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Book Review: Mike Aquilina’s “The Healing Imperative”

November 20, AD2017 0 Comments
Book Review: Mike Aquilina’s “The Healing Imperative”

Mike Aquilina is one of the most prolific Catholic authors today, having churned out over fifty books as well as numerous essays and articles. The title of his latest book is The Healing Imperative: The Early Church and the Invention of Medicine as We Know It (Steubenville, OH: Emmaus Road Publishing, $18.95). In this slim […]

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The Hearts Of Many Will Wax Cold

October 4, AD2017 15 Comments
The Hearts Of Many Will Wax Cold

Scripture warns us clearly that in the last days, charity will suffer. Matthew 24:12 “Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold.” I always considered the imagery of cold hearts as horrible and something I was immune to. I have learned that the warning St. Paul gives about not assuming we are […]

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Truth, Charity, and the Social Media

August 20, AD2017 1 Comment
Truth, Charity, and the Social Media

Is there a way to practice the virtue of truth and charity when one navigates the world of social media? The advent of the use of social media has truly democratized the way we receive information and news nowadays. In the past, knowledge and current events have always been dependent on institutions that had the […]

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When the Needle on the Spiritual Tank is On “E”

April 8, AD2017 2 Comments
When the Needle on the Spiritual Tank is On “E”

So I went to Confession last Saturday (March 25). I don’t go to Confession nearly often enough. I go so infrequently that I have an app to remind me how to say the Act of Contrition (Laudate). I won’t tell you when the penultimate time was, but I will say Obama was President. That was […]

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I Confess…My Thoughts

February 8, AD2017 3 Comments
I Confess…My Thoughts

I’m Okay.  I’m Not So Sure About You or the Others… “But I’m a good person. I try to live the right way and not do anything immoral, illegal or dishonest. Heck, I’m living my life better than a lot of people I know.” These probably are pretty common thoughts.  But how accurate are they? […]

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The Power of Your Smile: St. Teresa of Calcutta

January 31, AD2017 0 Comments
The Power of Your Smile: St. Teresa of Calcutta

Wisdom from a Great Saint St. Teresa of Calcutta was canonized on September 4, 2016, in St. Peter’s Square, Vatican City by Pope Francis. She died on September 5, 1997, and the world anxiously awaited this canonization. One of the greatest themes of St. Teresa’s life was teaching the world the importance of loving others, […]

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Gossip: Would I Like To Have That Said About Me?

August 7, AD2016 0 Comments
Gossip: Would I Like To Have That Said About Me?

One evening, one of my co-workers came to me with a question.  She was having trouble with someone she works with at another job.  The individual was not showing up for work all the time, and her work ethic left something to be desired. In a nutshell, my co-worker was wondering and asking: “Should I report […]

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Catholics and the Sin of Human Respect

March 9, AD2016 6 Comments
Catholics and the Sin of Human Respect

The sin of human respect looms large in this world of exaggerated emphasis on high self-esteem, radical individualism, and sexual identity politics, grounded in a tolerance for vice that is a forceful sign of the twilight of a once great civilization. Public and private morality have been illicitly divorced, heaven and hell illicitly joined in […]

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St. Veronica’s Useless Good Deed

March 2, AD2016 2 Comments
St. Veronica’s Useless Good Deed

I once heard a rather wry joke that said that Christians are optimists because the worst thing that could possibly happen has actually already happened, and things turned out alright afterwards. That worst thing being, of course, that when God revealed Himself directly to us, not only did we reject Him in favor of a […]

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Exorcism Prayer Brings Results

February 29, AD2016 32 Comments
Exorcism Prayer Brings Results

 I was having a bit of a conflict with a cashier at work. We always banter back at forth, joking, sometimes kidding each other, but he sometimes says hostile things such as, “Cabdrivers are stupid” or,“You think you’re an expert mechanic; you don’t know anything.” I had oscillated from trying to befriend him to ignoring […]

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Cabbie Finds Radiant Hearts During MFL Week in NYC

February 10, AD2016 3 Comments
Cabbie Finds Radiant Hearts During  MFL Week in NYC

New York City, like any other big city, can get a bad rap if you only watch the news.  The news anchor would have you believe all New Yorkers do is shoot and rob each other, run over pedestrians and bicyclists with cars and buses, or get away with more unconscionable greed on Wall Street, […]

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Beware the Red Kettle: The Salvation Army and Abortion

December 21, AD2015 57 Comments
Beware the Red Kettle: The Salvation Army and Abortion

[Editor’s Note: This article was first published on Catholic Stand, December 12, 2014. We are republishing here for your holiday consideration, since the message is still quite relevant today.] It’s Advent and our thoughts naturally turn toward less fortunate souls, longing for basic niceties, and the call for selfless giving. Christ-like love, almsgiving, and prayer […]

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Can The Church Condone, Permit or Legitimize Sin?

November 12, AD2015 20 Comments
Can The Church Condone, Permit or Legitimize Sin?

The Answer: No. In 1995, in an article entitled “Morality and Christian Morality”, Father Joseph de Torre made the point that the Church cannot change morality, the natural law, or the content of revelation. Father de Torre’s general conclusion is this: “Christ never condones or ‘permits’ sin.  What he does is always to forgive the […]

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The Genius of Pope Francis and Evangelization

October 23, AD2015 12 Comments
The Genius of Pope Francis and Evangelization

Pope Francis has become one of the most talked about popes since Pope St. John Paul II. He’s also one of the most controversial popes of our era, but only because he speaks to a world that is focused on the political agenda – where everything breaks down into a political haze of Liberal vs. Conservative; […]

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Understanding “Social Justice”

July 21, AD2015 6 Comments
Understanding “Social Justice”

I was a Catholic Worker in Nebraska from 1976 til around 1980. What I can say is that working with the poor and living among the homeless, fills you with a sense that you are among the only ones who are “really doing something.” My young friends and I even slept outside with the street […]

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The Gift of Sacrifice

June 10, AD2015 1 Comment
The Gift of Sacrifice

As you read this, I am in Cincinnati on a mission trip with our parish youth group. Each year we travel somewhere to help spread God’s Gospel through our words and actions. We strive to put what we teach into meaningful experiences both for our teens and for those we help. This year we are working […]

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It’s Not Yours! Christmas and Covetousness

December 19, AD2014 8 Comments
It’s Not Yours! Christmas and Covetousness

Christmas shopping, menu planning, cookie exchanges, gift swaps, new TVs, new cars, new clothes … bells, carols, gold and glitter … snowflakes, tinsel and trees … these are all wonderful, happy things. We are still a country abundantly blessed, even in our hard economy. So, what’s been on my mind this Advent season are those […]

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Throwing Cold Water on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

August 22, AD2014 13 Comments
Throwing Cold Water on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Trendy — it’s all the rage in today’s works of charity. Never mind that the theological virtue of Charity should be a staple in the lives of any Catholic worth his salt (or leaven). That’s a topic for another day. Our hyperactive culture has found more and more ways to call our fleeting attention to […]

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A Life of Service and Cheerfulness

April 7, AD2014 4 Comments
A Life of Service and Cheerfulness

God loves a cheerful giver. (2 Cor 9:7) God calls us to a life of service for our own good. This was true under the order of original holiness and justice. It remains true despite our subjection to original sin. It continues to be true under the economy of the Redemption, in which we are […]

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