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How Can Imperfect Contrition Lead to Perfect Contrition?

February 17, AD2017 0 Comments
How Can Imperfect Contrition Lead to Perfect Contrition?

How can imperfect contrition lead to perfect contrition? To make a “good confession” and to receive absolution for sin, a sinner must be, according to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, “of contrite heart.” (Paragraph 1450). The sinner must have contrition. Imperfect Contrition The Catechism describes two types of contrition, each sufficient for effective reception […]

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Birth Control, Tragedy, and a Conversion of Heart

February 1, AD2017 1 Comment
Birth Control, Tragedy, and a Conversion of Heart

This is the story of my ascent out of brokenness and into the arms of mercy.  Through suffering, God tore down the walls of what I knew and made something more beautiful than I imagined.  I know this, if you think you know God and have put him in a box for your comfort, you […]

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Catholic Schools Week 2017

January 29, AD2017 0 Comments
Catholic Schools Week 2017

Catholic Schools Week begins January 29 and ends February 4. Catholic schools all across the United States will be celebrating in their own unique ways. Established in 1974, the week celebrates the ongoing contributions of Catholic education in the United States. This year’s theme is “Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service.”  (A good […]

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When the “Retreat High” Comes to an End

January 25, AD2017 5 Comments
When the “Retreat High” Comes to an End

Steubenville Conferences, Kairos, random weekend retreats: I’ve done them all. Every time I come back from one of these super-hyped, life-changing weekends, I experience this mountain-top feeling known as the “retreat high”. This feeling occurs after a weekend of endlessly singing Praise and Worship songs, listening to dozens of motivational talks, and drinking just enough […]

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Lessons in Leadership from St. Thomas More

January 22, AD2017 0 Comments
Lessons in Leadership from St. Thomas More

St. Thomas More, patron saint of civil servants, statesmen, and politicians, lived a life of moral courage. A 15th-16th century saint, More was poet, author, lawyer, scholar, and Lord Chancellor in the British monarchy during Henry VIII’s scandal-ridden reign. For adhering to his Catholic faith, and silently refusing to acknowledge King Henry’s divorces and marriages, […]

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My Child Is Going To Hell

January 17, AD2017 2 Comments
My Child Is Going To Hell

Perhaps; but, in living faith, there is hope. Full disclosure: Yes, that is intentionally a “Made Ya Look” headline. It is also precisely how many parents feel about their children in today’s world. Many a loving, caring parent does fear, with good reason, that a child will go to hell unless there is a miracle […]

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Contemplating Martyrdom: A Test of My Faith

January 15, AD2017 2 Comments
Contemplating Martyrdom: A Test of My Faith

Imagine living in a time when Roman soldiers could walk into your house without notice and demand you show your loyalty by burning incense as a sign of worship to the Emperor. Anyone failing to do this would be given a death sentence. As a Christian in America I have fortunately not faced anything similar […]

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Simple Ignatius

January 12, AD2017 3 Comments
Simple Ignatius

Since my first encounter with Ignatian Spirituality years ago, I have spent a lot time both intrigued and mystified by it.  As is often the case with Catholic prayers, much of the material explaining these spiritual exercises retain the language originally used by Ignatius.  While this may be appreciated by those who already understand Ignatius […]

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They Have a Right!

January 7, AD2017 15 Comments
They Have a Right!

I am tired of hearing the phrase, they have a right. I hear this said on television, radio, or among people in everyday life about a controversial subject that has caused a condemning reaction; such as flag burning. It’s not that it isn’t true that the law allows certain acts of free speech, it is […]

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Mercy and Truth, Love and Law: Take the Road to Emmaus

January 3, AD2017 2 Comments
Mercy and Truth, Love and Law: Take the Road to Emmaus

There is a lot of talk in the church these days about mercy verses the truth, or what is also known as love verses the law. I am not here to comment on our Pope and Cardinals, except to say pray for all of them. They are our shepherds and deserve our respect and our […]

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The Amazing Advent(ure)

December 13, AD2016 0 Comments
The Amazing Advent(ure)

We all have our own thoughts about the season preceding Christmas.  Some of these thoughts might be grounded in solid theological understanding, after all, it is the beginning of the Church year.  Others might be more pedestrian than that, since Advent inhabits the same calendar space as the Christmas shopping season.  Our own sentimental reflections […]

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Oh, Oh, Oh, I Have Dubia!

