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Has America Turned Its Back on God? Part II

August 17, AD2016 2 Comments
Has America Turned Its Back on God? Part II

Things are messed up today in America, but it’s not all Obama’s fault, even though he does deserve a lot of the credit. Our problems have been a long time coming.  Some 10 years ago Dennis Prager, in one of a series of columns on Judeo-Christian Values, made this observation: “Vast numbers of people are […]

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Has America Turned Its Back on God? Part I

August 16, AD2016 10 Comments
Has America Turned Its Back on God? Part I

The somewhat controversial conservative activist Pamela Geller wrote an essay last year entitled “The Poo Generation.” The thrust of Geller’s essay is that the ‘Poo emoticon’ best “exemplifies the low state of the world, of the culture, and of America itself in the age of the primitive.  It signifies America’s rapid decay in the wake […]

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Love Conquers Evil

August 15, AD2016 3 Comments
Love Conquers Evil

Lately, I find myself saddened by our American society. Our culture of death does not respect the dignity of every human life, disregards truth and relativizes morality. People attend rallies to support the murder of the innocent, promote laws to change the definition of marriage, perform acts of corruption without consequence and shout cries for […]

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Loving When It’s Hard To Love

August 14, AD2016 0 Comments
Loving When It’s Hard To Love

Love is a Decision I heard a reference from one of the saints that “love is a decision”. In our culture and in Hollywood, love is made out to be romantic and fulfilling. For some maybe it is. However, for those of us who are in it for the long-haul of life know that loving other people […]

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The Search for Justice and the Devil’s Dare

August 13, AD2016 1 Comment
The Search for Justice and the Devil’s Dare

One of my favorite TV shows is the Netflix series about the Marvel Comics superhero Daredevil.  What I truly like about the series is how it attempts to capture the moral dilemma that Matt Murdoch faces concerning justice every time he wears his red suit and is transformed from the blind lawyer to the hard-hitting […]

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Setting Men Ablaze

August 13, AD2016 6 Comments
Setting Men Ablaze

The world of Catholic spirituality is, in a word, immense. Contemplative, Ignatian, Dominican, Carmelite- you get the idea. Yet as I spent time looking for Catholic-based insight on a particular variant of spirituality, I was stunned at the lack of information. It would be an understatement to say that relevant, practical, and engaging material for […]

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Fr. Calloway Interview on “Champions of the Rosary”

August 12, AD2016 5 Comments
Fr. Calloway Interview on “Champions of the Rosary”

The rosary is not just for little old church ladies and pious nuns locked up in convents. It’s been prayed by brave soldiers, young martyrs, brilliant scientists, key political figures, and recently, a hopeless hippie drug addict. But the real question is: why should everyone, including and especially you pray the rosary? Fr. Donald Calloway, […]

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We Often Follow False Prophets

August 11, AD2016 4 Comments
We Often Follow False Prophets

On False Prophets in Politics This election year, more than others, has brought back memories of behaviors reminiscent of my high school years. Young teens, caught up in an insatiable craving for social credit. That was a unique social experience for all because we have individual experiences, yet it was the same in its drive […]

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Is God Hidden?

August 11, AD2016 1 Comment
Is God Hidden?

To support his atheism, Bertrand Russell proposed the analogy of a celestial teapot. He noted that the burden of proof is not on the skeptic of the claim that there is a teapot orbiting the sun between Earth and Mars. The burden of proof is on the proponent who claims that the teapot is there, […]

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Welcome the School Year with Wariness & Skepticism

August 10, AD2016 7 Comments
Welcome the School Year with Wariness & Skepticism

I write this while enjoying a week on a lake in southern Maine. It’s the same place we’ve gone for our annual family reunion for over 30 years. Here, it seems the sun is always shining. The weather is always warm. The kids are always off playing games, competing with their uncles, and laughing with their […]

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Catholic and Vegetarian – What’s The Connection? Part II

August 10, AD2016 13 Comments
Catholic and Vegetarian – What’s The Connection? Part II

