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From Ignorance, Atheism, and Anti-Catholicism to the Glory and Peace of the Catholic Church

January 11, AD2017 4 Comments
From Ignorance, Atheism, and Anti-Catholicism to the Glory and Peace of the Catholic Church

Then from the heart of the tempest, Yahweh gave Job His answer. He said: Who is this, obscuring My intentions with his ignorant words? Brace yourself like a fighter; I am going to ask the questions, and you are to answer! Book of Job 38:1-3 By the Grace of the Mother of God As a […]

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Bayes’ Theorem and the Historical Truth of Christianity

January 10, AD2017 1 Comment
Bayes’ Theorem and the Historical Truth of Christianity

  In his book, Proving History, Bayes’ Theorem and the Quest for the Historical Jesus, atheist activist Richard Carrier contends that reports in Christian scripture can be determined to be false by the application of Bayes’ theorem. He claims that by this method, it can be demonstrated that Jesus of Nazareth is not an historical person […]

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If the Beer Truck Runs Over You Tomorrow, Is Your Soul Ready? Part One

January 10, AD2017 0 Comments
If the Beer Truck Runs Over You Tomorrow, Is Your Soul Ready? Part One

A recent article I read about the new book, Benedict XVI—Last Testament: In His Own Words really caught my attention. In it, the pope is quoted as saying that as he prays and prepares for death, he fears death because the closer he draws to God, “the more intensely you feel how much you have […]

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A Simple New Year’s Resolutions Guide For Catholics

January 9, AD2017 1 Comment
A Simple New Year’s Resolutions Guide For Catholics

The year 2017 is upon us and for many this means it’s time to come up with a list of, or at least a couple, New Year’s Resolutions. Get fit, eat better, spend less, and save more seem to be pretty common resolutions these days. But resolving to focus more on God instead of on […]

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Catholic Dream Walks and the Seasons of the Church Year

January 9, AD2017 0 Comments
Catholic Dream Walks and the Seasons of the Church Year

There is something beautiful about the changes that come with the seasons of the year. I admit I’m a seasonal man. Growing up in Northeastern Pennsylvania, the seasons were magical. Fall was ablaze with color and winter packed a lot of reverie into those snowy days. Springtime was full of fragrance and new life and […]

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Multifaceted Approaches to World Peace

January 8, AD2017 4 Comments
Multifaceted Approaches to World Peace

During the eighties, I edited an anthology, Philosophical Perspectives on Peace, which included numerous prescriptions for world peace by philosophers, psychologists, and litterateurs from the ancient world, and through the Renaissance and Enlightenment, up to the late twentieth century.   The proposals of these authors seem to break up naturally into the following categories: 1) […]

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Shusaku Endo’s Silence and the Divine Command to Sin

January 7, AD2017 4 Comments
Shusaku Endo’s Silence and the Divine Command to Sin

Shusaku Endo’s novel Silence is one of the most unsettling novels a Catholic could read. Recounting the story of Portuguese Jesuits facing martyrdom and persecution in seventeenth-century Japan, Endo does not hesitate to pose to his characters – and readers – the most difficult moral dilemmas imaginable regarding persecution and apostasy, and even whether God might […]

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They Have a Right!

January 7, AD2017 15 Comments
They Have a Right!

I am tired of hearing the phrase, they have a right. I hear this said on television, radio, or among people in everyday life about a controversial subject that has caused a condemning reaction; such as flag burning. It’s not that it isn’t true that the law allows certain acts of free speech, it is […]

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Feminists Just Don’t Understand Why We Are Here

January 6, AD2017 6 Comments
Feminists Just Don’t Understand Why We Are Here

Whenever we hear the term “stay-at-home” mom or “housewife,” we picture a woman whose life revolves around her kids. We all know the stereotype. The stereotypical stay-at-home mom or housewife is a woman whose sole mission in life is to serve her children and husband. Sadly, such a woman has no life aspirations or goals.  […]

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Only Spirit Inspired Evangelization Is Effective

