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The Catholic Funeral Mass: A Source of Peace

July 18, AD2018 0 Comments
The Catholic Funeral Mass: A Source of Peace

This past May two of my relatives passed away within a few days of each other. One had a Catholic funeral Mass, or the Mass of Christian Burial, and the other had a non-Catholic service. I have only attended five funerals outside of the Catholic Church, and the one thing they all had in common […]

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Some Thoughts on Freedom and Truth

July 4, AD2018 0 Comments
Some Thoughts on Freedom and Truth

Some 242 years ago Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence and the United States of America was born. We declared our freedom from the tyranny of King George.  It’s been an interesting 242 years, to say the least.  And the country – and the world – has come a long way since then. But […]

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Broken Harp: The Deadly Abortion Deal in Ireland

July 4, AD2018 0 Comments
Broken Harp: The Deadly Abortion Deal in Ireland

Ireland has always been known as a place of enchantment, particularly in its poetry, music, and dance. As if to remind us of this, the Emerald Isle itself is even shaped like a harp! But to adopt the metaphor of Don McLean’s classic song, American Pie, May 25 was “the day the music died” in […]

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The Feminine Genius and the Priesthood

June 27, AD2018 0 Comments
The Feminine Genius and the Priesthood

In our diocese of Buffalo, New York, we have just gone through the excruciating pain of the revelation of child sexual abuse and adult affairs in the priesthood. Our good Bishop, Richard Malone, is doing the best he can to pray, lead, heal and work our way through this crisis and into the future. I […]

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Our Catholic Mission: Making Disciples

June 26, AD2018 0 Comments
Our Catholic Mission: Making Disciples

We use the word disciple a lot, but do we know what it really means? What images does that word conjure up? When you hear the word disciple, do you maybe picture a man with a beard, sandals, and a cloak traveling along a dusty road somewhere, intent on preaching to the masses? Or do […]

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Come Home to the Church: You’ve Been Asked

June 6, AD2018 0 Comments
Come Home to the Church: You’ve Been Asked

The funeral Mass was about to begin. Friends and acquaintances of the deceased and of his family sat in pews behind or to the side of the area where the rather large family sat. Many of those paying their respects—family and non-family alike—were somewhat familiar with the Rite of Christian Burial. They were cradle Catholics, […]

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Mary, Mother of the Church: A New Celebration

May 20, AD2018 0 Comments
Mary, Mother of the Church: A New Celebration

Our Blessed Mother is honored under many titles. The faithful have often referred to Mary as “the Mother of God”, “the Mother of the faithful” or simply “our Mother” to stress her personal relationship with each one of us, her children. Pope Francis has recently declared that a new memorial will be celebrated in honor […]

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The Grace of the Catholic Church While Grieving Suicide

May 12, AD2018 2 Comments
The Grace of the Catholic Church While Grieving Suicide

Unimaginable Loss Tragedy struck our family in February of this year. My 47-year-old aunt Jeannine, with whom I was close, committed suicide during a night when she was lost in deep despair. A despair we hadn’t known she battled, until we read her journal entries after the fact. Our family has been and continues to […]

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Maybe We Need Some Kung Fu in Catholic Catechesis

May 9, AD2018 0 Comments
Maybe We Need Some Kung Fu in Catholic Catechesis

When people hear the term Kung Fu they probably think of the martial arts and guys like Bruce Lee or Jackie Chan, or even the 1970s TV show Kung Fu.  But expertise in the martial arts is apparently only one kind of Kung Fu. The term Kung Fu translates as an acquired skill, work performed, […]

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A Changed Notion of Authenticity Does Not Bode Well for the Church

May 6, AD2018 1 Comment
A Changed Notion of Authenticity Does Not Bode Well for the Church

Something chilling and sinister is going on with the meaning of the word ‘authenticity.’ It’s becoming ever more apparent that ‘authenticity’ is being separated from ‘truth.’ The notion of authenticity, especially when it comes to the Church and the meaning of truth, seems to be changing, or maybe has even already changed. For many it […]

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How Well Do You Know St. Mark?

April 25, AD2018 0 Comments
How Well Do You Know St. Mark?

