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Lent/Easter

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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A Devotional: Celebrate the Joy

April 17, AD2017 1 Comment
A Devotional: Celebrate the Joy

“Happy is he who does not have sadness in his mind, and who has not fallen away from his hope.” -Sirach 14:2 Finding Hope in Christ Lent is a time of fasting, prayer, and almsgiving toward others. It is a time of sacrifice and charity. It is a time of getting to know Jesus even […]

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Grabbing the Lion of Judah’s Tail

April 16, AD2017 1 Comment
Grabbing the Lion of Judah’s Tail

As we approach Holy Week, Lent has steadily moved us to the edges of ourselves.  Yet, we can miss one of the most important elements of the Christian life if we overlook an element of Jesus’ identity that comes into particular focus as we enter Holy Week.   We focus a great deal on the […]

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Easter Chocolates, Slavery, and Our Responsibility as Christians

April 15, AD2017 6 Comments
Easter Chocolates, Slavery, and Our Responsibility as Christians

The Easter Bounty- Chocolates When we walk down any candy aisle in a grocery store, we are guaranteed to see many beautifully wrapped and enticing chocolates at any time of the year. But, especially as we approach Easter, there are plentiful chocolates shaped like bunny rabbits, crosses, eggs, and wrapped in colorful pastel foil wrappings […]

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God Hanging on the Gallows: A Prayer This Good Friday

April 14, AD2017 2 Comments
God Hanging on the Gallows: A Prayer This Good Friday

A few years ago, the BBC news channel presented an interesting documentary regarding Jewish life in the first century. In the course of that documentary, they showed the skull of a man, who was believed to have lived during that time. Using modern technology, scientists and archaeologists were able to recreate what they say was […]

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Suffering and the Christ of Good Friday

April 14, AD2017 2 Comments
Suffering and the Christ of Good Friday

It has frequently been said that Good Friday is meaningless without Easter Sunday. Certainly this statement is true for, as St. Paul explains, if Christ has not risen, our faith is in vain (cf. 1 Corinthians 15:14). We must not overlook the fact, however, that Easter Sunday is not possible without Good Friday. As much […]

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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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A Reflection on the Last Words of Christ

April 12, AD2017 4 Comments
A Reflection on the Last Words of Christ

The words Christ spoke on the cross are some of the most important in history. Because of how important His Passion was, every word He said was uttered with purpose and significance, such as fulfilling the Messianic prophecies or giving a just reward to the good thief. I am very far from the first and […]

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Sports, Entertainment, the Economy, and Easter Sunday

April 7, AD2017 1 Comment
Sports, Entertainment, the Economy, and Easter Sunday

One of my all-time favorite movies is Chariots of Fire.  It’s a fact-based historical drama that just happens to deliver a very Christian message. The movie focuses on two English athletes competing in the 1924 Olympics – Eric Liddell and his rival Harold Abrahams. Liddell, a Scot and a devout Christian, refuses to run in […]

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Reflections of a Convert After The First Year

April 5, AD2017 0 Comments
Reflections of a Convert After The First Year

March 26, 2016. Easter Vigil Mass. The service, begun in darkness and fire, became flooded with light as we collectively moved through the liturgy and into the joy of our Savior’s resurrection. I was called to the altar, along with several others receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation on that night. I, despite years of anti-Catholic […]

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Submariners, St. Joseph, and Lent

March 28, AD2017 2 Comments
Submariners, St. Joseph, and Lent

Lent is often a struggle for me. Trying to find just the right ways to prepare can sometimes leave me unsettled. What should I give up? How much time should I spend in prayer? How much should I donate? Who should I give it to? What else could I be doing? How do I know […]

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A Spiritual Solidarity Binds Us To Souls In Purgatory

March 25, AD2017 0 Comments
A Spiritual Solidarity Binds Us To Souls In Purgatory

Just like gravity affects us whether we understand it or not, the Communion of Saints, the fellowship between the living and the dead, affects us whether we believe in it or not. There is a spiritual solidarity which literally binds us together. Even though most of us are oblivious to these invisible relationships, we are […]

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The Thirst of Jesus

March 24, AD2017 2 Comments
The Thirst of Jesus

The last words a person says before dying are cherished by those who care for him or her. They are always remembered and reflect upon, since they reveal what that individual considered to be truly important. During someone’s final moments, the little time and energy left are dedicated to addressing what is most precious in […]

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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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Soften Our Hearts of Stone and Help Us Repent

March 19, AD2017 2 Comments
Soften Our Hearts of Stone and Help Us Repent

Most Christians know the story of Jonah being swallowed by the whale but I wonder how many recall just how and why it came about. Jonah got swallowed by the whale because he was a disobedient prophet who rejected his divine commission to tell the people of Nineveh to repent. Jonah was told by God […]

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Let Me Kill It: The Violence of Being More Ethical Than Your Society

March 19, AD2017 1 Comment
Let Me Kill It: The Violence of Being More Ethical Than Your Society

Especially important is the warning to avoid conversations with the demon… So don’t listen to him. Remember that – do not listen. -William Peter Blatty, The Exorcist There a is quotation attributed to Eliezer Yudkowski, a researcher in the field of artificial intelligence, that periodically makes the social media rounds in memetic form (generally without […]

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Fasting: Opening the Door for Christ

March 15, AD2017 2 Comments
Fasting: Opening the Door for Christ

Lent is here! For many, panic ensues on what one should be giving up for Lent. Chocolates? Facebook? Alcohol? Frequently, I have come up with my fast the day of Ash Wednesday as I am walking up to receive ashes on my forehead. For many years I only associated Lent with fasting. Fasting, to me, […]

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“It is Finished” — The Witness to the Culmination of a Promise

March 13, AD2017 0 Comments
“It is Finished” — The Witness to the Culmination of a Promise

“It is finished!” (John 19:30): three of the most wonderful words in all of Scripture. Though we read them and rejoice, I sometimes wonder if we truly grasp the awesome significance they have for us. There is high theology in those words, and yet their message is as simple as the faith of a child. […]

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The Prodigal Son : A Lenten Story

March 8, AD2017 0 Comments
The Prodigal Son : A Lenten Story

We were told recently at a retreat that if only one piece of Scripture survived in a post-apocalyptic world, the parable of the Prodigal Son would suffice for the propagation of the Gospel. The three main characters, father, son and elder brother portray God’s love and forgiveness in a unique and compelling way. The two […]

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Silence Can Be A Sinful Form of Bullying

March 4, AD2017 3 Comments
Silence Can Be A Sinful Form of Bullying

Although popular wisdom proclaims silence is golden, in some circumstances silence can also be a form of bullying. As humans, our basic needs go beyond sustenance and shelter for our mortal bodies. God has endowed us with an intrinsic need for love as well. Communication becomes a vehicle for that love. We live our lives yearning […]

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