January 5, AD2017 3 Comments
Only Spirit Inspired Evangelization Is Effective

Trained to evangelize, with social media at their fingertips, modern Catholics might be surprised to discover that the most effective missionaries are still those who humbly carry Christ to others like a donkey.  When Catholics actually carry Christ, they are filled with the love and joy of the Lord which is infectious.  These ordinary folk spread the […]

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Show Me Your Sportsmanship: I’ll Show You Your Culture

January 5, AD2017 5 Comments
Show Me Your Sportsmanship: I’ll Show You Your Culture

Having grown up in the United States, I thought it was common knowledge that playing sports is a school of morality, character training, and indispensable to a child’s upbringing. Now that I live in Portugal and am raising my children here, I see that is not the case in other places around the world; such […]

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Christmas Afterthoughts: God Made Flesh

January 4, AD2017 2 Comments
Christmas Afterthoughts: God Made Flesh

The Message First Delivered to Poor Shepherds Of the whole gamut of myths, legends and fairy tales that have been told in human history, not even the most outrageous or outlandish can compare with the message that we can so easily take for granted. It is the message first delivered to poor shepherds as they […]

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More Doctrine for a Better Homily

January 3, AD2017 3 Comments
More Doctrine for a Better Homily

Doctrinal Homily Outlines, a lectionary-based aid for homilists, began as this layman’s response to the Year of Faith Pope Benedict XVI declared for 2012-2013. In Porta Fidei, Benedict’s apostolic letter announcing the Year of Faith, the Holy Father asked each of us to “rediscover the content of the faith that is professed, celebrated, lived and […]

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Mercy and Truth, Love and Law: Take the Road to Emmaus

January 3, AD2017 2 Comments
Mercy and Truth, Love and Law: Take the Road to Emmaus

There is a lot of talk in the church these days about mercy verses the truth, or what is also known as love verses the law. I am not here to comment on our Pope and Cardinals, except to say pray for all of them. They are our shepherds and deserve our respect and our […]

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What Is It About Mary?

January 2, AD2017 2 Comments
What Is It About Mary?

  The Blessed Virgin Mary was the subject of an exhibition at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in 2014. She drew record-breaking attendance at the Washington D.C. museum, proving Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen’s description of her as “the world’s first love” was very apt. “What Is It About Mary?” The exhibition, “Picturing Mary: Woman, Mother, […]

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The Book of Job: Speak Rightly Of God

January 1, AD2017 1 Comment
The Book of Job: Speak Rightly Of God

At the end of the Book Of Job, God tells the acquaintances of Job, who have denigrated, accused, and chastised Job, to prepare sacrifices; but He also tells them not to pray in offering the sacrifices, because He will not listen to their prayers. However, He tells these men He will listen to the prayers […]

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Pray Without Deadly Sin

December 31, AD2016 1 Comment
Pray Without Deadly Sin

Most of us think we know how to pray, others may ponder the question, “How do I pray?” This article can be used by both groups of people as an examination of conscience before prayer. For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed the evil thoughts, fornications, thefts, murders, adulteries, deeds of coveting […]

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The Gift of Unanswered Prayer

December 31, AD2016 0 Comments
The Gift of Unanswered Prayer

We all have things that regularly appear in our prayer petitions. Some are wants, some needs, and some are desires. As the saying goes, “God has three ways to answer our prayers – yes, no, and not now.” Like any good parent, God the Father indulges us but gives preferential treatment to our needs. Sometimes […]

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The Kingdom of Jesus Christ on Earth

December 30, AD2016 4 Comments
The Kingdom of Jesus Christ on Earth

During this Christmas season, it’s good to take a look at what the true meaning of the birth of Christ was. It was not only God being born on earth, although it certainly was that. The birth of Jesus, in fact, was the restoration of the divine Kingdom on earth, with the King of Kings […]

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Extending Our Joy Past Christmas

December 30, AD2016 1 Comment
Extending Our Joy Past Christmas

Jesus, the Reason for our Joy Another year has passed, and the Christmas Season is here. This is a time of reflection, a time of joy as we celebrate Jesus. We celebrate love brought into the world through the gift of God’s Son to the entire world. Over two thousand years have passed.  The gift of […]

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