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Prayer is Always an Opportunity to Rise to the Occasion

August 15, AD2018 0 Comments
Prayer is Always an Opportunity to Rise to the Occasion

I recently watched a movie about the life of St. Joseph of Cupertino, the Franciscan friar and mystic famed for levitating while praying or offering mass. This incredible saint could be a poster child for what sainthood truly means.  Through the power and graces of the Holy Spirit, he transformed from a clumsy, inept simpleton […]

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Mt. Tabor Moments- It Is Good That We Are Here!

August 1, AD2018 0 Comments
Mt. Tabor Moments- It Is Good That We Are Here!

After roughly three years of public ministry, Jesus took Peter, James, and John up a mountain and revealed His glory to them. They had spent day after day with Jesus as He walked from town to town, preaching the Gospel and calling sinners to repent. He told them many stories, spoke numerous parables, and worked […]

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The Amazing Value of Hardship

July 13, AD2018 0 Comments
The Amazing Value of Hardship

Hardship is not pleasant. It creates discomfort in our lives. It inconveniences our plans. It discourages us, causing hesitation and inaction. Yet, properly understood, hardship is one of the most valuable opportunities in the Christian life. It helps us grow in faith, personal maturity, and intimacy with God. The opening verses of the 5th Chapter […]

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Dying in the Prime of Life

July 12, AD2018 0 Comments
Dying in the Prime of Life

It has always struck me that the Lord started His life’s work at such a young age and died a mere three years later. There is not much recorded about Jesus’ early and teenage years through His twenties, but the Gospel notes the age at which He began his public ministry shortly after being baptized: […]

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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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Lava and the Sacred Heart of Jesus

June 14, AD2018 0 Comments
Lava and the Sacred Heart of Jesus

The haunting glow of fiery lava lights up the night sky near our house. The ever-moving lava has been visible like this for just six weeks, although it seems like six years. It’s like the surging, divine love of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, the furnace of charity, that burns away our imperfections and sins […]

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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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Lord, If This How You Treat Your Friends . . .

May 14, AD2018 2 Comments
Lord, If This How You Treat Your Friends . . .

If you try to help a struggling butterfly emerge from the prison of his cocoon, his wings will be permanently deformed.  As a butterfly struggles, fluid is forced into its wings so they stretch and open, allowing them to fly but butterflies are not the only creatures who must struggle before they have the ability […]

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Sing a New Song to the Lord

May 13, AD2018 0 Comments
Sing a New Song to the Lord

When I was 13, I joined the Jr. High Chorus at my local public school. It was the mid-‘70’s and songs about teaching the world to sing in perfect harmony flourished. The odd thing is, though our choir sang songs about harmony,  there was no harmony in our relationships in that music classroom.  Sadly, being […]

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The Grace of the Catholic Church While Grieving Suicide

May 12, AD2018 2 Comments
The Grace of the Catholic Church While Grieving Suicide

Unimaginable Loss Tragedy struck our family in February of this year. My 47-year-old aunt Jeannine, with whom I was close, committed suicide during a night when she was lost in deep despair. A despair we hadn’t known she battled, until we read her journal entries after the fact. Our family has been and continues to […]

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The Experience of Pain and the Gift of Growth

May 11, AD2018 3 Comments
The Experience of Pain and the Gift of Growth

I sat down intending to write about joy.  It’s one of my favorite topics, and I’m rather fond of the emotion itself.  I’ll choose it any time, any day over so many other emotions, and make a practice of doing so regularly.  In thinking about the source of joy, though, I keep returning to the […]

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The Father’s Love in the Trinity and in the Family

May 8, AD2018 0 Comments
The Father’s Love in the Trinity and in the Family

A Superficial View of Dad and Me I recently talked by phone with my 91-year-old Dad. He is in a nursing home, thousands of miles away from where I live. I had spent six months last year caring for him and Mom in their house until my own wife became ill and I returned to […]

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Discovering Mercy

April 26, AD2018 2 Comments
Discovering Mercy

” Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. ” Matt. 5:7 Over the years I have experienced God’s Divine Mercy and protection in my life and in the lives of my loved ones. Having grown up Baptist, I knew we served a merciful God, but I never realized the depths of His […]

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Ryan Anderson Razes the Transgender Movement’s Arguments in New Book

