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What’s Wrong with the (Postmodern) World: Catholicism and Intelligence, by Fr. James V. Schall

April 25, AD2017 0 Comments
What’s Wrong with the (Postmodern) World: Catholicism and Intelligence, by Fr. James V. Schall

  Jesuit philosopher Fr. James V. Schall has been described as “America’s Chesterton,” according to the cover blurb from theologian Tracey Rowland. Like G. K. Chesterton, Fr. Schall has a talent for making philosophy accessible to the average person, the mark not only of the true sophisticate but also of the good teacher. But also […]

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Why Do We Need The Benedict Option?

April 21, AD2017 4 Comments
Why Do We Need The Benedict Option?

The Benedict Option by Rod Dreher is, at the end of the day, underwhelming. That’s not all its own fault; it arrives amidst much hype, hype which turns out to be rather disproportionate to its more modest aims. On one hand, it’s not clear that those who characterize Dreher as telling Christians to head for the […]

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My and Marjorie’s Amazing Journey

April 19, AD2017 0 Comments
My and Marjorie’s Amazing Journey

This is a true story about love and love of God, how God really does work in mysterious ways, and Evangelization, all rolled into one! Some months ago, on August 21, 2016, a large group of young adults met at the National Shrine of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton in Emmitsburg, MD to participate in a Year […]

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There is No Saint of the Broken Hearted

April 18, AD2017 5 Comments
There is No Saint of the Broken Hearted

When times are tough, I — like many Catholics — turn to my friends, the saints. Whether you’re searching for a job, battling breast cancer, or asking for a safe journey, there’s usually a saint for every cause. So why is there a saint for toothaches, bad storms, and mice infestations, but not for the […]

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Grabbing the Lion of Judah’s Tail

April 16, AD2017 1 Comment
Grabbing the Lion of Judah’s Tail

As we approach Holy Week, Lent has steadily moved us to the edges of ourselves.  Yet, we can miss one of the most important elements of the Christian life if we overlook an element of Jesus’ identity that comes into particular focus as we enter Holy Week.   We focus a great deal on the […]

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Easter Chocolates, Slavery, and Our Responsibility as Christians

April 15, AD2017 6 Comments
Easter Chocolates, Slavery, and Our Responsibility as Christians

The Easter Bounty- Chocolates When we walk down any candy aisle in a grocery store, we are guaranteed to see many beautifully wrapped and enticing chocolates at any time of the year. But, especially as we approach Easter, there are plentiful chocolates shaped like bunny rabbits, crosses, eggs, and wrapped in colorful pastel foil wrappings […]

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When We Revile Others We Are, Ironically, Also Reviling God

April 11, AD2017 2 Comments
When We Revile Others We Are, Ironically, Also Reviling God

Reviling someone, whether it is mocking, taunting, or ridiculing, is almost always a sinful act, yet one which many tend to easily forget or overlook when going to confession. People often revile, ridicule, mock, or taunt those whom they judge to be inferior due to nature or due to some advantage they think they hold […]

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Sports, Entertainment, the Economy, and Easter Sunday

April 7, AD2017 1 Comment
Sports, Entertainment, the Economy, and Easter Sunday

One of my all-time favorite movies is Chariots of Fire.  It’s a fact-based historical drama that just happens to deliver a very Christian message. The movie focuses on two English athletes competing in the 1924 Olympics – Eric Liddell and his rival Harold Abrahams. Liddell, a Scot and a devout Christian, refuses to run in […]

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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 Thirst of Jesus

March 24, AD2017 2 Comments
The Thirst of Jesus

The last words a person says before dying are cherished by those who care for him or her. They are always remembered and reflect upon, since they reveal what that individual considered to be truly important. During someone’s final moments, the little time and energy left are dedicated to addressing what is most precious in […]

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Gratitude is a Prayer

March 18, AD2017 1 Comment
Gratitude is a Prayer

While recently considering the many types of prayer we can use when talking to God, I recalled a conversation I had last fall with a priest. The topic was envy, and my desire to avoid it. In response, this priest recommended I pray a decade of the rosary and, before each bead, think of something […]

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My Three Me’s

March 11, AD2017 1 Comment
My Three Me’s

Heading south from Orlando to Yeehaw Junction, the Florida Turnpike traverses a vast stretch of real estate inhabited almost exclusively by alligators, herons, snakes, and fish.  It’s a lengthy forty-seven miles across the swamp without a single exit.  Last Thursday, traveling to south Florida to speak at a men’s conference, I found myself stuck in […]

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Anchors of Faith

March 4, AD2017 0 Comments
Anchors of Faith

As a child I thought that being a Catholic was simple. One must say grace during meals, attend Mass on Sundays and other days when required, and occasionally say the rosary. I attended a Catholic grade school (with actual nuns!), and received the sacraments of baptism, confession, communion, and confirmation. The religious instruction seemed as […]

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I’m a Mystic (And So Are You)

February 19, AD2017 0 Comments
I’m a Mystic (And So Are You)

Earlier this month I participated in my first ever retreat, called “The Retreat in Daily Life.” It was a week-long retreat which took place in tandem with my work day; 30 minutes of prayer on my own in the morning, complemented by 30 minutes of scheduled discussion with a spiritual guide in the afternoon at […]

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The Stumbling Block of the Crucifix

February 14, AD2017 4 Comments
The Stumbling Block of the Crucifix

  As a Catholic, I am often challenged about our use and reverence for the crucifix.  The most common charge has been that the crucifix focuses on Christ’s death and fails to celebrate the Resurrection. But as Catholics we recognize these two events are necessarily intertwined. Each time we reflect on the image of Christ […]

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No Music is Good Music

February 3, AD2017 18 Comments
No Music is Good Music

Vatican II Music If you read what the Second Vatican Council wrote about sacred music (in Chapter VI in the 1963 constitution Sacrosanctum Concilium) you will wonder what has happened over the last fifty years. By reading the documents of Vatican II, we can learn that the Church considers our tradition of sacred music a treasure “greater than that […]

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We Walk, We Talk, But the Vote Won Temporarily

January 26, AD2017 11 Comments
We Walk, We Talk, But the Vote Won Temporarily

This is the first year I have missed the Walk for Life in San Francisco in a long time. As I write this we are in between that walk and the larger one in D.C. I missed it because I would have had to cross the great Sierra Nevada mountain range in a snow storm, […]

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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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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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A Simple New Year’s Resolutions Guide For Catholics

January 9, AD2017 1 Comment
A Simple New Year’s Resolutions Guide For Catholics

The year 2017 is upon us and for many this means it’s time to come up with a list of, or at least a couple, New Year’s Resolutions. Get fit, eat better, spend less, and save more seem to be pretty common resolutions these days. But resolving to focus more on God instead of on […]

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