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Are You Praying or Simply Reciting Prayers?

January 5, AD2018 5 Comments
Are You Praying or Simply Reciting Prayers?

  As someone who is in the process of converting to the Catholic Church, the prayers of the saints have been something I’ve cherished. Although I have yet to receive communion, the Church has been a part of my life since attending private Catholic schools as an adolescent. Throughout the previous five years, the prayers […]

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The Benedictine Sisters of Virginia: Celebrating 150 Years

January 5, AD2018 0 Comments
The Benedictine Sisters of Virginia: Celebrating 150 Years

  On May 1, 2018, the Benedictine Sisters of Virginia will celebrate their jubilee: that’s 150 years since the first Benedictine sisters, originally from Bavaria, Germany, established a presence in Richmond, VA. What followed is remarkable. Today the Benedictine Sisters of Virginia is a flourishing community that developed right along with the young and growing […]

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The Blasphemy All Around Us

January 4, AD2018 12 Comments
The Blasphemy All Around Us

Casual swearing. Routine profanity. Mainstreamed irreverence. These curses of our age don’t seem to shock us like they used to. Ever since Rhett Butler first uttered the “D” word in Gone with the Wind in 1939, the entertainment industry has gone from bad to worse in its moral offensiveness. Every modern venue of entertainment, from […]

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The Incarnation, the Eucharist, Women, and the All Male Priesthood

January 4, AD2018 18 Comments
The Incarnation, the Eucharist, Women, and the All Male Priesthood

Mary said, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.” Then the angel departed from her. Luke 1:38 As I sat and contemplated the incarnation, God becoming man, to undo what Adam and Eve had done, I could not help but think of the Priesthood […]

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The Brown Scapular: Mary’s Maternal Embrace of the Carmelite Order

The Brown Scapular: Mary’s Maternal Embrace of the Carmelite Order

I am celebrating my first Christmas as a Priest this year. I was ordained back in August by Cardinal Timothy Dolan of the Archdiocese of New York. As I am working on homilies for the week leading up to Christmas and my Christmas Day homily, I just find myself approaching the infancy narrative texts in new ways. As […]

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Holiness is Not About Being Nice

January 3, AD2018 2 Comments
Holiness is Not About Being Nice

I used to think I had reached the peak of holiness in my life. I went to mass, confession and prayed somewhat regularly. I had studied theology and dedicated myself to a youth group and ministry. What could be holier than that? Then I started going to confession more regularly with a spiritual director and […]

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The Catholic Church Survives For 2,000 Years: Possible or Probable?

January 2, AD2018 1 Comment
The Catholic Church Survives For 2,000 Years: Possible or Probable?

“And the gates of the underworld can never overpower it” (Matthew 16:18). At this point in time, it can easily be said that all things are, or very shortly may be, possible. Within a year, a decade, or by some relatively short time from now, the world will be completely changed again. For example, until the early twentieth […]

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An Interview With a Priest on the Periphery at Holy Innocents Church

January 2, AD2018 0 Comments
An Interview With a Priest on the Periphery at Holy Innocents Church

Fr. Peter Irving is a priest of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. He has spent his priesthood far from the affluent parishes of South Pasadena, Santa Monica, and Woodland Hills, serving instead in poor, largely Hispanic parishes that were nearly defunct when he arrived. His most recent assignment is Holy Innocents in Long Beach. Kevin: […]

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A Christmas Carol, Luigi Taparelli, Economics, and Almsgiving

January 1, AD2018 2 Comments
A Christmas Carol, Luigi Taparelli, Economics, and Almsgiving

For maybe a few weeks or so during the Advent and Christmas seasons and into the New Year, many people take Charles Dickens’ message in A Christmas Carol to heart. It’s a good message. Dickens’ neatly sums up his message to the world when Ebenezer Scrooge says to Marley’s ghost, “you were a good businessman,” […]

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A Short New Year’s Reflection and Resolution: Be Not Afraid

January 1, AD2018 0 Comments
A Short New Year’s Reflection and Resolution: Be Not Afraid

Be not afraid. One of the best ways to be faithful to the Lord is to take him at his word: “Be not afraid.” This is a call to courage. Jesus is asking you to be calm in the storm of life, not only for your own peace of mind but for the well-being of your […]

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God Had a Plan: He Asked Mary’s Permission

December 31, AD2017 7 Comments
God Had a Plan: He Asked Mary’s Permission

God had a plan to save us, billions of people, from our alienation from him due to Adam’s sin and due to our personal sins. He asked Mary’s permission. She said yes. Hail Mary, Cause of our Joy! When Adam sinned, it seemed that he and all his offspring were doomed to lives of futility, […]

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Blessed John Duns Scotus – A Christmas Theology of Love

December 31, AD2017 0 Comments
Blessed John Duns Scotus – A Christmas Theology of Love

