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The Book of Job: Speak Rightly Of God

January 1, AD2017 1 Comment
The Book of Job: Speak Rightly Of God

At the end of the Book Of Job, God tells the acquaintances of Job, who have denigrated, accused, and chastised Job, to prepare sacrifices; but He also tells them not to pray in offering the sacrifices, because He will not listen to their prayers. However, He tells these men He will listen to the prayers […]

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Amoris and the Dubia: The Controversies Explained

December 29, AD2016 10 Comments
Amoris and the Dubia: The Controversies Explained

Some Catholics may be unaware of, or are possibly confused by, the controversy following the release of Pope Francis’ Amoris Laetitia, and the new letter and dubia which in response have been submitted to the Pope asking for confirmation of various aspects of Catholic doctrine. To help make the faithful aware of this situation, and hopefully to understand […]

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Catholic Millennials Who Want to Have Something in Common with Mary Just Need to Say Yes to YCP

December 28, AD2016 0 Comments
Catholic Millennials Who Want to Have Something in Common with Mary Just Need to Say Yes to YCP

Are you a Millennial who wants to get involved with one of the most exciting endeavors of the New Evangelization? If so all you have to do is join the Young Catholic Professionals (YCP)! If you want to get excited about the next generation of Church laity, or even if you just want a shot of […]

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Hacksaw Ridge: A Review

December 17, AD2016 1 Comment
Hacksaw Ridge:  A Review

The everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? There is no searching of his understanding. He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly […]

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Sent Out to Embrace the Awkward Journey

November 19, AD2016 0 Comments
Sent Out to Embrace the Awkward Journey

A while back, my friend Heather suggested a topic for a Catholic Stand article: “What it’s really like to be a youth leader.” The only problem with this suggestion was that I had no idea what it was like to be a youth leader. When Heather made her suggestion in late April, early May, the […]

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Forming Neighborhood Faith Communities

November 15, AD2016 4 Comments
Forming Neighborhood Faith Communities

The Current Situation We Face Can Seem Daunting In his recent e-mail to subscribers, Fr. George Rutler of New York’s Church of St. Michael summed up the current state of affairs here in the U.S.: Our federal government has intimidated religious orders and churches, challenging religious freedom. The institution of the family has been re-defined, […]

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Hacking and the Law, Ethics, Vigilante Justice, and Catholicism

November 7, AD2016 0 Comments
Hacking and the Law, Ethics, Vigilante Justice, and Catholicism

  When you stop and think about it, the World Wide Web today is kind of similar to the old Wild West. There are good guys roaming the web, bad guys, and even vigilantes. The good guys might be the white hat hackers – people who hack to help find the weaknesses in network security […]

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The Faithful Departed: A Reflection

November 1, AD2016 2 Comments
The Faithful Departed: A Reflection

You drive down an Illinois country blacktop, passing fields of corn and soybeans, sometimes winter wheat or an occasional cattle ranch or dairy farm. As you approach a country town, you don’t see its white, clapboard homes. You see a forest ahead of you—vigorous maples, elms that have somehow survived Dutch elm disease, and oaks. […]

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Jesus Freak

October 30, AD2016 6 Comments
Jesus Freak

Recently, I posted pro-life comments on an article about a celebrity who said that he and his girlfriend were “eternally grateful” that Planned Parenthood was there for them to help them kill their first child. In my comments, I mentioned God had made this unique child in His image and that – despite the fact […]

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The Search for Justice and the Devil’s Dare: Correction

August 23, AD2016 1 Comment
The Search for Justice and the Devil’s Dare: Correction

On August 13, 2016, Catholic Stand published “The Search for Justice and the Devil’s Dare”, by Ramon Antonio A. Aldana. As Mr. Aldana’s managing editor, I was responsible for setting the essay up for publication. However, in doing so, I neglected to change the author’s field, which defaulted to “Anthony S. Layne”. As a consequence, […]

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Gossip: Would I Like To Have That Said About Me?

