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God’s Gift of the Present

May 18, AD2017 1 Comment
God’s Gift of the Present

We tend to romanticize the past and feel anxious for the future to arrive. In doing so, we dismiss the present as a prelude or temporary step before something guaranteed to be better. In his novel, The Screwtape Letters, C.S. Lewis illustrates the folly of this way of thinking through the advice of a senior […]

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Easter and Building a Curriculum of Hope

May 18, AD2017 0 Comments
Easter and Building a Curriculum of Hope

I have been working in the field of education for more than twenty years now. And every time I come to reflect upon the fruits of Easter, I always try to connect it to the work of educating young people. This month, I have decided to write about the relationship between the Resurrection story and […]

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A Devotional: Picking Up My Cross as a Husband and Dad

May 17, AD2017 0 Comments
A Devotional: Picking Up My Cross as a Husband and Dad

If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.  (Luke 9:23) The Gospels and the Church tell us to pick up our cross daily. This might seem an overwhelming task but it is not precisely because Jesus embraced His cross first before He ever asked us to copy […]

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Dali & Grunewald – Two Images of Crucifixion

May 17, AD2017 2 Comments
Dali & Grunewald – Two Images of Crucifixion

Two Images, One Lord It would be difficult to name a person who is the subject of more works of art than Jesus Christ. For each such work, in a very real sense, every painting, sculpture, drawing, carving, mural, and crucifix reveals an artist’s vision of Jesus. Salvador Dali painted a famous image of Jesus, […]

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What Confirmation Is All About

May 16, AD2017 1 Comment
What Confirmation Is All About

For most Catholics today, the Sacrament of Confirmation is a mystery, a ritual that we celebrate simply as a formality without really understanding what it’s about. If anything, it is usually seen as a chance to personally choose to follow Jesus after our parents made that choice for us at our baptism. That’s unfortunate, because […]

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Florence Nightingale and The Sisters of Armed Conflict

May 16, AD2017 0 Comments
Florence Nightingale and The Sisters of Armed Conflict

In 1910 Florence Nightingale died. In her last will and testament, Nightingale bequeathed $1,500 [$40,000 in current values] to Sister of Mercy Mother Stanislaus of the Hospital of St. John and St. Elizabeth along with all her Catholic books in French and English.   She left the same amount of money to the Reverend Mother […]

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The Optimism of Pope John XXIII

May 15, AD2017 2 Comments
The Optimism of Pope John XXIII

Don’t trust your pessimistic feelings. There was a great outpouring of elation from the laity and the clergy in 1959 when Pope John XXIII announced his plans to convene the Second Vatican Council. He was 68 years old and was considered too old to take on such a gigantic task. His optimism frightened the Cardinals […]

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Athens Comes to Greet Jerusalem: Substantial Change and Material Creation

May 15, AD2017 0 Comments
Athens Comes to Greet Jerusalem: Substantial Change and Material Creation

As Catholics, we believe that God revealed himself gradually to his chosen people, the Jews, and completed this Divine revelation in the Jewish Messiah, the Christ our Lord. We believe that Jesus Christ established the Catholic Church to transmit that revelation to all people through all generations. The revelation was not only knowledge but also […]

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Acceptance and Anxiety

May 14, AD2017 2 Comments
Acceptance and Anxiety

I have inherited a high level of anxiety and perfectionism which makes peace difficult to attain in my life. When I was a teenager newly moved to Massachusetts, I learned about ticks and the diseases they carry. I was barely able to leave the house from fear. In College, I was so concerned about my […]

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The White Kid From Notinhood on Suburbia

May 14, AD2017 0 Comments
The White Kid From Notinhood on Suburbia

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about Suburbia (where I’ve lived my whole life ) and Rod Dreher’s book, The Benedict Option. I haven’t read Rod’s book, but I’ve read a ton of what he’s written about the BenOp over the past several years. The argument from this White Kid who’s never lived in the ‘hood, who […]

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The Father’s Personal Command to Us: Listen to Him

