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Take Heaven By Force

July 6, AD2018 0 Comments
Take Heaven By Force

“Out in the street, you don’t survive by being weak. This is our time, walls were made for us to climb. Don’t you try to lock us out ’cause we’re breaking down the doors and, oh, we’re prepared to fight, baby. There’s no stopping us (no stopping). No one does it better.” These are lyrics to […]

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“Our Citizenship is in Heaven”

July 6, AD2018 0 Comments
“Our Citizenship is in Heaven”

I remember, when my first son was born, my wife and I made the decision to stop by her grandfather’s house on the way home from the hospital. Our son was born in the same town Granddad lived; and as I knew he was very sick (yet still very alert and conscious), I suggested we […]

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Pop Culture Role Models

July 5, AD2018 0 Comments
Pop Culture Role Models

One has to look far and wide to find positive images of Christianity and in particular the Catholic Church in today’s mainstream media and in the overall culture. Television shows (The Young Pope), movies (Spotlight) and novels (The Da Vinci Code) constantly show the evils and hypocrisy of the members of the Church or its […]

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Giving It All Through Mary – Being “All In” With Jesus

July 5, AD2018 0 Comments
Giving It All Through Mary – Being “All In” With Jesus

The giving of oneself to God and to neighbor is not only an act of charity. Giving it all requires a deep faith as well. Do we really love God with all our heart, soul and mind? If so, what does such a love entail? How far do we have to go in our expression […]

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Outcome-based Parenting

July 5, AD2018 0 Comments
Outcome-based Parenting

The highlight of a recent camping trip was meeting a Hungarian dinosaur-enthusiast. He wasn’t scared of our three small, crazy children. In fact, he and my four-year-old daughter became fast friends, playing tic-tac-toe and pretending to be T-rexes. What I most appreciated about him was his authenticity. He said, “These are the best ages, when […]

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Some Thoughts on Freedom and Truth

July 4, AD2018 0 Comments
Some Thoughts on Freedom and Truth

Some 242 years ago Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence and the United States of America was born. We declared our freedom from the tyranny of King George.  It’s been an interesting 242 years, to say the least.  And the country – and the world – has come a long way since then. But […]

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Broken Harp: The Deadly Abortion Deal in Ireland

July 4, AD2018 0 Comments
Broken Harp: The Deadly Abortion Deal in Ireland

Ireland has always been known as a place of enchantment, particularly in its poetry, music, and dance. As if to remind us of this, the Emerald Isle itself is even shaped like a harp! But to adopt the metaphor of Don McLean’s classic song, American Pie, May 25 was “the day the music died” in […]

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Magnanimity is a Virtue that is Missing in Most People’s Lives

July 3, AD2018 0 Comments
Magnanimity is a Virtue that is Missing in Most People’s Lives

“Just do your best.” Chances are you heard that growing up, and even now may still hear it in adulthood. But it misses the mark when it comes to practicing magnanimity. To be honest, I absolutely hate the phrase “just do your best” because it most often comes with the implication that your best may […]

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Whoever Is Not Against You Is For You

July 3, AD2018 0 Comments
Whoever Is Not Against You Is For You

For the past five or six years I have been attending a men’s group run by a non-denominational evangelical church. I would have liked to find a Catholic men’s group, but whenever I looked into it at the parishes my family has attended, these groups were always scheduled during the middle of a weekday, conflicting […]

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The Greatest Challenge to the Catholic Faith

July 2, AD2018 0 Comments
The Greatest Challenge to the Catholic Faith

  This column is about worldview (metaphysics and epistemology) although it touches on social justice and politics as well. It is about the greatest challenge to the Catholic Faith and gets to the very root of the polarization both outside and inside the Church. The greatest challenge to the Catholic Faith is Postmodernism, which is […]

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The Camino de Santiago is Life

July 2, AD2018 0 Comments
The Camino de Santiago is Life

On July 2, 2014, I walked into Santiago de Compostela, the Camino de Santiago, completing five hundred miles of pilgrimage with great jubilance and much pondering. The final leg of the walk seemed anticlimactic; I imagined being greeted by frantic cheers and excited faces as a month of walking ended. Yet it was a normal […]

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Forgive, Don’t Hand Yourself to the Torturers

July 1, AD2018 0 Comments
Forgive, Don’t Hand Yourself to the Torturers

Then the master called the servant in. ‘You wicked servant,’ he said, ‘I canceled all that debt of yours because you begged me to. Shouldn’t you have had mercy on your fellow servant just as I had on you?’ In anger his master handed him over to the jailers to be tortured, until he should pay back […]

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The Culture of Sexual Freedom is Not True Freedom   

