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No Man Is An Island
No Man Stands Alone

July 13, AD2018 0 Comments
No Man Is An Island <br> No Man Stands Alone

Seventeenth-century poet, John Donne, first included the phrase, “No man is an island”, in one of his meditations and later composed a poem of the same name. Later, in the 1960’s and 1970’s, a folk song echoed these sentiments, “No man is an island No man stands alone Each man’s joy is a joy to […]

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The Kingdom of God and the Kingdom of Man

July 11, AD2018 0 Comments
The Kingdom of God and the Kingdom of Man

Recently, I have begun a series on the Catholic understanding of human nature from a philosophical perspective. Before returning to the next installment in the series, I thought it best to give some commentary on pressing issues in our culture. I believe this will enhance the need for a clear and thorough understanding of human […]

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Could We Add Pro-Life Words to the Pledge?

June 13, AD2018 0 Comments
Could We Add Pro-Life Words to the Pledge?

Right after WWII, there was a widespread movement which involved the Knights of Columbus, many co-sponsors in the Senate, resounding support in the House and the support of Dwight David Eisenhower, urging Congress to add the words “under God” to the Pledge of Allegiance. On Flag Day in 1954, these two simple words were added […]

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Personhood: The Achilles’ Heel of Roe?

June 10, AD2018 0 Comments
Personhood: The Achilles’ Heel of Roe?

On May 8, the New York State Court of Appeals rendered a final decision on a petition brought by a group called the Nonhuman Rights Project (NhRP). The NhRP first filed for a Writ of Habeas Corpus in 2013 on behalf of clients Kiko and Tommy, two adult chimpanzees.  The NhRP objected to the chimps being […]

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Christian Men, Take The Beating

June 3, AD2018 0 Comments
Christian Men, Take The Beating

A few months ago I started reading a book entitled, The Heavenly Man, about a certain Brother Yun, who became “a great fighter and a faithful worker” for Christ under a Communist government that suppressed Christianity. I was deeply moved and inspired by his witness to the Christian faith and the hardships he endured to […]

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Seeing the Face of God in the Poor

May 19, AD2018 0 Comments
Seeing the Face of God in the Poor

There is a tenet in the Legion of Mary so central to the mission of the apostolate that perhaps all the works and prayers its members perform can be said to flow directly from it: it is critical for Christians to see the face of God in their fellow man. Whether a person is in […]

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Living A Fanatical Catholic Life

May 15, AD2018 0 Comments
Living A Fanatical Catholic Life

Society desperately needs passionate Catholics – those who put Church teachings above secular ideologies, who strive daily to grow in the knowledge of God, who base their decisions around the Church, and who maintain joy through life’s trials.  Living a fanatical Catholic life is what we are all called to do. When we apply the […]

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#MeToo and the Messiah

April 14, AD2018 5 Comments
#MeToo and the Messiah

The #MeToo movement has shaken the foundations of some of the culture’s most entrenched havens of sexual harassment, abuse and predation. The list of politicians, actors and other notable personalities seems to grow with each passing week. The movement also raises the deeper issue of human dignity, particularly as it relates to the objectification of […]

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Practicing Kindness in a Harsh World

April 4, AD2018 0 Comments
Practicing Kindness in a Harsh World

In recent months, the Holy Spirit has shown me some things about kindness through two mostly isolated elderly people. One, a friend from my family’s parish, has been confined to a nursing home of late. My father, in his capacity as a deacon, has been bringing her Communion on weekends, and my mother and I […]

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L’Arche Communities Bring the Differently-Abled Together

March 20, AD2018 0 Comments
L’Arche Communities Bring the Differently-Abled Together

In 1964 a young man named Jean Vanier visited an asylum for the disabled at the invitation of a priest friend, who was a chaplain at the asylum. There, Vanier witnessed the inhabitants’ neglect, loneliness and sub-human living conditions. Feeling a call and a stirring in his heart, Vanier pooled resources from friends and family […]

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3 Distinctions When Catholics Are Accused of “Discrimination”

March 1, AD2018 3 Comments
3 Distinctions When Catholics Are Accused of “Discrimination”

In recent years, there have been many claims that this or that Catholic group was discriminatory. Everything from “Pro-choice Woman Denied Catholic Wedding” to “Gay Teacher Fired” to “Autistic Denied Communion.” Some of these are discrimination and need changing, but not all are. We need to understand when the Church is simply fulfilling her mission, […]

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What Does It Really Mean to Be Pro-Life?

