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Seeing Faces:  A Call to Have the Eyes of a Shepherd

November 13, AD2017 1 Comment
Seeing Faces:  A Call to Have the Eyes of a Shepherd

No Faceless Crowd Before Jesus When we read, study, and pray with the Gospels it is important for us to remember who is the audience that Jesus is speaking to.  I mention this scriptural tool in many of my homilies and talks I give, and recently a question came to me and this tool “How […]

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The Face of Christ, the Gateway to Humility

September 24, AD2017 2 Comments
The Face of Christ, the Gateway to Humility

Devotion to the Holy Face of Christ I have yet to meet a Catholic that does not know who St. Therese of Lisieux is.  However, from my experience, many people tend to cut her religious name short.  She is not St. Therese of the Child Jesus, she is St. Therese of the Child Jesus and […]

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Do Catholics Watch Film like Fundamentalists?

September 20, AD2017 0 Comments
Do Catholics Watch Film like Fundamentalists?

The silence of the Catholic critic is so often preferable to his attention. -Flannery O’Connor, The Habit of Being Too much Christian “criticism” of film revolves around tallies of bare boobs, f-words, and the like, or sounding the alarm at perceived hostilities against Christianity, but Larsen I respect for his willingness to let the filmmakers […]

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Debunking Myths about Catholic History

October 25, AD2016 5 Comments
Debunking Myths about Catholic History

  There are many false things that some people believe about Catholicism, especially when it comes to historical facts. Let’s examine some of these myths and hopefully explain what the truth really is. Catholic Priests Chained Bibles in Church to Keep People from Reading Them Yes, Catholic priests did keep Bibles chained to the podium, but […]

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Interesting Twists of Chapter and Verse in the Bible

October 15, AD2016 1 Comment
Interesting Twists of Chapter and Verse in the Bible

One of the beauties of the internet is tremendous amounts of, often conflicting, or at the very least misleading  material can be located in a trice.  Unless there is direct supporting knowledge with regard to the subject,  information obtained during a casual search should be taken with several pounds of salt. A bit earlier, actually while […]

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The Basics on Indulgences

June 23, AD2016 5 Comments
The Basics on Indulgences

Indulgences! The very name stirs up emotions about Martin Luther and the initial cause of the Reformation. While the Council of Trent way back in the sixteenth century corrected some local German abuses about the selling of indulgences, the Catholic Church has never done away with granting indulgences. Selling holy things, like indulgences, is the sin […]

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Conscience and Catechism

April 28, AD2016 11 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 […]

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The World vs. The Bible

February 26, AD2016 1 Comment
The World vs. The Bible

For any human on planet Earth to have a chance to get to Heaven, choices have to be made. These choices include deciding on whether or not the things of this world are more important to us than the things of the next world are. Sometimes, loving the things of this world can make us […]

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Are Bible Scholars a Bunch of Heretics?

October 19, AD2015 38 Comments
Are Bible Scholars a Bunch of Heretics?

Have you ever delved into the notes provided in the New American Bible? That is the translation used in the English Lectionary. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has the rights to it. If you quote more than a certain minimum in a publication of your own you must pay them royalties. Many […]

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A New Perspective: The Multiplication of Loaves and Fishes

August 5, AD2015 3 Comments
A New Perspective: The Multiplication of Loaves and Fishes

I’ve heard the story a hundred times I’m sure; maybe even more times than that. Jesus tries to slip away. People follow Him. They are hungry. The Apostles encourage Him to send them away. He tells the men to feed the people. T he Apostles inform Him they only have 5 loaves of bread and […]

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The Relevance of Paul in the Modern Era

June 29, AD2015 2 Comments
The Relevance of Paul in the Modern Era

When controversial writers in the Bible are discussed, Paul is often one of the first mentioned. For years, Christians clung to his words about faith, fruits of the Spirit, and redemption. However, modern audiences have been less inclined to support all of his views. After all, readers might only remember him as belittling the role […]

