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My Lenten Pilgrimage

February 24, AD2015 3 Comments
My Lenten Pilgrimage

Every year I make plans for my Lenten practices and spiritual reading, but I know to be flexible because every year an unanticipated thrust emerges and shapes the contours of my Lent. One year it was forgiveness and reconciliation. Another year I found myself called to simplify and detach from the material world. I don’t plan […]

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‘How Do You Like Them Apples?’

February 23, AD2015 13 Comments
‘How Do You Like Them Apples?’

Man, having been wounded in his nature by original sin, is subject to error and inclined to evil in exercising his freedom. (Catechism of the Catholic Church section 1714) My formal introduction to religious education began at the tender age of five in 1963, under the guidance of the Sisters of St. Joseph. Vatican II […]

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Does Your Mind Wander When You Pray?

February 20, AD2015 7 Comments
Does Your Mind Wander When You Pray?

Do you have trouble paying attention while praying? Does your mind wander? Do you sometimes fall asleep? Do you forget where you were and stop? Do you then feel ashamed and disappointed in yourself? Do you get frustrated? Do you want to give up trying to pray long prayers like the Rosary? Do you give […]

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Embracing the True Meaning of Lent

February 19, AD2015 2 Comments
Embracing the True Meaning of Lent

We know that Lent is a time of prayer, fasting and almsgiving. Each year, I try to find creative ways to make Lent a memorable one. It is more than just giving up something you will simply return to at the end of 40 days. During this time, we are called to grow deeper in […]

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Michele Ferrero: What Does It Mean to Be Rich?

February 19, AD2015 8 Comments
Michele Ferrero: What Does It Mean to Be Rich?

For some, the answer to the question “what does it mean to be rich?” is revealed every year in the Forbes magazine list of the World’s Billionaires.  This list ranks the richest people on the planet, and in 2014, their collective wealth exceeded $6.4 trillion USD.  Of those on the list in 2014, roughly 66% […]

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Walking Behind My Dad

February 18, AD2015 8 Comments
Walking Behind My Dad

My dad has Alzheimer’s or so we are told. It came on suddenly — sudden onset. Is that Alzheimer’s? I don’t know, but they, the medical powers that be, say so. I am visiting Dad at his home this week in Virginia. Over the past year on the phone, his decline has been quite apparent. […]

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Ashes: An Outward Sign of an Internal Change

February 18, AD2015 6 Comments
Ashes: An Outward Sign of an Internal Change

The Outward Sign Many years ago on Ash Wednesday, I took my children to Sam’s Club to do some shopping. We hadn’t been to Mass and I wasn’t sure we were going to go. Normally we went to the evening Mass for ashes, but this year I knew we couldn’t go then. There was an […]

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Medjugorje: A Clarification and Disobedience

February 18, AD2015 20 Comments
Medjugorje: A Clarification and Disobedience

Within the past couple of weeks there have been some news reports on Medjugorje. These reports are creating some expectation among the faithful that Medjugorje is soon to be approved by the Holy Father. I would like to clarify these reports for the sake of truth and proper communion among the faithful. Medjugorje is a […]

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Living the Sorrowful Mysteries

February 17, AD2015 2 Comments
Living the Sorrowful Mysteries

The Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary has been an integral part of Catholic prayer life for centuries. Following in the footsteps of Jesus while walking side by side with Mary is a priceless gift that we should never take for granted. It has been the subject of the writings of saints and of various […]

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Perinatal Hospice

February 17, AD2015 4 Comments
Perinatal Hospice

I first read about “Perinatal Hospice” in a newspaper article in about 2003; it was a new model of care that had been developed for families who were faced with life threatening diagnosis for their unborn babies and only a small handful of programs existed. It was first proposed by a (then) Army OB Physician […]

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Galileo Redux: Church Meddling in Science?

February 16, AD2015 8 Comments
Galileo Redux: Church Meddling in Science?

“Do not meddle in the affairs of wizards, for they are subtle and quick to anger.” J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings  “Science can purify religion from error and superstition; religion can purify science from idolatry and false absolutes. Each can draw the other into a wider world, a world in which both can […]

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Intelligent Design and Darwinian Gradualism

February 16, AD2015 9 Comments
Intelligent Design and Darwinian Gradualism

The dispute, ‘Intelligent Design’ vs. Neo-Darwinism, is philosophical, namely whether the origin of biological forms is rational or random. The ‘ID’ side proceeds from the philosophical conclusion of biological design to the existence of a designer, namely God. However, each side wishes to have its argument viewed as scientific. One approach by the ID proponents […]

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Fifty Shades of Madness: No Gray Area Here

February 16, AD2015 18 Comments
Fifty Shades of Madness: No Gray Area Here

I can’t say it any better than the Dowager Countess of Grantham: Have we all stepped through the looking glass? Yes, I’m afraid that collectively, as a culture, we have indeed. We no longer seem to recognize the plainly absurd as absurd. Up is down; out is in; wrong is right; insane is normal. I […]

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The Death of Shame

February 16, AD2015 24 Comments
The Death of Shame

After selling over 100-million copies of the book, the overhyped-movie version of E.L. James’ 50 Shades of Grey was released on St. Valentine’s Day.  Variety reports that for its first weekend, the movie grossed $81.67M with a projected four-day total of $90.658M, placing it as the best Presidents Day weekend opening record of all time; […]

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Trying to Understand Pro-Abortion Politicians

February 15, AD2015 5 Comments
Trying to Understand Pro-Abortion Politicians

“O Divine Master, Grant that I may not so much seek to be understood as to understand.” As I walked down Constitution Avenue with hundreds of thousands of joyous, eclectic, fervent, solemn, loud, costumed, bundled, dancing, leaping, and loving pro-life marchers on the Thursday of the March for Life, I thought that this must be […]

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The Hazards of Creationism

February 15, AD2015 14 Comments
The Hazards of Creationism

In late October, Pope Francis made some remarks supporting the theory of evolution. Although he merely echoed what Pope John Paul II had said about evolution two decades ago, nevertheless a media frenzy ensued. To understand why, it’s wise to remember that both print and TV media thrive on controversy, whereas agreement or conciliation aren’t […]

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Burned By Love – Divorced Catholics , Valentine’s Day and Agape Love

February 14, AD2015 3 Comments
Burned By Love – Divorced Catholics , Valentine’s Day and Agape Love

Who doesn’t want love? After basic physical needs of water, food, and shelter, one of the most basic human needs is love. Each of us wants to know love. Each of us wants to be loved. Each of us wants to love another. The human longing for love is normal and good, but for those who […]

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