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Advent Lessons from an Old Testament Priest

December 8, AD2017 0 Comments
Advent Lessons from an Old Testament Priest

The Scriptures in Advent present us with a number of excellent role models of faith, but the father of John the Baptist is not one of them. Zechariah, a priest of the Law of Moses, serves rather as a negative example, at least at the beginning of his intriguing story. The account of how he […]

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Conversion: The Doorway to Transformation

November 30, AD2017 1 Comment
Conversion: The Doorway to Transformation

Conversion: Learning from a Child My Religious Order allowed me to go home this year for the Thanksgiving Holiday.  To say I am overjoyed by this gift is an understatement.  Now, one of the many blessings I receive when I visit my family in Michigan is the time I get to spend with my two […]

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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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Prejudices Abound in Luther

November 13, AD2017 3 Comments
Prejudices Abound in Luther

With many Protestants celebrating the 500th year anniversary of the Reformation, I have take the opportunity to read many of Martin Luther’s own words hoping this would be beneficial in engaging those who have remained separated from the Church. After reading a variety of sources, I am struck by how clearly many of the prejudices […]

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Is Anyone Sola Scriptura?

November 12, AD2017 18 Comments
Is Anyone Sola Scriptura?

Coffee Shop Calvinism I recently came across a group of men from the Reformed Church we left to become Catholic who were gathered at our local Starbucks. They were discussing theology, and didn’t notice I was sitting next to them for several minutes while they talked about things like “once saved, always saved,” TULIP, and […]

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A Dozen Simons, One Peter

November 5, AD2017 0 Comments
A Dozen Simons, One Peter

Some years ago I walked into a Christian bookstore and a fascinating poster caught my eye. From a distance, it looked like an image of the holy face of Jesus, but as I drew closer I could see that the face was actually a composite of tiny faces that made up the contours and complexion […]

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Your Life Can Be Bountiful

October 30, AD2017 1 Comment
Your Life Can Be Bountiful

“Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious,…think about these things,” [Phil 4:8] Each one of us has the wonderful potential to become bountiful, to grow in God’s goodness and in doing so, spread faith, hope, and love that can sustain our world in difficult […]

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Tough Conversations, Hard Choices: Staying on the Path

October 24, AD2017 1 Comment
Tough Conversations, Hard Choices: Staying on the Path

In today’s P.C. (politically correct) world, one of the greatest perceived offenses is to impose one’s morality on someone else or give the appearance of “judging” another person.  Much ink has already been put to paper on the subject of “judging” and what Jesus was really getting at by telling us not to “judge” our […]

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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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Was the World Made in Seven Days?

October 14, AD2017 1 Comment
Was the World Made in Seven Days?

Christianity has had a somewhat rocky relationship with science these last few centuries. While many people would argue that there are no real contradictions between our faith and genuine scientific findings, not everyone agrees. There are some who believe that several tenets of modern science, such as evolution and heliocentrism, contradict the teaching of Scripture. […]

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A Glimpse of Satan’s Playbook

October 13, AD2017 0 Comments
A Glimpse of Satan’s Playbook

Satan is the father of lies, clever yet deceitful, hating God and all God loves. He leads the charge in the spiritual battle that exists for our souls with Satan always opposing God at every turn and trying to turn us against God. But God has given us a glimpse of Satan’s playbook in the […]

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Do Catholics Watch Film like Fundamentalists?

September 20, AD2017 0 Comments
Do Catholics Watch Film like Fundamentalists?

The silence of the Catholic critic is so often preferable to his attention. -Flannery O’Connor, The Habit of Being Too much Christian “criticism” of film revolves around tallies of bare boobs, f-words, and the like, or sounding the alarm at perceived hostilities against Christianity, but Larsen I respect for his willingness to let the filmmakers […]

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Virtue Signaling and Social Media Pharisees

September 20, AD2017 0 Comments
Virtue Signaling and Social Media Pharisees

It is amazing how much the words of Jesus apply to our modern era and cut right to the hypocrisy of our worldly ways. Then and Now While He was carrying His cross to Calvary, a group of sobbing women met him along the way. According to Luke 23:28-29, He said, “Daughters of Jerusalem, do […]

