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Seeking the Truth with Jennifer Fulwiler and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton

January 17, AD2018 1 Comment
Seeking the Truth with Jennifer Fulwiler and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton

You may have seen the Saint’s Name Generator posted on the internet. It randomly chooses a saint for whatever occasion you wish. Many Catholics use it to pick a patron for the new year. The generator was created by Jennifer Fulwiler. She came to Catholicism from atheism and wrote about her conversion in a book called […]

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Holy Water, Vodka and their Cures

January 17, AD2018 0 Comments
Holy Water, Vodka and their Cures

From long experience I have learned that there is nothing like holy water to put devils to flight and prevent them from coming back again. They also flee from the Cross, but return; so holy water must have great virtue. For my own part, whenever I take it, my soul feels a particular and most […]

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Can You Hear My Prayers, God?

January 10, AD2018 0 Comments
Can You Hear My Prayers, God?

Can You Hear Me, God? Can you hear me, God? I have a strong faith. I know He always hears me, yet my prayers do not always get answered the way I want them answered. And when they consistently don’t, I get bouts of being fed up and annoyed with the Big Guy. Then remorse for […]

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Man-Made Spirituality versus Communion With God

January 9, AD2018 4 Comments
Man-Made Spirituality versus Communion With God

Attendance at Mass, regular confession, spiritual exercises, fasting, and prayer are wonderful vehicles of grace but if we think pious activities alone will sanctify us, we will only appear holy on the outside like the Pharisees: Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites. You are like whitewashed tombs, which appear beautiful on the outside, […]

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40 Days for Life: A Transformation Process

January 8, AD2018 0 Comments
40 Days for Life: A Transformation Process

During the 40 Days for Life efforts over the years, our Knights of Columbus Council provides 24-hour shifts outside an abortion clinic where we say Rosaries and other prayers for a continuing 24-hour vigil during the 40 days. This year, as is usually the case, I pulled an early morning hour shift (4:00 am). Being […]

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Reflections From a Catholic Soldier in South Korea

January 6, AD2018 0 Comments
Reflections From a Catholic Soldier in South Korea

The Catholic Church Plays an Important Role in South Korea According to Al Jazeera, a well-known international media network over here, Catholicism plays a significant role in South Korea, even though only 10 percent of the population is Catholic. Here in South Korea, the poll also states that nearly 45% of South Koreans don’t practice […]

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Are You Praying or Simply Reciting Prayers?

January 5, AD2018 5 Comments
Are You Praying or Simply Reciting Prayers?

  As someone who is in the process of converting to the Catholic Church, the prayers of the saints have been something I’ve cherished. Although I have yet to receive communion, the Church has been a part of my life since attending private Catholic schools as an adolescent. Throughout the previous five years, the prayers […]

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The Hail Mary, a Biblical Prayer to the Mother of God

December 21, AD2017 2 Comments
The Hail Mary, a Biblical Prayer to the Mother of God

The “Hail Mary” is one of the most beautiful prayers in the world. It combines the words of the Archangel Gabriel (who is a messenger from God), the words of St. Elizabeth (the mother of John the Baptist, who was filled with the Holy Spirit while still in her womb), and ends with a very […]

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Social Media Takes on Prayer: Why We Pray and Act

December 20, AD2017 0 Comments
Social Media Takes on Prayer: Why We Pray and Act

  We have all been flooded by posts on social media telling us to pray for Mexico, Puerto Rico, and other areas hit by disaster. I was surprised by the ones I got from secular and liberal acquaintances and friends, who suddenly seemed to believe that it was worth praying, or, at least worth posting […]

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Pope Francis Just Cannot Catch a Break

December 13, AD2017 23 Comments
Pope Francis Just Cannot Catch a Break

Even when Pope Francis agrees with the CCC he gets criticized. In case you haven’t heard there is a new  ‘Pope Francis controversy.’  The controversy has to do with the translation of the sixth petition of the Our Father – “Lead us not into temptation.” Here’s the background. Four years ago (2013) the French bishops made a […]

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How Much Manna Are You Gathering?

December 9, AD2017 3 Comments
How Much Manna Are You Gathering?

