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A Woman Clothed with the Sun

August 6, AD2018 0 Comments
A Woman Clothed with the Sun

In Revelation chapter 12, John sees a mysterious vision of “a woman clothed with the sun” (Revelation 12:1). This woman gives birth to the Messiah (Revelation 12:5; cf. Psalm 2:8-9, a messianic psalm), so Catholics believe her to be Mary, the mother of Jesus. Consequently, we often see this passage as strong biblical evidence for […]

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Hope Explored and Explained

August 4, AD2018 0 Comments
Hope Explored and Explained

I have not done a word-by-word analysis. I have not counted the occurrences. I have not spent the time necessary to validate the following statement, but, it occurs to me that the simple word “hope” must appear a couple of hundred times in the Bible. The Reason for Our Hope Always be ready to give […]

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Probability, Chance, and the Death of Herod Antipas

July 27, AD2018 0 Comments
Probability, Chance, and the Death of Herod Antipas

When I first read Bob Drury’s article, “Bayesian Reasoning in Religious Studies”, I remarked to him tongue-in-cheek that Bayesian reasoning proves the reports of Powerball jackpot winners to be inauthentic because the probability of anyone drawing the winning number combination is nearly zero—3.4223 × 10-9, to be precise. Drury’s essay shows how Dr. Rafael Lataster’s […]

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Bayesian Reasoning in Religious Studies

July 25, AD2018 2 Comments
Bayesian Reasoning in Religious Studies

Dr. Raphael Lataster is a university lecturer in religious studies and a strong advocate of Bayesian reasoning. His work’s central theme is the inauthenticity of much of the subject matter of the Judeo-Christian scriptures, including the historicity of Jesus of Nazareth. He identifies Bayes’ Theorem as the most useful method of deciding which of several […]

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Why Do We Belong to the Catholic Church?

July 16, AD2018 0 Comments
Why Do We Belong to the Catholic Church?

  So why are we Catholic? The world hates us, with a passion. By just about every indicator, the Catholic Church is losing its rank among people in the world today as a moral force for good. The ratio of parishioners per priest is increasing. There seems to be no end to the scandals within […]

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Jesus, the Bible, and Christ’s Influence on History

July 14, AD2018 0 Comments
Jesus, the Bible, and Christ’s Influence on History

Of the approximately 107 Billion human beings that have lived and died on planet Earth, Jesus Christ was by far the most outstanding, the most influential, and the most revered. He only lived 33 years among us.  He never wrote a book, he never held an office, he never went to college, and he never […]

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The Doctrine of the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist

July 10, AD2018 0 Comments
The Doctrine of the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist

The Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist has been believed by Christians since the time of the Apostles. Understanding this metaphysically and describing our belief in human terms has been a development over time, but the teaching that Jesus – Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity – is present in the bread and wine after […]

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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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Some Thoughts on Freedom and Truth

July 4, AD2018 0 Comments
Some Thoughts on Freedom and Truth

Some 242 years ago Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence and the United States of America was born. We declared our freedom from the tyranny of King George.  It’s been an interesting 242 years, to say the least.  And the country – and the world – has come a long way since then. But […]

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Whoever Is Not Against You Is For You

July 3, AD2018 0 Comments
Whoever Is Not Against You Is For You

For the past five or six years I have been attending a men’s group run by a non-denominational evangelical church. I would have liked to find a Catholic men’s group, but whenever I looked into it at the parishes my family has attended, these groups were always scheduled during the middle of a weekday, conflicting […]

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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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Hello, My Name Is …: Names in the Salvation Story

June 20, AD2018 0 Comments
Hello, My Name Is …: Names in the Salvation Story

“Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine.” (Isaiah 43:1b, RSV-CE) When my son Adam was a boy, he had a collection of action figures called “Rescue Heroes.” These robust little representatives of first responders came with all manner of cool gadgets and tools that were a […]

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Is the Bible Alone Sufficient to Understanding God’s Word?

June 19, AD2018 0 Comments
Is the Bible Alone Sufficient to Understanding God’s Word?

