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A Reason for Lukewarm Catholics

May 1, AD2016 4 Comments
A Reason for Lukewarm Catholics

It is all too common to hear stories about fallen away Catholics, and how fewer are attending Mass and following their faith. Many blame theirs or others’ lukewarm faith or lack of catechesis on priests, their schools, bishops, Vatican II, popes, liturgical abuses, scandals, or any number of things. The problem of being lukewarm is […]

The Pieta: A Lesson About Unexpected Grace

April 30, AD2016 4 Comments
The Pieta: A Lesson About Unexpected Grace

I stared at the prayer booklet before me, shaking my head in a negative sway. No way, I told myself. There is no way I could possibly do this Novena. It was going to be a full one- year promise and I am the type of person who, after undertaking any sort of project, cannot […]

Stand Inside the Fire

April 29, AD2016 4 Comments
Stand Inside the Fire

Pope Francis rattles many conservatives with his inclusive attitude towards other religions. On May 18, 2013, the pope reiterated this theme, “Every man and every woman must be free in his or her profession of religion, whatever it may be. Why? Because that man and that woman are children of God.” The entire universe is the Almighty’s […]

Conscience and Catechism

April 28, AD2016 10 Comments
Conscience and Catechism

The Catechism of the Holy Catholic Church I recently had two very enlightening conversations on the subject of conscience: one with a teenage girl at CCD, and one with a Jesuit priest in his seventies. The teenage girl told me that she thought that homosexuality was okay, because, she said, love is love, and love […]

Encyclicals on Film: To the Wonder

April 27, AD2016 0 Comments
Encyclicals on Film: To the Wonder

One of the more important contemporary filmmakers exploring Catholic themes is the director Terrence Malick. His film The Tree of Life, though not exactly possessing mass cultural influence, has still earned some recognition as being one of the great films to ponder Catholic themes. His most recent film, Knight of Cups, has also been subject […]

How Often Does Rape Actually Result in Pregnancy?

April 26, AD2016 11 Comments
How Often Does Rape Actually Result in Pregnancy?

“I wonder how many cases of rape actually result in a pregnancy?” Most women these days take the Pill anyhow.” This question was asked after a Facebook posting which stated that American Presidential candidate, Donald Trump, ‘absolutely’ wants the Republican Party Platform to include rape, incest, and life of the mother exceptions. This line of […]

Downsizing the Domestic Church

April 26, AD2016 0 Comments
Downsizing the Domestic Church

In the Dogmatic Constitution on the Church Lumen Gentium, promulgated by Pope Paul VI in 1964, the family is called the “domestic church”. Pope John Paul II continued this verbiage in both his apostolic exhortation, Familiaris Consortio and his 1994 Letter to Families. Pope Francis, in his recently published apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia, describes families as domestic churches eleven different times. […]

Keep Your Hands Together

April 25, AD2016 3 Comments
Keep Your Hands Together

One of my favorite saints is not as famous as most others. In fact, relatively few people have heard of him and, seemingly, even less can pronounce his name. All of that, of course, does not matter. In fact, I think that his relative obscurity fits in quite nicely with the story of his brief […]

Lessons Learned at Home

April 25, AD2016 2 Comments
Lessons Learned at Home

My mother taught me to say my Morning Offering the moment I woke up in the morning.  But above all she showed me how to put it into practice by her own example. It wasn’t the little things that I noticed at first, but the big sacrifices that she made, that even I noticed. Like […]

The Word Alone in Scripture; Multiple Solae ?

April 24, AD2016 3 Comments
The Word Alone in Scripture; Multiple Solae ?

It has been some time since I studied Latin ( According to the hand-written note on the inside title page of my text book, “Latin is a dead language, it is as dead as it can be. It killed off all the Romans and now it’s killing me” ). As a result, my translation skills are probably […]