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Answering the Two Reformation Solas

January 29, AD2016 5 Comments
Answering the Two Reformation Solas

With the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s Reformation coming up next year, it’s a fitting time to take a look at the two main Reformation dogmas which Luther invented, the famous solas of the Reformation: sola fide (faith alone) and sola scriptura (Scripture alone). Are they biblical? In a word, no. Saved by Faith Alone (Sola Fide)? The notion of sola […]

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The Reality—or Lack Thereof—of Time Travel

January 29, AD2016 0 Comments
The Reality—or Lack Thereof—of Time Travel

(Spoiler alert: for those of you who have not seen the Back to the Future trilogy, particularly the second installment, reading this could potentially take some excitement out of watching it, but if that doesn’t bother you, read on!) This past summer, my brother brought home his movie collection and one evening arbitrarily chose to […]

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The Almighty Has His Own Purposes

January 28, AD2016 2 Comments
The Almighty Has His Own Purposes

The problem of God allowing terrible things to happen to innocent people used to be of merely philosophical interest to me until my 21 year old son died in his sleep during the early morning hours of Pentecost in 2013. Endless words have been written on this subject, but I have always found moving the thought process […]

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Trading Anger for Love

January 28, AD2016 2 Comments
Trading Anger for Love

The first time I actually realized I had an anger issue was about a year ago while attending a retreat.  A deacon (now priest) prayed over me and told me that he sensed that I was holding on to grudges. I went straight to confession after that revelation because it made sense. I am an […]

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Are Your Headed For A Breakthrough Or A Breakdown?

January 28, AD2016 0 Comments
Are Your Headed For A Breakthrough Or A Breakdown?

OBGyn Christine Northrup, M.D. believes that PMS symptoms are the natural way the mind, body, and soul connect and communicate. For optimal health, Dr Northrup invites us women to acknowledge and address what our bodies, mind and soul are telling us. We experience heightened awareness, in general, the days and week before our period. We […]

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The Evolution of Mercy in the Pro-Life Movement

January 27, AD2016
The Evolution of Mercy in the Pro-Life Movement

Tens of thousands of pro-life supporters marched once again marched through the streets of Washington D.C. in the 43rd annual March for Life. An impending blizzard kept the numbers down from the usual hundreds of thousands, but it was still an impressive force. Some may look with dismay at the fact that the March for […]

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Divine Mercy as The Perfect Antidote to The Self-Hate of Sin

January 26, AD2016 10 Comments
Divine Mercy as The Perfect Antidote to The Self-Hate of Sin

As many of us know, this year has been declared a Jubilee Holy Year of Mercy by Pope Francis, which should remind all of us that Divine Mercy is not just a devotion practiced right after Easter each year but rather, a game plan we should follow every day. I never cease to be amazed […]

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“God Is So Dope”: Learning About Social Justice From a Young Catholic Worker

January 26, AD2016 2 Comments
“God Is So Dope”: Learning About Social Justice From a Young Catholic Worker

Recently a flurry of social media posts focused on what people would do if they were to win a billion dollar lottery. In all the suggestions about the good  people could do with so much money,  no one mentioned anything remotely like, “I would serve men on skid row in the inner city, including those […]

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Are Creatures Created?

January 25, AD2016 8 Comments
Are Creatures Created?

  If we were to follow Richard Dawkins as our guide, we would conclude that living creatures are not created. Opposing Arguments Differ in Defining Design The point to which Dawkins’ position is a counterpoint is the argument for God, dubbed “Intelligent Design”. Both arguments are based on mathematical probability, but reach opposite conclusions. Biology […]

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Spiritual Friendship—Some Observations

January 24, AD2016 49 Comments
Spiritual Friendship—Some Observations

Lately, within the last 2-3 years especially, a grassroots movement has been quietly taking hold within certain circles of Catholicism. There is a group of people who, like me, have same-sex attractions (SSA) and are looking for legitimate ways to cope with their feelings while remaining true to Church teaching.  So far so good. Their umbrella […]

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Discerning Private Revelation: Part Two

January 23, AD2016 2 Comments
Discerning Private Revelation: Part Two

In the light of my previous article, Discerning Private Revelation: A Particular Pitfall, it seems right and just to offer another discussion on a particular area of private revelation that is also often in dispute. I am speaking of what I will here call “belief and unbelief” and it is to this theme that the […]

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Mary Cannot be Divine, Can She?

January 23, AD2016 1 Comment
Mary Cannot be Divine, Can She?

