Subscribe via RSS Feed Connect on Pinterest Connect on Google Plus Connect on LinkedIn

Miscellaneous

“It’s Hard to be Humble”

September 17, AD2017 1 Comment
“It’s Hard to be Humble”

In 1975, singer Mac Davis released a song entitled “It’s Hard to be Humble”.  The lyrics of this tongue-in-cheek song brought crowds to laughter, yet, they certainly struck uncomfortably close to home.  The crowds would merrily sing along as Davis crooned: “Oh, Lord it’s hard to be humble, when you’re perfect in every way/ I can’t […]

Continue Reading »

The Benedict Option Is Not For Me

September 9, AD2017 12 Comments
The Benedict Option Is Not For Me

Full disclosure: I did not actually read the book “The Benedict Option”. Spiritdaily and a NY Times article is where I gleaned information about this movement in the Church. I did, however, have limited exposure to the idea of Covenant Communities in my parish. About years ago, a very holy, sincere parish priest and several parish families were trying to form a […]

Continue Reading »

50 Years Later – The Influence of Benedictine Monks and Nuns

August 24, AD2017 0 Comments
50 Years Later – The Influence of Benedictine Monks and Nuns

People recounted incidents from the good old days. Embellishments were, of course, a part of the tales, some of which have grown in size and dramatic impact over time. Nevertheless, old friends spent a big part of the weekend catching up with one another. Some hadn’t seen one another in many years. The occasion was […]

Continue Reading »

Who Am I? A Sinner

Who Am I?  A Sinner

Early on in the pontificate of Pope Francis, during an interview, when asked who he was Pope Francis responded with the statement “I am a sinner.”  At the time, this statement was used in the U.S., to exclaim the humbleness and relatable-ness of Pope Francis to the everyday person.  In the light of recent events […]

Continue Reading »

In Defense of The Right Type of Rigidity

August 8, AD2017 15 Comments
In Defense of The Right Type of Rigidity

The word “rigid” has become something of a pejorative term in the common parlance of some clerics and theologians in recent years. The Holy Father himself suggested that young Catholics who prefer the Traditional Latin Mass suffer from a psychological rigidity that must be encountered and healed through a process of “digging.” Another example of […]

Continue Reading »

The Blessing of Catholic Friends

July 6, AD2017 9 Comments
The Blessing of Catholic Friends

Some of my most treasured friendships are with people who have significant differences in worldview from me in a variety of ways. I have friends from all sorts of different backgrounds. And I appreciate them all. I have friends I can laugh with, friends I can count on for a relaxing evening out, friends whose […]

Continue Reading »

The Devil Preys on Idle Souls

June 24, AD2017 2 Comments
The Devil Preys on Idle Souls

Early within The Acts of the Apostles, angels gain the attention of Christ’s chosen through a provocative question. As the eleven stare in amazement at Christ’s Ascension into heaven, they soon hear the following words, “Men of Galilee, why are you standing there looking at the sky?” (Acts 1:11)  This brings to light the fact […]

Continue Reading »

Athens Comes to Greet Jerusalem: Substantial Change and Material Creation

May 15, AD2017 0 Comments
Athens Comes to Greet Jerusalem: Substantial Change and Material Creation

As Catholics, we believe that God revealed himself gradually to his chosen people, the Jews, and completed this Divine revelation in the Jewish Messiah, the Christ our Lord. We believe that Jesus Christ established the Catholic Church to transmit that revelation to all people through all generations. The revelation was not only knowledge but also […]

Continue Reading »

Despair in Secular America

March 30, AD2017 25 Comments
Despair in Secular America

A new research report shows an increase in the mortality rate (deaths per 100,000 of people) among middle-aged American men. Citing the study, this  article, written from a secular perspective in The Economist tells us: “White middle-age mortality continued to rise in 2014 and 2015, contributing to a fall in life expectancy among the population as […]

Continue Reading »

The Problem with Participation Awards

February 20, AD2017 6 Comments
The Problem with Participation Awards

Have you ever noticed the trend in today’s society to give everyone who participates in something, no matter how trivial their contribution, some sort of “award” for their participation? Even the worst players on the Little League team get something shiny to hang in their rooms for bothering to show up to the game. Maybe unimportant, […]

Continue Reading »

The Ambassador, Michael Novak, Lent a Hand

February 18, AD2017 2 Comments
The Ambassador, Michael Novak, Lent a Hand

My name and The Catholic Book Blogger have become one it seems.  Many people know me for my reviews and interviews. However, there was a time when I was simply a struggling greenhorn blogger just striking out on a self-hosted blog. That all changed one day with a chance encounter that has ultimately led me […]

Continue Reading »

Meeting with Men of God: A Catholic Men’s Conference on the Year of Mercy

February 7, AD2017 0 Comments
Meeting with Men of God: A Catholic Men’s Conference on the Year of Mercy

There’s something wonderfully uplifting about being with hundreds of Catholic men to put aside our egos and bring our man-made messes before the Father as together we celebrate our common faith. For the past five years, I have been attending the Connecticut Catholic Men’s conference with my father-in-law. Each time, I have come out of […]

Continue Reading »

Bad Reporting, a Biased Media, and Anti-Catholicism

January 27, AD2017 15 Comments
Bad Reporting, a Biased Media, and Anti-Catholicism

You really have to be careful where you get your news these days. The mainstream media, and even many online news sites, just can’t be trusted.  The news can be a real wasteland. A case in point is the recent headline on a story on Yahoo News – “Pope warns against populism and ‘saviours’ like […]

Continue Reading »

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 […]

Continue Reading »

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 […]

Continue Reading »

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 […]

Continue Reading »

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 […]

Continue Reading »

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 […]

Continue Reading »

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, […]

Continue Reading »

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 […]

Continue Reading »

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. […]

Continue Reading »

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 […]

Continue Reading »

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, […]

Continue Reading »

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 […]

Continue Reading »