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Tag: Catechism of the Catholic Church

Is Anyone Sola Scriptura?

November 12, AD2017 18 Comments
Is Anyone Sola Scriptura?

Coffee Shop Calvinism I recently came across a group of men from the Reformed Church we left to become Catholic who were gathered at our local Starbucks. They were discussing theology, and didn’t notice I was sitting next to them for several minutes while they talked about things like “once saved, always saved,” TULIP, and […]

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“The Desire for God Is Written In The Human Heart”

September 4, AD2017 4 Comments
“The Desire for God Is Written In The Human Heart”

The Desire in Our Hearts for God The Catechism of the Catholic articulates man’s desire for God: “The desire for God is written in the human heart, because man is created by God and for God, and God never ceases to draw man to himself. Only in God will he find the truth and happiness […]

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If We Got it Wrong, We Got it Wrong From the Beginning

June 27, AD2017 20 Comments
If We Got it Wrong, We Got it Wrong From the Beginning

The Roman Catholic Church’s belief in the Real Presence of Christ in the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist has never varied in twenty centuries. Many other Christians have disagreed and got it wrong, sometimes with disastrous results. We once lived about 100 miles south of Waco where Vernon Wayne Howell wrecked havoc when he was […]

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What Confirmation Is All About

May 16, AD2017 1 Comment
What Confirmation Is All About

For most Catholics today, the Sacrament of Confirmation is a mystery, a ritual that we celebrate simply as a formality without really understanding what it’s about. If anything, it is usually seen as a chance to personally choose to follow Jesus after our parents made that choice for us at our baptism. That’s unfortunate, because […]

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Hacking and the Law, Ethics, Vigilante Justice, and Catholicism

November 7, AD2016 0 Comments
Hacking and the Law, Ethics, Vigilante Justice, and Catholicism

  When you stop and think about it, the World Wide Web today is kind of similar to the old Wild West. There are good guys roaming the web, bad guys, and even vigilantes. The good guys might be the white hat hackers – people who hack to help find the weaknesses in network security […]

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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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Being Thankful for a Catholic Education

November 28, AD2015 5 Comments
Being Thankful for a Catholic Education

During this time of year, we pause and give thanks for all of the blessings we have in our lives. These blessings become even more significant when we recognize that many do not have them, or at least do not have them to the degree we do. Giving thanks is something we should do often […]

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The Concept, Origin, and Sacramental Nature of Marriage

November 11, AD2015 10 Comments
The Concept, Origin, and Sacramental Nature of Marriage

We live in strange times, disconnected from ultimate reality. We have managed to untether ourselves from self-evident truth, universal truth, and the nature of reality itself. Human life is becoming a free-for-all, in which we are apt to fancy ourselves our own creators. Our current problems began centuries ago when we began to doubt the […]

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No Terror By Night, or Day!

September 14, AD2015 0 Comments
No Terror By Night, or Day!

  On Friday we all reflected on the events of 9/11, 14 years ago.  It was been unavoidable, if you turned on a television, radio or looked at social media.  And that is a very good thing!  I for one mean it when echoing the sentiment, “We must never forget.” For many of my generation, […]

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Do You Not Yet Have Faith?

August 17, AD2015 0 Comments
Do You Not Yet Have Faith?

For me, the word yet jumps out most in this article’s title. When will we finally cast fears aside? Is it by choosing to focus on faith and ignoring the negative? The title of this article comes from a question Jesus asks His apostles in Mark 4:40 (“The Calming of The Sea”). Notice the contrast between […]

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50 Shades of Chastity and Saint Valentine

February 13, AD2015 2 Comments
50 Shades of Chastity and Saint Valentine

  When I was a young adult, someone told me a somewhat off color joke. An elderly couple was peacefully sitting on their porch swing one evening. Lost in the serene spectacle of the setting sun, the husband was stunned when his wife smacked him harshly across the face. “Why did you do that?’ he […]

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Whose Life Should We Respect?

