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An Ignatian Style Examination of Conscience

August 17, AD2018 0 Comments
An Ignatian Style Examination of Conscience

Lately, I’ve tried to make an examination every night before going to sleep. Too often, I only spend a bleary-eyed minute or two on it. It’s a pity that I don’t always make as much use of this last part of my day as I could. There are many graces to be gleaned from these […]

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7 Steps for Making a Holy Hour Holy

August 17, AD2018 0 Comments
7 Steps for Making a Holy Hour Holy

  Like many other Catholics, I am not always quite sure how to spend an hour with Jesus.  Western culture has formed us to be productive, not to “waste” time alone in silence. Since we are uncomfortable as we sit before the tabernacle, it is difficult to discern a clear plan of action. We might wonder […]

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Prayer is Always an Opportunity to Rise to the Occasion

August 15, AD2018 0 Comments
Prayer is Always an Opportunity to Rise to the Occasion

I recently watched a movie about the life of St. Joseph of Cupertino, the Franciscan friar and mystic famed for levitating while praying or offering mass. This incredible saint could be a poster child for what sainthood truly means.  Through the power and graces of the Holy Spirit, he transformed from a clumsy, inept simpleton […]

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 Peace? The Trouble With the World is Me!

August 14, AD2018 0 Comments
 Peace? The Trouble With the World is Me!

Brother Taurus was a man with the best of intentions but with a terrible temper that made him impossible to live with. After he fell out with his family he went to Tarsus to be apprenticed to a tailor. When he frightened away half the customers the tailor sent him away before he lost the […]

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Blueprint for Catholic Living II: The Body Walking in Worship

August 10, AD2018 0 Comments
Blueprint for Catholic Living II: The Body Walking in Worship

The Church is God’s temple on earth, and believers are the living stones that form that holy house. We have been called to follow our Father’s divine blueprint for our lives: building on the sturdy foundation of Christ the cornerstone, living in holy fellowship with one another, being an open door to the lost world, […]

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Sometimes Prayer is The Only Answer

August 9, AD2018 0 Comments
Sometimes Prayer is The Only Answer

Who is to say that God does not put you or me, and no other, specifically at a scene for the very purpose of saying a prayer which will make a difference in a life?  Prayer is the conduit of goodness and grace in the world.  Prayer is humanity’s awesome duty to God and to each […]

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Wisdom from an Existential Jewish Mystic

August 2, AD2018 0 Comments
Wisdom from an Existential Jewish Mystic

I don’t think Mr. Hogg would have been employed in the first place had his predecessor not suddenly dropped dead on his way to school. Mr. Hogg was what was called in those days a ‘hippy’ and would not, in the normal way of things have been accepted as a suitable candidate to teach English […]

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Mt. Tabor Moments- It Is Good That We Are Here!

August 1, AD2018 0 Comments
Mt. Tabor Moments- It Is Good That We Are Here!

After roughly three years of public ministry, Jesus took Peter, James, and John up a mountain and revealed His glory to them. They had spent day after day with Jesus as He walked from town to town, preaching the Gospel and calling sinners to repent. He told them many stories, spoke numerous parables, and worked […]

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Drawn into Praise and Heartfelt Worship

July 29, AD2018 0 Comments
Drawn into Praise and Heartfelt Worship

I cannot deny that there are moments when my inner attitude gets filled with feelings of awe, reverence, gratitude, and/or love when I consider who God is and who I am in relation to Him. These are times when my innermost being responds with praise for all that God is. I realize that in these […]

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The Frank Friar: A Celebration of Saint Elijah

July 28, AD2018 0 Comments
The Frank Friar: A Celebration of Saint Elijah

Pete Socks, the former book reviewer for Catholic Stand is now managing Breadbox Media, a Catholic-based, spiritually-focused, national podcast network. He will be posting podcasts regularly from different shows, introducing our readers to a wide variety of Catholic voices. Father Nicolas Blackwell, a Carmelite Priest, is a regular columnist on Catholic Stand. The Frank Friar If you […]

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The Happiest Day of my Life

July 25, AD2018 0 Comments
The Happiest Day of my Life

I was told that my First Holy Communion day would be the happiest day of my life. I found it difficult to believe that it could be happier than Christmas day or bonfire night, or a day out at the fun fair, but I was prepared to keep an open mind. Then someone told me […]

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Hearing God’s Voice in Trust and Faithfulness

July 14, AD2018 0 Comments
Hearing God’s Voice in Trust and Faithfulness

As I was preparing to leave for college way too long ago, my dad told me to be sure to introduce myself to the “young priest” at the parish I would be attending. Dad knew Father because they had served on a committee together. Talk at that time was that this priest would one day […]

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The Power of a Queen: Mary’s Intercession