  If you missed “Catholic and Vegetarian — What’s the Connection? Part I”, click here to start at the beginning. Vegetarian Saints Now, you may object that Catholic social teaching makes no pronouncement on diet, that Jesus clearly ate fish in the Bible, and even said “It is not what enters one’s mouth that defiles that […]

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Euthanasia: When It’s Cruel to Be Kind

August 9, AD2016 4 Comments
Euthanasia: When It’s Cruel to Be Kind

Death is as common as birth, obviously, but old age homes and palliative care facilities efficiently remove the dying from the public eye. Consequently, most modern folks are ignorant about the process of death and dying and would rather ignore the entire subject. No wonder euthanasia is gaining acceptance. No need to worry about the […]

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Catholic and Vegetarian – What’s the Connection? Part I

August 9, AD2016 3 Comments
Catholic and Vegetarian – What’s the Connection? Part I

My Happy Catholic Vegetarian Married Life As I approach the midpoint of my fifth decade on earth, I am extraordinarily lucky to find myself, at the deepest, most grounded root of my being, a very happy person. My wife, Carol Ann, is the best person I have ever known. I feel lucky that she loves […]

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Trust and the Objective Certitude of Faith

August 8, AD2016 2 Comments
Trust and the Objective Certitude of Faith

  The Mass readings for this last Sunday, August 7, have as their common theme trust in the Lord. Another word for this trust is faith. For us in the beginning of the twenty-first century, the idea of faith has something of an air of “buying a pig in a poke” to it, or of […]

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Childbirth, Abortion, Contraception and Violence on a Woman’s Body

August 8, AD2016 0 Comments
Childbirth, Abortion, Contraception and Violence on a Woman’s Body

I recently had my second baby and informed myself a lot more on natural labor and birth than the first time around. It was amazing to learn how the woman’s body works in labor and birth, especially the uterus. The woman’s uterus thins at the bottom, thickens at the top and pushes the baby out […]

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Why Are Catholics Cheapskates Regarding Giving?

August 7, AD2016 31 Comments
Why Are Catholics Cheapskates Regarding Giving?

What Jesus Said to Us About Giving In the Gospel of Luke, Jesus tells us about giving, “Sell your belongings and give alms. Provide money bags for yourselves that do not wear out, and inexhaustible treasure in heaven that no thief can reach nor moth destroy. For where your treasure is, there also your heart […]

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Gossip: Would I Like To Have That Said About Me?

August 7, AD2016 0 Comments
Gossip: Would I Like To Have That Said About Me?

One evening, one of my co-workers came to me with a question.  She was having trouble with someone she works with at another job.  The individual was not showing up for work all the time, and her work ethic left something to be desired. In a nutshell, my co-worker was wondering and asking: “Should I report […]

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The Beauty of the Rosary

August 6, AD2016 1 Comment
The Beauty of the Rosary

Looking back over the course of the years which have been accumulated thus far in my  life, one of the items to which I have always returned has been the Rosary. Praying the Rosary Whether it was said as part of a primary school assembly  in a grotto in front of a statue of the Blessed Virgin, in my car […]

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Faith and Wealth: Rich Dad, Poor Dad Revisited

August 6, AD2016 1 Comment
Faith and Wealth: Rich Dad, Poor Dad Revisited

  Rich Dad, Poor Dad is one of this generation’s most iconic financial literacy books.  Written by Kiyosaki and Lechter in the late 1990s, it has sold over 26 million copies and has been touted by celebrities such as Oprah Winfrey and Will Smith—not to mention Donald Trump, who later collaborated with Kiyosaki to leverage […]

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Mystical Contemplation is for All

August 5, AD2016 2 Comments
Mystical Contemplation is for All

Recently I wrote about the sacred touch used by the first Apostles and their successors to hand down the love that had been received by Jesus to successive generations.  Here I describe common experiences that we have all had, particularly in our youth. You may be at a party, having a good time with your […]

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