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Finding True Goodness as a Christian

July 15, AD2017 0 Comments
Finding True Goodness as a Christian

To be sure, morally or otherwise, no one is good in the sense of perfect. We are usually only good in a relative sense. We are not perfect but we do not think we are awful either. Our day was fine but it was not amazing. The best tennis player in the world would probably […]

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Family Strategies for Living a Prayerful Life During Summer Vacation

July 15, AD2017 1 Comment
Family Strategies for Living a Prayerful Life During Summer Vacation

For parents of small children, summer vacation only means one thing — a non-stop set of demands for activities. I don’t know about the other parents out there, but these days, every time I accidentally glance at the calendar, I get a shot of nerves. Yes, there are exciting places to go, wonderful things to see […]

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Muslim Good Samaritans in War-Torn Marawi

July 14, AD2017 2 Comments
Muslim Good Samaritans in War-Torn Marawi

As I write this article for Catholic Stand (July 6, 2017), the battle to free one of the cities in the southern part of the Philippines from the presence of an ISIS-inspired organization, the Maute group, has just entered its sixth week. Marawi City, located in Mindanao, has been under siege for more than a […]

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Recognizing Neighbor in Today’s World

July 14, AD2017 0 Comments
Recognizing Neighbor in Today’s World

In the book of Luke, an expert in the law asks, “Who is my neighbor?” Jesus responds with the parable of the Good Samaritan. His examples guide us through several encounters with an injured man – all with diverse responses.  Jesus then turns to the lawyer  and asks: Which of these three, in thy opin […]

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Pray the Rosary – Especially This Year

July 13, AD2017 2 Comments
Pray the Rosary – Especially This Year

In conversations with Catholics from around the country, one will encounter varying levels of devotion to Our Lady. Such devotions seem to run along a continuum. At one end of the continuum, we find a very deep devotion to her, including daily Rosaries and other prayers. At the other end, there is little to no […]

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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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The Five Ways of St. Thomas Aquinas, Part II

July 12, AD2017 0 Comments
The Five Ways of St. Thomas Aquinas, Part II

Last month I presented the First Way St. Thomas Aquinas explained the logical existence of God. Here is the Second Way. While this is a quick read, it may take some effort to discern St. Thomas’ subtle concepts because of the different use of words between his time and ours. The Second Way: The Argument […]

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The Sin Problem

July 12, AD2017 5 Comments
The Sin Problem

“Sign, sign, everywhere a sign Blockin’ out the scenery, breakin’ my mind Do this, don’t do that, can’t you read the sign?” Five Man Electric Band- Signs, 1970 For many, many Catholics (and non-Catholic Christians) the lyrics above sum up their experience in the Church.  For many, Christianity looks like one big, fat rule book. […]

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Why Most of Us Are Scapegoats, Not Saintly Martyrs

July 11, AD2017 11 Comments
Why Most of Us Are Scapegoats, Not Saintly Martyrs

Every society, every culture has a tradition of a scapegoat: a person or group of people to blame and punish for the sins of that particular society. Centuries ago, old women were blamed for poor crops, cows which failed to produce milk and any birth defects. Less superstitious societies turned on each new group of […]

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Do Not Be Afraid To Speak Up for Freedom

July 11, AD2017 0 Comments
Do Not Be Afraid To Speak Up for Freedom

“Do not be afraid to be holy! Have the courage and humility to present yourselves to the world determined to be holy, since full, true freedom is born from holiness.” – Saint John Paul II   The phrase “Do not be afraid,” repeated tirelessly by Saint Pope John Paul II, seems to be growing in importance. […]

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Wanting Purgatory Now – A Journey Towards Holiness

July 10, AD2017 5 Comments
Wanting Purgatory Now – A Journey Towards Holiness

There are a number of things that distinguish Catholics from Protestant Christians.  One of these things is a belief in purgatory. Protestants think that simply accepting Jesus Christ as their savior (Solus Christus, Sola fide) guarantees that they will go to straight to heaven. Catholic Doctrine, however, says there are no guarantees. Purgatory might best be described […]

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St. Kateri Tekakwitha and A Promise Kept: Part II

July 10, AD2017 0 Comments
St. Kateri Tekakwitha and A Promise Kept: Part II

In her very short and intentionally lived life, Kateri nourished and achieved the kind of total self-giving that I am only feebly struggling toward day by day even after 60 years in a world that abounds with ever increasing opportunities for sanctity.  I believe that because of the many virtues Kateri possessed that especially resonated […]

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Discernment, Action and WDGWMTD

July 9, AD2017 3 Comments
Discernment, Action and WDGWMTD

Back in the 1990’s, there was a group of initials (WWJD) that found its way across the United States and the world. Anything that could display print, especially wristbands, was used to promote the slogan “What would Jesus Do?” My recollection of this “movement” was that it spread like wildfire and lasted for years. To […]

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St. Kateri Tekakwitha and A Promise Kept: Part I

July 9, AD2017 3 Comments
St. Kateri Tekakwitha and A Promise Kept: Part I

On October 21, 2012, the Algonquin-Mohawk woman, Kateri Tekakwitha, was canonized by Pope Benedict XVI, along with six other holy men and women, in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican. Against All Odds, I Was There Many years before, I had promised myself that if this American Indian woman whom I had come to love, […]

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With Him in Heaven, in All His Glory

July 8, AD2017 1 Comment
With Him in Heaven, in All His Glory

Have you ever wondered what it will be like to enter heaven? I read a story a while back about near-death experiences. The story that really struck me was about a man who found himself standing just outside the gates of heaven. He saw many people, some he knew and others he did not. All […]

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Father Sean Kilcawley: The Spiritual and Emotional Costs of Porn Use

July 8, AD2017 2 Comments
Father Sean Kilcawley: The Spiritual and Emotional Costs of Porn Use

The Patrick Coffin Show Podcast features weekly interviews with A-list influencers and outliers in the effort to recover the Judeo-Christian roots of the culture. Patrick is the Canadian-born former host of Catholic Answers Live, and he has raving fans around the world. He injects these fascinating interviews with his own distinctive blend of depth and […]

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A Devotional: Praying for Our Enemies

July 7, AD2017 2 Comments
A Devotional: Praying for Our Enemies

“But I say to you: Love your enemies. Do good to those who hate you. And pray for those who persecute and slander you.” –Matthew 5:44  Praying for Your Enemies Attending Daily Mass recently, I listened to the Gospel and heard a homily about forgiving and loving our enemies. I have heard many homilies on […]

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Sending Books to the Future

July 7, AD2017 18 Comments
Sending Books to the Future

Twenty-five years ago, I started unknowingly sending to my parents, from one thousand miles away, the actual books I would use for my future spiritual renewal. The New Evangelization At that earlier time, my intention was simply to share with Mom and Dad the beauty and majesty of the New Evangelization fermenting within the Catholic […]

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Church and Spiritual Maturity in Christian Life

July 6, AD2017 0 Comments
Church and Spiritual Maturity in Christian Life

People love sound bites. If it’s short, to the point, and appears powerful, people will take that sound bite and share it with others on social media. Recently, I came across one such soundbite, scrolling through Facebook’s newsfeed. My eyes caught a quote (in meme form) by Evangelical author and speaker, Elyse M. Fitzpatrick. She […]

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The Blessing of Catholic Friends

July 6, AD2017 9 Comments
The Blessing of Catholic Friends

Some of my most treasured friendships are with people who have significant differences in worldview from me in a variety of ways. I have friends from all sorts of different backgrounds. And I appreciate them all. I have friends I can laugh with, friends I can count on for a relaxing evening out, friends whose […]

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