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Strong Catholic Institutions: Offering Hope To A Fallen World

November 22, AD2016 0 Comments
Strong Catholic Institutions: Offering Hope To A Fallen World

Catholic colleges and universities offer unique and rewarding opportunities for today’s undergraduate students. They exist to enlighten, inspire and motivate. They also strive to nurture a desire within that seeks knowledge and purpose beyond the halls of academia. Many have witnessed memorable moments of spiritual enlightenment and fulfillment within such institutions. Sadly, however, others have […]

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Beauty in Entertainment and God

November 22, AD2016 1 Comment
Beauty in Entertainment and God

Last June, I went to see a movie with my father and my brothers.  This movie was entertainment intended mainly for an audience of children.  Partway into the film, I started to feel uncomfortable due to a few crude jokes added to the movie to make the adults in the audience laugh. That same month, […]

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Remembering Thanksgiving

November 21, AD2016 0 Comments
Remembering Thanksgiving

As the American holiday of Thanksgiving approaches, I am reminded of how important thanksgiving is at every Mass we celebrate. As the Catechism of the Catholic Church explains:   PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING 2637 Thanksgiving characterizes the prayer of the Church which, in celebrating the Eucharist, reveals and becomes more fully what she is. Indeed, in […]

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Planned Parenthood Donations for Pence: They Know Not What They Do

November 21, AD2016 6 Comments
Planned Parenthood Donations for Pence: They Know Not What They Do

The contentious nature of the 2016 political season exposed a division so wide as to have literally split our nation in two. Even the Catholic population has displayed an appalling chasm of difference. That so many Catholics have increasingly found it acceptable to fervently support champions of abortion is heart-rending. The hearty support of candidate […]

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The Voting Amish: The Power of Pro-Life

November 20, AD2016 3 Comments
The Voting Amish: The Power of Pro-Life

  An article that appeared a few days ago via the fake site abcnews.co.com, claiming that the “Amish American Brotherhood” had endorsed Donald Trump and that millions of Amish would be voting for him, piqued my interest. It surprised me because, first, there are not “millions” of Amish in the United States, and, second, while they […]

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Sent Out to Embrace the Awkward Journey

November 19, AD2016 0 Comments
Sent Out to Embrace the Awkward Journey

A while back, my friend Heather suggested a topic for a Catholic Stand article: “What it’s really like to be a youth leader.” The only problem with this suggestion was that I had no idea what it was like to be a youth leader. When Heather made her suggestion in late April, early May, the […]

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Five Ways to Make the Most of Advent

November 19, AD2016 0 Comments
Five Ways to Make the Most of Advent

Next Sunday, November 27, marks the beginning of Advent, the season of hopeful, joyful longing as we wait for the birth of our Lord. This beautiful time of year, which some people refer to as a “mini-Lent,” is an opportunity for purposeful spiritual growth. While both seasons are penitential, the focus during Advent is less […]

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Saint Teresa of Calcutta Through the Lens of a Friend

November 18, AD2016 4 Comments
Saint Teresa of Calcutta Through the Lens of a Friend

The Power of Images To Change Lives Marie Constantin, the photographer and author of Finding Calcutta: Memoirs of a Photographer, understands images have power, more power than words alone to impact lives. It was an image in a documentary film that turned Constantin’s life completely around in the early 1990’s. She was a young journalist, completely focused […]

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Survey Says Many Protestants Believe More Like Catholics

November 17, AD2016 28 Comments
Survey Says Many Protestants Believe More Like Catholics

Heresy is running rampant in America. At least that’s what the headline on a recent article at The Federalist said. The article, “Survey Finds Most American Christians Are Actually Heretics,” written by a young man named G. Shane Morris, states that a recent survey of 3,000 people found that “although Americans still overwhelmingly identify as […]

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Developing Better Relationships

November 17, AD2016 0 Comments
Developing Better Relationships

Calling on God for Help in Dealing with Others Improving our relationships with others is a work that continues throughout our lives. From the time we are born until the day we die, we deal with other humans. There are many psychological, biological, spiritual and social factors that enter into who we are as men […]