January 21, AD2018 5 Comments
What Does It Really Mean to Be Pro-Life?

The March for Life has just passed. The shouts, chantings, and ever-creative handmade signs are still vivid in many minds, images redolent with pro-life enthusiasm. I’ve been to the March several times, and in other years have assisted spiritually from a distance. Every year, I see much that’s beautiful and inspiring—many souls full of dedication, […]

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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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A Christmas Carol, Luigi Taparelli, Economics, and Almsgiving

January 1, AD2018 2 Comments
A Christmas Carol, Luigi Taparelli, Economics, and Almsgiving

For maybe a few weeks or so during the Advent and Christmas seasons and into the New Year, many people take Charles Dickens’ message in A Christmas Carol to heart. It’s a good message. Dickens’ neatly sums up his message to the world when Ebenezer Scrooge says to Marley’s ghost, “you were a good businessman,” […]

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I’m Guilty And You May Be Too

December 5, AD2017 6 Comments
I’m Guilty And You May Be Too

I’m Guilty And You May Be Too  I’m guilty and I bet you are too. I put people in baskets. It seems to be innate human nature. We boil people down into groups and put them into baskets. We put ourselves into baskets. Sometimes baskets are necessary, sometimes they just serve to divide. Through prayer and […]

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Is There Wisdom Guiding the Development of Artificial Intelligence?

December 3, AD2017 2 Comments
Is There Wisdom Guiding the Development of Artificial Intelligence?

In Laudato Si and many of his other public remarks, Pope Francis has expressed concerns about the rapid advances in technology and the implications for society. Now, some noteworthy secular voices, Tesla co-founder Elon Musk, theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking, and entrepreneur Bill Gates are echoing the Holy Father’s warnings with regard to the rapidly growing use of Artificial […]

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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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Foster Parenting: The Forgotten Piece in the Adoption Debate

November 16, AD2017 2 Comments
Foster Parenting: The Forgotten Piece in the Adoption Debate

Have you ever considered foster parenting? In the recent debate about adoption, why did the debate focus only on expensive infant adoptions? Why don’t we do more for these kids who have had a hard life? These questions – except being a foster parent as a priest – keep coming up in my mind. In […]

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Seeing Faces:  A Call to Have the Eyes of a Shepherd

November 13, AD2017 1 Comment
Seeing Faces:  A Call to Have the Eyes of a Shepherd

No Faceless Crowd Before Jesus When we read, study, and pray with the Gospels it is important for us to remember who is the audience that Jesus is speaking to.  I mention this scriptural tool in many of my homilies and talks I give, and recently a question came to me and this tool “How […]

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Fifteen Years of Yearning for Hope

November 11, AD2017 2 Comments
Fifteen Years of Yearning for Hope

November 11, 2017 marks the fifteenth (15th) anniversary of the shooting death of my son, Aaron Dougherty. More essentially, this date also marks the 15th anniversary of my yearning for hope for Aaron in the Resurrection of the Paschal Mystery. Aaron had been severely depressed for most of his 26-year-old life. He died in a […]

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A Devotional: Living With Rumours of War in South Korea

November 11, AD2017 4 Comments
A Devotional: Living With Rumours of War in South Korea

“And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars; see that you are not alarmed; for this must take place, but the end is not yet.” (Matthew 24: 6) South Korea and War I am now living in a distant land. Although I have my wife and child with me it isn’t quite like […]

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The Samaritan Woman: She Will Be Loved

November 8, AD2017 0 Comments
The Samaritan Woman: She Will Be Loved

Early Morning He sleeps quietly, but my eyes are open.  My head rests softly on his shoulder and I feel his chest rise and fall.  I cannot say “my husband;” I say “my baal.” I sigh, thinking perhaps today I will be loved. The others were not righteous.  They divorced me publicly, with accusation, taunt, and […]

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The Goal of Modern Philanthropy: Eliminating the Disadvantages of Fertility

October 29, AD2017 11 Comments
The Goal of Modern Philanthropy: Eliminating the Disadvantages of Fertility

For it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God. — Matthew 19:24; Mark 10:25; Luke 18:25 (Ignatius Bible) The most celebrated philanthropists in the world today — George Soros, Bill Gates, and Warren Buffet — donate billions of […]

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