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God’s Chat with the Devil;
The Vision of Pope Leo XIII

May 17, AD2018 0 Comments
God’s Chat with the Devil; <br> The Vision of Pope Leo XIII

For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.  — 1 Corinthians 1:22-25 INTRODUCTION: STORIES ABOUT POPE LEO’S VISION OF THE DEVIL While he was attending Mass in 1884 Pope Leo XIII reportedly had a vision and overheard a conversation between God and the devil, […]

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The Courage to Endure to the End

May 15, AD2018 0 Comments
The Courage to Endure to the End

In 2016, images of Discalced Carmelite Sister Cecilia Maria were spread throughout the internet. She died painfully of cancer on June 23 at the age of 42. Take a look at the pictures. She does not appear to be suffering; instead, her face shows the beauty of true joy and inestimable courage as she waits […]

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Our Lady as Spiritual Vessel

May 10, AD2018 2 Comments
Our Lady as Spiritual Vessel

For many years I struggled to understand the “vessel” images applied to the Virgin Mary in the Litany of Loreto. In the Litany she is described variously as a “spiritual vessel,” a “vessel of honor,” and a “singular vessel of devotion.” These are gracious but mysterious descriptions, to be sure. Pope St. John Paul II […]

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Is There a Probability for the Universe? New Thoughts about the Anthropic Coincidences

May 7, AD2018 27 Comments
Is There a Probability for the Universe? New Thoughts about the Anthropic Coincidences

The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork. Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge. There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard.” —Psalm 19 (KJV) “It is a strange fact, incidentally, that religious apologists love the anthropic principle. For some reason […]

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A Changed Notion of Authenticity Does Not Bode Well for the Church

May 6, AD2018 1 Comment
A Changed Notion of Authenticity Does Not Bode Well for the Church

Something chilling and sinister is going on with the meaning of the word ‘authenticity.’ It’s becoming ever more apparent that ‘authenticity’ is being separated from ‘truth.’ The notion of authenticity, especially when it comes to the Church and the meaning of truth, seems to be changing, or maybe has even already changed. For many it […]

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Animals Do Go to Heaven

May 6, AD2018 88 Comments
Animals Do Go to Heaven

This past January, we made the heart-breaking decision to put our beloved dog Ralphie to sleep. Animal lovers understand the grief and the terrible sense of loss that pet people experience at the death of their friend. Whether the pet is a hamster or an iguana, the loss stings. As with all death, people wonder […]

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A Talent is a Terrible thing to Waste

May 5, AD2018 0 Comments
A Talent is a Terrible thing to Waste

Sometimes when something comes easy, we become complacent and start taking it for granted. But if that thing that we are taking for granted is a God-given talent, not developing it can lead to a life that is not being lived according to His plan for us. When I was in grade school and high […]

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Peace Be With You

April 30, AD2018 0 Comments
Peace Be With You

In the days preceding Pentecost, the Resurrected Christ appeared before His disciples, each time saying, “Peace be with you.” His greeting was not meant as a light salutation, but rather as a gift that only God can give. Let us ponder: When the crucified Christ rose from the dead in His glory, He still had […]

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How Well Do You Know St. Mark?

April 25, AD2018 0 Comments
How Well Do You Know St. Mark?

Today, April 25, is the feast day of St. Mark, one of the four writers of the New Testament gospels. Did you know he was not one of the 12 original disciples, and that he founded the Church of Alexandria, Egypt? How well do you know this holy man, also known as the Evangelist? Tradition […]

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Warmth in the World of Religious Sisters

April 25, AD2018 2 Comments
Warmth in the World of Religious Sisters

Like many things, the religious life is sometimes regarded with fear and suspicion because it is not known or understood. (Throughout this article, unless otherwise specified, I will use the word “religious” to refer to religious orders.) At their most bizarrely hideous, the caricatures look like the murderous albino monk of The Da Vinci Code’s […]

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A Catholic Chaplain Becomes a Hero

April 21, AD2018 0 Comments
A Catholic Chaplain Becomes a Hero

Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.–John 15:13-14 (KJV) The Sinking of the Maine, 1898: What Happened The nighttime explosion was massive and unexpected.  When Catholic Chaplain John Chidwick staggered onto the deck, he saw […]

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Sacred Mass: Does Our Behavior Reflect the Sanctity?

April 19, AD2018 13 Comments
Sacred Mass: Does Our Behavior Reflect the Sanctity?