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Hell: Real and Freely Chosen

November 16, AD2016 6 Comments
Hell: Real and Freely Chosen

As we approach the end of this liturgical year, the Church reminds us to contemplate life after death. One doctrine clearly taught by Christ is hell – the state of eternal misery. Far too often today there is silence from the pulpit and in our catechesis regarding hell, possibly due to an assumption this reality […]

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If God Was Small Enough To Understand

November 15, AD2016 2 Comments
If God Was Small Enough To Understand

On occasion, someone will ask me, essentially, “What am I supposed to do with this burden, and how am I supposed to handle this one?”  Once in a while, one of my most exasperated friends will ask, “Does He really know what He is doing?” My response is almost always the same, “If God were small […]

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Forming Neighborhood Faith Communities

November 15, AD2016 4 Comments
Forming Neighborhood Faith Communities

The Current Situation We Face Can Seem Daunting In his recent e-mail to subscribers, Fr. George Rutler of New York’s Church of St. Michael summed up the current state of affairs here in the U.S.: Our federal government has intimidated religious orders and churches, challenging religious freedom. The institution of the family has been re-defined, […]

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Restitution and National Reconciliation

November 14, AD2016 2 Comments
Restitution and National Reconciliation

Last November 8, as the citizens  of the United States of America were making a beeline to choose their next president, we, here in the Philippines, received  the news about the final resting place of a former president. For 27 long years, the issue whether Ferdinand Marcos would be allowed to be buried in the […]

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The Forgotten History of Anti-Catholic Riots

November 13, AD2016 0 Comments
The Forgotten History of Anti-Catholic Riots

In the subtle shift away from the dominant agricultural communities to the rising dominance of cities and their segregation of incoming immigrants, cultures will bind themselves within their own. It was the rise of the tenements and the subsequent use of cheap labor for the lowest jobs which helped to foster what is termed as […]

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Aslan is a Lion

November 13, AD2016 8 Comments
Aslan is a Lion

“Aslan is a lion- the Lion, the great Lion.” “Ooh” said Susan. “I’d thought he was a man. Is he-quite safe? I shall feel rather nervous about meeting a lion”…”Safe?” said Mr Beaver …”Who said anything about safe? ‘Course he isn’t safe. But he’s good. He’s the King….” -BEAVER in ‘The Lion, the Witch and […]

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Does God Answer Prayer?

November 12, AD2016 1 Comment
Does God Answer Prayer?

This very question tends to make us uncomfortable: “Well, of course, God answers Prayer! How dare you even ask such a thing?” Yet, as we look a little deeper we may find this question lingering within our own hearts, tucked away behind difficult experiences: Matthew 21:22 “If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask […]

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God’s Secret Plan

November 11, AD2016 4 Comments
God’s Secret Plan

I remember going to watch the musical Godspell over forty years ago. I think I was the only person present who did not like it. However, it did inspire another most unusual theatrical idea that I thought was quite wonderful.  The idea came from the Shakespearean actor,  Alec McGowan, and it hit the London stage […]

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The Cultural Emasculinization I Saw Hiking

November 11, AD2016 19 Comments
The Cultural Emasculinization I Saw Hiking

I was visiting my family a while back. One day, my sister and I went out to the mountains for a hike up Johnston Canyon and to the Ink Pots beyond. It’s 6.5 miles each way, 2000 feet vertical, skinny boardwalks inside a canyon, wet trails, so a moderately difficult hike but definitely worth it […]

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Nuns of the Battlefield

November 10, AD2016 0 Comments
Nuns of the Battlefield

Visitors to Washington DC might be surprised at first to encounter a monument, across from Saint Mathew’s Cathedral, to nuns and sisters entitled Nuns of the Battlefield.  It was erected by the Ladies Auxiliary of the Ancient Order of Hibernians in 1924 to honor the some 600 Catholic nuns and sisters who during the Civil War nursed […]

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