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What They Didn’t Tell Me About the Church

August 10, AD2017 0 Comments
What They Didn’t Tell Me About the Church

I entered the Catholic Church in 2010, but my wife and I turned slowly away from the popular ideological goals and dreams of this world a few years before that. She has leapt ahead of me now in this progress towards eternity, which is fitting as she also lead me in life by her understanding […]

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Remembering That Christians Belong to God

July 16, AD2017 0 Comments
Remembering That Christians Belong to God

In the past several years, Christians have begun to face increasing pressure to conform to the prevailing ideologies and points of view of the surrounding culture. Almost everywhere we look, people want us to accept practices that our faith condemns, such as abortion and gay marriage. We’re told that we need to get with the […]

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Do Not Be Afraid To Speak Up for Freedom

July 11, AD2017 0 Comments
Do Not Be Afraid To Speak Up for Freedom

“Do not be afraid to be holy! Have the courage and humility to present yourselves to the world determined to be holy, since full, true freedom is born from holiness.” – Saint John Paul II   The phrase “Do not be afraid,” repeated tirelessly by Saint Pope John Paul II, seems to be growing in importance. […]

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Iftar Buffets, Apple Orchards, and Mutual Respect

June 21, AD2017 2 Comments
Iftar Buffets, Apple Orchards, and Mutual Respect

We are blessed to live in Toledo, Ohio, where we have one of the most diverse populations in the U.S., and an amazing choice of ethnic restaurants. Most notably, the corridor from Toledo to Detroit is home to one of the oldest and largest Arab-American populations in our country (God bless Danny Thomas and Jamie […]

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Government Decides Through Amendment, Religion Abides

May 8, AD2017 1 Comment
Government Decides Through Amendment, Religion Abides

Known colloquially as the Johnson Amendment, this action by Congress added wording to IRS code Section 501(c)(3) intending to disallow nonprofit organizations from deeply engaging in political activity. This amendment was conspicuously promised to be removed, by President Trump in his Republican Convention acceptance speech, “I am going to work very hard to repeal that […]

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An Interfaith Dialogue with a Muslim Social Justice Comedian

April 24, AD2017 0 Comments
An Interfaith Dialogue with a Muslim Social Justice Comedian

I enjoy the TED Radio Hour podcast. The program offers illumination on a wide range of topics and is generally fun to listen to. But a recent episode had kind of a delayed reaction effect on me, which is to say, the more I thought about it the angrier I got. The episode was called […]

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Why Do We Need The Benedict Option?

April 21, AD2017 8 Comments
Why Do We Need The Benedict Option?

The Benedict Option by Rod Dreher is, at the end of the day, underwhelming. That’s not all its own fault; it arrives amidst much hype, hype which turns out to be rather disproportionate to its more modest aims. On one hand, it’s not clear that those who characterize Dreher as telling Christians to head for the […]

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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 […]

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Freedom of Religion and True Freedom

March 29, AD2017 3 Comments
Freedom of Religion and True Freedom

As a cradle Catholic, I spent every Sunday morning in church, every Wednesday night in Faith Formation Classes and then as I got older, every Sunday night in youth group. My faith was a part of my everyday life, and just as my brain does not have to remind my body to breath, I never […]

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From Ignorance, Atheism, and Anti-Catholicism to the Glory and Peace of the Catholic Church

January 11, AD2017 4 Comments
From Ignorance, Atheism, and Anti-Catholicism to the Glory and Peace of the Catholic Church

Then from the heart of the tempest, Yahweh gave Job His answer. He said: Who is this, obscuring My intentions with his ignorant words? Brace yourself like a fighter; I am going to ask the questions, and you are to answer! Book of Job 38:1-3 By the Grace of the Mother of God As a […]

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They Have a Right!

January 7, AD2017 15 Comments
They Have a Right!

I am tired of hearing the phrase, they have a right. I hear this said on television, radio, or among people in everyday life about a controversial subject that has caused a condemning reaction; such as flag burning. It’s not that it isn’t true that the law allows certain acts of free speech, it is […]

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The 2016 Catholic Voting Conundrum Simplified

October 29, AD2016 25 Comments
The 2016 Catholic Voting Conundrum Simplified

The 2016 presidential election seems to be presenting many Catholics with a voting conundrum: Can a Catholic in good conscience vote for either candidate?  If yes, which one?  But if neither candidate is acceptable should they vote for a third-party candidate, or not vote at all? Many Catholics think they have four options when it […]

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Cut to the Chase

October 28, AD2016 23 Comments
Cut to the Chase

Lately, at Mass, at least some of our bishops and priests have told us to go home, pray and form our conscience, then vote accordingly this November. That’s fine as far as it goes. The problem, as some of the concerned laity see it, is that it does not go far enough. In fact, the […]

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Trump is the Better Moral Choice

October 26, AD2016 19 Comments
Trump is the Better Moral Choice

By the time you read my next article, either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump will be elected to the office of President of the United States. That is a fact. Barring a major catastrophe, one of those two candidates will hold the highest office in the land, hold our temporal futures in their hand, and […]

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The Challenge to Be Courageously Catholic

October 24, AD2016 2 Comments
The Challenge to Be Courageously Catholic

A few days ago we returned home to a plumbing catastrophe. We had been out to dinner for a little over two hours and in that time an estimated six hundred gallons of water had flowed from an upstairs bathroom into the two adjoining bedrooms. It traveled through the walls and floor to flood the […]

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The Master of Conflict in Film: “A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing”

October 6, AD2016 15 Comments
The Master of Conflict in Film: “A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing”

Do you ever wonder how our world has gotten so upside down in just the last few years? Men in girls’ bathrooms, same-sex “marriage,” racial strife, political correctness, rampant abortion, divorce and promiscuity, hatred of religious ideas, and of America itself? One of the reasons is very old. You might be surprised to learn that […]

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Trump Is in the House

September 29, AD2016 62 Comments
Trump Is in the House

In my last article, “Welcome to the House of Moral Dilemma,” I presented the many reasons why a serious Catholic in good faith could not vote for Hillary Clinton. In summary, one cannot simply close one eye to the moral difficulties of the Democrat Party, while focusing on what is perceived as “good.” Unless you […]

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The Catholic Church and The U.S. Military: History

August 30, AD2016 0 Comments
The Catholic Church and The U.S. Military: History

This article is the sixth in a series called, “The U.S. Military and the Catholic Faith: A Comparison”, which examines the comparisons between the U.S. Army and Catholicism. Throughout my articles, I use the word ‘military’ loosely. I focus on the Army because I am a soldier and grew up through the ranks of the […]

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Plan For the Worst, Hope For the Best

August 26, AD2016 2 Comments
Plan For the Worst, Hope For the Best

One of the downsides to surfing the internet is that we can get bombarded by mixed messages on a whole range of topics. News junkies may eat this up but for most ordinary folk all the contradictory information can get a bit confusing and even aggravating. News from the world of health, medicine, and science […]

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Has America Turned Its Back on God? Part II

August 17, AD2016 2 Comments
Has America Turned Its Back on God? Part II

Things are messed up today in America, but it’s not all Obama’s fault, even though he does deserve a lot of the credit. Our problems have been a long time coming.  Some 10 years ago Dennis Prager, in one of a series of columns on Judeo-Christian Values, made this observation: “Vast numbers of people are […]

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