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Tag: Catholic Teaching

Our Lady as Spiritual Vessel

May 10, AD2018 2 Comments
Our Lady as Spiritual Vessel

For many years I struggled to understand the “vessel” images applied to the Virgin Mary in the Litany of Loreto. In the Litany she is described variously as a “spiritual vessel,” a “vessel of honor,” and a “singular vessel of devotion.” These are gracious but mysterious descriptions, to be sure. Pope St. John Paul II […]

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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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A Talent is a Terrible thing to Waste

May 5, AD2018 0 Comments
A Talent is a Terrible thing to Waste

Sometimes when something comes easy, we become complacent and start taking it for granted. But if that thing that we are taking for granted is a God-given talent, not developing it can lead to a life that is not being lived according to His plan for us. When I was in grade school and high […]

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Holiness Is Calling:”Gaudete et Exsultate”

April 27, AD2018 2 Comments
Holiness Is Calling:”Gaudete et Exsultate”

Our Holy Father, Pope Francis, has written us a letter, an Apostolic Exhortation. He wrote it to us to orient us away from the world’s many distracting goals, towards the only lasting one, holiness. Far from a call to some rarefied, untouchable existence, the Pope invites us to become who we truly are, who we […]

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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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The Dispute on “Faith Alone”

April 16, AD2018 4 Comments
The Dispute on “Faith Alone”

My exploration of the “faith alone” controversy began in a discussion with a non-Catholic coworker. One morning, this friend asked me to go to his church the following Sunday, since his church was “far easier” than what he perceived the Catholic Church to be or require.  He indicated that all that was required to get to […]

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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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When it comes to Politics Catholics should all be ‘Independents’

March 20, AD2018 45 Comments
When it comes to Politics Catholics should all be ‘Independents’

In today’s ideologically charged and politically polarized society terms like GOP Catholics, conservative Catholics, Catholic Democrats, and liberal Catholics are getting thrown around way too much. It’s enough to make one sick. Quite frankly these terms bring a knot to my stomach.  That’s followed by a bad taste in my mouth. It makes me think that […]

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Do Catholics Have “Three Ending Points”?

March 15, AD2018 7 Comments
Do Catholics Have “Three Ending Points”?

Having finished our lunch that day, one of my non-Catholic coworkers and I decided to take a walk around the building for a few minutes, just to get outside and away from bosses, phones, meetings and the other myriad joys to be found in and around the carpeted cells known as our offices. While on our […]

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When We Invest in Our Children’s Future, What Do We Consider Success?

March 7, AD2018 1 Comment
When We Invest in Our Children’s Future, What Do We Consider Success?

I am always happy when I hear a principal say during orientation ‘you have a chosen a Catholic school, and as such, we hold certain values and expect that you will follow those guidelines.’ I have seen first-hand what happens when Catholicism gets, shall we say, “watered down”. As parents my wife and I want […]

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3 Distinctions When Catholics Are Accused of “Discrimination”

March 1, AD2018 3 Comments
3 Distinctions When Catholics Are Accused of “Discrimination”

In recent years, there have been many claims that this or that Catholic group was discriminatory. Everything from “Pro-choice Woman Denied Catholic Wedding” to “Gay Teacher Fired” to “Autistic Denied Communion.” Some of these are discrimination and need changing, but not all are. We need to understand when the Church is simply fulfilling her mission, […]

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Politics as a ‘Vocation’

February 18, AD2018 0 Comments
Politics as a ‘Vocation’

On two separate occasions in the past six months I have been encouraged to run for office. Well, not me specifically, but me along with the roomful of people attending the same lectures as me. Still, it does tend to give one pause. The speakers, on these two separate occasions, were from complete opposite ends […]

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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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PFLAG ‘T.H.AW.’- A Program to Make Homosexual Behavior ‘Okay’

January 11, AD2018 28 Comments
PFLAG ‘T.H.AW.’- A Program to Make Homosexual Behavior ‘Okay’

  The announcement in our parish bulletin last spring seemed innocuous enough. A program entitled Transgender Homosexual Awareness (T.H.AW.) was being held to give parishioners “an opportunity . . . to hear the voices and to understand the experiences of our transgender brothers and sisters and their family members.” But since our parish had already […]

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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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Planned Parenthood, Birth Control, and Heresy

December 27, AD2017 2 Comments
Planned Parenthood, Birth Control, and Heresy

In an effort to justify (and excuse) birth control and require those who conscientiously object to provide it to others, Planned Parenthood has come up with a cute little meme. As Christians everywhere traverse the dangerous territory of skewed morality, our rights to deeply held religious beliefs are being put to the test. The pro-abortion faction […]

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Advent: A Time for Being Molded in Love

December 22, AD2017 0 Comments
Advent: A Time for Being Molded in Love

Recently before the start of Mass, I was going over the readings. Though I don’t normally pay attention to the reflection above the first reading, this time I took notice. It said Advent is a time to prepare. “Advent is significantly shorter this year. Last year Advent began on November 27; this year it begins […]

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The Hail Mary, a Biblical Prayer to the Mother of God

December 21, AD2017 2 Comments
The Hail Mary, a Biblical Prayer to the Mother of God

The “Hail Mary” is one of the most beautiful prayers in the world. It combines the words of the Archangel Gabriel (who is a messenger from God), the words of St. Elizabeth (the mother of John the Baptist, who was filled with the Holy Spirit while still in her womb), and ends with a very […]

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Detached: Cutting the Threads That Hold Us Back from God

December 17, AD2017 0 Comments
Detached: Cutting the Threads That Hold Us Back from God

Can I be detached from the things of this world? Can I love God first and foremost, and be detached from anything that gets in the way of my loving Him? Do I truly and really want only His will in my life? These questions pose significant challenges for us (at least they have for […]

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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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Prejudices Abound in Luther

November 13, AD2017 3 Comments
Prejudices Abound in Luther

With many Protestants celebrating the 500th year anniversary of the Reformation, I have take the opportunity to read many of Martin Luther’s own words hoping this would be beneficial in engaging those who have remained separated from the Church. After reading a variety of sources, I am struck by how clearly many of the prejudices […]

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Lessons In Living Out God’s Call For You

November 7, AD2017 3 Comments
Lessons In Living Out God’s Call For You

Let’s imagine a scenario that may be all too familiar to many of us. It’s about living the American dream. John had always dreamed of becoming a doctor. He loved biology in high school, and received his degree in the same field of study in college. He graduated at the top of his class from […]

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Supporting our Catholic Priests

November 2, AD2017 0 Comments
Supporting our Catholic Priests

When a country is at war, citizens stand behind their troops fighting the enemy. Communities organize to collect food, clothes and other essentials to make the soldier feel comfortable in the war zone. Schools direct their students to write cards with well wishes to the warriors. Parents and friends send care packages. The government that […]

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