My school report was so bad that my eldest brother was commissioned with the task of teaching me to read. But when he could not even manage to teach me how to read the Beano, he resigned his commission and commended me to St Jude of hopeless cases. But even St Jude failed. It seems […]

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Just Another New Year’s Eve: A Reflection on Communion and Community

December 30, AD2017 2 Comments
Just Another New Year’s Eve: A Reflection on Communion and Community

Sunday night, as others are preparing to ring in the new year by getting plowed on mixed drinks, I will most likely be writing or editing an article. Most of my friends live 700 miles and more away, while the rest will likely have dinner parties on New Year’s Day rather than drink on New […]

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In the “Presents” of God

December 30, AD2017 0 Comments
In the “Presents” of God

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 [God] has made [Romans 1:20]. When we lift our sights toward Heaven, we begin to see God’s beauty here on earth. Whether it is in nature from the tiniest wild […]

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Two Sons, One Father

December 29, AD2017 0 Comments
Two Sons, One Father

There are two things the father does in the Gospel story of the Prodigal Son which can give all of us sinners hope and comfort. (Saints need read no further; but please forward this article to any sinners you know). Two Different Sons Everyone can repeat this story. It has been told again and again. […]

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Christmas: A Bad Time for Alcoholics and Addicts?

December 29, AD2017 0 Comments
Christmas: A Bad Time for Alcoholics and Addicts?

For some, the sights, signs and smells of the holidays bring joy and a warm feeling. But, while others are joyously diving into the season, some of us are dipping into conflict, guilt, and a sense of guilt. —Melody Beattie, The Language of Letting Go, Dec. 24. If I could speak to other parents facing […]

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Hope with Realism: Confiding in God and Overcoming Addiction

December 28, AD2017 0 Comments
Hope with Realism: Confiding in God and Overcoming Addiction

It began with those 5Ds- distance, duality, disillusionment, denial, and despair. Distance was to put up an unnecessary wall with others. Duality was that double life where one wore masks and played the games. Disillusionment was to not find satisfaction and to be afraid of one’s feelings and emotions where the only thought was to […]

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“The Word Became Flesh”: A Reflection on the Incarnation

December 28, AD2017 3 Comments
“The Word Became Flesh”: A Reflection on the Incarnation

Now that the liturgical season of Christmas is upon us, I cannot help but reflect upon the great mystery of the Incarnation. Whenever I find myself reflecting on the Son of God becoming man, I become overwhelmed by the sheer gift of love and generosity that God has for us. I am awed by the […]

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Planned Parenthood, Birth Control, and Heresy

December 27, AD2017 2 Comments
Planned Parenthood, Birth Control, and Heresy

In an effort to justify (and excuse) birth control and require those who conscientiously object to provide it to others, Planned Parenthood has come up with a cute little meme. As Christians everywhere traverse the dangerous territory of skewed morality, our rights to deeply held religious beliefs are being put to the test. The pro-abortion faction […]

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As You Go: Bringing Christ to Others in the Present Moment

December 27, AD2017 3 Comments
As You Go:  Bringing Christ to Others in the Present Moment

Jesus sent out these twelve instructing them, … “Go … to the lost sheep … As you go, make this proclamation: ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ Cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, drive out demons (Matthew 10:5-8). I am so little, so sinful and broken. Yet my heart longs to serve […]

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Don’t Miss the “Magic” of Childhood

December 26, AD2017 0 Comments
Don’t Miss the “Magic” of Childhood

Every year around this time, I notice a widespread, often implicit idea that Christmas is a particularly special time for children. Of course, this attitude follows logically if the occasion consists only of emptying packages and stockings under an explosion of lights and tinsel. Decorations and presents generally become less exciting as we grow older. […]

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The Call to the Lay Vocation, Part II

December 26, AD2017 0 Comments
The Call to the Lay Vocation, Part II

In my last article, I discussed the idea of the lay vocation: that all are called to serve God using their talents in ordinary living, and in doing so, fulfill the mission of their life. After all, the Church’s mission cannot be carried out solely by the clergy and consecrated religious folk. Luckily for us, […]

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Christmas Morning: Secretly Cynical, Surprised by Joy

December 25, AD2017 0 Comments
Christmas Morning: Secretly Cynical, Surprised by Joy

Do we wait for Christmas morning with a joyful expectation or has life’s disappointments left us jaded and closed to any spiritual surprises or gifts from God our Father? Come to think of it, how many of us actually expect to receive any spiritual joy on Christmas morning? When we are secretly cynical, we will […]

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Christmas and the Wonder of Children

December 25, AD2017 0 Comments
Christmas and the Wonder of Children

A month or two ago I started wondering about the Christmas season. Specifically, I wondered why it seemed so much more magical to me as a child than as an adult. Now, there could be a variety of reasons for this—maybe it was because as a child I loved the sparkly tree and presents, or […]

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