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The Case for Chastity

February 16, AD2017 0 Comments
The Case for Chastity

A Love-Hate Relationship with Sexual Freedom Our culture has a love-hate relationship with the ideas of sexual liberation that spewed out of the sixties and seventies. By promising instant gratification and sexual self-realization, the sixties and seventies crafted a narrative in which the purpose of sexuality was totally separate from procreation. This liberation has created […]

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Apologetics: Tackling Belief, Truth, and Moral Relativism

February 15, AD2017 0 Comments
Apologetics: Tackling Belief, Truth, and Moral Relativism

Today’s secular society operates on an array of levels when it comes to belief, truth, and moral relativism. For this reason, it becomes necessary to examine these entities in our world to provide an adequate response to moments when their meanings become convoluted. Belief and truth can convey deeply held convictions of an individual or […]

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The Power of the Mass: Why We Believe What We Believe

February 15, AD2017 2 Comments
The Power of the Mass: Why We Believe What We Believe

This is the second part of a series on The Power of the Mass. Part one is available here. I have been inspired to make clear not only the true presence of Christ in the Eucharist, but also the continual sacrifice of Jesus on the altar at every Catholic Church throughout the world. The same […]

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The Stumbling Block of the Crucifix

February 14, AD2017 4 Comments
The Stumbling Block of the Crucifix

  As a Catholic, I am often challenged about our use and reverence for the crucifix.  The most common charge has been that the crucifix focuses on Christ’s death and fails to celebrate the Resurrection. But as Catholics we recognize these two events are necessarily intertwined. Each time we reflect on the image of Christ […]

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Abortion, Underlying Myths, and a Skewed Idea About Mercy

February 14, AD2017 4 Comments
Abortion, Underlying Myths, and a Skewed Idea About Mercy

I was involved in an online discussion last week on Facebook and the points raised in the discussion illustrate many erroneous ideas many people, including some Catholics, have about abortion. I pray some of the counterarguments in the debate may be of help to you if you become engaged in an argument with people who make […]

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The Brewing Philippine War Between Duterte and the Church

February 13, AD2017 6 Comments
The Brewing Philippine War Between Duterte and the Church

A war is brewing in the Philippines. And it is not a war of guns (although, much of the cause of this brewing war has been the indiscriminate death of some Filipinos). The brewing war is a battle for the minds and hearts of Filipinos regarding the right way to combat the rising drug problem […]

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On Earth as In Heaven

February 13, AD2017 2 Comments
On Earth as In Heaven

What Does the Father Desire? Have you ever stopped to think about that? I spend so much time telling the Father what I desire that I rarely stop to ask Him what He desires. A friend once shared with me a humorous, yet convicting, conversation he had with his wife. She asked him, “If you […]

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Working Around the Impasse in the God Debate

February 12, AD2017 4 Comments
Working Around the Impasse in the God Debate

  Almost 70 years ago a famous but now somewhat forgotten debate took place on BBC radio between Bertrand Russell and Rev. C. J. Copleston, S.J. The topic of the debate was whether or not God existed. Russell, a British philosopher, logician, mathematician, historian, writer, social critic, political activist, and self-described atheist, argued against God’s […]

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A Child, A Stranger, the Body of Christ

February 12, AD2017 1 Comment
A Child, A Stranger, the Body of Christ

My 8-year-old grandson and a stranger both gave me a special gift one recent Sunday. And there I was thinking I was doing something good for them at Mass. Colin, my grandson, goes to Mass with his third-grade class a couple of times a week. He usually doesn’t go on Sundays, though. My son-in-law normally […]

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Give Us This Day Our Supersubstantial Bread

February 11, AD2017 1 Comment
Give Us This Day Our Supersubstantial Bread

“Give us this day our daily bread” … what does that mean? On the surface, it’s a simple acknowledgment that the things we need to live all have their source in God, as well as a request that our needs for the day be provided. However, hiding under that simple word “daily” is many centuries’ […]