April 23, AD2018 1 Comment
Ryan Anderson Razes the Transgender Movement’s Arguments in New Book

One of the greatest compliments of Thomas Aquinas was that he was often better and more persuasively able to explain his opponents’ arguments than the opponents themselves. In his new book, When Harry Became Sally, Ryan Anderson seems to have a similar Thomistic capacity for explaining the Transgender Movement. Anderson dedicates large sections of the book […]

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Suffering on the Road to Hope

April 10, AD2018 1 Comment
Suffering on the Road to Hope

From the first moment of birth we all experience suffering. A doctor rips a newborn child from a comfortable, warm, and familiar setting. Naked and thrown into an unknown world, he experiences hunger and cold. The mother also feels intense suffering through nine months of enduring uncomfortable, sleepless nights, worrying about the health of the baby […]

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Jesus Was Troubled

April 9, AD2018 0 Comments
Jesus Was Troubled

Several places in Scripture tell us that Jesus was troubled or worried, or experienced grief. John 11:33: When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come along with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in spirit and troubled. . . . John 11:35: Jesus wept. John 13:21: After he had said this, Jesus […]

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My Prayer for Divine Mercy

April 6, AD2018 7 Comments
My Prayer for Divine Mercy

We must all pray for Divine Mercy. God’s mercy is infinite, as St. Faustina tells us. God hungers for us to turn to Him in our times of trial so that we can find relief in His mercy. When I reveal to others that my depression and anxiety have worsened over the last several months, […]

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Our Catholic Suffering Syndrome (CSS) Part II

April 6, AD2018 1 Comment
Our Catholic Suffering Syndrome (CSS) Part II

In Part I, we discussed a common misunderstanding of suffering among many Catholics.  We looked at a specific type of suffering involving persecution. Now let’s turn to two other types of “meritorious” sufferings that don’t necessarily involve persecution – or the actions of others. St. Paul’s rather difficult statement in Col 1:24 frames a context […]

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Our Catholic Suffering Syndrome (CSS) Part I

April 5, AD2018 4 Comments
Our Catholic Suffering Syndrome (CSS) Part I

“Just offer it up!” It’s an iconic reference that’s become a Catholic spiritual cliché.  Dollars to donuts, it was your Mom’s response when you complained that Sis just poured the last drop of milk you wanted for your breakfast cereal.  “MOM, Suzie just….!!”  Mom cut to the chase with a terse: “J.O.I.U.”   So, why […]

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The Importance of Forgiveness

April 4, AD2018 3 Comments
The Importance of Forgiveness

Like most people, throughout my life I have experienced very many offenses against me, ranging from the great to the small, whether it was the stewardess who cut in front of me in the airport security line or getting singled out for unkind treatment by someone I regarded as a friend. These offenses mean that […]

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Learning to Give by Caring for My Sister

April 3, AD2018 1 Comment
Learning to Give by Caring for My Sister

My sister Mary has dementia. I have been caring for her for about four years now. Dementia is an affliction that is difficult to deal with and it’s even more difficult to get used to. I live with Mary in the house we inherited from our father. Neither she nor I have ever been married […]

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Let Your Blood Pour Out

March 29, AD2018 1 Comment
Let Your Blood Pour Out

It was easier to act like something I wasn’t before having kids. It was easier to convince myself I was something I wasn’t before having kids. Now not only do I have my flaws mirrored back to me, but I have the whole world commenting on my children’s flaws and defects, which in turn reflect […]

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Depression in Lent, an Unsought Penance

March 8, AD2018 1 Comment
Depression in Lent, an Unsought Penance

  My Lent so far has consisted of an unrelenting depression that has been getting worse for months. My mounting anxieties and a sense of hopelessness have contributed to difficulty in Lenten prayer. I have tried different forms of prayer and nothing seems to rouse me from my sadness. The only answer I have found […]

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Dreaming Can Leave You Feeling Unfulfilled in Life

March 5, AD2018 0 Comments
Dreaming Can Leave You Feeling Unfulfilled in Life

In my younger days, I was always a dreamer. I was, and to a certain extent still am someone who enjoys dreaming about all kinds of things. On one level there is nothing wrong with having big dreams. It’s natural for anyone.  But if it becomes a habit, like it did with me, it can […]

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