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops estimates that some 30,000 people came into the Church at the Easter Vigil Masses this year. That is wonderful news for the Church and for those who have joined the Church! We welcome everyone to Holy Mother Church and pray for the greatest blessings upon them. As Catholics […]

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Giving God a Blank Check as a Vocation

April 16, AD2018 3 Comments
Giving God a Blank Check as a Vocation

What is a vocation? I am a single person. Sometimes having a vocation can seem to be a huge, scary thing, not meant for me. Other times, it feels like the thing that will make my life meaningful and I wonder why I don’t have one ‒ or at least why I don’t have the […]

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The Dispute on “Faith Alone”

April 16, AD2018 4 Comments
The Dispute on “Faith Alone”

My exploration of the “faith alone” controversy began in a discussion with a non-Catholic coworker. One morning, this friend asked me to go to his church the following Sunday, since his church was “far easier” than what he perceived the Catholic Church to be or require.  He indicated that all that was required to get to […]

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Take My Heart Away

April 15, AD2018 5 Comments
Take My Heart Away

In 1992, my husband and I told my parents we were expecting an addition to the family. They responded with excitement. Mom expressed how happy she was that I was going to experience the joy of being a mother. Her words revealed much about herself, and the joy in her heart. It was a beautiful […]

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Duc In Altum – Put Out Into the Deep

April 14, AD2018 1 Comment
Duc In Altum – Put Out Into the Deep

  What would it look like if we submitted our entire will to God? What kind of an impact would we have on the world? How fulfilling and peaceful would life become? While these are difficult questions to answer, they are worth considering. The Saints are examples of those who embraced God’s will for their […]

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Good Intentions/ Dangerous Intentions

April 12, AD2018 0 Comments
Good Intentions/ Dangerous Intentions

When was the last time you set out to do something with bad intent?  It has probably been quite some time, if ever.  Very few of us actually set out consciously to do wrong.  My greatest sins – both in terms of magnitude and volume – have been committed without the intent to do any […]

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Jesus Was Troubled

April 9, AD2018 0 Comments
Jesus Was Troubled

Several places in Scripture tell us that Jesus was troubled or worried, or experienced grief. John 11:33: When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come along with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in spirit and troubled. . . . John 11:35: Jesus wept. John 13:21: After he had said this, Jesus […]

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Our Ultimate Hope Is Resurrection

April 9, AD2018 0 Comments
Our Ultimate Hope Is Resurrection

If you conduct a poll of practicing Christians and ask them what their ultimate hope is, the vast, vast majority of them would say getting to heaven. They would explain that our souls live on after our bodies die, so they hope that their souls will spend a blissful eternity with God in heaven. However, […]

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Young Catholics Seem to Want an ‘Authentic’ Church heavily Influenced by Modernism

April 7, AD2018 2 Comments
Young Catholics Seem to Want an ‘Authentic’ Church heavily Influenced by Modernism

The end of March saw the conclusion of a week-long meeting held at the Vatican that engaged young people from all over the world. The meeting was established as a precursor to the upcoming synod on “Young People, the Faith, and the Discernment of Vocation.” The point was to encourage young people to come forward […]

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A Mystical Experience in St. Peter’s Basilica

April 7, AD2018 5 Comments
A Mystical Experience in St. Peter’s Basilica

There are so many reasons to love Catholicism that I am faced with the proverbial embarrassment of riches when I speak of Catholicism’s beauty. Yet, there is one reason that overwhelms them all and binds them all together: her mystical character. The word “mystical,” in relation to Christ and His Church, means that the Spirit […]

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The Importance of Forgiveness

April 4, AD2018 3 Comments
The Importance of Forgiveness

Like most people, throughout my life I have experienced very many offenses against me, ranging from the great to the small, whether it was the stewardess who cut in front of me in the airport security line or getting singled out for unkind treatment by someone I regarded as a friend. These offenses mean that […]

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Learning to Give by Caring for My Sister

April 3, AD2018 1 Comment
Learning to Give by Caring for My Sister

My sister Mary has dementia. I have been caring for her for about four years now. Dementia is an affliction that is difficult to deal with and it’s even more difficult to get used to. I live with Mary in the house we inherited from our father. Neither she nor I have ever been married […]

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Finding Divine Mercy with St. Therese

April 3, AD2018 1 Comment
Finding Divine Mercy with St. Therese

Even if we’ve heard about God’ great mercy, we may unknowingly deprive ourselves of what His love wants to give us, as I’ve discovered in my own life. For as long as I can remember, I have battled perfectionism. Just when I think it’s gone away, it rears its ugly head, both at work and […]

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