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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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Living Each Season with Christ

November 3, AD2015 0 Comments
Living Each Season with Christ

For much of my adult life I have lived in areas that really offered only three of the four seasons. In the Deep South summer faded into a blended autumn and winter; by February, hints of spring were already evident. On the other hand, in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula we only gave a passing nod to […]

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All Saints, All Souls, All Strivers

November 1, AD2015 8 Comments
All Saints, All Souls, All Strivers

Today is one of the most powerful and beautiful Solemnities within the Church Calendar: the Feast of All Saints. Tomorrow, and closely connected to All Saints, is All Souls Day, another solemn Feast that encourages us to pray and intercede for those who have passed on before us. In fact, the exhortation to do so […]

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A Difficult Lent

April 15, AD2015 2 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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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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Why Christians Shouldn’t Celebrate Seder Meals

April 2, AD2015 36 Comments
Why Christians Shouldn’t Celebrate Seder Meals

In sharing what seemed like a simple, informative item about Seder, I was met with much confusion and a charge of Anti-Semitism. It all began when I posted this audio on Facebook last night. With it, I quoted a priest friend: “The ONLY ‘Seder” that celebrates the divinity of Christ is the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass which is the New Covenant Seder […]

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Holy Week Through New Eyes

April 2, AD2015 2 Comments
Holy Week Through New Eyes

Holy week is always a very busy week in our household. Both my husband and myself are involved in ministries that work hard this week – he sings in the schola, I work with the RCIA. Between our ministries being in high gear and trying to make sure the last-minute Easter plans are in place […]

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Are Catholics the “Resurrection People”?

April 2, AD2015 33 Comments
Are Catholics the “Resurrection People”?

“We are an Easter people, and ‘Alleluia’ is our song!” These words are attributed to St. John Paul II. And, indeed, he did deliver them; once, during an address at a black parish in Harlem in 1979, and again before leading the congregation in the Angelus at a Mass in Adelaide, Australia, in 1986. However, […]

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Are You Ready for the Blood Moon?

March 30, AD2015 13 Comments
Are You Ready for the Blood Moon?

With the third blood moon in a tetrad approaching on Easter, and colliding on a Jewish Feast Day, prophecies are swirling about important events to stun the world: war, earthquake, volcanic eruption, Church schism, terrorist attack, economic crash, disease outbreak, asteroids or the end of Western life as we know it…  Are you ready for all […]

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Lent In a Sinless Age

March 24, AD2015 1 Comment
Lent In a Sinless Age

I have never much enjoyed Lent; of course the purpose of Lent is not enjoyment.  Repentance, mortification, fasting casts for me a gray pallor over this time of year.  Like many things in life I do not like, foul tasting medicine, judges who insist on strict adherence to the law, honest traffic cops, I benefit […]

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Give Praise to the Lord

March 19, AD2015 1 Comment
Give Praise to the Lord

It is Lent and no doubt, we are in the full swing of the things we said we would do or what we would give up during this season. I was thinking recently how praising God could be one of those things. How many times do you hear people say that they are giving up […]

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When You Fall Off The Wagon

March 18, AD2015 2 Comments
When You Fall Off The Wagon

“Yet even now – oracle of the Lord – return to me with your whole heart… For he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, abounding in steadfast love” – Joel 2:12-13 David stood at the white board scribbling enthusiastically what he knew about setting goals. He drew flow charts and diagrams, arrows and measurable numbers. […]

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Finish Lent Stronger Than You Started

March 10, AD2015 1 Comment
Finish Lent Stronger Than You Started

This year I was so ready for Lent, and that was something different for me. Many other years Lent has crept up on me, and I half-heartedly chose something to “give up.” Then I limped along, hungry for Easter Sunday, so I could be released from a self-imposed exile. I was only concerned with getting […]

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To Complete the Suffering of Christ

March 4, AD2015 4 Comments
To Complete the Suffering of Christ

“Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I complete what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions for the sake of his body, that is, the church, of which I became a minister according to the divine office which was given to me for you, to make the word of God […]

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The Treasure of Silence

March 3, AD2015 8 Comments
The Treasure of Silence

One perfect Word, and a world full of noise; one perfect proof of love, yet millions of lonely-hearted souls; one perfect God, and a bewildering number of imposters adored —this is the world in which we live, sorely in need of silence, love, and truth. The chatter never ceases, in spite of the eternally perfect […]

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Lent: Experiencing the Reality of Purgatory

February 27, AD2015 78 Comments
Lent: Experiencing the Reality of Purgatory

The Eastern Orthodox Church designates Lent as a time of prayer for those who have gone before us. I think this observance is an appropriate gesture, especially since I am still dealing with the repercussions of my Ukrainian Orthodox grandmother’s plea for prayer. My paternal, Ukrainian grandmother, who had been in Canada for barely 15 years, […]

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7 Things Not to Do For Lent

February 26, AD2015 5 Comments
7 Things Not to Do For Lent

Lent is a time of spiritual self-discovery, renewal, and an invitation to find God’s will for us. Through sacrifice, prayer, and alms-giving we are looking to join Jesus in the desert – finding a purer form of ourselves. There are as many opportunities for Lenten self-improvement as there are individual souls. As we enter the […]

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Clean Slate

February 25, AD2015 4 Comments
Clean Slate

My bride and I  went to Confession last week on the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday, and once again I pitied the poor priest who had to hear my lawyer’s confession!  I have never been to Confession without feeling a great sense of relief. Here is the formula that I have followed for Confessions since childhood: Bless me […]

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‘How Do You Like Them Apples?’

February 23, AD2015 13 Comments
‘How Do You Like Them Apples?’

Man, having been wounded in his nature by original sin, is subject to error and inclined to evil in exercising his freedom. (Catechism of the Catholic Church section 1714) My formal introduction to religious education began at the tender age of five in 1963, under the guidance of the Sisters of St. Joseph. Vatican II […]

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Embracing the True Meaning of Lent

February 19, AD2015 2 Comments
Embracing the True Meaning of Lent

We know that Lent is a time of prayer, fasting and almsgiving. Each year, I try to find creative ways to make Lent a memorable one. It is more than just giving up something you will simply return to at the end of 40 days. During this time, we are called to grow deeper in […]

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Ashes: An Outward Sign of an Internal Change

February 18, AD2015 12 Comments
Ashes: An Outward Sign of an Internal Change

The Outward Sign Many years ago on Ash Wednesday, I took my children to Sam’s Club to do some shopping. We hadn’t been to Mass and I wasn’t sure we were going to go. Normally we went to the evening Mass for ashes, but this year I knew we couldn’t go then. There was an […]

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