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Biblical Typology: The Best Method To Read Scripture

June 20, AD2015 18 Comments
Biblical Typology: The Best Method To Read Scripture

One of the most interesting ways to read the Bible is through the lens of typology. Typology is where a person or event in the Old Testament foreshadows a greater person or event in the New Testament. The word “typology” comes to us from St. Paul himself, in Romans 5:14, where he referred to Adam […]

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Favorite Books of the Bible

May 12, AD2015 3 Comments
Favorite Books of the Bible

  Since my parents purchased a Bible for me, at my request, for Christmas 1970, I have read a chapter from the New Testament and a chapter from the Old each night.  What a magnificent collection of books the Bible is!  Prophecies, histories, court chronicles, songs, gospels, letters, codes of laws and so much more.  […]

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Wisdom from Often Forgotten Proverbs

April 3, AD2015 4 Comments
Wisdom from Often Forgotten Proverbs

Proverbs is the book of wisdom that is said to be written by King Solomon. We often cite verses from this book of the Bible to prove a point or teach a child. After all, Proverbs 1:8 states, “Hear, my son, your father’s instruction” while 1:2 claims that the words are inscribed “that men may […]

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Addressing the Problem of Evil with Hope

March 10, AD2015 6 Comments
Addressing the Problem of Evil with Hope

When considering Christianity, many question how evil occurs with a good and powerful God. Philosopher David Hume even used this issue in an attempt to prove that God could not exist. According to Hume, an all-good God would stop evil while an all-powerful one could stop it: “If God is perfectly benevolent and also omnipotent, […]

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Balancing Culture and Christianity

January 9, AD2015 10 Comments
Balancing Culture and Christianity

Culture is a word with a depth of meaning – a mixture of pain, joy, pride, love, restriction, and tradition. According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, the definitions include “the beliefs, customs, arts, etc., of a particular society, group, place, or time” and “a particular society that has its own beliefs, ways of life, art, etc.” […]

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Catholics and the Bible

November 7, AD2014 15 Comments
Catholics and the Bible

I was watching the American Bible Challenge on TV one evening, starring Jeff Foxworthy. I didn’t do too well on the questions that they were asking the contestants. The show is very entertaining, but also very protestant. The questions tend to be surface-level at best, which are not very challenging or insightful. Christians need to […]

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Reassurances for Anxiety from Scripture and the Saints

May 29, AD2014 10 Comments
Reassurances for Anxiety from Scripture and the Saints

Everyone faces anxiety. A child embarks off without you, a difficult exam is next week, you have no idea what to expect at a job interview – we face all of these scenarios and more daily. By itself, anxiety is just an emotion like any other. There is nothing bad or sinful about it. God […]

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How To Be A Biblical Literalist

January 9, AD2014 7 Comments
How To Be A Biblical Literalist

A few weeks ago, a Facebook friend posted the article \”Everyone\’s a Biblical Literalist Until You Bring Up Gluttony\” by Rachel Held Evans to her timeline. The title caught my eye because it reminded me of several arguments for same-sex attraction that I\’d heard in my Lutheran days. Sure enough, the crux of the article […]

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The Devil Has a Microphone

January 2, AD2014 7 Comments
The Devil Has a Microphone

“It’s my life!” a teenager rants. “Then, turning to the talk show host he explains, “That is why I should have the right to kill my parents. They are interfering with my right to live as I choose.” The first part of the statement is as par for the adolescent course as oily skin and […]

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Is Baptism Really Necessary?

June 1, AD2013 6 Comments
Is Baptism Really Necessary?

I stumbled upon an interesting commentary about Saint John’s Gospel chapter 3 in Wiersbe Bible Commentary: New Testament by Warren W. Wiersbe while I was going through my e-Sword Bible software and I would like to respond to certain points raised by this Protestant scholar whom I am not familiar with. “Once again, we meet […]

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