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Have You Ever Lost Faith?

September 11, AD2017 3 Comments
Have You Ever Lost Faith?

I think at one point or another, each of us struggles with our faith. Regardless if it’s the result of an event, the influence of another person, or even just spending too much time in our own heads, it can lead us to questions that seem impossible to answer. This can happen at any age […]

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A Lion In The Ocean

September 11, AD2017 3 Comments
A Lion In The Ocean

“Be who God meant you to be and you will set the world on fire.” St Catherine of Siena How often do we run through the motions of life unaware of who we are and what God is trying to convey to us? St Catherine urges us to become who God created us to be. […]

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Petulant Children Seeking Patience

September 10, AD2017 1 Comment
Petulant Children Seeking Patience

“The virtue of patience is the one which most assures us of perfection.” -St. Francis de Sales Patience, where have you gone? I’m trying so hard to find you as this dear little one settles down for a nap, but his incessant whimpering for ‘mama’ is difficult to ignore. All of my tried and true […]

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Jesus Asked: Who Do You Say That I Am?

September 10, AD2017 0 Comments
Jesus Asked: Who Do You Say That I Am?

You’re probably familiar with the following Gospel passage from Saint Matthew (especially if you were at Mass on Sunday, August 27). It establishes Jesus’ Church here on earth with Peter as the first Pope. When Jesus went into the region of Caesarea Philippi he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of […]

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Being a Prophet: Learning From Elijah, Father of Carmelites

September 9, AD2017 2 Comments
Being a Prophet: Learning From Elijah, Father of Carmelites

Carmelites are rooted in a prophetic tradition which goes back to the time of the Prophet Elijah.  The original hermits of Carmel chose to reside at the Wadi Carith, Elijah’s well.  The choice of location for the Carmelite’s initial foundation placed them within the prophetic shadow of the Prophet Elijah, who is identified as the […]

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The Benedict Option Is Not For Me

September 9, AD2017 12 Comments
The Benedict Option Is Not For Me

Full disclosure: I did not actually read the book “The Benedict Option”. Spiritdaily and a NY Times article is where I gleaned information about this movement in the Church. I did, however, have limited exposure to the idea of Covenant Communities in my parish. About years ago, a very holy, sincere parish priest and several parish families were trying to form a […]

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The Five Ways of St. Thomas Aquinas, Part IV: The Fourth Way

September 8, AD2017 0 Comments
The Five Ways of St. Thomas Aquinas, Part IV: The Fourth Way

The Fourth Way — the Argument from Gradation or Degrees of a Quality The Fourth Way to demonstrate the existence of God is from the objective degrees of desirable qualities of things. In order for qualities to be objective rather than subjective, degrees of quality must be relative to a fixed point of reference that […]

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The Petty Fight or Cheerful Parry

September 8, AD2017 0 Comments
The Petty Fight or Cheerful Parry

The Petty Fight The petty fight started over the placement of my rather-large picture of Our Lady of Guadalupe near the top of our living room wall. My wife moved my picture back to the side-wall of the living room, where it previously had hung for 7 years. When I discovered this, I should have started […]

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Saints Are Our Friends in a Really High Place

September 7, AD2017 2 Comments
Saints Are Our Friends in a Really High Place

Praying to the saints to intercede on our behalf is a particularly Catholic belief. It is a teaching and tradition that has been practiced for centuries in the church. The Catechism of the Catholic Church helps us to understand how the saints can be of help to us. The intercession of the saints.    “Being […]

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Leave The Debate Over Amoris Laetitia To The Theologians

September 7, AD2017 73 Comments
Leave The Debate Over Amoris Laetitia To The Theologians

It’s almost enough to make a good Catholic want to become a hermit. The Amoris Laetitia (AL) controversy – the dubia, the Maltese Fiasco, and the German Bishops’ AL guidelines – have all made for some riveting reading in recent months. And the controversy does not appear to have an end in sight. Now a […]

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Taking Care of Health, Wealth, and Reputation

September 6, AD2017 0 Comments
Taking Care of Health, Wealth, and Reputation

If it weren’t for our health, wealth, and reputation, what concerns could we possibly have in life? If health includes love and happiness, and wealth means having every provision necessary for living in abundance, what would be left to prompt anxiety? Ah, yes … reputation! It is our reputation, and the ego that wants to […]

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Did Neanderthals Have a Soul?

September 6, AD2017 29 Comments
Did Neanderthals Have a Soul?

