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Authentic Prayer: Battling Distractions

March 23, AD2017 0 Comments
Authentic Prayer: Battling Distractions

Did you know that you can’t really pray without distractions? Don’t take my word for it, take the word of St Teresa of Avila. When she went to confession to St Peter of Alcantara she told him that she couldn’t pray any longer because of the distractions that attacked her every time she tried to […]

The Easter Bunny is a Protestant

March 23, AD2017 0 Comments
The Easter Bunny is a Protestant

Most people know that Martin Luther kick started the Reformation and got Protestantism rolling.  Not too many people know that Luther also inadvertently helped commercialize Easter. It was Martin Luther’s Lutherans who came up with that cute little critter known as the Easter Bunny. According to history.com “the Easter bunny reportedly was introduced to America by […]

Marian Consecration is Not a “Nice” Thing to Do

March 22, AD2017 2 Comments
Marian Consecration is Not a “Nice” Thing to Do

Committing myself to Jesus through Mary in Consecration seemed like a nice thing to do. Growing up in a Catholic home, I went to Mass every week because my parents dragged me. I wasn’t quite kicking and screaming, but I certainly was in need of an attitude adjustment. Years of CCD seemed uninspiring. I don’t remember what I was taught […]

When the Loss of a Loved One Leads to Depression

March 22, AD2017 0 Comments
When the Loss of a Loved One Leads to Depression

Even St. John of the Cross experienced depression. Take a look at Dark Night of the Soul if you’ve never read it. Mother Teresa was depressed for 50 years. She once said, “The place of God in my soul is blank. There is no God in me. When the pain of longing is so great—I […]

Baptists at the Door!

March 21, AD2017 8 Comments
Baptists at the Door!

baptists The other day, some really nice young men, Baptists, came to my front door, and we had a very interesting conversation. I wish I had been better prepared, but I did present to them some Bible verses that they had not thought about before. The rest of this article goes into some of these […]

Lives Interrupted: Six Women and Abortion

March 21, AD2017 0 Comments
Lives Interrupted: Six Women and Abortion

Every abortion is different, but the killing of a living child in its mother’s womb is never a trivial thing. The stories I’m going to tell you here are about women I’ve known personally who aborted one or more of their children. It’s time to state in public what abortion is really like from the […]

Lowering the Bar

March 20, AD2017 2 Comments
Lowering the Bar

In an age of rapidly increasing technology, mass higher education, and increasing prosperity it would appear that our lives are forever getting better.  Our society is more well informed and well pampered than ever before.  Our once simple lives have become more fancy, more fabulous!  Every event, institution and organization we are involved in performs […]

Humility vs. Humiliation: The Lessons of Christ and St. Francis

March 20, AD2017 2 Comments
Humility vs. Humiliation:  The Lessons of Christ and St. Francis

I disagree with those who describe Our Lord’s Passion experience as humiliating, because I believe that they are merely projecting their perception of that situation on him. I can understand Our Lord’s embarrassment at being placed on public display nearly naked, given his great sense of purity. I can even understand Our Lord’s humanity being […]

Soften Our Hearts of Stone and Help Us Repent

March 19, AD2017 0 Comments
Soften Our Hearts of Stone and Help Us Repent

Most Christians know the story of Jonah being swallowed by the whale but I wonder how many recall just how and why it came about. Jonah got swallowed by the whale because he was a disobedient prophet who rejected his divine commission to tell the people of Nineveh to repent. Jonah was told by God […]

Let Me Kill It: The Violence of Being More Ethical Than Your Society

March 19, AD2017 0 Comments
Let Me Kill It: The Violence of Being More Ethical Than Your Society

Especially important is the warning to avoid conversations with the demon… So don’t listen to him. Remember that – do not listen. -William Peter Blatty, The Exorcist There a is quotation attributed to Eliezer Yudkowski, a researcher in the field of artificial intelligence, that periodically makes the social media rounds in memetic form (generally without […]