August 7, AD2016 0 Comments
Gossip: Would I Like To Have That Said About Me?

One evening, one of my co-workers came to me with a question.  She was having trouble with someone she works with at another job.  The individual was not showing up for work all the time, and her work ethic left something to be desired. In a nutshell, my co-worker was wondering and asking: “Should I report […]

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Dogs In Church: A Good Idea?

July 8, AD2016 3 Comments
Dogs In Church: A Good Idea?

  A while back, an acquaintance asked if I’d seen a dog at Mass recently.  Apparently, she had seen, during Sunday Mass, a lady carrying a small dog with her in a bag when she went up to receive Communion. Now in the interest of full disclosure here, I have to tell you that I’ve […]

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“Keeping Our Eyes Fixed On Jesus”

July 5, AD2016 4 Comments
“Keeping Our Eyes Fixed On Jesus”

“Let us…persevere in running the race that lies before us while keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus…” (Hebrews 12:2) Sometimes, it may seem as though I’m running a race, as I hustle from one floor to another, doing aide work in our assisted living-type facility. St. Anne’s Guest Home (where I work) is home to […]

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“Angel of the Trenches”

June 21, AD2016 236 Comments
“Angel of the Trenches”

Joao Baptista DeValles was born in 1879, in Saint Miquel in the Azores. At the age of 2 his family moved to New Bedford, Massachusetts. His first name anglicized to John, he quickly proved himself a brilliant student, eventually becoming fluent in six languages. Ordained a priest in 1906, he served at Falls River, at […]

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How Do We Know God’s Will? Careers and God’s Call

April 14, AD2016 2 Comments
How Do We Know God’s Will? Careers and God’s Call

Choosing a career is always a difficult decision to make. From the time we’re very young, we’re conditioned to focus our lives on the future, but a career-oriented future only. We are told as children that success equals career, our identity equals a job title. However, as Catholics we’re taught something completely different. As Catholics, […]

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The U.S. Military and the Catholic Faith: Authority

April 5, AD2016 0 Comments
The U.S. Military and the Catholic Faith: Authority

This article discusses comparisons between the U.S. Army, the military, and Catholicism. Though my views are subjective, they are based on objective facts which exist within both institutions. My main intention is to give readers a good analogy and thus a better understanding of why Catholics do what they do. I would like to add that […]

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Where is Truth?

March 14, AD2016 3 Comments
Where is Truth?

In a recent column, I discussed the definition of truth as “what is.” Truth is the equation of thought and thing. It is the conformity of a person’s mind and reality. But where is truth to be found? Catholic philosopher Peter Kreeft sums up the greatest Catholic thinker, Thomas Aquinas, on this question. According to […]

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Avoiding “Check-Box Faith”. Discovering How to Break the Barrier.

March 9, AD2016 0 Comments
Avoiding “Check-Box Faith”.  Discovering How to Break the Barrier.

A Time of Reflection for All We are now in the liturgical season of Lent. This is a time of reflection and a time of change. It’s a time of prayer and a time of sacrifice for God and for others. For those who do not celebrate faith or perhaps even have any faith at all, […]

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Gender Theory and Sexual Confusion

February 3, AD2016 32 Comments
Gender Theory and Sexual Confusion

Perhaps the most confusing issue of our age and the one that may vex members of the Body of Christ the most, surround the topic of gender. This topic has become so enormously confusing over the last several decades that at first one can hardly be blamed for succumbing to the emotional arguments in favor […]

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Three Catholic Men, Their Music and Mercy.

February 3, AD2016 0 Comments
Three Catholic Men, Their Music and Mercy.

The Power of Music Music has such a power to invoke many different kinds of feelings in all of us. It has the power to bring pleasure, happiness, sadness, reflection and a wide range of other emotions and thoughts. Even those who cannot communicate or who are suffering to the point of not being able […]

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