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Contemplating The Mystery of Mercy

April 18, AD2015 0 Comments
Contemplating The Mystery of Mercy

Our Holy Father, Pope Francis recently released, Misericordiae Vultus, his Bull of Indiction of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy. In this document, he lays out his plans for this upcoming celebration of our Lord’s incredible love and mercy towards His people.  In addition, he encourages us to begin preparing ourselves now for this event through […]

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A Difficult Lent

April 15, AD2015 0 Comments
A Difficult Lent

“We had the experience but missed the meaning, / And approach to the meaning restores the experience / In a different form, beyond any meaning / We can assign to happiness” – T.S. Eliot For a few days, I watched the sun descend over the Point Loma Cliffs. Each day, roughly 30 minutes before sunset, […]

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Mary’s Simple and Amazing Guide to Discipleship

April 15, AD2015 2 Comments
Mary’s Simple and Amazing Guide to Discipleship

God approached a young woman, and she said, “Yes.” Next, what she didn’t say was even more noteworthy. She didn’t say, “I will do this.” Instead, she said, “Let it be done unto me.” And then she thanked God for allowing her to be the one with whom He would give flesh to the most […]

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Walking Our Own Journey to God

April 14, AD2015 2 Comments
Walking Our Own Journey to God

In November 2013, I wrote a column [link here] about my son leaving the Church, and going off on a journey, that was far away from what most of us imagine for our kids who been raised well in the Church. He had changed his name to “Fig” and moved to a Feminist Anarchist commune and […]

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The Theology of Science-Fiction: Part I — Some Speculative Fiction Gospels

April 14, AD2015 3 Comments
The Theology of Science-Fiction: Part I — Some Speculative Fiction Gospels

“…when I was not prey to the temptations of this world, I devoted my nights to imagining other worlds. … There is nothing better than imagining other worlds…to forget the painful one we live in. At least so I thought then. I hadn’t yet realized that, imagining other worlds, you end up changing this one.”Umberto […]

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Book Review: A Pathway Under the Gaze of Mary

April 13, AD2015 2 Comments
Book Review: A Pathway Under the Gaze of Mary

Shortly after Sr. Lúcia of Fátima died ten years ago, I remember remarking to someone, “Her death means we will only now come to know of things about Fátima that were previously unknown.” Knowing the beautiful story of Fátima, its message, and the unfortunate controversies surrounding it, I also knew that there was a treasure […]

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What Makes You Powerful?

April 11, AD2015 1 Comment
What Makes You Powerful?

As a single mom of five boys, I pretty much know what I’m doing in the next five minutes or so. Beyond that is anyone’s guess, so it should come as no surprise that I didn’t realize that the Feast of Divine Mercy is the Sunday after Easter. As Good Friday’s Tenebrae service came to an […]

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Depression: Down, But Not Out

April 10, AD2015 11 Comments
Depression: Down, But Not Out

According to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), at any given time, approximately 3 % of adults have major depression, also referred to as major depressive disorder, a lasting and severe type of depression. In fact, major depression is the leading reason for disability for Americans between the ages of 15 […]

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Thoughts from a New Daddy

April 9, AD2015 1 Comment
Thoughts from a New Daddy

My Christmas present to my wife this last year was a glider, which provides all the comfort of a recliner with the smooth rhythmic motion of a rocking chair. Since we were expecting our first-born child in a few months, it seemed a fitting gift, useful and comfortable and perfect for quiet mornings. Now I’m […]

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A Work Week Theology

April 8, AD2015 2 Comments
A Work Week Theology

There are more of us than there are of them. More laity than religious, that is. Throughout history, the great saints have gifted the Church with unique charisms and rules for religious life. But what does that mean for those who live and work in the world—the other 7.2 billion of us? We are reminded in […]

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Conspiracies & Catholicism: Angels

April 7, AD2015 2 Comments
Conspiracies & Catholicism: Angels

You’ve probably heard about that baby girl who survived a car accident that killed her mother, hanging in her car seat for 14 hours until emergency personnel showed up. The first responders say they heard someone– not the baby, but either a woman or a child– yelling for help, which gave them the strength to […]

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The Case for a Mass Conversion of Men

April 6, AD2015 16 Comments
The Case for a Mass Conversion of Men

Despite the fact the New Evangelization has been an ongoing emphasis by the Catholic Church for over forty years, it has failed to stem the disastrous losses of the faithful in the U.S. Since 2000, 14 million Catholics have left the faith, parish religious education participation of children has dropped by 24%, Catholic school attendance […]

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OpEd: “There’s No Cursing In Evangelizing!”

April 6, AD2015 8 Comments
OpEd: “There’s No Cursing In Evangelizing!”

Recently, I have witnessed a rather disturbing trend on social media, and in comboxes at the end of articles, that suggest Christians really do not understand their purpose at all. Profanity. Condemnation. Humiliation. Arrogance. Pride. The whole matter is quite troubling. And I am only referring here to the Catholic Christians! New Evangelization Run Amuck In […]

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Celibacy: All Love Bears Fruit

April 6, AD2015 0 Comments
Celibacy: All Love Bears Fruit

This column is the fifth in a series of introductory essays on the document “Love is Our Mission: The Family Fully Alive,” the preparatory catechesis for the eighth World Meeting of Families that will take place in Philadelphia next September 22-27, 2015 with Pope Francis. The first essay on the first chapter is here. The essay […]

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Happy are Those

April 4, AD2015 6 Comments
Happy are Those

Comparison is the thief of joy, so goes the saying. A bigger house, a bigger car, and a better job are always just out of reach. When my parents divorced, I was ten, and my mother and I were thrown into a world of poverty. This hurt my pride, even then, and I carry a […]

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Wisdom from Often Forgotten Proverbs

April 3, AD2015 3 Comments
Wisdom from Often Forgotten Proverbs

Proverbs is the book of wisdom that is said to be written by King Solomon. We often cite verses from this book of the Bible to prove a point or teach a child. After all, Proverbs 1:8 states, “Hear, my son, your father’s instruction” while 1:2 claims that the words are inscribed “that men may […]

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Was Jesus Forsaken by the Father?

April 2, AD2015 9 Comments
Was Jesus Forsaken by the Father?

Jesus’ last words on the Cross contain a burning question: “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Mark 15:34). Now that the Triduum has arrived, and our attention has turned now to the Cross, it would be good for us to spend some time with this question. Was Jesus really forsaken by God? […]

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