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Ignore Those Walls!

May 29, AD2015 2 Comments
Ignore Those Walls!

We live in a hectic, deadline driven world. Whether at work or home, things are either speeding towards us from all sides, or we are flying headlong into one event after another. At the office we are in a constant state of managing the expectations of bosses, peers and customers. At home we rush kids […]

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A Joyful Outing That I Almost Wrecked

May 29, AD2015 0 Comments
A Joyful Outing That I Almost Wrecked

My friends from church had planned a great outing to the park, peddling a four-seat surrey around the lake. However,  the whole thing almost didn’t come off, because of a joke taken the wrong way. Two weeks before my friend, “Angela” (not her real name), texted me, asking if I had received a photo of […]

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Strap on Your Bib, It’s Time for Humble Pie

May 27, AD2015 4 Comments
Strap on Your Bib, It’s Time for Humble Pie

Never say never. That’s what they have always said. And how true it is – both in this world and regarding Eternal Life! If you’re beyond a certain age and have children, you may already have experienced the phenomenon of becoming your parents. As a child, you resented their constraints and swore never to replicate […]

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The Theology of Science-Fiction: III — Does Data Have a Soul?

May 25, AD2015 16 Comments
The Theology of Science-Fiction: III — Does Data Have a Soul?

Theological Objection: “Thinking is a function of man’s immortal soul. God has given an immortal soul to every man and woman, but not to any other animal or to machines. Hence no animal or machine can think.” Rebuttal to Objection: “It appears to me that [The Theological Objection] implies a serious restriction of the omnipotence […]

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I Complain, Therefore I Am

May 25, AD2015 29 Comments
I Complain, Therefore I Am

The popular atheist blogger, Hemant Mehta, ponders change with the question, “What happens when atheists are no longer a minority?” He mentions the human need to belong to a group, and the fight for a cause, and then invites answers to that question. Reading a few of the 1,600+ responses will verify the lack of […]

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The Trees of Life

May 23, AD2015 1 Comment
The Trees of Life

In the Bible, we learn the names of two trees in Paradise. One is the tree of knowledge of good and evil, which had fruit pleasing to the eye, but which also led to mankind’s downfall by partaking of it. The other tree we know as the tree of life, which had fruit on it […]

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Catholic Writers: Stand Up for the Truth in LOVE

May 22, AD2015 4 Comments
Catholic Writers: Stand Up for the Truth in LOVE

Let us witness then in love, without sinning against those who have yet to experience the joy of the Eucharist or a deep relationship with their Heavenly Mother. I am proud to proclaim I am a Catholic writer. A Spirit-filled lover of Jesus who expects to be accepted by Protestant lovers of Jesus, because I am […]

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Rome and Turin with a Fitbit

May 20, AD2015 7 Comments
Rome and Turin with a Fitbit

A free Fitbit came with my recent phone upgrade the month before our family (8 out of 12 of us) flew to Rome. For the uninformed, it looks like a digital watch but also counts steps, mileage and lots more if you want to obsess about things like calories and how much water you drank. […]

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The Blessings of New Beginnings

May 19, AD2015 0 Comments
The Blessings of New Beginnings

These past few weeks have been filled some wonderful examples of “firsts”. For starters, our family attended this year’s Easter Vigil, where we witnessed the newly initiated as they became full members in the Catholic Church. Soon following this was the first Communion of our daughter. She had been looking forward to this day for […]

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Must I Become a Misogynist “Man” To Be a “Liberated” Woman?

May 16, AD2015 6 Comments
Must I Become a Misogynist “Man” To Be a “Liberated” Woman?

“Now, we are becoming the men we wanted to marry. Once, women were trained to marry a doctor, not be one.” Gloria Steinem, Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions “Suddenly, I began to wonder: If one in three or four American women had an abortion at some time in her life–a common statistical estimate, even in […]

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It Takes Two to Two Step

May 14, AD2015 2 Comments
It Takes Two to Two Step

“To watch us dance is to hear our hearts speak” – Hopi Indian Saying I’ve been dancing a lot lately – two step, cha cha, waltz, triple step, triple two step. These dances are different from line dancing, different from the kind of dance I do around my living room when my favorite song comes on, […]

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There is Little to Joke About in the Three Secrets of Fatima

May 13, AD2015 34 Comments
There is Little to Joke About in the Three Secrets of Fatima

The following is an unofficial translation of an address given by His Eminence Angelo Cardinal Amato at the Pontifical University Antonianum on the apparitions of Our Lady in Fatima, Portugal. The address was published in Italian on the web site of L’Osservatore Romano from which this translation was made. 1. When I was the Secretary […]

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Called to Deep Waters

May 13, AD2015 0 Comments
Called to Deep Waters

In Matthew’s telling of Christ walking on water (Matt 14:22-33), we hear Peter say to our Lord, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.” Christ assures him that it is indeed Him who walks on the raging seas and calls to Peter to join Him. Peter, who was […]

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Favorite Books of the Bible

May 12, AD2015 3 Comments
Favorite Books of the Bible

Since my parents purchased a Bible for me, at my request, for Christmas 1970, I have read a chapter from the New Testament and a chapter from the Old each night.  What a magnificent collection of books the Bible is!  Prophecies, histories, court chronicles, songs, gospels, letters, codes of laws and so much more.  The […]

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Abundantly Blessed: The Lowest Degree of Obedience

May 12, AD2015 5 Comments
Abundantly Blessed:  The Lowest Degree of Obedience

In our “go big or go home” culture, we too often forget how a single small kindness in a moment is what God may be asking us to do. Sometimes a kindness will grow into a huge apostolate or crusade, but imagine the small opportunities we might miss if we put our kindness on pause […]

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The Theology of Science-Fiction: Part II — Paradise Not Lost?

May 11, AD2015 1 Comment
The Theology of Science-Fiction: Part II — Paradise Not Lost?

 “If there are many planets inhabited by sentient creatures, as most astronomers (including Jesuits), now suspect, then `each one of such planets (solar or non-solar)’ must fall into one of three categories: (a) Inhabited by sentient creatures, but without souls; so to be treated with compassion but extra-evangelically. (b) Inhabited by sentient creatures with fallen […]

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The Moment, Mystery and Miracle of Kecharitōmenē

May 11, AD2015 6 Comments
The Moment, Mystery and Miracle of Kecharitōmenē

Kecharitōmenē (pronounced key-car-it-oh-may-nay): an ancient Greek participle meaning “filled with grace”, the salutation of singular and unique importance given to Mary, Mother of God by the Angel Gabriel. It “denotes one who has been and still is the object of divine benevolence, one who has been favored and continues to be favored by God, one who […]

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