For those who are new to the Catholic Church, as well as those who’ve been a part for decades, there are many mysteries of our faith we are unable to understand. This is especially true for me. I am currently going through RCIA classes for the third time. I decided the Church wasn’t for me […]

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Overcoming Pornography in Your Life

November 28, AD2017 0 Comments
Overcoming Pornography in Your Life

Pornography has become the most accepted forbidden fruit in the entire world. Looking at naked people for personal pleasure is strictly forbidden by God in His Word (Matthew 5:28). So why has it crossed over into the mainstream as being healthy and good? Because the Bible says in 1 John 5:19 that the whole world […]

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Deus Caritas – God Is Love

November 24, AD2017 0 Comments
Deus Caritas – God Is Love

When Charles Dickens wrote, “God is love,” on the workhouse wall, he was, of course, being sarcastic. He knew there was no love in that workhouse, as Oliver Twist was about to find when he begged for more gruel.  Yet, Dickens was right;  unlike any other religion, Christianity is founded on love, not on our […]

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Out of the Ashes of Defeat: Discovering A Call to Be Single

November 21, AD2017 17 Comments
Out of the Ashes of Defeat: Discovering A Call to Be Single

There are many people today who do not think being single is simply a default choice or a temporary state. After years of struggling to find their unique vocation, men and women are discovering they are not called to marriage or a specific religious community. They still want to solemnly vow to live their lives […]

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A Catholic Spin on Maslow: Your Needs Define Your Eternal Destiny

November 20, AD2017 2 Comments
A Catholic Spin on Maslow: Your Needs Define Your Eternal Destiny

I have always loved the study of what makes people tick, hence I dedicated part of my education to psychology.  While I understand that not all parts of psychology mesh well with Christian ideals, there is much in psychology that can be applied to these ideals, and Benjamin Maslow’s  famous Hierarchy of Needs is one. […]

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Eat, Drink And Be Merry

November 10, AD2017 0 Comments
Eat, Drink And Be Merry

Eat Drink And Be Merry Eat drink and be merry for tomorrow we die. There are several places in holy Scripture where this sentiment is expressed. The one that has been bouncing around my mind since I heard it at Sunday Mass a few weeks ago pertains to the parable of the rich man who […]

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From Forgiveness to Forgetness

November 8, AD2017 0 Comments
From Forgiveness to Forgetness

Forgive and forget. Really? Is there such a thing as forgetness of sins? Remembering who or what has hurt us and how is part of self-preservation, isn’t it? Once burned–twice shy. We need to remember how not to get hurt so that we can function. But does God? And if we are to be like […]

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A Devotional: Prayers of Aspiration

November 5, AD2017 0 Comments
A Devotional:  Prayers of Aspiration

“Blessed be God forever! Amen and Amen.” Psalm 89:52 Prayers of Aspirations  Life can be busy for many of us each day.  Whether we are young or old, rich or poor, time is a gift we are all searching for.  Sometimes time goes slowly and we are waiting patiently for God.  Sometimes we are constantly in […]

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Discovering Our Vocation In A Complex, Messy World

October 31, AD2017 1 Comment
Discovering Our Vocation In A Complex, Messy World

It has never been easy to discern a vocation, but it is especially difficult for people in the current milieu because modern society is complex and messy. Yet it’s precisely in the complexity and messiness where some of the most important answers in life are found. The good news is no matter how confused we […]

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Don’t Forget To Keep Praying For The Faithful Departed

October 28, AD2017 1 Comment
Don’t Forget To Keep Praying For The Faithful Departed

I really miss my Busia. This is what those of Polish descent call their grandmother. She was a great teacher who had a wealth of knowledge on basically everything. I am especially grateful for her transmission of her Catholic faith to her children and grandchildren. She had so many trials in her long life of […]

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Let Prayer Be Your Air

October 23, AD2017 0 Comments
Let Prayer Be Your Air

I saw you rolling your eyes just now upon seeing the above title, but I want you to work with me for a moment. I realize that whether or not words rhyme is simply an accident of language, but perhaps we can use this happy accident to grow closer to God. The Myth of Compartmentalized […]

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Poor in Spirit or a Poverty Spirit

October 22, AD2017 0 Comments
Poor in Spirit or a Poverty Spirit

The name of a single fictional character captures the image of what most people consider the epitome of greed- Scrooge! Ebenezer Scrooge, the central character of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, showcases this sin in exquisite detail and depth.  Scrooge exhibits all the outward signs of greed we commonly think of: gaining at the expense […]

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What Happens When We Don’t Pray?

October 22, AD2017 2 Comments
What Happens When We Don’t Pray?

“In prayer you become one with the source of our true light – Jesus Himself.” Pope Saint John Paul II I never had much of an intentional prayer life outside of the rosary until this year, when I discovered Ignatian spirituality and contemplative prayer. This form of imaginative prayer has been a rich experience for […]

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Prayer: A Learning Process

October 21, AD2017 1 Comment
Prayer: A Learning Process

Prayer is how I began to know God. Before that, my relationship with Him was mediocre at best. I was raised Catholic, and God was very much central in our lives and in my upbringing, but formal prayer was not something I even thought about. I prayed a few prayers before bed out of respect […]

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