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A True Catholic Hero: Jerome Lejeune

September 30, AD2016 0 Comments
A True Catholic Hero: Jerome Lejeune

We have a dearth of public, real-life heroes. Most public figures, whether in entertainment or politics, fall far from the mark when it comes to someone we should imitate. We may be able to find examples of heroes such as Captain America or Iron Man but, in many ways, their heroism fails to really guide our […]

Making the Most of The Year of Mercy While We Can

September 29, AD2016 0 Comments
Making the Most of The Year of Mercy While We Can

A World-Wide Celebration On December 8, 2015, Pope Francis declared the current liturgical year to be a celebration of God’s mercy by proclaiming it as “The Year of Mercy”. This worldwide celebration of our Church ends on November 20, 2016. Although “The Year of Mercy” will end, there is great hope that all the good it […]

Trump Is in the House

September 29, AD2016 28 Comments
Trump Is in the House

In my last article, “Welcome to the House of Moral Dilemma,” I presented the many reasons why a serious Catholic in good faith could not vote for Hillary Clinton. In summary, one cannot simply close one eye to the moral difficulties of the Democrat Party, while focusing on what is perceived as “good.” Unless you […]

How the Devil Deceives Us

September 28, AD2016 0 Comments
How the Devil Deceives Us

Most of the readers of Catholic Stand are probably aware of the wicked deception going on today in the world. St. Paul warned us about this in 2 Thessalonians 2: 10. This was addressed in a previous column here. But the purpose of this article is to see exactly how Satan tries to deceive us. […]

“I Love the Catholic Church, But …”

September 28, AD2016 44 Comments
“I Love the Catholic Church, But …”

I can’t believe how often I hear people who call themselves Catholic make explicit statements of unfaithfulness. It usually goes something like: “I love the Catholic Church and I believe most of what She teaches. I just disagree on a few of Her positions.” Usually the disagreements revolve around sexual morality, sins against the 6th […]

Rejoice Always! Really?

September 27, AD2016 1 Comment
Rejoice Always! Really?

This seems to be impossible. St. Paul tells us: “Rejoice always, pray continually, in all things give thanks.” (1 Thess 5:16-18). No Joy In Pain & Suffering Who rejoices when her child is injured? Who rejoices when he loses his job? Who rejoices when she is lying in pain, dying? Who rejoices at a broken […]

Angels: God’s Servants and Messengers

September 27, AD2016 1 Comment
Angels: God’s Servants and Messengers

Angels have always played prominent roles in biblical stories. Over the years, they have inspired art, literature, and films. Saints have spoken with them. St. Paul advised, “Do not neglect hospitality, for through it some have unknowingly entertained angels” (Hebrews 13:2). Many books and articles have been devoted to them and angelic images are common. […]

Refining Gold

September 26, AD2016 0 Comments
Refining Gold

We go to Mass, we go to confession frequently but we are not quite perfect are we? We are inherently human. We slip, we fall, we make mistakes. We often face trials in our lives. Some shake us to our core. Some, though they may not seem so at the time, effect a course alteration […]

7 Reasons I Do Not Wear a Chapel Veil

September 26, AD2016 5 Comments
7 Reasons I Do Not Wear a Chapel Veil

Because I Am Not More Holy than You Many people these days look at women who choose to practice the devotion of veiling as ‘holier than thou’ – most characteristically in Novus Ordo parishes. Nothing could be further from the truth. In my personal experience, the reasons women veil are numerous. Their motivation includes emulating the Blessed […]

Glowing in the Dark: Teens On Fire

September 25, AD2016 0 Comments
Glowing in the Dark: Teens On Fire

  Speaking to tens of thousands of teenagers and young pilgrims at a candlelight vigil in the city of Freiburg, at the end of his Sept. 22-25, 2011 state visit to Germany, Pope Benedict XVI challenged those present with these stirring and unforgettable words: “Dare to be glowing saints, in whose eyes and hearts the […]