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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 […]

Join the Angels and Children in The Cosmic Dance

August 30, AD2016 3 Comments
Join the Angels and Children in The Cosmic Dance

Is joy at the heart of your life in Christ? Many Catholics feel beleaguered as they struggle to stand up for the truth in an increasingly hostile environment. Of course, it is easy to become so busy addressing serious moral and religious issues that our spirituality is relegated to Sunday Mass and a few Hail […]

The Catholic Church and The U.S. Military: History

August 30, AD2016 0 Comments
The Catholic Church and The U.S. Military: History

This article is the sixth in a series called, “The U.S. Military and the Catholic Faith: A Comparison”, which examines the comparisons between the U.S. Army and Catholicism. Throughout my articles, I use the word ‘military’ loosely. I focus on the Army because I am a soldier and grew up through the ranks of the […]

Using Prayer to Make Election Decisions

August 29, AD2016 10 Comments
Using Prayer to Make Election Decisions

Pope Francis “tweeted” the following statement about prayer a couple years ago: “The one who listens attentively to the word of God and truly prays always ask the Lord: what is your will for me?” -Twitter, May 19, 2014 Prayer is Uniting with God Wherever we are on the path of spirituality, prayer is a gift […]

Take Chesterton’s “Way of Wonder” to Jesus

August 29, AD2016 8 Comments
Take Chesterton’s “Way of Wonder” to Jesus

A great writer changes my life. G.K. Chesterton converted me (through Grace) to the Catholic Faith. Dale Ahlquist’s new book Way of Wonder: Wisdom from G.K. Chesterton is a masterful collection of rare quotes and excerpts from this titan of English literature. The chapter titles of his new book are not subjects we encounter much […]

Why the Prince of Peace Divides Us

August 28, AD2016 5 Comments
Why the Prince of Peace Divides Us

Christ is known as the Prince of Peace; as God the Son, through Whom “all things were made” (Nicene Creed), it is He alone who mediates true peace. And yet in this world we succumb to the wily tactics of the Great Deceiver, known as the “prince of this world.” The Bent One and his […]

Political Control and the Freedom of Weakness

August 28, AD2016 3 Comments
Political Control and the Freedom of Weakness

  There’s a certain freedom in powerlessness, the loss of control. Recently, Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput wrote that the “astonishing flaws” of both major candidates was “depressing and liberating at the same time. Depressing, because it’s proof of how polarized the nation has become. Liberating, because for the honest voter, it’s much easier this year […]

Welcome to the House of Moral Dilemma

August 27, AD2016 21 Comments
Welcome to the House of Moral Dilemma

I am totally astonished how any Catholic, professing to be faithful, could vote for Hillary Clinton. No amount of mental gymnastics has allowed me to understand how Hillary Clinton, and apparently those that support her, have no shame before God in promoting the horrendous evils of abortion, attacks on the family, and outright collusion against […]

Replace Spiritual Mediocrity with Heroic Courage

August 27, AD2016 0 Comments
Replace Spiritual Mediocrity with Heroic Courage

Spend ten minutes watching the news, searching the Internet, or reading the paper and one is likely to become disgusted and discouraged. Our response can be simply to give up, accepting things for what they are, losing hope that things can be better. Sadly, this mentality of mediocrity and settling can readily transfer into our […]

The TV Dinner and the Sexual Revolution

August 26, AD2016 2 Comments
The TV Dinner and the Sexual Revolution

There was something about the 1960s and ’70s. Making life easy and devising all kinds of shortcuts marked these decades. Nothing epitomizes this like the TV dinner. As a child of this era, I clearly remember my mother in the kitchen chopping, dicing, stewing, and roasting to have dinner on the table at 5:00 p.m. […]