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St. Teresa of Calcutta: The Wisdom of the Saints

September 13, AD2016 0 Comments
St. Teresa of Calcutta: The Wisdom of the Saints

Mother Angelica, in characteristic humor, once wrote of a time when God humbled her: I’m always amused by the way the Lord works on our pride by taking us down a few pegs. I remember attending a benefit dinner in Washington, D.C., a few years ago. All the attendees were beautifully dressed in tuxedos and […]

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The Thunderous Din of the Silent Majority

September 12, AD2016 5 Comments
The Thunderous Din of the Silent Majority

Who Are The Silent Majority? The silent majority is, as we understand it, a large group of people who do not express their opinions publicly. The term goes back, at least, to President Nixon who, in a November 3, 1969 speech, said, “And so tonight—to you, the great silent majority of my fellow Americans—I ask for […]

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Showing God’s Mercy By Listening to Others

September 12, AD2016 0 Comments
Showing God’s Mercy By Listening to Others

Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein) spoke about attending to the needs of our neighbor: “On the question of relating to our fellowman – our neighbor’s spiritual need transcends every commandment. Everything else we do is a means to an end. But love is an end already, since God is love.” Being Attentive […]

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The Consolation of Truth

September 11, AD2016 0 Comments
The Consolation of Truth

On the day I began this essay, in the Kyrie at the beginning of Mass, the priest prayed, “In the consolation of truth, Lord have mercy”. What is the consolation of truth? Just what truth is consoling? Is it scientific truth, which consoles us through its technological implementation? The first principle of science, which I […]

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A Religion of Peace: They Must Define It

September 11, AD2016 3 Comments
A Religion of Peace: They Must Define It

The death, anguish, and destruction caused by the recent upsurge (measured in decades) in savage violence in the name of Islam has caused us to evaluate what was once not considered a threat in the United States. The Pew Foundation recently predicted that the percentage of Muslims in the U.S. will reach 2.1% by 2050. […]

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Sitting Out This Election?

September 10, AD2016 7 Comments
Sitting Out This Election?

This time last year I was so excited about what might happen in America during the next election and what effect that might have in the world. There was a pool of presidential candidates I liked. A few I would be absolutely thrilled to take the White House. Others I’d have just been very happy to take […]

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Sola Fide, 500 Years Later – How Wide is the Divide?

September 9, AD2016 10 Comments
Sola Fide, 500 Years Later – How Wide is the Divide?

Sola Fide I am not a theologian, or even most days a very effective apologist. I am simply a devout Catholic who loves Jesus, and who does his best each day to stay faithful to the teaching of the One True Church Jesus founded — the Roman Catholic Church. That bias made clear, my take on […]

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The Solution To All Your Problems

September 8, AD2016 2 Comments
The Solution To All Your Problems

  Back in 1958, in the still early days of Rock ‘N Roll, Don and Phil Everly, the Everly Brothers, released a song entitled “Problems.”  True to its title, the song started off, “Problems, problems, problems all day long.”  The entire song, all three simple stanzas of it, was under two minutes long and as […]

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Sexuality, Reality, and the Sacramental in Knight of Cups

September 7, AD2016 1 Comment
Sexuality, Reality, and the Sacramental in Knight of Cups

  “The artist penetrates the concrete world in order to find at its depths the image of its source, the image of ultimate reality.” Flannery O’Connor, Mystery and Manners A few months ago, I offered a commentary on Terrence Malick’s film To the Wonder, outlining the relationship it depicts between the love of eros and agape, […]

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A Society Built on Trust

September 6, AD2016 6 Comments
A Society Built on Trust

I walked into Wal-Mart in Dearborn and seemed out of place because I was white and buying alcohol. (Dearborn is a Detroit suburb with the highest concentration of Muslims in the USA.) I probably looked extra-weird as I had just finished a 40-mile bike ride and was still dressed in clothes appropriate for cycling. I […]

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John McCloskey,The First American Cardinal

September 6, AD2016 0 Comments
John McCloskey,The First American Cardinal

Born on March 10, 1810, to Irish immigrants in Brooklyn, New York, John McCloskey when he was seventeen had a life altering accident.  Driving a team of oxen pulling a wagon full of heavy logs, the wagon overturned and buried John beneath the logs for several hours.  For the next few days, he drifted in […]

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” He Who Sings Prays Twice”

September 5, AD2016 1 Comment
” He Who Sings Prays Twice”

The Catechism of the Catholic Church, in its section on liturgical music, quotes the famous expression of St. Augustine: “He who sings prays twice.” Have you ever stopped to think about that? His assertion is very much in accord with the sentiments expressed in Sacred Scripture, where we find myriads of exhortations to “sing to […]

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Exercise Tips — For Your Soul

September 5, AD2016 0 Comments
Exercise Tips — For Your Soul

  Americans today have become health conscious.  We are been conditioned by society – and perhaps for good reason – to start ‘working out,’ or at the very least to ‘stay active.’  Daily exercise should be at the very top of our list of priorities! It seems that no matter what website we visit these days […]

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St. Teresa of Calcutta and the Resurrection of Labor Sunday

September 4, AD2016 1 Comment
St. Teresa of Calcutta and the Resurrection of Labor Sunday

Sunday, September 4, 2016, is a providential date for many reasons.  Not only is it a beautiful capstone for the Year of Mercy through the international celebration of the canonization of Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, but it is also the day that marks Labor Sunday in the United States, a day to honor the spiritual […]

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What Are Your Gifts?

September 4, AD2016 0 Comments
What Are Your Gifts?

Making the most of the gifts God has given to me. Putting them at the service of God, the Church, and society.  Many Gifts, No? God has entrusted to each one of us many gifts. I invite you to test this claim against your life to see if it is true. Some of these gifts are […]

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Lingering at Immediate

September 3, AD2016 1 Comment
Lingering at Immediate

Growing up outside of Lowell, Massachusetts, in a French-Canadian home, we spoke French exclusively. My mother, a certified teacher in Canada, home schooled me a bit, and when tested, I was dropped into an English-only parochial school in the second grade. Of course, children adapt well and learn quickly, however, I was blessed / cursed / gifted with […]

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The Devil Wants You Isolated

September 3, AD2016 13 Comments
The Devil Wants You Isolated

  I write this article thinking about a friend. This friend is Catholic and recently got into a situation which is obviously not very good for her, involving renting a room and a single, older man. Instinctively, I am sure she knows deep down this was a bad decision, although she tried to play it […]

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Catholics Can Survive Election 2016!

September 2, AD2016 2 Comments
Catholics Can Survive Election 2016!

The nomination circus has ended, the major party conventions are in the books, and the official presidential campaigns are now well underway. The election in November is still a long way off and I am already fatigued by all the rhetoric, memes, videos and outright bad decisions and bad behavior posted by good people on social […]

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Cancer God’s Gift

September 1, AD2016 2 Comments
Cancer God’s Gift

Compared to eternity, even living to be a century old is nothing. I had truly self-sacrificing full of wonder nuns who taught me through eighth grade. In fifth grade, one of these special ladies, Sister Mary Margaret, told us to imagine a dove that flew by the earth once every thousand years and one of […]

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De-Mystifying Mystical Theology: What It is and Why We Need It

August 31, AD2016 0 Comments
De-Mystifying Mystical Theology: What It is and Why We Need It

Catholic’s may not kick around the term “mystical theology” much these days, but it is far from a dead science. Spiritual Theology is another popular term for the same discipline, and you may be familiar with some of the folks writing on the topic expansively: men like Dan Burke of SpiritualDirection.com fame, Fr. Timothy Gallagher, O.M.V. and Catholic Stand’s […]

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