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Why Mary’s Queenship Matters

August 18, AD2017 3 Comments
Why Mary’s Queenship Matters

The Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary conclude with two events, the Assumption of Mary into heaven, and her Coronation as Queen of all Creation (meaning everything in the universe). The Church recently celebrated the Assumption on August 15 and her Coronation follows next week, on August 22. The imagery used in the Catechism to document […]

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Pentecost and You

June 4, AD2017 2 Comments
Pentecost and You

We celebrate the birthday of the Church on Pentecost Sunday fifty days after Easter. The Holy Spirit came upon the apostles and transformed them from the frightened men they had become after the crucifixion, into the courageous apostles of Jesus Christ, who fearlessly faced martyrdom. At every Confirmation ceremony, the Bishop invokes the same Holy […]

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Dark Night or Spiritual Sloth?… Maybe Both!

April 30, AD2017 6 Comments
Dark Night or Spiritual Sloth?… Maybe Both!

I started off Lent with lofty plans on boosting my prayer life, a firm purpose of amendment to avoid sin and to fast. I failed miserably on every level, sinking into the comforting thought that I am simply enduring the dark night of the soul. I reasoned that I am experiencing what St. John of […]

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May: The Month of the Blessed Virgin Mary

April 25, AD2017 1 Comment
May: The Month of the Blessed Virgin Mary

The month of May is traditionally dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary. May is a month of growth, when nature is reborn. This month normally belongs to the Easter season, between Easter and Pentecost. Many Catholics may be aware that May is consecrated to Mary, but it may be unclear why this month was selected […]

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The Three Crosses: Snapshots of Our Journey

April 13, AD2017 1 Comment
The Three Crosses:  Snapshots of Our Journey

It has been said that the three crosses on Calvary on Good Friday represented Rebellion, Repentance, and Redemption in the forms of Gestas, Dismas and, of course, Our Lord. In a real sense, each of these crosses represents a step in our spiritual and eternal journey. Rebellion Tradition gives the name Gestas to the so-called […]

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The Easter Bunny is a Protestant

March 23, AD2017 10 Comments
The Easter Bunny is a Protestant

Most people know that Martin Luther kick started the Reformation and got Protestantism rolling.  Not too many people know that Luther also inadvertently helped commercialize Easter. It was Martin Luther’s Lutherans who came up with that cute little critter known as the Easter Bunny. According to history.com “the Easter bunny reportedly was introduced to America by […]

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Facing Lent While Recovering From Anorexia

March 8, AD2017 10 Comments
Facing Lent While Recovering From Anorexia

(One of our editors wanted to write about eating disorders and Lent. However, we remembered Anna Rose Meads gave a great explanation two years ago about why fasting from food is a huge “NO” for people suffering from eating disorders)  The fact that National Eating Disorders Awareness Week landed on the first week of Lent is […]

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Celebrating Ordinary Time Extraordinarily

February 6, AD2017 0 Comments
Celebrating Ordinary Time Extraordinarily

Celebrate Ordinary Time? Why celebrate anything that seems to just fill in the space between Christmas and Easter? The Sacrament of the Moment With all of the bells and whistles associated with these two treasured times of the year, Ordinary Time might seem pale by comparison. On top of that, the “scaling back” of Ordinary […]

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Merry Christmas and Thank You!

December 28, AD2016 1 Comment
Merry Christmas and Thank You!

[Editor’s Note: This article was published on Catholic Stand on December 25, 2015. We are republishing here for your holiday enjoyment, since the message is inspiring and relevant.] Christmas has always been a time to celebrate with the ones we love. Each year, many anticipate reuniting with family members and friends and look forward to […]

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Of Babes and Martyrs

December 26, AD2016 2 Comments
Of Babes and Martyrs

One of the great joys of being Catholic is that Christmas last eight days, followed by a whole season for Christmas.While others grudgingly pack away the ornaments and tinsel on December 26, we have many more days of celebrating left. A Trio of Martyrs The liturgical calendar, however, takes an interesting turn once after December […]

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We Are the Reason for the Season

December 9, AD2016 2 Comments
We Are the Reason for the Season

As children, many of us enjoyed carefully studying the Highlights pages to find the hidden objects. I remember diligently seeking for each one until all had been found. Our adult lives are like that as well, although our diligence may not mirror that of our childhood. Seeking the Hidden Objects in Life The possibilities of […]

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The Transforming Power of Christmas

December 7, AD2016 3 Comments
The Transforming Power of Christmas

Of all the holidays, Christmas is my favorite. I love the beauty, the joy, the peace, and the good will that seem to shine just a little brighter at this time of year. I suppose I should be more cynical about the wrong in the world — the commercialism, the evil, the selfishness — but […]

