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Christian Genocide – A Forgotten Crisis

November 21, AD2017 0 Comments
Christian Genocide – A Forgotten Crisis

The current plight of the Rohingya refugees in Myanmar is getting a lot of press notice which is appropriate, yet the ongoing plight of Christians in the Middle East gets little attention. Like many of my fellow Knights of Columbus, I support the Knights fundraising efforts to aid the displaced Christians in that area and […]

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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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The Poetry of Molly McCully Brown: A Theology of Broken Bodies

October 30, AD2017 1 Comment
The Poetry of Molly McCully Brown: A Theology of Broken Bodies

Molly McCully Brown‘s The Virginia State Colony for Epileptics and Feebleminded is a magnificent collection of poems, depicting the experiences of profoundly disabled persons who, shunned by mainstream society, are institutionalized and hidden from view. These are people whose bodies fail them so thoroughly they seem less than human. For Brown, these profound disabilities reveal how […]

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Our Lady’s Messages Carry a Grave Warning Against War With Korea

October 17, AD2017 13 Comments
Our Lady’s Messages Carry a Grave Warning Against War With Korea

“A full-blown war on the Korean Peninsula will be horrific by any stretch of the imagination, no one has any doubts about that.”- US Army chief, General Mark Milley, October 9 “There is no time to waste by hesitating. A safe tomorrow cannot be promised.”- Our Lady of Naju February 2, 1995 The Military Exhortation […]

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Persecution: The Eighth Beatitude

October 5, AD2017 4 Comments
Persecution: The Eighth Beatitude

Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven. Blessed are you when men revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. These verses seem to be written as two beatitudes. But they really say the same thing in different […]

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Love Gives Suffering Reason and Purpose

September 27, AD2017 0 Comments
Love Gives Suffering Reason and Purpose

In the book Get Us Out of Here! the late Austrian mystic Maria Simma is quoted as saying that “Love without a Cross is empty; the Cross without Love is too heavy!” This phrase certainly illustrates the intimate and inherent link between Love and suffering that all of us should accept and embrace. Imperfect Humanity […]

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The Benedict Option Is Not For Me

September 9, AD2017 12 Comments
The Benedict Option Is Not For Me

Full disclosure: I did not actually read the book “The Benedict Option”. Spiritdaily and a NY Times article is where I gleaned information about this movement in the Church. I did, however, have limited exposure to the idea of Covenant Communities in my parish. About years ago, a very holy, sincere parish priest and several parish families were trying to form a […]

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Autumn and Transformation in Life’s Struggles

September 5, AD2017 1 Comment
Autumn and Transformation in Life’s Struggles

When I was young I always looked forward to autumn. For me, autumn was a time when the cycle of life began all over again. I know many people like to think of spring as the season of beginnings, but in my mind, it was always autumn. Maybe it was because in the autumn the […]

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The Antidote to Indifference

September 2, AD2017 0 Comments
The Antidote to Indifference

I recently encountered a stranger who spontaneously proclaimed to me that she was a “peace, love, and Nelson Mandela” kind of person. She briefly bemoaned the recent strife in the world and the problem of religion. She shared her belief that people need to be “more connected” to others’ feelings. Then we parted company in […]

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A Catholic Approach to the Suicide Epidemic

August 31, AD2017 2 Comments
A Catholic Approach to the Suicide Epidemic

Recently, two great musicians passed away: Chris Cornell and Chester Bennington. Both committed suicide. Chester Bennington was a huge fan of Cornell when he was younger. At one point he even got to tour with Cornell. In his open letter to Chris Cornell after his death, Mr. Bennington wrote, “You have inspired me in many […]

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What They Didn’t Tell Me About the Church

August 10, AD2017 1 Comment
What They Didn’t Tell Me About the Church

I entered the Catholic Church in 2010, but my wife and I turned slowly away from the popular ideological goals and dreams of this world a few years before that. She has leapt ahead of me now in this progress towards eternity, which is fitting as she also lead me in life by her understanding […]

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Turning Points

August 8, AD2017 0 Comments
Turning Points

The first turning point came when our car initially broke down in Hawaii. I was 6,000 miles away in Delaware, caring for my 90 year-old-parents. Well, really, just my Dad. Mom had a few falls but still made mashed potatoes from scratch and watched over Dad to make sure he ate. She has done this […]

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Harry’s Pain & Becoming God

July 17, AD2017 1 Comment
Harry’s Pain & Becoming God

My friend Harry has been around for some time, and over his life he has experienced many different kinds of physical pain. So I was surprised recently when he contacted me after two weeks silence, and told me he had been through the worst pain of his life: “When my knee was crushed, when I […]

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Wisdom About Suffering from St. Paul and St. Frances de Sales

July 13, AD2017 1 Comment
Wisdom About Suffering from St. Paul and St. Frances de Sales

There are many painful experiences that are a part of our lives this side of heaven. These can be emotional such as disappointment, heartache, betrayal, sadness, loneliness, frustration, righteous anger and indignation. Or they can be physical sufferings from disease or injury, from torture, starvation or various other trials. The pain can be intensified when […]

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