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May: The Month of the Blessed Virgin Mary

April 25, AD2017 1 Comment
May: The Month of the Blessed Virgin Mary

The month of May is traditionally dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary. May is a month of growth, when nature is reborn. This month normally belongs to the Easter season, between Easter and Pentecost. Many Catholics may be aware that May is consecrated to Mary, but it may be unclear why this month was selected […]

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And With Whose “Spirit” ?

April 17, AD2017 15 Comments
And With Whose “Spirit” ?

“And also with you.” “And with your Spirit.” Six of one half a dozen of the other ? Mox nix ? Who cares? What difference does it make? The difference is all the difference in the world. Actually, all the difference in all the universe and all Heaven. The difference is: Jesus Christ present as […]

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A Faith Adventure: Evangelizing a Family Member

April 9, AD2017 8 Comments
A Faith Adventure: Evangelizing a Family Member

I recently had a conversation about our faith with a fallen-away Catholic family member. This situation is exactly what the New Evangelization is all about. According to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops: “In a special way, the New Evangelization is focused on ‘re-proposing’ the Gospel to those who have experienced a crisis of […]

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40 Days for Life: Standing Athwart History

April 6, AD2017 0 Comments
40 Days for Life: Standing Athwart History

William F. Buckley Jr., the patron saint of American conservatism, famously described the mission of his magazine, National Review, as “stand(ing) athwart history yelling ‘stop’”.  The pith of this quote is an easy glide through self-deprecating caricature into political imperative and then deep into psychological-spiritual truth. The Truths of Progress Of course to dissent from […]

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Reflections of a Convert After The First Year

April 5, AD2017 0 Comments
Reflections of a Convert After The First Year

March 26, 2016. Easter Vigil Mass. The service, begun in darkness and fire, became flooded with light as we collectively moved through the liturgy and into the joy of our Savior’s resurrection. I was called to the altar, along with several others receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation on that night. I, despite years of anti-Catholic […]

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The Second Beatitude: Blessed Are Those Who Mourn

April 2, AD2017 1 Comment
The Second Beatitude: Blessed Are Those Who Mourn

 Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. What do the words of this beatitude mean? We want happiness, so we would say, blessed are those who rejoice. But all of us suffer, some almost constantly. There are countless ways to suffer here on earth and many degrees of suffering. Our suffering can […]

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Soften Our Hearts of Stone and Help Us Repent

March 19, AD2017 2 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 […]

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Omission: Sinning by Not Acting–We Need to Avoid Avoiding

March 9, AD2017 2 Comments
Omission: Sinning by Not Acting–We Need to Avoid Avoiding

The Rich Man and Lazarus Pope Francis, in his 2017 Lenten Message, speaks of the Parable of The Rich Man and Lazarus. The rich man had it made in this life, while Lazarus struggled terribly, lying at the door of the rich man’s house, starving and deathly ill. Yet the rich man didn’t even notice […]

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True Love Says ‘I Will Suffer For You And I Will Suffer With You’

March 5, AD2017 0 Comments
True Love Says ‘I Will Suffer For You And I Will Suffer With You’

  A few weeks ago, my husband and I had the pleasure of attending a dinner for married couples at a neighboring parish. Called the Cana Dinner – after the Wedding Feast at Cana where Our Lord instituted the sacrament of marriage – the dinner was a chance to renew our vows and deepen our […]

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Mary, Seat of Wisdom: Thinking With the Church

March 5, AD2017 0 Comments
Mary, Seat of Wisdom: Thinking With the Church

The journey in one’s faith life provokes many questions. Some will ponder complex questions and others have more basic questions. We can be accidental or intentional philosophers—but we are all philosophers, directing our lives according to a philosophy we consider or fail to consider. Life’s questions and the search for meaning are nearly inescapable. Philosophy […]

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Silence Can Be A Sinful Form of Bullying

March 4, AD2017 3 Comments
Silence Can Be A Sinful Form of Bullying

Although popular wisdom proclaims silence is golden, in some circumstances silence can also be a form of bullying. As humans, our basic needs go beyond sustenance and shelter for our mortal bodies. God has endowed us with an intrinsic need for love as well. Communication becomes a vehicle for that love. We live our lives yearning […]

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Remember that You are Dust

March 1, AD2017 1 Comment
Remember that You are Dust

“Remember that you are dust and to dust you shall return.” These are the traditional words with which the priest traces the ashes on the foreheads of the faithful on Ash Wednesday. But the Roman Missal gives the priest an option: he can say instead, “Repent and believe in the gospel.” There are also two […]

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Reading Amoris Laetitia in Light of Trent

February 27, AD2017 49 Comments
Reading Amoris Laetitia in Light of Trent

In the debate over Amoris Laetitia, many people have made reference back to Familiaris Consortio 84 where John Paul II commands that for Communion, the divorced and civilly remarried “take on themselves the duty to live in complete continence, that is, by abstinence from the acts proper to married couples.” It is important to review […]

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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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