January 21, AD2015 3 Comments
Whose Life Should We Respect?

While writing this article, many are preparing for the anniversary of Roe vs Wade on January 22, 2015.  Many of us are preparing for rallies and marches for life. We may have our signs ready to go and our buses packed for a journey to stand beside others, shoulder to shoulder, heart to heart, in solidarity for […]

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Why Smells and Bells Matter in Liturgy

January 10, AD2015 9 Comments
Why Smells and Bells Matter in Liturgy

We humans are complex creations. It cannot be denied that we are “fearfully and wonderfully” made by our God. The earthly bodies He gave us are composed of miraculous functions and capabilities. Among them, our senses not only aid our survival, they collaborate to bring richness to our lives. We’ve all experienced the mental lift of […]

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How My Mother’s Mistakes Strengthened My Faith

May 30, AD2014 18 Comments
How My Mother’s Mistakes Strengthened My Faith

The Catechism of the Catholic Church upholds the biblical directive that parents are the first (and most important) teachers of their children. What we often fail to realize is that what we do can have much more effect on our children than what we say or how we instruct. Who hasn’t seen one of their […]

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Catechism: You Don’t Know Squat

January 23, AD2014 18 Comments
Catechism: You Don’t Know Squat

It’s really too bad that while the legal profession mandates continuing education for its members to maintain their licenses, the Catholic Church won’t revoke a Catholic’s status for failure to continue learning about his faith. I don’t huff this out with a self-righteous tsk tsk, demanding the excommunication of poorly catechized Catholics. Rather, I snuffle out […]

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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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Catholicism & Conspiracies: Councils

November 13, AD2013 7 Comments
Catholicism & Conspiracies:  Councils

  [First article in a series on Catholicism and Conspiracy Theories.  If you have an example, suggestion or question you’d like me to look into, please send me an email, or leave it in the comments section. I may not know an answer yet, but I’ll look for it!] A popular staple of conspiracy theories […]

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Feeding The Sheep

September 26, AD2013 4 Comments
Feeding The Sheep

When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter,”Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Feed my lambs.” He then said to him a second time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” […]

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Fertilizer for Your Faith Seeds

July 3, AD2013 2 Comments
Fertilizer for Your Faith Seeds

I had a conversation with my mom the other day. She was urging me to try to find a different parish, because although I love the one we go to, there are at least three youth groups for three different languages and not much of a community for English-only stay-at-home moms with small children. Both […]

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Screwtape Letters and the Catechism

May 30, AD2013 1 Comment
Screwtape Letters and the Catechism

I\’m all for using the Catechism of the Catholic Church, especially in unconventional ways. That\’s why when I came across this article by Marlon de la Torre about Using the Screwtape Letters to unpack the Catechism for high school students, I had to share it with y\’all. One of the biggest barriers between Catholics and the […]

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Can Catholics Be Cremated?

April 13, AD2013 18 Comments
Can Catholics Be Cremated?

One component of our diaconate formation this year has focused on ministries related to death and dying. To that end, our class watched the movie “Departures,” 2009 Academy Award winner for Best Foreign Language Film. The main character is Daigo Kobayashi, an unemployed concert cellist who accidentally becomes an encoffiner, essentially an Japanese undertaker. Although […]

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The Two Shall Become One Flesh

March 16, AD2013 10 Comments
The Two Shall Become One Flesh

There may be no better commentary on marital unity than the following excerpt from the Exhortation Before Marriage, which was once commonly used at the time of the sermon during the marriage rite. Henceforth you will belong entirely to each other; you will be one in mind, one in heart, and one in affections. And […]

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What Does the Church Teach about Infant Baptism

February 16, AD2013 19 Comments
What Does the Church Teach about Infant Baptism

We’re those people. In our families and social circles, we are usually considered to be the über-Catholics. We pray before meals, even when we’re dining out. We plan our weekend schedule around going to Mass, even if we’re traveling. We strictly observe all Holy Days of Obligation. In discussing issues of moral significance, we first ask, “What does […]

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