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The Lonely Way of the Writer: A New Year’s Message for My Fellow Writers

January 12, AD2018 4 Comments
The Lonely Way of the Writer: A New Year’s Message for My Fellow Writers

Every January 1st, many of us decide to come clean with our personal struggles and make resolutions to better ourselves in the days ahead. In the spirit of this new year, I have my own confession to make: I often suffer from periods of sorrow and loneliness so profound that I sometimes wonder how I […]

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Don’t Miss the “Magic” of Childhood

December 26, AD2017 0 Comments
Don’t Miss the “Magic” of Childhood

Every year around this time, I notice a widespread, often implicit idea that Christmas is a particularly special time for children. Of course, this attitude follows logically if the occasion consists only of emptying packages and stockings under an explosion of lights and tinsel. Decorations and presents generally become less exciting as we grow older. […]

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Christmas and the Wonder of Children

December 25, AD2017 0 Comments
Christmas and the Wonder of Children

A month or two ago I started wondering about the Christmas season. Specifically, I wondered why it seemed so much more magical to me as a child than as an adult. Now, there could be a variety of reasons for this—maybe it was because as a child I loved the sparkly tree and presents, or […]

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Christmas Two Thousands Years Later and Grace Is Still New

December 24, AD2017 0 Comments
Christmas Two Thousands Years Later and Grace Is Still New

“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”  (The Summer Day, Mary Oliver) We are in the midst of something new and something old.  Hundreds of years have passed since the birth of Christ and yet we have never before been in this place, at this time, with these […]

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Through the Looking Glass – A Christmas Message

December 24, AD2017 0 Comments
Through the Looking Glass – A Christmas Message

I saw my grandfather forty years after he died. I loved I him with all my heart, not because he gave me toys, bought me ice cream or took me to the funfair, but because he loved me so much. I was only eight years old when he died of a heart attack and I […]

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The Wait: A True Advent Story of Hope

December 23, AD2017 0 Comments
The Wait: A True Advent Story of Hope

My strawberry-blond, freckled-faced, non-stop mother, Jeannine, was the youngest of four and as such was hopelessly spoiled. Nicknamed “Peaches,” she was a very welcome addition to my grandparents after the loss of two babies beforehand. She was also quite a bit younger than her oldest brother, Dick, who graduated high school the year Mom received […]

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T.S. Eliot and Dreading Christmas

December 23, AD2017 0 Comments
T.S. Eliot and Dreading Christmas

Few people have likely ever been so dismayed by the passing of Christmas as the Magi and the prophet Simeon, as least as the poet T. S. Eliot portrays them. In his poem “Journey of the Magi,” the Magi travel all night through the “worst time of year” with tired camels while missing the comforts […]

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Persevering This Christmas

December 20, AD2017 0 Comments
Persevering This Christmas

In the first weeks of Advent, my intellect and faith have been assaulted by many things going on outside and inside the Church. Its been a challenging time of preparation for Christmas. These things are troubling, but perhaps, in contrast, they can help us understand better the darkness of the world into which the Christ […]

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Christ Be Our Light! Reflections on Christmas, Chanukkah, and Strange Physics

December 6, AD2017 2 Comments
Christ Be Our Light! Reflections on Christmas, Chanukkah, and Strange Physics

This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. First Letter of John 1:5 (KJV) And they made new holy vessels, and brought in the candlestick, and the altar of incense, and the table into the temple. […]

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Austerity for Christmas

December 6, AD2017 0 Comments
Austerity for Christmas

I recently realized how I naturally put on the classical, jazz or fado (traditional Portuguese music) radio stations in my car, without any sacrifice at all. This might seem like an inconsequential detail of my life, but for the fact that it reveals a huge change in my musical taste and in myself. Before having […]

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Ever Ancient, Ever New: The Gift of the Liturgical Year

December 2, AD2017 1 Comment
Ever Ancient, Ever New: The Gift of the Liturgical Year

On a plane ride a few weeks ago, I found myself seated next to the founder of a Protestant church. He laughed because he was sandwiched between two Catholics, a married man who had been in Catholic seminary for a little while on his right and me, a Catholic high school Theology teacher, on his […]

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Eat, Drink And Be Merry

November 10, AD2017 0 Comments
Eat, Drink And Be Merry

Eat Drink And Be Merry Eat drink and be merry for tomorrow we die. There are several places in holy Scripture where this sentiment is expressed. The one that has been bouncing around my mind since I heard it at Sunday Mass a few weeks ago pertains to the parable of the rich man who […]

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When Christmas Comes In June