July 1, AD2018 0 Comments
The Culture of Sexual Freedom is Not True Freedom   

We all need to understand our own sexuality, and there’s a lot to learn. If you want to have a peaceful and meaningful life it would be wise not to allow yourself to be taken in completely by the surrounding culture of sexual freedom. Pope John Paul II observed that in In the past, the general […]

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Michelangelo Creates Sculptures On His Path To Redemption

June 30, AD2018 0 Comments
Michelangelo Creates Sculptures On His Path To Redemption

Michelangelo sculpted the Vatican Pieta, which is known worldwide and is, perhaps, the most viewed work of art in St. Peter’s church in the Vatican.  Another of his most famous sculptures is his solitary David. Less well known, however, is his Florentine Pieta, which some believe he intended to be placed at his own grave. The artistic and political […]

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Principles for Your Spiritual Life: Insights from the Carmelite Rule

Principles for Your Spiritual Life: Insights from the Carmelite Rule

Here then are a few points I have written down to provide you with a standard of conduct to live up to; but our Lord, at his second coming, will reward anyone who does more than he is obliged to do. See that the bounds of common sense are not exceeded, however, for common sense […]

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The Limits of Science: What Science Can’t Do

June 29, AD2018 0 Comments
The Limits of Science: What Science Can’t Do

Who hath measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, and meted out heaven with the span, and comprehended the dust of the earth in a measure, and weighed the mountains in scales, and the hills in a balance? —Isaiah 40:12 (KJV) To answer the question “To be or not to be?’ we cannot […]

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Is KonMari for Catholics?

June 29, AD2018 0 Comments
Is KonMari for Catholics?

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up – The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo. Did you know there could be a child prodigy of tidying? As a young girl in Japan, Marie Kondo’s favorite thing to do was to clean and organize the physical spaces around her. Her canvas was her room, […]

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The Patrick Coffin Show: Does the Church Hate Gays? Father Mike Schmitz

June 28, AD2018 0 Comments
The Patrick Coffin Show: Does the Church Hate Gays? Father Mike Schmitz

The Patrick Coffin Show podcast features weekly interviews with A-list influencers and outliers in the effort to recover the Judeo-Christian roots of the culture. Patrick is the Canadian-born former host of Catholic Answers Live, and he has raving fans around the world. He injects these fascinating interviews with his own distinctive blend of depth and […]

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Living Waters for Our Time

June 28, AD2018 0 Comments
Living Waters for Our Time

  “The time will come when people will not tolerate sound doctrine but, following their own desires and insatiable curiosity, … will stop listening to the truth and will be diverted to myths” [2 Timothy 4: 3-4]. Certainly we are seeing evidence today of St. Paul’s predictions as our society becomes more secular and as […]

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The Feminine Genius and the Priesthood

June 27, AD2018 0 Comments
The Feminine Genius and the Priesthood

In our diocese of Buffalo, New York, we have just gone through the excruciating pain of the revelation of child sexual abuse and adult affairs in the priesthood. Our good Bishop, Richard Malone, is doing the best he can to pray, lead, heal and work our way through this crisis and into the future. I […]

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Trains and Chains and God as First Cause

June 27, AD2018 0 Comments
Trains and Chains and God as First Cause

Trains and chains are popular analogies used to illustrate the argument for a First Cause, whom we call God. See: Reasons to Believe (p. 32) by Scott Hahn, Answering Atheism (p. 236) by Trent Horn, Who Designed the Designer? (p. 34-37)  by Michael Augros, and, most recently, “What Caused God” by Trent Horn. But is […]

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Our Catholic Mission: Making Disciples

June 26, AD2018 0 Comments
Our Catholic Mission: Making Disciples

We use the word disciple a lot, but do we know what it really means? What images does that word conjure up? When you hear the word disciple, do you maybe picture a man with a beard, sandals, and a cloak traveling along a dusty road somewhere, intent on preaching to the masses? Or do […]

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Religious Sisters Aren’t Born Wearing a Veil

June 26, AD2018 0 Comments
Religious Sisters Aren’t Born Wearing a Veil

Contrary to an illusion that some people seem to have, Sisters are not “born that way.”  We don’t come into this world wearing a veil. Some Religious had the idea of being a Sister since their early childhood, but I did not share this experience. My mom had two aunts that were Benedictine Sisters, and she […]

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Practical Advice on Sharing the Faith

June 25, AD2018 0 Comments
Practical Advice on Sharing the Faith

Faith is the belief in something intangible, something invisible – and it’s the hardest thing to relay in words to those who don’t believe, or who haven’t experienced the depths of faith.  St. Paul put it more eloquently in his letter to the Hebrews: Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction […]

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