One of Martin Luther’s novel theories from the 16th century was that “The Bible Alone,” or “Sola Scriptura,” is all that is necessary to understand God’s Holy Word – No Pope, no Magisterium, no man, no woman, no university, etc., is necessary to understand what God meant to say in scripture. A scholar, a milkmaid, […]

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Christ’s Victory Over Our Sin and the Devil

June 14, AD2018 0 Comments
Christ’s Victory Over Our Sin and the Devil

June 10th, the Tenth Sunday in Ordinary Time this year, announces Christ’s victory over our sin and the Devil. Through her lectionary readings, the Church, our mother and teacher, gives us an opportunity to reflect on Adam’s original condition in paradise, on the fall and our fallen condition now, on Christ’s victory over our sin […]

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Jesus, Divorce, and the Importance of Context

June 12, AD2018 0 Comments
Jesus, Divorce, and the Importance of Context

Basing itself on the words of Jesus Christ (among other things), the Catholic Church teaches that a valid sacramental marriage cannot be dissolved, but not all Christians agree. Some believe that divorce and remarriage is permissible in certain cases, and they argue that Jesus’ words in the Gospels back them up. Specifically, they point to […]

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The False Faces of Compassion

June 11, AD2018 0 Comments
The False Faces of Compassion

Both the modern culture and the Church have very clear ideas of what it means to be compassionate. Compassion is usually equated with gentleness, sweetness, and a willingness to “meet people where they are”, and to “love unconditionally”. While these descriptors sound “comforting” and “Christian”, they do not actually represent the concept of compassion that […]

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How Prayer, Fasting, and Almsgiving Help Fight Tempttion

June 6, AD2018 0 Comments
How Prayer, Fasting, and Almsgiving Help Fight Tempttion

If you’re Catholic, you’ve probably heard at least once in your life that you should pray, fast, and give alms. These are the three traditional acts of piety that the Church encourages above all others, especially during Lent (although we are supposed to practice them all year round). There are several reasons why these practices […]

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It Is More Blessed to Give Than to Receive

May 30, AD2018 0 Comments
It Is More Blessed to Give Than to Receive

Do you know who said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive”? According to St. Paul, these are words of the Lord Jesus (Acts 20:35). I think this is a remarkable saying. It is recorded almost as an aside in the Acts of the Apostles. They are not found in any of the […]

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The Hypocrite and the Sinner: Not Twins

May 21, AD2018 0 Comments
The Hypocrite and the Sinner: Not Twins

The Struggle Is Real William Gurnall once stated, “While the Christian commits a sin he hates it; whereas the hypocrite loves it while he forbears it.” We have all felt the frustration of falling into sin the same day as attending Mass or praying.  The truth is that we all play many positive and not […]

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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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Defending the Catholic Church with Scripture

May 18, AD2018 0 Comments
Defending the Catholic Church with Scripture

So there you are being confronted by a Protestant, who asks you some simple bible questions about your personal salvation and the Catholic Church getting in the way of it. With what do you answer back? There is a way to turn the tables on these well-meaning Christians and to put them on the defensive […]

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Understanding Our Call to Have Great Faith

May 13, AD2018 0 Comments
Understanding Our Call to Have Great Faith

There are many situations in our lives where our faith is tested. Confusion and discord within the Church continue today as they have for centuries. Injustice and a lack of charity are seen even among those who claim to be Christian. Those who place their confidence in Christ and his Church are ridiculed, mocked and […]

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Scripture Passages That Say Jesus Isn’t God

May 12, AD2018 1 Comment
Scripture Passages That Say Jesus Isn’t God

Imagine this scenario. You hear the doorbell ring, you open the door, and you see two well-dressed men standing on your porch with smiles on their faces. They ask you a seemingly harmless question about God, and then they ask you what religion you practice. You tell them that you are Catholic, so they ask […]

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What is Man?

May 8, AD2018 1 Comment
What is Man?

In Matthew’s Gospel Jesus tells His disciples that He did not come to bring peace but, rather, the sword (Mt. 10:34). He tells the apostles that His message will set family members against themselves and that they will become each other’s enemies. Immediately after this Jesus continues by saying that those who love father or […]

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