July 9, AD2018 0 Comments
The Power of a Queen: Mary’s Intercession

Catholics love to ask for the saints’ intercession, and no saint is called upon more often than Mary, the mother of Jesus. While every saint has at least some devotees within the Church, Mary is loved almost universally. Just about every Catholic has some sort of devotion to her, making her by far the most […]

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Take Heaven By Force

July 6, AD2018 0 Comments
Take Heaven By Force

“Out in the street, you don’t survive by being weak. This is our time, walls were made for us to climb. Don’t you try to lock us out ’cause we’re breaking down the doors and, oh, we’re prepared to fight, baby. There’s no stopping us (no stopping). No one does it better.” These are lyrics to […]

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The Camino de Santiago is Life

July 2, AD2018 0 Comments
The Camino de Santiago is Life

On July 2, 2014, I walked into Santiago de Compostela, the Camino de Santiago, completing five hundred miles of pilgrimage with great jubilance and much pondering. The final leg of the walk seemed anticlimactic; I imagined being greeted by frantic cheers and excited faces as a month of walking ended. Yet it was a normal […]

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How to Deepen Your Prayer Life

June 24, AD2018 0 Comments
How to Deepen Your Prayer Life

A Primeval Prayer When we say that God created us in his image and likeness, we mean that it is God’s love that is deepest in us, despite what nature and nurture have done to distort it. Now it is from this love that, a profound primeval prayer rises up from the depth of our […]

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The Confiteor and the Three Forms of the Apostolate: Thoughts, Words, and Deeds

June 15, AD2018 0 Comments
The Confiteor and the Three Forms of the Apostolate: Thoughts, Words, and Deeds

Three Forms of the Apostolate The Confiteor of the Mass outlines three areas of sin: “I confess to God Almighty, before the whole company of heaven, and to you, my brothers and sisters, that I have sinned in thought, word, and deed; in what I have done and in what I have failed to do, […]

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Like Athletes, We Must Become Fit for Faith Part ll

June 8, AD2018 0 Comments
Like Athletes, We Must Become Fit for Faith Part ll

In my last article, I introduced you to Franz Stampfl, my athletics coach when I was a boy. When transposed from the sporting life to the spiritual life his teaching taught me more about how to progress spiritually than any spiritual director whom I have ever known. I make no apology therefore for introducing you […]

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Mary through the Holy Rosary Defeats Satan

June 7, AD2018 0 Comments
Mary through the Holy Rosary Defeats Satan

It seems as though the devil has taken control of our world lately. Politicians are whole-heartedly embracing abortion, homosexual marriage, human cloning, embryonic stem cell research, marijuana sales, gambling, euthanasia, etc., as though these things are somehow normal, right, and good, instead of monstrous evils. Politicians are trading the hereafter for the here and now […]

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Overcoming Dryness in Prayer

June 2, AD2018 0 Comments
Overcoming Dryness in Prayer

There’s probably a good chance there are others, like me, who get bogged down in their everyday attempts to pray. But not giving up on prayer when the going gets tough is the only real solution to overcoming dryness in prayer. Everyone who prays regularly probably goes through dry periods in their prayer life. I […]

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Get Fit to Let God into Your Life Part 1

June 1, AD2018 0 Comments
Get Fit to Let God into Your Life Part 1

I was so sorry to hear that my boyhood hero died recently. His name was Roger Bannister, or Sir Roger Bannister as he became later. I had seen him run several times, but sadly I wasn’t present to see him break the record by becoming the first man to run a mile in under four […]

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Pope Francis on How Contemplation Leads to Action

May 25, AD2018 0 Comments
Pope Francis on How Contemplation Leads to Action

Pope Francis’s recent apostolic exhortation, Gaudate et exsultate, on holiness in the modern world, initially seems to privilege charitable action over prayer and contemplation, saying that it is “not healthy to love silence while fleeing interaction with others, to want peace and quiet while avoiding activity, to seek prayer while disdaining service” (26). A reading […]

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Love- For If the Heart Doesn’t Pray,The Tongue Labours in Vain

May 23, AD2018 0 Comments
Love- For If the Heart Doesn’t Pray,The Tongue Labours in Vain

Many years ago, I attended a retreat given by Fr Michael Hollings, who was in great demand as a fearless and outspoken preacher. The retreat was for religious from many different orders. After joining the community for the communal recitation of the divine office, Fr Hollings began his first lecture with a tirade that reminded […]

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Discernment of Our Thoughts and Prayers

May 21, AD2018 0 Comments
Discernment of Our Thoughts and Prayers

The other night, I woke to a phone call around midnight and then I couldn’t get back to sleep. This could have been due to the humidity, which isn’t yet bad enough to warrant turning on the A/C unit, but is to the point where even having several fans going doesn’t really make a dent. […]

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