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Arguments Pro and Con: the Four Marks of the Church

October 18, AD2017 1 Comment
Arguments Pro and Con: the Four Marks of the Church

After a fruitful breakfast conversation with a searching friend, I realized that almost all the questions that he asked were in some way connected to the four marks of the Church, its holiness, oneness, Catholicity, and Apostolicism. In these marks, the Church finds its authority and its right to call herself holy—two points that are […]

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The Church: A Solid Rock To Stand On

October 12, AD2017 0 Comments
The Church: A Solid Rock To Stand On

You Are Peter Last month I had the honor of witnessing my mother and stepdad’s marriage in the Catholic Church. They were both raised Catholic but were never confirmed, and have been married civilly for fourteen years. They began their journey back to the Church shortly after I began my own conversion process, and it […]

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The Lesson on Self-Sacrifice I Learned From a Seed my Father Planted

October 7, AD2017 1 Comment
The Lesson on Self-Sacrifice I Learned From a Seed my Father Planted

I remember once, back in the early 1990’s, I was riding in the car with my father, who was driving me home from my job at the U.S. Postal Service. He was talking about how he never really had a father-son relationship with his own father. Then he said something I’ll never forget. He said, […]

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How One Family Approaches Mass With Young Children

September 16, AD2017 3 Comments
How One Family Approaches Mass With Young Children

Many Families, Many Approaches There are as many ways to manage a family with young children at Mass as there are families that attend. Many people will have something different that works for them. I’m always on the lookout for ideas and have read several articles on what age appropriate expectations are, as well as […]

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Athletic Spirituality and Competition, Part I

September 14, AD2017 0 Comments
Athletic Spirituality and Competition, Part I

I was privileged enough to play collegiate baseball for four years and professionally for two years before riding into the sunset of retirement where the real challenge began- figuring out how to relate my athletic experience to everyday life. My whole athletic life was spent striving for goals that were physically attainable if I put […]

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Jesus Asked: Who Do You Say That I Am?

September 10, AD2017 0 Comments
Jesus Asked: Who Do You Say That I Am?

You’re probably familiar with the following Gospel passage from Saint Matthew (especially if you were at Mass on Sunday, August 27). It establishes Jesus’ Church here on earth with Peter as the first Pope. When Jesus went into the region of Caesarea Philippi he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of […]

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Leave The Debate Over Amoris Laetitia To The Theologians

September 7, AD2017 73 Comments
Leave The Debate Over Amoris Laetitia To The Theologians

It’s almost enough to make a good Catholic want to become a hermit. The Amoris Laetitia (AL) controversy – the dubia, the Maltese Fiasco, and the German Bishops’ AL guidelines – have all made for some riveting reading in recent months. And the controversy does not appear to have an end in sight. Now a […]

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50 Years Later – The Influence of Benedictine Monks and Nuns

August 24, AD2017 0 Comments
50 Years Later – The Influence of Benedictine Monks and Nuns

People recounted incidents from the good old days. Embellishments were, of course, a part of the tales, some of which have grown in size and dramatic impact over time. Nevertheless, old friends spent a big part of the weekend catching up with one another. Some hadn’t seen one another in many years. The occasion was […]

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A Catholic Holy Roller: The Story of the St. Anthony Chapel Car

August 9, AD2017 1 Comment
A Catholic Holy Roller: The Story of the St. Anthony Chapel Car

Back in the early 1900s The St. Anthony of Padua chapel railroad car traversed North America bringing the Sacraments to folks in areas of the country where there were no Catholic Churches.  It was also responsible for more than few conversions during its 17 years of rollin’ along. In 1939, Oklahoma City’s Bishop Francis Kelley […]

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In Defense of The Right Type of Rigidity

August 8, AD2017 15 Comments
In Defense of The Right Type of Rigidity

The word “rigid” has become something of a pejorative term in the common parlance of some clerics and theologians in recent years. The Holy Father himself suggested that young Catholics who prefer the Traditional Latin Mass suffer from a psychological rigidity that must be encountered and healed through a process of “digging.” Another example of […]

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Some Thoughts on Going to Confession

August 6, AD2017 0 Comments
Some Thoughts on Going to Confession

It is something that Catholics are told they must do and are urged to do frequently from the very beginning of their faith formation. Sadly, today, many Catholics are not doing it all. It is the act of going to a Priest and confessing their sins in order to receive forgiveness for those sins. Whether […]

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From Reversion to Reversion: How a Deist Became a Theist, Part I

July 24, AD2017 0 Comments
From Reversion to Reversion: How a Deist Became a Theist, Part I

