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Go Ahead Rachel, Weep

January 23, AD2017 0 Comments
Go Ahead Rachel, Weep

 A voice is heard in Ramah, lamenting and weeping bitterly: it is Rachel weeping for her children, refusing to be comforted because they are no more. Matthew 2:18 Yesterday, January 22, 2017, was the 44th anniversary of Roe v. Wade. Later this week hundreds of thousands of Americans will march on Washington to express their ongoing […]

Saved by Faith Alone?

January 23, AD2017 1 Comment
Saved by Faith Alone?

It has been going on ever since the Protestant Reformation in 1517, five hundred years ago.  The bible verses in question are when Paul says that we also believe in Christ Jesus, that we may be justified by the faith of Christ and not by the works of the law  (Gal 2:16), and when James […]

Should We Keep “the Spirit of Christmas” Alive?

January 22, AD2017 0 Comments
Should We Keep “the Spirit of Christmas” Alive?

Merry Christmas!  Though Epiphany is now over, there is an old tradition in the Church that the Christmas season actually lasts up until the feast of Candlemas in February.  Of course, most people outside the Church think Christmas is already over by December 26th. Even though our Protestant brethren only celebrate Christmas on one day, […]

Lessons in Leadership from St. Thomas More

January 22, AD2017 0 Comments
Lessons in Leadership from St. Thomas More

St. Thomas More, patron saint of civil servants, statesmen, and politicians, lived a life of moral courage. A 15th-16th century saint, More was poet, author, lawyer, scholar, and Lord Chancellor in the British monarchy during Henry VIII’s scandal-ridden reign. For adhering to his Catholic faith, and silently refusing to acknowledge King Henry’s divorces and marriages, […]

The Missing Biblical Rib

January 21, AD2017 5 Comments
The Missing Biblical Rib

Francis Crick was an evangelical atheist. He believed that scientific understanding removed the need for religious explanations of material phenomena. Francis Crick’s Obituary (PLoS Biology, 2004) Being a scientist, one is awed by the intellectual depth and unparalleled pedagogical mastery of the Biblical narratives. They have perfectly succeeded in the past and are not less […]

Knowing Your Enemy And Fighting Back

January 21, AD2017 2 Comments
Knowing Your Enemy And Fighting Back

  Satan, Lucifer, the Devil, the Father of Lies – many of us, we grew up hearing one or more of these names. But how much do we really know about this fallen angel? What image comes to mind when someone mentions the Devil or Beelzebub? Do you imagine a big red guy with horns, […]

Back to (Extra)Ordinary Time: Facing Depression

January 20, AD2017 1 Comment
Back to (Extra)Ordinary Time: Facing Depression

I left Hawaii’s extraordinary climate just before the New Year to be with my 90-year-old parents on the wintry east coast near Philadelphia. I arrived the day after my father was admitted to what my mother refers to as “the mental hospital.” Committed It’s my father’s first time in such a facility. He was committed […]

Hume, His Guillotine, and the Being of Ought

January 20, AD2017 1 Comment
Hume, His Guillotine, and the Being of Ought

You probably had your first experience of reality long before you were born, in your mother’s womb. From that experience, a small handful of crucial ideations were created. It was your first experience of otherness, as well as your first experience of selfness because I came in contact with something that was not I. This is […]

Surprised By Three Miracles

January 19, AD2017 10 Comments
Surprised By Three Miracles

Modern, educated folk tend to dismiss the miraculous, preferring to believe science will eventually provide a plausible explanation for the inexplicable. For the cynical, only the ignorant or gullible set out on desperate pilgrimages seeking cures or chase after Charismatic signs. Many Protestants think miracles were only for the age of dispensation of grace; for […]

Vocations, Lifestyles, and Doing God’s Will

January 19, AD2017 0 Comments
Vocations, Lifestyles, and Doing God’s Will

Today’s society is more preoccupied with encouraging its members to pursue attitudes and careers that lead to personal, self-gratifying fulfillment, rather than the universal, selfless service found in vocations. The results are disturbing, as many lose sight of what truly matters in life (and it is not simply about one’s own individual happiness and pleasure). […]