The magisterium of the Church takes a direct interest in the question of evolution, because it touches on the conception of man, whom Revelation tells us is created in the image and likeness of God Pius XII underlined the essential point: if the origin of the human body comes through living matter which existed previously, the […]

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Autumn and Transformation in Life’s Struggles

September 5, AD2017 1 Comment
Autumn and Transformation in Life’s Struggles

When I was young I always looked forward to autumn. For me, autumn was a time when the cycle of life began all over again. I know many people like to think of spring as the season of beginnings, but in my mind, it was always autumn. Maybe it was because in the autumn the […]

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The Mother of God and Modern Miracles- Jason’s Story

September 5, AD2017 5 Comments
The Mother of God and Modern Miracles- Jason’s Story

“We never give more honor to Jesus than when we honor his Mother, and we honor her simply and solely to honor him all the more perfectly. We go to her only as a way leading to the goal we seek — Jesus, her Son.” — Saint Louis Marie de Montfort As I was undergoing […]

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What Our TV Shows Say About Us

September 4, AD2017 3 Comments
What Our TV Shows Say About Us

I live in Portugal and both children and adults watch countless hours of TV a week, I would bet more than in the United States. Some people like to have the TV on constantly “for company” and few children have their TV viewing limited. Most of the TV shows watched in Portugal are American with […]

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“The Desire for God Is Written In The Human Heart”

September 4, AD2017 4 Comments
“The Desire for God Is Written In The Human Heart”

The Desire in Our Hearts for God The Catechism of the Catholic articulates man’s desire for God: “The desire for God is written in the human heart, because man is created by God and for God, and God never ceases to draw man to himself. Only in God will he find the truth and happiness […]

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Fulton J. Sheen, “America is Suffering From Tolerance”

September 3, AD2017 29 Comments
Fulton J. Sheen, “America is Suffering From Tolerance”

My view is simple.  When I meet a person who says, “I am Catholic, but,…” it is my immediate conclusion that he/she is not Catholic. In matters of faith and morals, the Church has a reasonably long history of leading the flock. Fulton J Sheen Even though he died quite some time ago, what Fulton J […]

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A Primer on The Psalms: Understanding a Masterpiece

September 3, AD2017 0 Comments
A Primer on The Psalms: Understanding a Masterpiece

While we often scavenge the world of literature for pertinent, practical self-help books to assist in restoring us to a state of physical, mental and spiritual health, one of the most overlooked but most profound of works on the topic is found in the Psalms. Our everyday familiarity with the Psalms should not let us […]

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The Antidote to Indifference

September 2, AD2017 0 Comments
The Antidote to Indifference

I recently encountered a stranger who spontaneously proclaimed to me that she was a “peace, love, and Nelson Mandela” kind of person. She briefly bemoaned the recent strife in the world and the problem of religion. She shared her belief that people need to be “more connected” to others’ feelings. Then we parted company in […]

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Reigniting the Fire, One Boy at a Time

September 2, AD2017 0 Comments
Reigniting the Fire, One Boy at a Time

Feeling alone. We all have felt it. The sense that no one cares or needs you. Though one might be surrounded by dozens of people, the feeling still may creep up on you. I felt this way in the middle of Marine Corps boot camp. I was 18 years old and though I was part […]

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A Devotional: The Rock

September 1, AD2017 0 Comments
A Devotional: The Rock

“Flesh and blood has not revealed this to you but my Heavenly Father…you are Peter and upon this rock I will build my Church and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it.” [Matthew: 16:17-18] God gives us infinite treasures that can help us on our journey to holiness and ultimately to Heaven. […]

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Peacemakers: The Seventh Beatitude

September 1, AD2017 1 Comment
Peacemakers: The Seventh Beatitude

A peacemaker can make enemies friends. Peacemaking and Friendship Friendship is at the root of everything good. Once God creates a person like you or me, that person is made to live in a state of friendship. And because he is made to, he ought to live up to his calling. But friendship with whom? […]

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Eugenics in America: The Legacy of Sanger and Gates

August 31, AD2017 3 Comments
Eugenics in America: The Legacy of Sanger and Gates

  Every form of social or cultural discrimination in fundamental personal rights on the grounds of sex, race, color, social conditions, language, or religion must be curbed and eradicated as incompatible with God’s design. (Catechism of the Catholic Church, #1935) History of Eugenics The Eugenics Movement was a potent political force in early 20th century […]

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A Catholic Approach to the Suicide Epidemic

August 31, AD2017 2 Comments
A Catholic Approach to the Suicide Epidemic

Recently, two great musicians passed away: Chris Cornell and Chester Bennington. Both committed suicide. Chester Bennington was a huge fan of Cornell when he was younger. At one point he even got to tour with Cornell. In his open letter to Chris Cornell after his death, Mr. Bennington wrote, “You have inspired me in many […]

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