I heard my neighbor, in our massive cubicle maze, call over the wall, “Hey Dan, you have time for coffee?” Before I could hang up the phone and answer him, he called over the wall again, “I have a couple of additional questions. I will even buy the coffee this time.” When I was finally […]

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Marching On

January 22, AD2016 2 Comments
Marching On

The Roe v Wade decision still remains unsettling to many. Since that day a culture of death has permeated society, and the world. Nevertheless, many continue to defend the voiceless, and will stand up for them, again, this year, united with others in our nation’s capital. This is a testimony to an unwillingness to accept […]

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The Incredible Journey of a Satanist to Pro-Life Warrior

January 22, AD2016 4 Comments
The Incredible Journey of a Satanist to Pro-Life Warrior

The pro-life movement has been filled with numerous stories of interest since the fight began with the Roe v. Wade decision in 1973. The numbers of abortions performed since then are staggering. Today there are many abortion survivors who speak out against abortion and there are those who have had abortions that are witnesses to […]

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The Most Holy Rosary: Our Simple Breviary (Part 1)

January 22, AD2016 0 Comments
The Most Holy Rosary: Our Simple Breviary (Part 1)

Author’s Note:  This article is a the first in a five-part series examining the beauty and medication of the Most Holy Rosary. This series is dedicated to the memory of Fr. Patrick Peyton, C.S.C., whose love and dedication to the Rosary inspired its widespread use and understanding in our time. You can look at a […]

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Belief Is Hard, But Nothing Makes Sense Without God

January 20, AD2016 10 Comments
Belief Is Hard, But Nothing Makes Sense Without God

Whenever my brother comes to town to visit, we have a traditional meal that we enjoy together. It takes place at a local Chinese buffet, and typically the conversations can become deep and meaningful. These conversations might be about the state of the family, our quest for virtue, or various things that might be going […]

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The Glorious Mysteries of the Holy Rosary

January 18, AD2016 2 Comments
The Glorious Mysteries of the Holy Rosary

Here we come to the end of our series on the Mysteries of the Holy Rosary. Having prayed and reflected on the conception, birth, life, Passion, and death of Jesus Christ, we now arrive at the fruition of Jesus’ salvific work. The Glorious Mysteries explore the aftermath of Jesus’ death: His Resurrection and Ascension into […]

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Pope Francis VS the Spirit of the Age

January 17, AD2016 65 Comments
Pope Francis VS the Spirit of the Age

Click here to listen to this post read by the author Pope Francis’ September, 2015 announcement of a streamlined marriage annulment process sent the conservative Catholic blogosphere spinning like an angry wasp against a window. “Scrap the New Annulment Rules” announced The Catholic Thing. The Catholic Herald declared “The Pope’s radical annulment reforms could overturn […]

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Answering the Call to Work

January 16, AD2016 1 Comment
Answering the Call to Work

Recent studies show a need for a greater understanding of labor as a Christian call to work. Nearly half the people on the planet are workers. Statically speaking, the UN’s International Labour Organization tallies the world-wide workforce at nearly three billion. Standing hand-in-hand, these workers would circle the globe 11 times. Needless to say, what work […]

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Discerning Private Revelation: A Particular Pitfall

January 16, AD2016 46 Comments
Discerning Private Revelation: A Particular Pitfall

Over the course of my now fourteen years of studying and working with the Catholic Church’s theology of private revelation, I have come to understand a particular pitfall in discernment. This pitfall concerns the dissemination of alleged private revelations. Unfortunately, there appears to be many different ideas and opinions as to how this dissemination works. […]

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How Should We Honor Our Elderly Parents?

January 16, AD2016 3 Comments
How Should We Honor Our Elderly Parents?

  In response to Dr. Denise Hunnell’s December 29, 2015 Catholic Stand post, “Family Life as ‘Domestic Pilgrimage’”, a loyal reader brought up a question in regards to the Fourth Commandment, “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land which the Lord your God gives you” (Exodus 20:12; […]

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Suffering For a Reason: Not What Yoda Would Advise

January 15, AD2016 3 Comments
Suffering For a Reason: Not What Yoda Would Advise

“Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hatred. Hatred leads to suffering.” This quote comes from Star Wars’ Master Yoda in in an exchange with the young Anakin Skywalker. An interesting statement to say the least but our faith tells us more. As Paul writes in Romans 5:3-5: “Not only that, but we even boast […]

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A March for Life, A March of Hope

January 15, AD2016 1 Comment
A March for Life, A March of Hope

January 22 marks the 43rd anniversary of the tragic legalization of abortion on demand in our country via two Supreme Court decisions, Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton. For the forty-third year, hundreds of thousands will be gathering in our nation’s capital to urge our elected officials to end the senseless killing of unborn […]

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Grandmothers: God’s Gift of Love and Mercy

January 13, AD2016 2 Comments
Grandmothers:  God’s Gift of Love and Mercy

Grandmothers and Mercy January is a time that reminds me of my deceased Grandmother.  She passed away over 20 years ago on January 31. It is this time of year where I live with the Pennsylvania chill in the air that reminds me of her passing.  I think many of us have fond memories of those people […]

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