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Spring Cleaning My Soul

May 15, AD2016 0 Comments
Spring Cleaning My Soul

Spring is in the air! The birds are rising earlier with the sun and the weather is warmer.  Here in the Midwest, it is never a safe bet to expect warm sunny weather this early, although it is May.  A hard freeze can suddenly put a damper on garage sale or clean up day.  One day […]

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Atheists are Lame

May 15, AD2016 14 Comments
Atheists are Lame

  I live in the country, on a one acre “hobby farm” I share with my wife, two teenagers, and a small menagerie of other people’s cast-off animals. We take in the stray dogs and cats our irresponsible neighbors dump off in the fields around us, pay for their spaying or neutering plus any needed […]

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Credo Scientific Dogma Part I

May 14, AD2016 1 Comment
Credo Scientific Dogma Part I

People in power, throughout history and still today, tend to misuse and abuse science to achieve their ends. Could it be because they make science into a publicly-accepted religion? The Religion Of Science For many, who espouse and live the Religion of Science, often called “Scientism,” Science, only Science, provides Truth. Science is based on […]

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ALIGNING CATHOLIC EDUCATION WITH THE MAGISTERIUM

May 14, AD2016 8 Comments
ALIGNING CATHOLIC EDUCATION WITH THE MAGISTERIUM

Catholic Education What do these institutions of higher learning all have in common? Loyola Marymount University Georgetown University Fordham University Gonzaga University Seattle University They all refer to themselves as “Catholic.” All are run by the Jesuits, and all allow or support activities that seem contra to Catholic teaching. Consider Loyola Marymount University: in spite […]

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An Inexpensive Pilgrimage?

May 13, AD2016 2 Comments
An Inexpensive Pilgrimage?

A pilgrimage is one of the many joys and treasures of being a Roman Catholic. It is wonderful to stand on the streets in Rome, Jerusalem, or other cities and look back over 2,000 years and see the sights He had seen or would become significant to our faith. While tourists of any faith would probably […]

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Why C.S. Lewis Would Want You to Join a Writing Group

May 13, AD2016 4 Comments
Why C.S. Lewis Would Want You to Join a Writing Group

When J.R.R. Tolkien retired from his post at the University of Oxford in 1959, he intended to spend his new-found free time finishing The Silmarillion. Though this book is less well-known than his Lord of the Rings, Tolkien considered it his real work—the work he’d spent decades trying to get back to. One can easily […]

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You Can’t Make a Silk Purse Out Of A Sow’s Ear

May 12, AD2016 4 Comments
You Can’t Make a Silk Purse Out Of A Sow’s Ear

My defeat and subsequent surrender were key to my salvation, delivering me from an egotistical life which focused on my own strength and effort, not on grace. I finally realized my only options were either insanity or to stop functioning like I was the god of my little kingdom and to allow Christ to do His […]

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Christian Projects: a Drop in the Ocean of Negativity

May 12, AD2016 0 Comments
Christian Projects: a Drop in the Ocean of Negativity

Here in Portugal, as in most parts of the world, there are a lot of heart-wrenching political changes being made. Abortion was legalized in 2007, same-sex “marriage” in 2010 and adoption by same-sex couples just last year. Now euthanasia is being “discussed”, what is referred to as “sexual education” is being more and more pushed […]

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Religious Schools Are Fundamental to Liberty

May 11, AD2016 5 Comments
Religious Schools Are Fundamental to Liberty

Catholics who are not big on history may probably not be aware of the amount of anti-Catholic animus that existed in the U.S. from the early 1800s up to as late as World War II.  And even though we’ve had a Catholic president and currently have a Catholic Vice President and a Catholic Speaker of […]

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The Wounded Healer

May 11, AD2016 2 Comments
The Wounded Healer

In last week’s column, I shared a most painful and debilitating event in my family’s life. I waited two-and-a-half years to publish our story; not for publicity or tabloid sensationalism, but to serve as a testament to how God the Father, God the Son and the Holy Spirit uses our wounds for a greater purpose. […]

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Discussion vs. Ear-Piercing Debate Online

