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The High Priestly Prayer of Jesus

February 21, AD2018 0 Comments
The High Priestly Prayer of Jesus

John 17 contains the longest recorded prayer of Jesus Christ, which he said right after the Last Supper. Jesus, the Eternal High Priest, is in direct conflict with Caiaphas, the Jewish High Priest in the Jerusalem Temple for that year. The Romans had taken over appointing the High Priest from the Jewish Nation, as part […]

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Lent: A Holy Pause that Shakes the Soul

February 19, AD2018 0 Comments
Lent: A Holy Pause that Shakes the Soul

When the Lamb opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour. (Revelation 8:1) There is a deep need within the human heart to pause in the presence of profound events, moments so significant that we feel compelled to join ourselves to them and reflect upon the change they bring […]

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Good Works or Once Saved, Always Saved?

February 9, AD2018 1 Comment
Good Works or Once Saved, Always Saved?

As any Bible reading Christian knows, a frequent theme throughout scripture is doing good – not evil. From the Ten Commandments to the Beatitudes, there are rules and actions given for us to emulate. Yes, Jesus died for our salvation. He defeated death and sin, once and for all. This we must believe. Yet Jesus […]

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The Power of Belonging

February 8, AD2018 0 Comments
The Power of Belonging

Dr. Brene Brown, a social scientist from the University of Houston, wondered if there was a “core need” that was shared by every human person.  After 6 years of study, she arrived at an answer.  She concluded that “we are neuro-biologically wired for connection.”  She went on to say, “We are created to belong, and […]

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Life’s Vignettes and God

February 7, AD2018 1 Comment
Life’s Vignettes and God

Life’s Vignettes and God Independent Films (IF) tell stories through vignettes. An IF vignette depicts poignant events in a person’s life in a short film. Each vignette usually ties the theme of all the shorts together. In many ways, our lives are like IF vignettes too. This essay is about my life vignettes this past week. I will tell […]

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Liturgies of the Church: To Everything There is a Time

February 6, AD2018 0 Comments
Liturgies of the Church: To Everything There is a Time

“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens…” (Ecclesiastes 3:1) Particular moments and in life are too grand to be captured completely by anything new or original. While we may feel that nobody has ever experienced our depth of joy or sadness or love, we find our personal attempts fail […]

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An Examination of Conscience Using New Testament Figures

January 19, AD2018 0 Comments
An Examination of Conscience Using New Testament Figures

When we perform an examination of conscience, it is common to use the Ten Commandments as a guide for reflection (as seen here, here and here). But it can also be helpful to meditate on some categories of sins the Church describes: the seven capital sins – or called the ‘seven deadly sins’ – (pride, envy, avarice, […]

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The Story of the Rich Young Man: Is There Hope For Us?

January 15, AD2018 3 Comments
The Story of the Rich Young Man: Is There Hope For Us?

In Mark 10: 17 – 27, a disappointed rich young man walked away from Jesus when He told him what was needed to become perfect.  Strangely enough, I have always been attracted by this passage. My focus, however, is not the obvious message. Instead, I look at what may be the more powerful underlying message of […]

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The Scriptural Seeds of the Papacy

January 14, AD2018 9 Comments
The Scriptural Seeds of the Papacy

Although the seeds of the papacy are scriptural, it takes a little digging to expose them. There is nothing more distinctly Catholic than the papacy. While just about every other Catholic belief can be found in at least some other Christian denominations, our beliefs about the papacy are unique. Nobody else believes that the bishop […]

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PFLAG ‘T.H.AW.’- A Program to Make Homosexual Behavior ‘Okay’

January 11, AD2018 28 Comments
PFLAG ‘T.H.AW.’- A Program to Make Homosexual Behavior ‘Okay’

  The announcement in our parish bulletin last spring seemed innocuous enough. A program entitled Transgender Homosexual Awareness (T.H.AW.) was being held to give parishioners “an opportunity . . . to hear the voices and to understand the experiences of our transgender brothers and sisters and their family members.” But since our parish had already […]

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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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When Mary Became Our Mother

December 14, AD2017 2 Comments
When Mary Became Our Mother

We Catholics have some very strong beliefs about Mary the mother of Jesus. We believe that she was conceived without original sin and then assumed into heaven body and soul at the end of her life. We consider her the queen of heaven and earth and celebrate her queenship with both a mystery of the […]

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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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