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If You Want Healing

May 31, AD2017 4 Comments
If You Want Healing

But she answered him, “Yes Lord; yet even the dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs.” And he said to her, “For saying this you may go your way; the demon has left your daughter.” And she went home, found the child lying in bed, and the demon gone. Mark 7:28-30 I find that […]

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Mortal Sin: It’s Not That Bad?

May 19, AD2017 1 Comment
Mortal Sin: It’s Not That Bad?

Have you ever encountered someone who feels the Catholic Church is all about guilt? They ask: “Why do I have to go to Mass every Sunday? Why can’t I the receive the Eucharist if I missed Mass? Why do I have to go to confession?” Blaming the Church is an excuse people use to diminish […]

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Getting Real with Reconciliation: The Essence of Making a Good Confession

May 11, AD2017 1 Comment
Getting Real with Reconciliation: The Essence of Making a Good Confession

When I was a boy, going to Confession was a regular part of my Catholic school experience. I remember standing in line with the other students as I waited my turn, dreading that dark little box, thinking over my list of sins, and hoping I would remember my Act of Contrition. Once I entered, however, […]

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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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Unburden Yourself – The Gifts of Confession and Forgiveness

April 2, AD2017 0 Comments
Unburden Yourself – The Gifts of Confession and Forgiveness

Many of our personal woes are driven by anxieties that seem to us to be inescapable or unmanageable. We deal with the boss that demands a project on a Friday night that is due on Monday morning, after he promised you the day off at that particular Monday; the co-worker that uses the idea that […]

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Omission: Sinning by Not Acting–We Need to Avoid Avoiding

March 9, AD2017 2 Comments
Omission: Sinning by Not Acting–We Need to Avoid Avoiding

The Rich Man and Lazarus Pope Francis, in his 2017 Lenten Message, speaks of the Parable of The Rich Man and Lazarus. The rich man had it made in this life, while Lazarus struggled terribly, lying at the door of the rich man’s house, starving and deathly ill. Yet the rich man didn’t even notice […]

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Making a Manly Retreat: A Catholic Among the Separated Brothers

February 23, AD2017 4 Comments
Making a Manly Retreat: A Catholic Among the Separated Brothers

What does it mean to be a man? Over the course of my life, I have had many opportunities to consider that question, particularly with regard to how it impacts my Catholic call to love as Jesus has loved me. This is not as easy as it seems. The world has its own views of […]

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Meeting with Men of God: A Catholic Men’s Conference on the Year of Mercy

February 7, AD2017 0 Comments
Meeting with Men of God: A Catholic Men’s Conference on the Year of Mercy

There’s something wonderfully uplifting about being with hundreds of Catholic men to put aside our egos and bring our man-made messes before the Father as together we celebrate our common faith. For the past five years, I have been attending the Connecticut Catholic Men’s conference with my father-in-law. Each time, I have come out of […]

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Birth Control, Tragedy, and a Conversion of Heart

February 1, AD2017 1 Comment
Birth Control, Tragedy, and a Conversion of Heart

This is the story of my ascent out of brokenness and into the arms of mercy.  Through suffering, God tore down the walls of what I knew and made something more beautiful than I imagined.  I know this, if you think you know God and have put him in a box for your comfort, you […]

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Mercy and Truth, Love and Law: Take the Road to Emmaus

January 3, AD2017 2 Comments
Mercy and Truth, Love and Law: Take the Road to Emmaus

There is a lot of talk in the church these days about mercy verses the truth, or what is also known as love verses the law. I am not here to comment on our Pope and Cardinals, except to say pray for all of them. They are our shepherds and deserve our respect and our […]

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The Good Witness of Not Receiving Communion

December 7, AD2016 45 Comments
The Good Witness of Not Receiving Communion

Last year, I found myself in a terrible position. It was a Sunday morning and I was preparing to take my kids to Mass. The problem was that I believed I needed to go to Confession prior to receiving the Eucharist. That was cause enough for anxiety, as no one wants their soul outside a […]

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How About Those Apples?

October 13, AD2016 1 Comment
How About Those Apples?

When I lived in the Midwest, Fall was the time when my wife and I headed to the local orchard to pick apples.  We would arrive at the orchard and head immediately to the apple trees.  We would never, ever, head for the peach or cherry trees.  Obviously, since apples come from apple trees, going to the […]

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Confession: The Light is On for You

March 30, AD2016 1 Comment
Confession: The Light is On for You

Fear, anxiety, dread, embarrassment. These are all emotions one may feel when faced with having to go to confession. This is not how it needs to be, in fact it’s not how it’s meant to be. One thing to remember is that the sacrament of Confession is less about us and more about God. How […]

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Confession’s Sacrament

March 22, AD2016 0 Comments
Confession’s Sacrament

Bless Me Father, For I Have Sinned. “Bless me Father, for I have sinned. It has been…” Words known even before my First Communion rush back in this quiet fearful sanctuary and stop dead in my throat. How do I even begin to explain the twenty-five years since my last confession coupled with my sin of […]

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I Had a Dream … And It Opened My Eyes

March 18, AD2016 0 Comments
I Had a Dream … And It Opened My Eyes

Currently, I am reading two books. One was given to me as a penance to be read slowly, a page or two at time. The other, “Rediscover Jesus: An Invitation”, was given to me by a priest friend. While they are very different, the combination of reading these two books has been revealing. Together with an […]

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How To Get Over Your Fear of Confession

March 7, AD2016 1 Comment
How To Get Over Your Fear of Confession

Confession. Sin. Reconciliation. Do those words strike fear in you? We may know that we are supposed to go to the Sacrament of Confession at least once a year and whenever we have committed a mortal sin. During this season of Lent, we are encouraged to make a good Confession in preparation for Easter. Still, for […]

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Trading Anger for Love

January 28, AD2016 2 Comments
Trading Anger for Love

The first time I actually realized I had an anger issue was about a year ago while attending a retreat.  A deacon (now priest) prayed over me and told me that he sensed that I was holding on to grudges. I went straight to confession after that revelation because it made sense. I am an […]

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The Mercy of God is a Mystery

December 26, AD2015 1 Comment
The Mercy of God is a Mystery

The Mercy of God is a mystery. Even for someone like me who has had it poured into my life for the last five years. I keep trying to figure out how exactly to explain it, but the truth is that I can’t. I lived a life that was so enslaved to sin and yet, […]

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How about Forgiveness for this Christmas?

December 7, AD2015 0 Comments
How about Forgiveness for this Christmas?

“If you forgive others their transgressions, your heavenly Father will forgive you. If you do not forgive others, neither will your Father forgive your transgressions.” Matthew 6:14-15 As we are making our way through Advent, preparing the Way of the Lord in our lives, consider the bustle of your workplace.  How many decisions in the […]

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The Startling Absence of Catholic Men in the Pews

November 16, AD2015 74 Comments
The Startling Absence of Catholic Men in the Pews

There is a serious Catholic “man-crisis”: The pews have fewer Catholic men in them than ever before. The New Emangelization Project (NewEmangelization.com) has documented the devastating loss of faith among Catholic men. Large numbers of baptized Catholic men have left the faith and the majority who remain are “Casual Catholic Men”, men who don’t know the […]

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