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Inside the Faces of Pride

February 11, AD2017 1 Comment
Inside the Faces of Pride

Pride is something most of us understand to a certain extent.  Or, at the very least, we think we know what it looks like when we see it.  Whether seen in business leaders, politicians, celebrities, or neighbors, there is a type of pride that almost all of us recognize.  You can characterize it as bombastic, […]

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The Jew in the Catholic Church

February 10, AD2017 0 Comments
The Jew in the Catholic Church

“Today it is the Old Testament who suffers for the New one.” Sœur Mirjam Else Michaelis (1899 – 1942, Auschwitz) Can you imagine what might become of your life if you discovered you were Jewish? This happened to me at the age of seven when two Russian boys of my age were laughing at their companion […]

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The Problem of Ingrained Sin

February 10, AD2017 4 Comments
The Problem of Ingrained Sin

When we feel cut off from God, battling a losing war with ingrained sin, the only viable solution to our dilemma is to call out to Christ to save us. Instead, most of us strive to be perfect through self-discipline. It was a shock to me when my Spiritual Director challenged this tendency by saying, […]

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The PostPersons: Part II

February 9, AD2017 0 Comments
The PostPersons: Part II

This is Part II of the PostPersons story. In Part I a future was described in which the Supreme Legislature of the United States, once known as the Supreme Court, expanded the right to abortion, so children with the caring assistance of the government, would have a right to terminate their parents. The PostPersons II […]

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The Spark in The Thin Red Line: Why I Remain Catholic

February 9, AD2017 2 Comments
The Spark in The Thin Red Line: Why I Remain Catholic

One of my favorite movies, if not my favorite of all time, is Terrence Malick’s The Thin Red Line. I watched this movie in my senior year of college, with my beautiful wife (we had been married for about three months at that point) and my fellow classmates, for a class on Terrence Malick’s films. […]

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I Confess…My Thoughts

February 8, AD2017 3 Comments
I Confess…My Thoughts

I’m Okay.  I’m Not So Sure About You or the Others… “But I’m a good person. I try to live the right way and not do anything immoral, illegal or dishonest. Heck, I’m living my life better than a lot of people I know.” These probably are pretty common thoughts.  But how accurate are they? […]

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Can I Really Trust a Shepherd?

February 8, AD2017 0 Comments
Can I Really Trust a Shepherd?

The Lord is my shepherd;  there is nothing I lack.  (Psalm 23:1) What could a shepherd possibly provide me that would leave me lacking of nothing? Though familiar with this famous psalm, it was not until recently that I started to recognize it as a lesson in trust, which is something I seriously struggle to […]

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Meeting with Men of God: A Catholic Men’s Conference on the Year of Mercy

February 7, AD2017 0 Comments
Meeting with Men of God: A Catholic Men’s Conference on the Year of Mercy

There’s something wonderfully uplifting about being with hundreds of Catholic men to put aside our egos and bring our man-made messes before the Father as together we celebrate our common faith. For the past five years, I have been attending the Connecticut Catholic Men’s conference with my father-in-law. Each time, I have come out of […]

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See the Beauty Through the Storm and Say Thank You

February 7, AD2017 0 Comments
See the Beauty Through the Storm and Say Thank You

My wife and I wanted to share New Year’s Eve with our eldest daughter.  She lives in New Hampshire and we live in East Tennessee, the solution was simple — road trip! The trip started a couple of days before New Year’s Eve, and we would return home a few days after New Year’s.  For the first […]

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Celebrating Ordinary Time Extraordinarily

February 6, AD2017 0 Comments
Celebrating Ordinary Time Extraordinarily

Celebrate Ordinary Time? Why celebrate anything that seems to just fill in the space between Christmas and Easter? The Sacrament of the Moment With all of the bells and whistles associated with these two treasured times of the year, Ordinary Time might seem pale by comparison. On top of that, the “scaling back” of Ordinary […]

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