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Finding Reasons to Celebrate the Triumph of the Cross

September 14, AD2016 0 Comments
Finding Reasons to Celebrate the Triumph of the Cross

  Every 14th of September, the Catholic Church, celebrates the Feast of the Triumph of the Cross. It is also known as the feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross. The history of this celebration centers on the story of how Queen Helena, the mother of Emperor Constantine, was supposed to have found the […]

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In the Shelter of His Rays

April 10, AD2016 2 Comments
In the Shelter of His Rays

Entering Into the Resurrection – “The Shelter of His Rays” One of my favorite Rosary Mysteries is the Resurrection of Christ, though they all have their place for different times and seasons. And, so, during this Easter Season I would like to invite you into the graces, the “rays of mercy,” that I experience. First off, […]

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The Annunciation: A Pattern for Our Lives

April 4, AD2016 0 Comments
The Annunciation: A Pattern for Our Lives

The feast of the Annunciation is one of the highlights of the liturgical year because, through it, salvation was made possible for all of humanity, through all time. Without it, Christmas and Easter would not have been possible. Yet, the Annunciation revolves around the assent of will by a teenage girl. Much commentary has been […]

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Lessons in Mercy from the Prodigal Son’s Older Brother

March 28, AD2016 5 Comments
Lessons in Mercy from the Prodigal Son’s Older Brother

This year the Gospel reading for Laetare Sunday included the parable of the Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11-32), an appropriate choice as we paused to break the somber tone of Lent and rejoice. The return of the Prodigal Son is a time of great rejoicing, for the son who was once lost is now found. Why […]

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A Reflection on The Resurrection

March 27, AD2016 0 Comments
A Reflection on The Resurrection

The Resurrection Means… The Resurrection  means that Jesus has been swept up out of the world of space and time in which he’d lived before, not to leave us alone, but to be closer to us than ever before, as he promised ‘even to the end of time.’ Before the Resurrection, Jesus was limited by the physical […]

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Personalizing the Passion, Part Two

March 25, AD2016 2 Comments
Personalizing the Passion, Part Two

Last year, I wrote an article called Personalizing the Passion.  After much thought, I decided to follow up on that article with a slightly different twist.  This time, let’s take a look at some of the characters in the Passion, and then examine ourselves to see which one(s) we most closely represent in our daily […]

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My Annual Lenten Feast: Holy Silence

March 3, AD2016 2 Comments
My Annual Lenten Feast: Holy Silence

I never have been a big fan of winter. Give me 90-degree temperatures with a chance to wear shorts and a T-shirt rather than 20 degrees, layers of clothing, and slick streets. I’ll take baseball, walks to the ice cream shop, and the smell of fresh-cut grass any time. Well, there is one thing I […]

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Put Out Into the Deep of Your Heart This Lent

February 9, AD2016 7 Comments
Put Out Into the Deep of Your Heart This Lent

“Put Out into the Deep” In the missionary community of which I am a part, one of our charisms is receptivity. Why is that? At the beginning of this new millennium, Pope St. John Paul II told us, “a new stage of the Church’s journey begins, our hearts ring out with the words of Jesus… ‘put […]

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Does the Pope Really Think Jesus Sinned?

January 8, AD2016 55 Comments
Does the Pope Really Think Jesus Sinned?

Pope Francis has, once again, gotten himself in trouble with those bloggers who are often more than ready to criticize his every word. This time, the criticism involves these words from the pope’s homily on December 27, for the Feast of the Holy Family: At the end of that pilgrimage [to Jerusalem, when Christ was […]

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A Woman Changed by Grace

December 25, AD2015 6 Comments
A Woman Changed by Grace

Some place very busy, some age modern, there was a woman who woke alone on Christmas Day. She was in her car. When she lifted her head from the steering wheel that countered the gravity dragging her to the ground, a jolt of pain filled her cranium as light invaded her eyes. The cachinnation in the club from […]

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Christmas: Biblical Reflections

December 24, AD2015 4 Comments
Christmas: Biblical Reflections

[Editor’s Note: This article was first published on Catholic Stand, December 6, 2014. We are republishing here for your holiday enjoyment.] With Christmas coming up around the corner, I thought it would be a good idea to take a look at some connections in sacred Scripture that may not be evident to the casual Bible […]

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Home for Christmas

December 23, AD2015 2 Comments
Home for Christmas

[Editor’s Note: This article was first published on Catholic Stand, December 2, 2014. We are republishing here for your holiday enjoyment.] So much popular Christmas music deals with going home. I can remember passing around the tissues as the song “I’ll be Home for Christmas” turned a bunch of military wives into a weepy mess. […]

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