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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 1 Comment
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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The Holy Family, Holiday Movies, and Divorce

December 27, AD2015 3 Comments
The Holy Family, Holiday Movies, and Divorce

I need to quit watching Lifetime Network movies. Or TV. Or both. Okay not all of it, but probably two-thirds or more. This month the channel I mentioned is having a marathon, as they generally do, of “holiday movies.” As I said, some of them are really good. But the majority, not unexpectedly, do not […]

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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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Beware the Red Kettle: The Salvation Army and Abortion

December 21, AD2015 57 Comments
Beware the Red Kettle: The Salvation Army and Abortion

[Editor’s Note: This article was first published on Catholic Stand, December 12, 2014. We are republishing here for your holiday consideration, since the message is still quite relevant today.] It’s Advent and our thoughts naturally turn toward less fortunate souls, longing for basic niceties, and the call for selfless giving. Christ-like love, almsgiving, and prayer […]

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Christ: The Meaning of Christmas

December 17, AD2015 1 Comment
Christ: The Meaning of Christmas

Christmas is such a beautiful time of year. Family, friends, and neighbors are welcomed into our homes with loving arms as we anticipate the birth of Christ. He is the reason for the season, and we need to be sure to celebrate his birth appropriately. Unfortunately, many of us Christians are only concerned with the […]

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Waiting in the Darkness: Seeking the Real Meaning of Christmas

December 7, AD2015 1 Comment
Waiting in the Darkness: Seeking the Real Meaning of Christmas

Everywhere I go these days, it’s cold. The official beginning of winter is less than three weeks away, and here in the Midwest the temperatures have dropped occasionally into the 20s. That reminds me: I hate cold weather. The chill stays with me, whether in my TV room, my bedroom, the car, my office, or […]

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