May 13, AD2017 0 Comments
The Father’s Personal Command to Us: Listen to Him

It is very rare in the New Testament that we are given words directly spoken by God the Father so when this happens it should grab our attention. One of the three occasions this occurs is at the Transfiguration. God the Father identifies who Jesus is and then concludes His message with a powerful exhortation […]

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Catholics and Mental Illness: Coming Out of the Shadows

May 13, AD2017 24 Comments
Catholics and Mental Illness: Coming Out of the Shadows

Since mental illness is as common and invisible among the faithful as it is in secular circles,  concern for mental health cannot simply be relegated to the secular sphere, especially during Mental Health Awareness month in May. I admit the topic of how and why Catholics experience mental illness might seem completely irrelevant to most Catholics. […]

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Mrs. Valiant, Meek and Mild: Reconciling Confidence and Gentleness

May 12, AD2017 2 Comments
Mrs. Valiant, Meek and Mild:  Reconciling Confidence and Gentleness

One of the most common early Church titles of our Lady is “the Valiant Woman.”  She is the one we run to in distress, looking for shelter and asking her to rout our spiritual adversaries.  This gentle woman, quiet dove, is also She who will crush Satan beneath her heel.  How do we reconcile these […]

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The Supernatural Power of Confirmation

May 12, AD2017 9 Comments
The Supernatural Power of Confirmation

In a recent essay, I asked the question:  “Where is the passion and fire within the Church? Where is the passion and fire within me? In this essay, I desire to explore the potential answer: The Supernatural Power of Confirmation. What is Confirmation? If I were to ask you that question how might you answer? Growing […]

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I Cannot Attend Your Wedding, Because of Love

May 11, AD2017 21 Comments
I Cannot Attend Your Wedding, Because of Love

Many Catholics struggle with how to handle situations where family and friends, who are Baptized Catholics but do not practice, choose to celebrate events in their lives that are not in alignment with Scripture and Church teaching. Such situations include marriages outside of the faith, non-religious secular marriages, and remarriages, among other things. Becoming more common […]

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Getting Real with Reconciliation: The Essence of Making a Good Confession

May 11, AD2017 1 Comment
Getting Real with Reconciliation: The Essence of Making a Good Confession

When I was a boy, going to Confession was a regular part of my Catholic school experience. I remember standing in line with the other students as I waited my turn, dreading that dark little box, thinking over my list of sins, and hoping I would remember my Act of Contrition. Once I entered, however, […]

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My Dear France, The Tender Daughter Of The Sacred Heart #3

May 10, AD2017 2 Comments
My Dear France, The Tender Daughter Of The Sacred Heart #3

Sacred Heart: Christ appearing to Saint Marguerite-Marie Alacoque, December 17, 1673, Feast of St. John the Apostle. The apse fresco, painted in 1966 by Luc Barbier (1903-1989) in the Chapel of the Visitation, Paray-le-Monial. The Gift of the Sacred Heart to Louis XIV As we narrated at the end of Chapter Two, the Sacred Heart […]

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The Christian Leader – Who’s Running the Asylum?

May 9, AD2017 4 Comments
The Christian Leader – Who’s Running the Asylum?

We may hear the term, “the inmates are running the asylum” when someone describes a situation where the wrong, or the least qualified, people are making the decisions. In the consulting work my company does with organizations, clients frequently tell us, “I’m afraid he or she will quit if I try to make them comply […]

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Why We Are Responsible For The Crucifixion

May 9, AD2017 2 Comments
Why We Are Responsible For The Crucifixion

We often hear how our sins, were the cause of Jesus’ crucifixion. This is a pretty hard concept to accept for a couple reasons.  Most importantly, the Crucifixion happened almost 2000 years ago. It’s hard enough to imagine how peoples’ sins, prior to Jesus, were responsible for the Crucifixion, let alone the sins of people who […]

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A Lesson From a Two Year Old on Holiness

May 8, AD2017 3 Comments
A Lesson From a Two Year Old on Holiness

Objectively speaking, there is little chance of success if someone attempts bench press 300 lbs and has never lifted weights. There is also little chance of success in attempting a marathon without having trained.  Even though I know these things, I also know I have a tendency to just grit my teeth and attempt to […]

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