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Liberty, Equality and Inconsistency

July 7, AD2015 2 Comments
Liberty, Equality and Inconsistency

The decision of the Supreme Court extending marriage to homosexual pairs is a contradiction, not only of revelation by God, but of human nature and of the nature of mammalian biological reproduction. Setting these contradictions aside, the decision is self-inconsistent in its basis of individual liberty and of equality before the law. The decision presents liberty as […]

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Bumper Sticker Wisdom: For Catholics, Too!

July 7, AD2015 0 Comments
Bumper Sticker Wisdom: For Catholics, Too!

Most of us have had one on the bumper of our car at some point- a sticker that states an opinion or belief we find important or humorous. In an age when we like to share about ourselves more than ever, a bumper sticker gives us yet another opportunity to tell a stranger something we […]

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Attending Mass is an Act of Humility

July 6, AD2015 24 Comments
Attending Mass is an Act of Humility

“Attending Mass is an act of humility…” I woke up this morning with those words running through my mind. I don’t know what I was dreaming, or even if I was dreaming. The thought was just there, scrolling like a marquee across my burgeoning consciousness as I rolled half-asleep from the bed and launched into […]

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Christianity “Found Difficult and Left Untried”

July 6, AD2015 3 Comments
Christianity “Found Difficult and Left Untried”

Of course, I mean that Catholicism was not tried; plenty of Catholics were tried, and found guilty. My point is that the world did not tire of the church’s ideal, but of its reality. Monasteries were impugned not for the chastity of monks, but for the unchastity of monks. Christianity was unpopular not because of […]

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In Defense of the World Apostolate of Fatima

July 5, AD2015 3 Comments
In Defense of the World Apostolate of Fatima

The World Apostolate of Fatima, USA Inc. recently published a biography of Sr. Lúcia—the last surviving visionary of Fátima (†2005)—entitled A Pathway Under the Gaze of Mary (see my review here). The book itself was a translation of a Portuguese biography entitled Um Caminho Sob o Olhar de Maria and was published in 2013 by […]

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Showing Christian Love in a World Gone Mad

July 3, AD2015 1 Comment
Showing Christian Love in a World Gone Mad

Our world is spinning wildly out of control with new offenses against nature such as transgender sex-changes for children, sex-based elective abortions, assisted suicide, and federally mandated legalization of same-sex marriages. The collective mind of society has gone out of orbit. Common sense has disappeared into a black hole of self-indulgence, immediate gratification, and disobedience […]

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Who Is the Valiant Woman in the Book of Maccabees

July 2, AD2015 3 Comments
Who Is the Valiant Woman in the Book of Maccabees

After the death of Alexander the Great, his generals divided his empire into regional sections. Soon, the holy land of Judaea was controlled by a dynasty of kings known as the Seleucids. There were good kings and bad kings in the Seleucid dynasty. King Antiochus Epiphenes IV was a bad king. At first, he “spoke peaceable […]

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Don’t Forget That Jesus Is True Man

July 2, AD2015 2 Comments
Don’t Forget That Jesus Is True Man

(Note: the opening paragraph of this article has been edited.) Can God be painted? This question tore apart the Eastern Christian world in the eighth and ninth centuries. One element of these iconoclast controversies (apart from whether the use of icons in Christianity violated the Old Testament prohibition of the making and use of graven images) was […]

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It Doesn’t Pay to Argue on the Internet

July 2, AD2015 5 Comments
It Doesn’t Pay to Argue on the Internet

“Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.” -Colossians 4:6 “At BioLogos, “gracious dialogue” means demonstrating the grace of Christ as we dialogue together about the tough issues of science and faith.” From FAQ at Biologos Forum A LESSON FROM TWO HOMILIES, REDUX Last […]

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Birthday Cakes and Faith

July 2, AD2015 1 Comment
Birthday Cakes and Faith

For her birthday today, I decided to bake my daughter’s favorite – Chess Cake. It’s an old recipe, from a great-aunt who died 30 years ago – in her late 90’s. As with the German recipes left by my mother, God rest her soul, this one is simple. So simple, in fact, that it consists […]

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Gay “Marriage”: Autonomy, Yes! God, No!

July 1, AD2015 30 Comments
Gay “Marriage”: Autonomy, Yes! God, No!

First, a little background. When we look back to our country’s founding, we take pride in the reasons for its formation; a “bad king” and his parliament that exercised their power improperly within the American Colonies. Because of these acts of omission and commission from the isolation of 3,000 miles away from London, anger began to develop. […]

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Whom Will You Serve?

July 1, AD2015 23 Comments
Whom Will You Serve?

If somehow Catholics didn’t realize it before Friday, I hope the realization has dawned. We have a choice to make. If you’re a Catholic who feels like celebrating this insane Supreme Court decision to impose same-sex “marriage” on the nation, may I strongly suggest that you reconsider your cheers. I saw a lot of that […]

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Love Is Our Mission: Who Is The Church?

June 29, AD2015 2 Comments
Love Is Our Mission: Who Is The Church?

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

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This Father’s Day: Vow to Be a Committed Catholic Father

June 29, AD2015 3 Comments
This Father’s Day: Vow to Be a Committed Catholic Father

It is mid-June, so it is time for the annual national “head nod” to fathers on Father’s Day. For many, Father’s Day will pass unrecognized; for others, Father’s Day will be celebrated with “man-gifts” (e.g. tools, sports gear, etc.) and perhaps with a pleasant BBQ with family. But how many will ponder the dismal state […]

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The Relevance of Paul in the Modern Era

June 29, AD2015 2 Comments
The Relevance of Paul in the Modern Era

When controversial writers in the Bible are discussed, Paul is often one of the first mentioned. For years, Christians clung to his words about faith, fruits of the Spirit, and redemption. However, modern audiences have been less inclined to support all of his views. After all, readers might only remember him as belittling the role […]

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Why Do You Remain Catholic?

June 27, AD2015 44 Comments
Why Do You Remain Catholic?

Eight years ago now, I converted to Catholicism, because I found the Truth, and when you find that you don’t need to search any further for lesser truths. Today, I just want to dig deeper and deeper into that Truth –  to learn the teachings of the Catholic Church, to read her writers both ancient and […]

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