Today, April 25, is the feast day of St. Mark, one of the four writers of the New Testament gospels. Did you know he was not one of the 12 original disciples, and that he founded the Church of Alexandria, Egypt? How well do you know this holy man, also known as the Evangelist? Tradition […]

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God’s Teaching is Clear But Society is Still Confused

April 17, AD2018 0 Comments
God’s Teaching is Clear But Society is Still Confused

It’s hard to understand why so many people today are unable to see that humans are not, and never will be, smarter than God. And we seem to be drifting further and further away from His teaching. About a year ago I opined that society’s fixation on the fun stuff – sporting events and entertainment […]

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Young Catholics Seem to Want an ‘Authentic’ Church heavily Influenced by Modernism

April 7, AD2018 2 Comments
Young Catholics Seem to Want an ‘Authentic’ Church heavily Influenced by Modernism

The end of March saw the conclusion of a week-long meeting held at the Vatican that engaged young people from all over the world. The meeting was established as a precursor to the upcoming synod on “Young People, the Faith, and the Discernment of Vocation.” The point was to encourage young people to come forward […]

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Drawing Lessons from the Boardroom

March 13, AD2018 0 Comments
Drawing Lessons from the Boardroom

Churches around the United States are disappearing.   Parishes consolidating, dwindling numbers of cradle Catholics that no longer attend Church, mixed signals from the leadership of the Church lead to a confusing situation for the Catholic Church. Several questions come up. What is happening?  How has it happened? Do we blame outside forces for the “failure” of […]

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Rebellion or Reverence: A Consideration for the Church

February 25, AD2018 2 Comments
Rebellion or Reverence:  A Consideration for the Church

Even in this time of Lent in the Church, the world rolls on without any serious attention to God. Even within the Church, we often see more attention given to Fish Fry’s than we do Stations of the Cross. It’s a sad statement of our times that many appear to have chosen the wide path […]

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When Your Children Act Up In Church

February 17, AD2018 3 Comments
When Your Children Act Up In Church

  Of all the Sundays at Mass when my husband and have taken turns taking our 2-year-old or 1-year-old out to calm down, one Sunday not too long ago takes the cake. I can hardly count the number of times I’ve wanted to skip going to Mass since becoming a parent. But it was never […]

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Being “Gift” in a “Take” World

February 10, AD2018 0 Comments
Being “Gift” in a “Take” World

The Disease of What’s Best for Me There is a disease rampant in our world today. A disease called “What’s Best for Me.” Entertainment programs are filled with tips on how to make our lives better. How to get the best deal. How to make ourselves look good. How to advance in our careers. How […]

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Catholicism is Love

January 25, AD2018 3 Comments
Catholicism is Love

As I wrote a few months ago, I’m very grateful to be Catholic. However, having practiced the Faith (at least on paper) for my whole life, I took a lot of it for granted. Thus, it was only recently that I first pondered the question: what exactly is the Faith? The Church Is Filled With […]

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Does Your Parish Need a Transplant?

January 23, AD2018 27 Comments
Does Your Parish Need a Transplant?

Does the Mystical Body (or at least the portion represented by your parish) need a transplant? Is your parish missing some body parts? It could be, if some members have left for other parishes. St. Paul tells us: As a body is one though it has many parts, and all the parts of the body, […]

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On Selling Jesus

January 15, AD2018 0 Comments
On Selling Jesus

A Tale of Two Christmases One of the defining moments for me on my journey to the Catholic Church was over Christmas Eve and Christmas Day two years ago. We attended the Christmas Eve service at our Protestant, Baptist church. It was a beautiful service, filled with amazing music and a festive feel. The following […]

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The Scriptural Seeds of the Papacy

January 14, AD2018 9 Comments
The Scriptural Seeds of the Papacy

Although the seeds of the papacy are scriptural, it takes a little digging to expose them. There is nothing more distinctly Catholic than the papacy. While just about every other Catholic belief can be found in at least some other Christian denominations, our beliefs about the papacy are unique. Nobody else believes that the bishop […]

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The Benedictine Sisters of Virginia: Celebrating 150 Years

January 5, AD2018 0 Comments
The Benedictine Sisters of Virginia: Celebrating 150 Years

  On May 1, 2018, the Benedictine Sisters of Virginia will celebrate their jubilee: that’s 150 years since the first Benedictine sisters, originally from Bavaria, Germany, established a presence in Richmond, VA. What followed is remarkable. Today the Benedictine Sisters of Virginia is a flourishing community that developed right along with the young and growing […]

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A Christmas Carol, Luigi Taparelli, Economics, and Almsgiving

January 1, AD2018 2 Comments
A Christmas Carol, Luigi Taparelli, Economics, and Almsgiving

For maybe a few weeks or so during the Advent and Christmas seasons and into the New Year, many people take Charles Dickens’ message in A Christmas Carol to heart. It’s a good message. Dickens’ neatly sums up his message to the world when Ebenezer Scrooge says to Marley’s ghost, “you were a good businessman,” […]

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Pope Francis Just Cannot Catch a Break

December 13, AD2017 22 Comments
Pope Francis Just Cannot Catch a Break

Even when Pope Francis agrees with the CCC he gets criticized. In case you haven’t heard there is a new  ‘Pope Francis controversy.’  The controversy has to do with the translation of the sixth petition of the Our Father – “Lead us not into temptation.” Here’s the background. Four years ago (2013) the French bishops made a […]

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