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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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Understanding Our Call to Have Great Faith

May 13, AD2018 0 Comments
Understanding Our Call to Have Great Faith

There are many situations in our lives where our faith is tested. Confusion and discord within the Church continue today as they have for centuries. Injustice and a lack of charity are seen even among those who claim to be Christian. Those who place their confidence in Christ and his Church are ridiculed, mocked and […]

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Scripture Passages That Say Jesus Isn’t God

May 12, AD2018 1 Comment
Scripture Passages That Say Jesus Isn’t God

Imagine this scenario. You hear the doorbell ring, you open the door, and you see two well-dressed men standing on your porch with smiles on their faces. They ask you a seemingly harmless question about God, and then they ask you what religion you practice. You tell them that you are Catholic, so they ask […]

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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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Pentecost and Eternal Perspective

May 11, AD2018 3 Comments
Pentecost and Eternal Perspective

When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly a sound came from heaven like the rush of a mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared to them tongues as of fire, distributed and resting on each one of them. […]

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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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Our Lady as Spiritual Vessel

May 10, AD2018 2 Comments
Our Lady as Spiritual Vessel

For many years I struggled to understand the “vessel” images applied to the Virgin Mary in the Litany of Loreto. In the Litany she is described variously as a “spiritual vessel,” a “vessel of honor,” and a “singular vessel of devotion.” These are gracious but mysterious descriptions, to be sure. Pope St. John Paul II […]

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Enter Into Christ’s Mystical Body; Let God Take Control

May 10, AD2018 6 Comments
Enter Into Christ’s Mystical Body; Let God Take Control

Just over five hundred years ago, in 1509, Henry VIII became King of England and it was because of him that Protestantism was introduced into England.  In that same year, John Colet, son of the Lord Mayor of London introduced stoicism into the St Paul’s school that he founded, which became a paradigm for the […]

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Pass the Torch – Protect the Parish

May 9, AD2018 0 Comments
Pass the Torch – Protect the Parish

Have you found yourself feeling increasingly worn out or beat down by the work you’re doing in your parish ministry? Do you find yourself on the road to burnout? Are you really getting tired of the hassles you seem to encounter more and more frequently in your volunteer work? Do you wonder why you are the […]

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Maybe We Need Some Kung Fu in Catholic Catechesis

May 9, AD2018 0 Comments
Maybe We Need Some Kung Fu in Catholic Catechesis

When people hear the term Kung Fu they probably think of the martial arts and guys like Bruce Lee or Jackie Chan, or even the 1970s TV show Kung Fu.  But expertise in the martial arts is apparently only one kind of Kung Fu. The term Kung Fu translates as an acquired skill, work performed, […]

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What is Man?

May 8, AD2018 1 Comment
What is Man?

In Matthew’s Gospel Jesus tells His disciples that He did not come to bring peace but, rather, the sword (Mt. 10:34). He tells the apostles that His message will set family members against themselves and that they will become each other’s enemies. Immediately after this Jesus continues by saying that those who love father or […]

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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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Jesus as Warrior: A Reflection

May 7, AD2018 3 Comments
Jesus as Warrior: A Reflection

Therefore, take the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.  (Ephesians 6:13) The Easter season is a time of reflection and, as the season moves forward, those reflections can move away from oneself to Jesus. In any deliberation, regardless of topic, […]

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Is There a Probability for the Universe? New Thoughts about the Anthropic Coincidences

May 7, AD2018 27 Comments
Is There a Probability for the Universe? New Thoughts about the Anthropic Coincidences

The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork. Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge. There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard.” —Psalm 19 (KJV) “It is a strange fact, incidentally, that religious apologists love the anthropic principle. For some reason […]

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A Changed Notion of Authenticity Does Not Bode Well for the Church

May 6, AD2018 1 Comment
A Changed Notion of Authenticity Does Not Bode Well for the Church

Something chilling and sinister is going on with the meaning of the word ‘authenticity.’ It’s becoming ever more apparent that ‘authenticity’ is being separated from ‘truth.’ The notion of authenticity, especially when it comes to the Church and the meaning of truth, seems to be changing, or maybe has even already changed. For many it […]

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Animals Do Go to Heaven

May 6, AD2018 88 Comments
Animals Do Go to Heaven

This past January, we made the heart-breaking decision to put our beloved dog Ralphie to sleep. Animal lovers understand the grief and the terrible sense of loss that pet people experience at the death of their friend. Whether the pet is a hamster or an iguana, the loss stings. As with all death, people wonder […]

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Do You Love Me More Than These?

May 5, AD2018 0 Comments
Do You Love Me More Than These?

Then Peter remembered the word that Jesus had said to him, ‘Before the cock crows twice you will deny me three times. He broke down and wept. ( Mark 14: 72) This verse from the Passion narrative of St. Mark’s Gospel reminds us of God’s rich mercy.  In that short passage, we understand how Jesus is […]

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A Talent is a Terrible thing to Waste

May 5, AD2018 0 Comments
A Talent is a Terrible thing to Waste

Sometimes when something comes easy, we become complacent and start taking it for granted. But if that thing that we are taking for granted is a God-given talent, not developing it can lead to a life that is not being lived according to His plan for us. When I was in grade school and high […]

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Ministering to Jesus

May 4, AD2018 0 Comments
Ministering to Jesus

“There were many women there, looking on from a distance, who had followed Jesus from Galilee, ministering to Him.” (Matt. 27:55) We all know the joy of reading a great book for a second or third time. Perhaps when we first read it, we were young and didn’t pick up on some of the nuances […]

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An Easter Retreat in the Mountains

May 4, AD2018 0 Comments
An Easter Retreat in the Mountains

Over the Easter weekend, my family and I traveled to a local mountain resort to get away from the city.   We also thought it would be the perfect setting to celebrate Easter. The weather cooperated, but this is Southern California so it usually does.  The road up to the resort allowed us to take in […]

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It Also Took a Fiat From Joseph, Not Just From Mary

May 3, AD2018 15 Comments
It Also Took a Fiat From Joseph, Not Just From Mary

Joseph her husband, since he was a righteous man, yet unwilling to expose her to shame, decided to divorce her quietly. Such was his intention when, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary your wife into your […]

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A Call to Understand and Support Pope Francis

May 3, AD2018 21 Comments
A Call to Understand and Support Pope Francis

Pope Francis has my admiration because I hear the voice of love speaking through him. He always stresses God’s infinite mercy. People Accuse Pope Francis Recently, a ninety-three-year-old atheist accused him of denying the existence of hell. This man who has nothing but contempt for Christianity delighted in causing an uproar. The Pope denied his […]

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Terri Schiavo and the “Perverse Mercy” of Death by Starvation

May 2, AD2018 4 Comments
Terri Schiavo and the “Perverse Mercy” of Death by Starvation

[The] administration of water and food, even when provided by artificial means, always represents a natural means of preserving life, not a medical act. Its use, …should be considered …ordinary and proportionate, and as such morally obligatory, …until it is seen to have attained its proper finality, which in the present case consists in providing […]

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Be like Christ

May 2, AD2018 0 Comments
Be like Christ

Be like Mike? If you were around then, do you remember the “Be like Mike” Gatorade TV commercial of the 1990s? The implication of the ad was that if you drank Gatorade you might be able to play on your own court with the same excellence as Michael Jordan, the then perhaps greatest professional basketball […]

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