If anyone reading has ever driven down Interstate 70 from Wichita, Kansas to Denver, Colorado, then you will know how completely uninteresting the drive can be. The fields of Kansas are beautiful but it is very challenging to drive in a straight line for hundreds of miles. During this drive, I obviously had some time […]

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Attending Mass with the Maronites

July 19, AD2017 2 Comments
Attending Mass with the Maronites

A road trip on a weekend and making sure you can still get to Mass can sometimes result in a very pleasant surprise and a holy experience. Quite recently Marjorie (my fiancée) and I were returning home over the weekend from a car trip to Ohio. Not wanting to miss Mass, we looked online at Mass […]

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Pray the Rosary – Especially This Year

July 13, AD2017 2 Comments
Pray the Rosary – Especially This Year

In conversations with Catholics from around the country, one will encounter varying levels of devotion to Our Lady. Such devotions seem to run along a continuum. At one end of the continuum, we find a very deep devotion to her, including daily Rosaries and other prayers. At the other end, there is little to no […]

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The Blessing of Catholic Friends

July 6, AD2017 9 Comments
The Blessing of Catholic Friends

Some of my most treasured friendships are with people who have significant differences in worldview from me in a variety of ways. I have friends from all sorts of different backgrounds. And I appreciate them all. I have friends I can laugh with, friends I can count on for a relaxing evening out, friends whose […]

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Happy 4th of July America and May God Continue to Bless us!

July 4, AD2017 2 Comments
Happy 4th of July America and May God Continue to Bless us!

God was here right from the start.  Our unalienable rights were given to us by God. “When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to […]

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5 Reasons To Pray For Your Spouse

July 3, AD2017 1 Comment
5 Reasons To Pray For Your Spouse

  Prayer is one the deepest ways we show our love – to God, to our family, to the world. From childhood, many of us experience religious tradition through prayer in the Mass and in family prayer time. It is one of the staples of being Christian. St. Thérèse of Lisieux believed that prayer was […]

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The Mediocrity of Apathy

July 2, AD2017 5 Comments
The Mediocrity of Apathy

I have been pondering what seems to be the tension between loving the sinner and following the law.  Often times we call people Pharisees if they believe the law should be followed.  But there is a distinction between people who have love in their hearts and follow the law, and those who only follow the […]

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Hope and Why the Little Things Matter in the Big Picture

June 27, AD2017 1 Comment
Hope and Why the Little Things Matter in the Big Picture

“If you want to change the world, make your bed.” No, these ‘words of wisdom’ are not my mom’s. This is lesson #1 on Retired Navy Seal and Commander of the US Special Forces Admiral William H. McRaven’s list of 10 Life Lessons. McRaven outlined his 10 Life Lessons in a 2014 commencement speech delivered […]

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Hope, the Rosary and the Blessed Mother

May 27, AD2017 0 Comments
Hope, the Rosary and the Blessed Mother

If you strengthen your relationship with the Blessed Virgin Mary, you will almost certainly build an even greater relationship with Jesus and the Father. Many clerics and laypeople have written about the importance of Marian Devotion over the years, and undoubtedly many will continue to do so in the future. This may be because there […]

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Catholic Identity Politics and Vocation in the Age of Trump

May 22, AD2017 2 Comments
Catholic Identity Politics and Vocation in the Age of Trump

Surely she had never asked God for anything except that He should let her have her will. And every time she had been granted what she asked for – for the most part. Now here she sat with a contrite heart – not because she had sinned against God but because she was unhappy that […]

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One Catholic to Another: Don’t Stoop, Stephen Colbert

May 20, AD2017 33 Comments
One Catholic to Another: Don’t Stoop, Stephen Colbert

For many years, I enjoyed Stephen Colbert’s The Colbert Report. Colbert was funny in a positive way, never was vulgar, and was always respectful of his guests. Stephen Colbert Before and After Colbert made fun of himself, most of all, and that attribute of self-deprecating humor supported his open and frequent discussion of his own […]

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A Lesson From a Two Year Old on Holiness

May 8, AD2017 3 Comments
A Lesson From a Two Year Old on Holiness

Objectively speaking, there is little chance of success if someone attempts bench press 300 lbs and has never lifted weights. There is also little chance of success in attempting a marathon without having trained.  Even though I know these things, I also know I have a tendency to just grit my teeth and attempt to […]

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Why Women Wear Chapel Veils – And Should You Too?

May 5, AD2017 18 Comments
Why Women Wear Chapel Veils – And Should You Too?

I did not grow up wearing a chapel veil, but I remember hearing the stories from my mother about being required to wear one to Mass. It never occurred to me why a veil was required at one point and then all of sudden it was not. I thought it was just a bygone pre-Vatican […]

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