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Commands Are Not Ideals

September 19, AD2017 8 Comments
Commands Are Not Ideals

“For I gave you an example that you also should do as I did to you” (John 13:15). Our Lord told the apostles this at the Last Supper. Later on Jesus tells the apostles that they are to love one another as He has loved them (John 13:34), that if they truly love Him they […]

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Idleness and Work in the Letter to the Thessalonians

September 18, AD2017 1 Comment
Idleness and Work in the Letter to the Thessalonians

  St. Paul’s first and second letters to the Thessalonians highlight the importance of work and the dangers of idleness. His insistence on the individuality of work clashes at least in tone with what we find in the Acts of the Apostles. Acts describes the Christian community as a state of ongoing sharing in which […]

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The Divinity of Jesus in the Gospels

September 14, AD2017 4 Comments
The Divinity of Jesus in the Gospels

Just about everybody agrees that Jesus is presented as divine in the Gospel of John. In the very first verse, John says that “the Word was God” (John 1:1), and towards the end of this Gospel, the Apostle Thomas confesses Jesus to be “My Lord and my God” (John 20:28). However, the divinity of Jesus […]

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Being a Prophet: Learning From Elijah, Father of Carmelites

September 9, AD2017 2 Comments
Being a Prophet: Learning From Elijah, Father of Carmelites

Carmelites are rooted in a prophetic tradition which goes back to the time of the Prophet Elijah.  The original hermits of Carmel chose to reside at the Wadi Carith, Elijah’s well.  The choice of location for the Carmelite’s initial foundation placed them within the prophetic shadow of the Prophet Elijah, who is identified as the […]

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Taking Care of Health, Wealth, and Reputation

September 6, AD2017 0 Comments
Taking Care of Health, Wealth, and Reputation

If it weren’t for our health, wealth, and reputation, what concerns could we possibly have in life? If health includes love and happiness, and wealth means having every provision necessary for living in abundance, what would be left to prompt anxiety? Ah, yes … reputation! It is our reputation, and the ego that wants to […]

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Jesus, You’ve Got Some Explaining to Do

August 17, AD2017 17 Comments
Jesus, You’ve Got Some Explaining to Do

To His Holiness Jesus Christ, God the Son ATTN: God the Father ; God the Holy Spirit Most Holy Jesus, Recently I have had some serious doubts (“dubia”) about Your teaching and Your words. Both Your own words and words of the Bible by men whom You inspired, appear to me to conflict with recent […]

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Why We Have To Evangelize

August 11, AD2017 2 Comments
Why We Have To Evangelize

These days, we often view our faith as something private, something that’s just between us and God. We go to Church on Sundays, we say our prayers every night, and we do our charitable deeds, but all too often, those practices stay hidden from the people around us. We live our lives according to the […]

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What Are You Looking For?

August 9, AD2017 3 Comments
What Are You Looking For?

Within every one of us, there is a question that takes a while to answer. I don’t believe there is a right or wrong response to what has been asked. The level of intimacy required to produce an honest response makes it impossible to answer incorrectly. Before you start pondering the answer yourself, bear with […]

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Some Thoughts on the Holiness of Matrimony

July 28, AD2017 8 Comments
Some Thoughts on the Holiness of Matrimony

While I’m neither a theologian nor a Bible Scholar, I’ve always thought that the Bible is really very clear and straightforward in regard to both marriage and homosexuality. In Matthew 19:16, Jesus says about marriage “So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore, what God has joined together, no human being must separate.” […]

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Are There Animals in Heaven?

July 25, AD2017 76 Comments
Are There Animals in Heaven?

Losing a pet can be difficult. My neighbor recently lost her pet kitten. Her eight-year-old daughter began crying inconsolably when she learned of this loss. She asked her mother what would happen to the kitten if she would go to heaven. Many animal lovers wonder whether or not their furry friends will join them in […]

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Church and Spiritual Maturity in Christian Life

July 6, AD2017 0 Comments
Church and Spiritual Maturity in Christian Life

People love sound bites. If it’s short, to the point, and appears powerful, people will take that sound bite and share it with others on social media. Recently, I came across one such soundbite, scrolling through Facebook’s newsfeed. My eyes caught a quote (in meme form) by Evangelical author and speaker, Elyse M. Fitzpatrick. She […]

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