 0 Comments
Path of Renewal

According to a reading from the second letter of St. Peter, “We await new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells. … Therefore, … be eager to be found without spot or blemish before Him, at peace” [2 Peter 3:13-14]. In this time of waiting, let us consider ways of renewing our commitment […]

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Learning from Our Lord Through Anxiety

January 8, AD2018 4 Comments
Learning from Our Lord Through Anxiety

I am learning to keep my anxiety and irritation about others to myself. That does not mean that I have stopped my negative thoughts about others. But, hopefully, that is in the near-future. I usually get anxious or irritated primarily when I experience feelings of inferiority. Someone pulls in front of me in traffic and […]

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A Devotional: Dealing with Difficult People

January 7, AD2018 0 Comments
A Devotional: Dealing with Difficult People

 “There are difficult moments in life, but with hope the soul goes forward and looks ahead to what awaits     us.” – Pope Francis  When we are happy and feel accepted and loved, life often feels positive. When we feel alone, rejected and insecure, life feels challenging. Faith is not about feelings; we always have to […]

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Finding the Love of a Lifetime

January 7, AD2018 0 Comments
Finding the Love of a Lifetime

  Looking back on my life I can truly say, God has been very patient with me and also very gracious toward me. But it took me quite some time to be able to see and understand that. I was fortunate, while growing up, to have good parents who both had a strong Catholic faith. […]

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The Benedictine Sisters of Virginia: Celebrating 150 Years

January 5, AD2018 0 Comments
The Benedictine Sisters of Virginia: Celebrating 150 Years

  On May 1, 2018, the Benedictine Sisters of Virginia will celebrate their jubilee: that’s 150 years since the first Benedictine sisters, originally from Bavaria, Germany, established a presence in Richmond, VA. What followed is remarkable. Today the Benedictine Sisters of Virginia is a flourishing community that developed right along with the young and growing […]

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The Blasphemy All Around Us

January 4, AD2018 12 Comments
The Blasphemy All Around Us

Casual swearing. Routine profanity. Mainstreamed irreverence. These curses of our age don’t seem to shock us like they used to. Ever since Rhett Butler first uttered the “D” word in Gone with the Wind in 1939, the entertainment industry has gone from bad to worse in its moral offensiveness. Every modern venue of entertainment, from […]

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The Brown Scapular: Mary’s Maternal Embrace of the Carmelite Order

The Brown Scapular: Mary’s Maternal Embrace of the Carmelite Order

I am celebrating my first Christmas as a Priest this year. I was ordained back in August by Cardinal Timothy Dolan of the Archdiocese of New York. As I am working on homilies for the week leading up to Christmas and my Christmas Day homily, I just find myself approaching the infancy narrative texts in new ways. As […]

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Holiness is Not About Being Nice

January 3, AD2018 2 Comments
Holiness is Not About Being Nice

I used to think I had reached the peak of holiness in my life. I went to mass, confession and prayed somewhat regularly. I had studied theology and dedicated myself to a youth group and ministry. What could be holier than that? Then I started going to confession more regularly with a spiritual director and […]

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A Christmas Carol, Luigi Taparelli, Economics, and Almsgiving

January 1, AD2018 2 Comments
A Christmas Carol, Luigi Taparelli, Economics, and Almsgiving

For maybe a few weeks or so during the Advent and Christmas seasons and into the New Year, many people take Charles Dickens’ message in A Christmas Carol to heart. It’s a good message. Dickens’ neatly sums up his message to the world when Ebenezer Scrooge says to Marley’s ghost, “you were a good businessman,” […]

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A Short New Year’s Reflection and Resolution: Be Not Afraid

January 1, AD2018 0 Comments
A Short New Year’s Reflection and Resolution: Be Not Afraid

Be not afraid. One of the best ways to be faithful to the Lord is to take him at his word: “Be not afraid.” This is a call to courage. Jesus is asking you to be calm in the storm of life, not only for your own peace of mind but for the well-being of your […]

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Just Another New Year’s Eve: A Reflection on Communion and Community

December 30, AD2017 2 Comments
Just Another New Year’s Eve: A Reflection on Communion and Community

Sunday night, as others are preparing to ring in the new year by getting plowed on mixed drinks, I will most likely be writing or editing an article. Most of my friends live 700 miles and more away, while the rest will likely have dinner parties on New Year’s Day rather than drink on New […]

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In the “Presents” of God

December 30, AD2017 0 Comments
In the “Presents” of God

Ever since the creation of the world, His invisible attributes of eternal power and divinity have been able to be understood and perceived in what [God] has made [Romans 1:20]. When we lift our sights toward Heaven, we begin to see God’s beauty here on earth. Whether it is in nature from the tiniest wild […]

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Two Sons, One Father

December 29, AD2017 0 Comments
Two Sons, One Father

There are two things the father does in the Gospel story of the Prodigal Son which can give all of us sinners hope and comfort. (Saints need read no further; but please forward this article to any sinners you know). Two Different Sons Everyone can repeat this story. It has been told again and again. […]

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As You Go: Bringing Christ to Others in the Present Moment

December 27, AD2017 3 Comments
As You Go:  Bringing Christ to Others in the Present Moment

Jesus sent out these twelve instructing them, … “Go … to the lost sheep … As you go, make this proclamation: ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ Cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, drive out demons (Matthew 10:5-8). I am so little, so sinful and broken. Yet my heart longs to serve […]

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Don’t Miss the “Magic” of Childhood

December 26, AD2017 0 Comments
Don’t Miss the “Magic” of Childhood

Every year around this time, I notice a widespread, often implicit idea that Christmas is a particularly special time for children. Of course, this attitude follows logically if the occasion consists only of emptying packages and stockings under an explosion of lights and tinsel. Decorations and presents generally become less exciting as we grow older. […]

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The Call to the Lay Vocation, Part II

December 26, AD2017 0 Comments
The Call to the Lay Vocation, Part II

In my last article, I discussed the idea of the lay vocation: that all are called to serve God using their talents in ordinary living, and in doing so, fulfill the mission of their life. After all, the Church’s mission cannot be carried out solely by the clergy and consecrated religious folk. Luckily for us, […]

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Christmas and the Wonder of Children

December 25, AD2017 0 Comments
Christmas and the Wonder of Children

A month or two ago I started wondering about the Christmas season. Specifically, I wondered why it seemed so much more magical to me as a child than as an adult. Now, there could be a variety of reasons for this—maybe it was because as a child I loved the sparkly tree and presents, or […]

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Christmas Two Thousands Years Later and Grace Is Still New

December 24, AD2017 0 Comments
Christmas Two Thousands Years Later and Grace Is Still New

“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”  (The Summer Day, Mary Oliver) We are in the midst of something new and something old.  Hundreds of years have passed since the birth of Christ and yet we have never before been in this place, at this time, with these […]

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The Wait: A True Advent Story of Hope

December 23, AD2017 0 Comments
The Wait: A True Advent Story of Hope

My strawberry-blond, freckled-faced, non-stop mother, Jeannine, was the youngest of four and as such was hopelessly spoiled. Nicknamed “Peaches,” she was a very welcome addition to my grandparents after the loss of two babies beforehand. She was also quite a bit younger than her oldest brother, Dick, who graduated high school the year Mom received […]

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