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From Mystical Premonition to Contemplation

July 13, AD2016 11 Comments
From Mystical Premonition to Contemplation

Some time ago, I was speaking about what I called Mystical Premonitions or Touches of God when one of the audience asked, “Are we talking about something that is a particularly Christian experience, or does everyone experience God’s touch?” Contemplation Is For Everyone “It’s for everyone,” I replied emphatically. “God loves everyone, not just Christians, but Christians do […]

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The Children of the Promise

July 13, AD2016 0 Comments
The Children of the Promise

Though I am the father of two adopted children, I have long neglected considering the topic of adoption, and how all people are the adopted children of God, from a scriptural or theological perspective.  Years ago, I remember I harbored a certain animosity toward God, thinking that I was somehow less than completely beloved by […]

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The Lost Defender

July 12, AD2016 0 Comments
The Lost Defender

  “Do not listen to the Insults and Detractions against the Vicar of Christ which the Fury of the little Monk spews up against the Pope; nor contaminate Breasts sacred to Christ with impious Heresies, for if one sews these he has no Charity, swells with vain Glory, loses his Reason, and burns with Envy. […]

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Agnosticism Wins the Debate: ‘Does God Exist?’

July 12, AD2016 6 Comments
Agnosticism Wins the Debate: ‘Does God Exist?’

It has been the consistent teaching of the Church that the existence of God can be known through nature apart from revelation. “Ever since the creation of the world, his invisible attributes of eternal power and divinity have been able to be understood and perceived in what he has made”, Rom 1:20. It would seem […]

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It Was a Sunday Morning When Rip Went to Sleep

July 11, AD2016 1 Comment
It Was a Sunday Morning When Rip Went to Sleep

I looked around at the people near us. I only noticed the adults. I knew my mother, father, and my mother’s sister, but the others were all strangers. There were probably 50 people sitting near us. I was a teenager that day almost 60 years ago. What I do remember clearly was my interior voice […]

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5 Quick Ways to Make Your Priest’s Job Easier

July 11, AD2016 1 Comment
5 Quick Ways to Make Your Priest’s Job Easier

I read a story somewhere once about a church office manager whose job was so stressful that she left to start her own law firm – because it was easier. I worked as an office manager at a tiny Episcopal church several years ago, and I sympathized with that poor woman many times during my […]

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Why Being Kind Is Important

July 10, AD2016 0 Comments
Why Being Kind Is Important

A Message from the Pope Two years ago in 2014, Pope Francis made the following statement at his Angelus Address at St. Peter’s Square, Vatican City: “We are called…to become rest and comfort for our brothers and sisters, with a docile and humble attitude, in imitation of the Teacher. Docility and humility of heart help […]

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I’m Cutting Up Amoris Laetitia

July 10, AD2016 2 Comments
I’m Cutting Up Amoris Laetitia

“Hey guys, I’ve got this great idea for a family project. We can work on it together this summer!” “Really Mom?” “Cool!” “What is it?” I could easily see their eager, enthusiastic little faces as I imagined how the conversation would go. “We are going to read and discuss the application of Amoris Laetitia, the 264-page […]

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With Laudato Si’, Pope Francis Outmaneuvers Both the Left and the Right

July 9, AD2016 10 Comments
With Laudato Si’, Pope Francis Outmaneuvers Both the Left and the Right

Laudato Si’, One Year Later May 24, 2016 marked the one year anniversary of the publication of Pope Francis’ environmental encyclical Laudato Si’: On Care For Our Common Home. Unlike many pundits who stormed the Internet with their opinions and analysis on day one (much of which I strongly suspect was pre-written and already queued […]

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The Power of Counsel in Conflict

July 9, AD2016 2 Comments
The Power of Counsel in Conflict

“I am right and that’s all that matters.” “It doesn’t matter if I make him/her feel inadequate and lesser than they are. That’s their problem. I’m right – this is the right thing to do.” So often we say these things either to ourselves or others. It’s a legitimate and even a just feeling when […]

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The Consequences of 50 Years of Poor Catechesis: 2

July 8, AD2016 34 Comments
The Consequences of 50 Years of Poor Catechesis: 2

Tackling the Catechesis Problem At least one parish priest is aware of the Religious Ed problem. Monsignor Charles Pope, writing in the National Catholic Register, says we’ve made 4 big mistakes with Catechesis over the last 50 years: Religious education was almost always conducted away from the home by professional religious educators, priests, sisters, and some […]

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Dogs In Church: A Good Idea?

July 8, AD2016 3 Comments
Dogs In Church: A Good Idea?

  A while back, an acquaintance asked if I’d seen a dog at Mass recently.  Apparently, she had seen, during Sunday Mass, a lady carrying a small dog with her in a bag when she went up to receive Communion. Now in the interest of full disclosure here, I have to tell you that I’ve […]

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The Consequences of 50 Years of Poor Catechesis: 1

July 7, AD2016 29 Comments
The Consequences of 50 Years of Poor Catechesis: 1

Something odd happens once the majority of young Catholics in the U.S. become teenagers – they seem to lose interest in their Catholic Faith. According to statistics compiled by the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA), in 2015 there were almost 3.989 million children in parish religious education and Catholic elementary schools in […]

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The Angel of the Trenches

July 7, AD2016 0 Comments
The Angel of the Trenches

Joao Baptista DeValles was born in 1879 in Saint Miquel in the Azores.  At the age of two, his family moved to New Bedford, Massachusetts.  His first name anglicized to John, he quickly proved himself a brilliant student, eventually becoming fluent in six languages.  Ordained a priest in 1906 he served at Falls River at Espirito Santo Church, […]

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Caught Not Simply Taught, Then Swept Into The Heart of The Church

July 6, AD2016 2 Comments
Caught Not Simply Taught, Then Swept Into The Heart of The Church

Many people perceive Christianity as something institutional — rather than as an encounter with Christ — which explains why they don’t see it as a source of joy. Pope Benedict XVI When Catholics venture beyond the walls of their parish church into the marketplace to evangelize, it is important that they remember the spiritual life […]

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“Keeping Our Eyes Fixed On Jesus”

July 5, AD2016 4 Comments
“Keeping Our Eyes Fixed On Jesus”

“Let us…persevere in running the race that lies before us while keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus…” (Hebrews 12:2) Sometimes, it may seem as though I’m running a race, as I hustle from one floor to another, doing aide work in our assisted living-type facility. St. Anne’s Guest Home (where I work) is home to […]

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Independence Day – A Forgotten Holiday

July 4, AD2016 6 Comments
Independence Day – A Forgotten Holiday

Today Americans celebrate the “Fourth of July.” It is typically a holiday around which people travel, families and friends gather, and people ignite fireworks to celebrate. It is viewed as a long weekend by many, who might just relax by the pool, pick up a good book, or have a barbecue. The late Erma Bombeck, […]

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A Generous Man

July 4, AD2016 0 Comments
A Generous Man

Generosity is “the virtue of giving good things to others freely and abundantly.” When people think of generosity, money often comes to mind, but generosity can also be the donation of time, knowledge, or skills. Lack of Generosity A lack of generosity is meanness or miserliness, the closed fist around the goods one possesses. This […]

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