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The Moment, Mystery and Miracle of Kecharitōmenē

May 11, AD2015 6 Comments
The Moment, Mystery and Miracle of Kecharitōmenē

Kecharitōmenē (pronounced key-car-it-oh-may-nay): an ancient Greek participle meaning “filled with grace”, the salutation of singular and unique importance given to Mary, Mother of God by the Angel Gabriel. It “denotes one who has been and still is the object of divine benevolence, one who has been favored and continues to be favored by God, one who […]

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Wayne Weible and the Papal Nuncio: A Response

May 10, AD2015 48 Comments
Wayne Weible and the Papal Nuncio: A Response

On March 23 last, Wayne Weible criticized a letter written in 2013 on Medjugorje by the Papal Nuncio to these United States, Archbishop Carlo Viganò. Weible, himself the author of several books supportive of Medjugorje, has since expanded his criticism in the form of an open letter dated April 27 to Cardinal Müller of the […]

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What Lurks Behind the Vaccine Mom Wars

May 8, AD2015 8 Comments
What Lurks Behind the Vaccine Mom Wars

The heated online vaccine debate in some Catholic circles has my jaw dropping like a draw bridge. Respectable mommies are acting like kids: name-calling, pointing out who started what, bullying their dissenters, tattling to Big Brother for back up… Good grief, mommas, can we just sit on time out and bring to trial the legal […]

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Putting Faith in Your Investments

May 7, AD2015 0 Comments
Putting Faith in Your Investments

As investment professionals, when we think about investments, we think about asset classes: stocks, bonds, hedge funds and the like. As theologians, when we think about investments, we think about “assets” somewhat differently. The challenge is for each to understand the value and insight of the other. In Jesus’ classic teaching on discipleship, we are […]

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Don’t Make Your Authorities Too Authoritative

May 7, AD2015 1 Comment
Don’t Make Your Authorities Too Authoritative

The eminent Fr. Dwight Longenecker had a piece last week about how to discern what a true authority is. I’d encourage you all to look it over. Allow me to share with you some of my own thoughts on the subject. The appeal to authority is powerfully persuasive. We are encouraged and emboldened in our […]

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I Will Not Be Dissuaded

May 7, AD2015 86 Comments
I Will Not Be Dissuaded

I don’t think I ever expected my daily life to become such a fierce battle. I never imagined that I would come to feel as though I’d fallen through some bizarre looking glass, that society at large would resemble a Mad Hatter’s tea party. I wanted something much different for my children. I didn’t want […]

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Sacrificial Love is Sanctifying Love

May 6, AD2015 4 Comments
Sacrificial Love is Sanctifying Love

I recently read a blog post that caught my eye. The line that stood out to me the most made a point about the difference between carrying our crosses as opposed to loving them, and how that plays out in our relationships. It said, “If we give because we are expecting something in return we […]

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The Edgy Poetry of our Newest Church Doctor

May 6, AD2015 5 Comments
The Edgy Poetry of our Newest Church Doctor

Last February, Pope Francis announced he would name Armenian monk St. Gregory of Narek (951-1003) to be the newest Doctor of the Catholic Church. This is important because the title of Doctor has been granted to just thirty-six figures in Church history. St. Gregory of Narek joins a small number of saints who are deemed […]

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Conspiracies & Catholicism: Saints

May 5, AD2015 1 Comment
Conspiracies & Catholicism: Saints

Over on the Angels article, I avoided digressing as far as I might by saying I’d get into saints in a later article; so here we go! What is a saint? A saint is someone who is recognized as being united with God; a holy one. English is actually a bit odd– we’ve got a […]

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Little Man You’re Crying: Some Thoughts on Baltimore

May 5, AD2015 6 Comments
Little Man You’re Crying: Some Thoughts on Baltimore

When I was a little boy, my dad sometimes sang this song to me at bedtime, especially if I’d had a bad day. Little man, you’re crying, I know why you’re blue Someone took your kiddy car away Better go to sleep now, little man, you’ve had a busy day Johnny won your marbles, tell […]

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Young Pro-Life Leaders Gather at Camp Joshua, Nevada

May 4, AD2015 3 Comments
Young Pro-Life Leaders Gather at Camp Joshua, Nevada

“So the people shouted, and the trumpets were blown. As soon as the people heard the sound of the trumpets, they raised a great shout, and the wall fell down flat…” (Joshua 6:20 NRSVCE) The theme is Christian and the biblical wall of Jericho is the metaphor referring to:  “Building a culture of life and bringing down the […]

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Chesterton Quotes For the Supreme Court

May 4, AD2015 127 Comments
Chesterton Quotes For the Supreme Court

I just can’t help thinking that some of G.K. Chesterton’s ideas could greatly help our Supreme Court Justices as they ponder the question of so-called same-sex “marriage” these next few weeks. The giant of English Letters (1874-1936), who converted to the Catholic Faith in 1922, always defended marriage and the family, the home, the Faith, […]

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Dressing Like a Man for Mass

May 4, AD2015 5 Comments
Dressing Like a Man for Mass

Many are beginning to recognize the severe Catholic “man-crisis” and the necessary imperative to aggressively “emangelize” Casual Catholic Men. While new ardor, methods and expressions are needed from the Pope to the parish priest, laymen need to step up to their personal responsibility and respond to Christ’s commandment to make disciples (Matt 28:19-20). But the average […]

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The Family: A Light in a Dark World

May 4, AD2015 1 Comment
The Family:  A Light in a Dark World

This column is the seventh in a series of introductory essays on the document “Love is Our Mission: The Family Fully Alive,” the preparatory catechesis for the eighth World Meeting of Families that will take place in Philadelphia next September 22-27, 2015 with Pope Francis. The first essay on the first chapter is here. The essay […]

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Joining the Fellowship: Catholic Lessons from Tolkien

May 4, AD2015 2 Comments
Joining the Fellowship: Catholic Lessons from Tolkien

Ragged stuffed animal and hidden depression as my constant companions, I discovered J.R.R. Tolkien during my awkward preteen years. My father, although never an enthusiastic reader, had finished narrating the golden purrings of Aslan, constant mutterings of Puddleglum, and gallant chirpings of Reepicheep in The Chronicles of Narnia. My two sisters and I gathered around […]

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Radical Homosexuals Want to Have Their ‘Ideological Cake’ and Make You Eat it Too

May 1, AD2015 138 Comments
Radical Homosexuals Want to Have Their ‘Ideological Cake’ and Make You Eat it Too

This past week, we witnessed the unseemly pandering of several Republicans to the radical homosexual movement.  Each stumbled over the other to present his credentials. Florida Senator Marco Rubio—in a display of complete incoherence—stated on Face the Nation: “I don’t believe that your sexual preferences are a choice for a vast and enormous majority of […]

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Monsters are Among Us!

April 30, AD2015 13 Comments
Monsters are Among Us!

When we were children, monsters would move from movie screens and story books to the shadows in our rooms or dark corners of our imaginations. Today they appear in the nightly news and history books, in the aftermath of their crimes, or on the internet wearing black masks, recording their crimes against the “Nation of […]

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