May 10, AD2016 10 Comments
Discussion vs. Ear-Piercing Debate Online

Twitter can be a harsh place. I get responses daily to my tweets that might make your hair rise on end. Here’s the most negative tweets – unfiltered – I got in a random week (April 21-28, simply the week before I wrote this intro): “As the False Prophet, he [Pope Francis] will be one […]

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Angela’s Orderliness

May 10, AD2016 1 Comment
Angela’s Orderliness

Orderliness is an important human virtue. It is the good habit by which a person does what he ought to do, when and how he should do it. It is about properly managing time and tasks. Here is a parable about one person’s experience with order and the vice of disorder. Angela was bright but […]

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Not Just A Father But A Dad

May 9, AD2016 0 Comments
Not Just A Father But A Dad

I am supposed to be a spiritual theologian, at least that’s what some people call me, but sometimes I feel that I know nothing at all, or at least nothing that will mean anything to anyone else. On one occasion I was sitting waiting for my train at Waterloo Station, London,  feeling sorry for myself. […]

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Behold Your Mother: This Mother’s Day, This Month of May, and Beyond

May 8, AD2016 0 Comments
Behold Your Mother: This Mother’s Day, This Month of May, and Beyond

When speaking to groups of Catholics, or sharing one-on-one, I often ask, “Are you consecrated to Mary?” And the large majority of the time the response is “no” or “I don’t know” or “what is that?” I can’t blame them because that was my response as well some 30 years ago. In fact, I only […]

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Pregnant With Cancer: A Miracle

May 7, AD2016 1 Comment
Pregnant With Cancer: A Miracle

My experience of being pregnant with cancer is that being pro-life is not a death sentence for a pregnant woman with cancer or her unborn child. Many cite “life of the mother” as a reason for abortion. Many of the times “life of the mother” is cited, abortion is not in the woman’s best interest. Research has shown […]

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“We’ll Never Tell Them” Review and Interview with Award Winning Author Fiorella De Maria

May 7, AD2016 0 Comments
“We’ll Never Tell Them” Review and Interview with Award Winning Author Fiorella De Maria

I couldn’t wait to get my hands on Ignatius Press’ latest fiction: the award-winning Fiorella de Maria’s “We’ll Never Tell Them.” A novel about a twenty first century nurse from Britain (Kristjana) who runs away to Jerusalem and encounters the story of a Maltese-British woman (Liljana) sounded like an intriguing premise. And it was. With […]

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Where are You, God?

May 6, AD2016 7 Comments
Where are You, God?

“Where are you, God?” many ask these days. He’s certainly hard to see in the utter chaos of today’s world. He’s hard to detect in the murders and butchery and blasphemy of those who kill Christians and innocents around the world. It’s difficult to discern His presence in the reality of almost 4,000 unborn babies […]

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One Way to Honor God: Stop Gossiping

May 5, AD2016 0 Comments
One Way to Honor God: Stop Gossiping

A Quote from the Holy Father Pope Francis on Gossip “Unity is a grace for which we must ask the Lord, that he may liberate us from the temptation of division, of conflict between us, of selfishness and of gossip. How much evil gossip does, how much evil? Never gossip about others, never!” -General Audience, […]

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How Jesus Draws out Our True Identity

May 5, AD2016 1 Comment
How Jesus Draws out Our True Identity

It was Our Lord who asked Peter three times, in rather unusual fashion: “Do you love me?” Peter answered three times, “yes – yes – yes.” And with each “yes”, Our Lord gave a command: Feed my lambs, Peter. Take care of my sheep. Feed my sheep. If Peter really did love the Lord, then why did […]

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Reclaiming My Faith

May 4, AD2016 103 Comments
Reclaiming My Faith

Two-and-a-half years ago, I was prepared to walk away from the Catholic Church, along with my family. The reasons are personal, yet quite universal. Although our experience is deeply painful and private, and our recovery ongoing, sharing it now is quite cathartic, and will hopefully help others who feel disenfranchised. After the Boston Globe exposed sex abuse in the Catholic […]

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