June 28, AD2017 1 Comment
When Christmas Comes In June

Here we are in late June. We have crossed the approximate halfway mark between last Christmas and the coming Christmas.  I love Advent and Christmas dearly, and as a Coloradoan, thoughts of Christmas are never far away, as snow is never far away from us.  I’ve seen snowflakes fall in early June even outside of […]

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Celebrating Ordinary Time Extraordinarily

February 6, AD2017 0 Comments
Celebrating Ordinary Time Extraordinarily

Celebrate Ordinary Time? Why celebrate anything that seems to just fill in the space between Christmas and Easter? The Sacrament of the Moment With all of the bells and whistles associated with these two treasured times of the year, Ordinary Time might seem pale by comparison. On top of that, the “scaling back” of Ordinary […]

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Extending Our Joy Past Christmas

December 30, AD2016 1 Comment
Extending Our Joy Past Christmas

Jesus, the Reason for our Joy Another year has passed, and the Christmas Season is here. This is a time of reflection, a time of joy as we celebrate Jesus. We celebrate love brought into the world through the gift of God’s Son to the entire world. Over two thousand years have passed.  The gift of […]

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Of Babes and Martyrs

December 26, AD2016 2 Comments
Of Babes and Martyrs

One of the great joys of being Catholic is that Christmas last eight days, followed by a whole season for Christmas.While others grudgingly pack away the ornaments and tinsel on December 26, we have many more days of celebrating left. A Trio of Martyrs The liturgical calendar, however, takes an interesting turn once after December […]

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Spending My Christmas in Whoville

December 25, AD2016 1 Comment
Spending My Christmas in Whoville

In the Christmas classic, Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas, the residents of Whoville wake up on Christmas morning to find none of their Christmas trimmings in place. The Grinch has stolen their trees, their presents, their colorful lights, and their Christmas dinner. Yet, seemingly oblivious to this treachery, the Whoville denizens gather to sing and […]

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The Light of the Infant Jesus

December 24, AD2016 1 Comment
The Light of the Infant Jesus

  The streets are beautiful this time of year. Homes and shops are decorated with colorful lights and festive decorations. Cities and town are filled with life as people prepare for the coming of Christmas. Unfortunately, Christmas today has become more of a commercial festivity than a religious one. The dazzling lights we display often […]

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Prepare for Christmas: Open Yourself to God in Prayer

December 22, AD2016 5 Comments
Prepare for Christmas: Open Yourself to God in Prayer

Almost 25 years ago, I spent Christmas with a family who had one son who was adored by everyone. However, that Christmas there was another child present who had been semi-fostered. She stayed with them for some weekends and most of the school holidays. Adoption At first, the girl looked bewildered and not a little […]

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This Christmas, Set Out in Haste to Meet Our Lord

December 14, AD2016 0 Comments
This Christmas, Set Out in Haste to Meet Our Lord

One of the Gospel stories that we shall  hear in the coming days will be about the visitation of Mary to her cousin Elizabeth. The passage speaks about the encounter among cousins. Mary with her first cousin Elizabeth; Jesus with his second cousin John the Baptist. In the Gospel account of the Visitation, Luke describes […]

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We Are the Reason for the Season

December 9, AD2016 2 Comments
We Are the Reason for the Season

As children, many of us enjoyed carefully studying the Highlights pages to find the hidden objects. I remember diligently seeking for each one until all had been found. Our adult lives are like that as well, although our diligence may not mirror that of our childhood. Seeking the Hidden Objects in Life The possibilities of […]

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The Transforming Power of Christmas

December 7, AD2016 3 Comments
The Transforming Power of Christmas

Of all the holidays, Christmas is my favorite. I love the beauty, the joy, the peace, and the good will that seem to shine just a little brighter at this time of year. I suppose I should be more cynical about the wrong in the world — the commercialism, the evil, the selfishness — but […]

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Catholic Devotions: A Spiritual Vocabulary

January 7, AD2016 0 Comments
Catholic Devotions:  A Spiritual Vocabulary

Sometimes God grants special graces to parents. Little encouragements come out of the blue that let you know that what you’re trying to teach has gotten through. Parenting isn’t easy, and we’re grateful for these glimmers of the great saint we aspire for our daughter to become. Now that I’ve started writing for Catholic Stand, […]

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Christmas: Biblical Reflections

December 24, AD2015 4 Comments
Christmas: Biblical Reflections

[Editor’s Note: This article was first published on Catholic Stand, December 6, 2014. We are republishing here for your holiday enjoyment.] With Christmas coming up around the corner, I thought it would be a good idea to take a look at some connections in sacred Scripture that may not be evident to the casual Bible […]

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