December 12, AD2016 11 Comments
Oh, Oh, Oh, I Have Dubia!

After these many years, I finally can say I have something in common with Arnold Horshack. I feel like I must raise my hand high, and exclaim loudly, oh, oh, oh in order to get an answer to my questions. Most of you are probably not old enough to remember the very popular 1970s TV […]

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Survey Says Many Protestants Believe More Like Catholics

November 17, AD2016 28 Comments
Survey Says Many Protestants Believe More Like Catholics

Heresy is running rampant in America. At least that’s what the headline on a recent article at The Federalist said. The article, “Survey Finds Most American Christians Are Actually Heretics,” written by a young man named G. Shane Morris, states that a recent survey of 3,000 people found that “although Americans still overwhelmingly identify as […]

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Amoris Laetitia, Mercy Robots & Sinning In Heaven

November 10, AD2016
Amoris Laetitia, Mercy Robots & Sinning In Heaven

Many scholars and theologians think that, at best, certain statements in the papal Exhortation Amoris Laetitia are ambiguous, with some possible interpretations being heresy. For this reason, forty-five theologians have appealed to the Vatican for what they see as errors in Amoris Lateitia to be corrected [henceforth herein “AL”]  so the Exhortation will not proclaim […]

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McVatican Detractors Are Missing the Point

November 4, AD2016 2 Comments
McVatican Detractors Are Missing the Point

Apparently, the Vatican’s Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See (APSA) thinks business is business.  I sure hope that’s not the case. A plan to open a McDonald’s restaurant in a Vatican-owned building right next door to the St. Peter’s Square is drawing fire from some Cardinals who live on the upper floors of […]

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Praying for the Souls of the Dead: A Catholic Tradition

October 24, AD2016 1 Comment
Praying for the Souls of the Dead: A Catholic Tradition

  It has become quite common when people die to display flowers or candles to remember their passing. This gesture is done instinctively to honor their memory, perhaps even as a way of offering a prayer for them. We seem to all want to find a fitting way to remember those who have left us. Unfortunately, some have come […]

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Tradinistas Want to Replace Capitalism With “Catholic” Socialism!

October 17, AD2016 4 Comments
Tradinistas Want to Replace Capitalism With “Catholic” Socialism!

In case you haven’t heard, there is apparently a new small sub-group of Catholics who have decided that it’s time to end the American Experiment. They call themselves Tradinistas. In their own words, the Tradinistas are “a small party of young Christian socialists committed to traditional orthodoxy, to a politics of virtue and the common […]

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How About Those Apples?

October 13, AD2016 1 Comment
How About Those Apples?

When I lived in the Midwest, Fall was the time when my wife and I headed to the local orchard to pick apples.  We would arrive at the orchard and head immediately to the apple trees.  We would never, ever, head for the peach or cherry trees.  Obviously, since apples come from apple trees, going to the […]

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On Heresy, Dissidence, And Scandal

October 10, AD2016 8 Comments
On Heresy, Dissidence, And Scandal

Catholics who disagree with some Catholic Doctrine or Doctrines may not be formal heretics.  They may only be material heretics.  Or they may just be dissidents.  It really depends on which Church Doctrine or Doctrines they don’t agree with and why.  But they could also be committing the sin of scandal. According to Dr. Robert […]

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Does Pence’s Pro-Life Record Change Perceptions of Trump?

October 8, AD2016 2 Comments
Does Pence’s Pro-Life Record Change Perceptions of Trump?

For many of us, the national election continues to be problematic. While reservations concerning Trump remain, Hillary will be the demise of any hope we have for maintaining a semblance of ethical integrity. The recent changes in Trump are striking, not in the words he speaks, but in the allies he has cultivated. Fr. Richard Heilman […]

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