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What They Didn’t Tell Me About the Church

August 10, AD2017 0 Comments
What They Didn’t Tell Me About the Church

I entered the Catholic Church in 2010, but my wife and I turned slowly away from the popular ideological goals and dreams of this world a few years before that. She has leapt ahead of me now in this progress towards eternity, which is fitting as she also lead me in life by her understanding […]

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A Father Remembered

August 2, AD2017 3 Comments
A Father Remembered

I was in shock standing in the front pew of the church at my father’s service (a traditional funeral was not held). Monsignor was at the podium saying kind words about the departed. But he knew my family’s situation for almost a decade before this day. The turmoil and chaos in my household was something […]

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Embrace The Four Eyes Within You

July 20, AD2017 0 Comments
Embrace The Four Eyes Within You

I will never forget the trauma which my vision problems gave me growing up. I had myopia and astigmatism which made every eye test a humiliating experience. Nearly every kid in the class had better vision than I did.  They would read off the letters like brushing their teeth while I stumbled and fumbled through […]

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The Sin Problem

July 12, AD2017 5 Comments
The Sin Problem

“Sign, sign, everywhere a sign Blockin’ out the scenery, breakin’ my mind Do this, don’t do that, can’t you read the sign?” Five Man Electric Band- Signs, 1970 For many, many Catholics (and non-Catholic Christians) the lyrics above sum up their experience in the Church.  For many, Christianity looks like one big, fat rule book. […]

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Do Not Be Afraid To Speak Up for Freedom

July 11, AD2017 0 Comments
Do Not Be Afraid To Speak Up for Freedom

“Do not be afraid to be holy! Have the courage and humility to present yourselves to the world determined to be holy, since full, true freedom is born from holiness.” – Saint John Paul II   The phrase “Do not be afraid,” repeated tirelessly by Saint Pope John Paul II, seems to be growing in importance. […]

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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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Winning the Anxiety Battle with God’s Help

July 2, AD2017 9 Comments
Winning the Anxiety Battle with God’s Help

“Many of my clients are dealing with a lot of anxiety nowadays,” my friend, a therapist, told me after Mass recently. Indeed it does seem that many folks are a bit more stressed out in these times, facing their own battle with anxiety. Of course, you can see why some might be anxious. Consider, for […]

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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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The Catholic Pivotal Players Are an Antidote to Our Vitriol

June 29, AD2017 3 Comments
The Catholic Pivotal Players Are an Antidote to Our Vitriol

Watching Bishop Robert Barron’s new series Catholicism: The Pivotal Players which focuses on the Saints can be an antidote to the poison that is sometimes in our culture. The wise people at a local parish, St. Ann’s in Flushing, Queens, had the stroke of genius to show it recently. I and many of the other viewers […]

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Our Faith Is Not About Clean Uniforms

June 20, AD2017 2 Comments
Our Faith Is Not About Clean Uniforms

A few years back I was visiting a friend when a man in a sparkling white uniform walked out of my friend’s home. When my friend told me that this gentleman was there to repair his washing machine, I was somewhat surprised. After all, I thought, how can anyone repair anything without getting at least […]

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We Are Different Than Butterflies

June 9, AD2017 19 Comments
We Are Different Than Butterflies

I walked out of the church after Mass, through the small courtyard towards the parking lot. In that staggered line of people, I happened to be directly behind a young girl and her mother. The older lady could have been her grandmother because the young girl was probably in her early teens. I’ll call her […]

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Your True North

June 6, AD2017 1 Comment
Your True North

  Many today are getting lost amongst the busy consumer culture, bogged down with appearing successful and fitting in with those around them. This culture tells us that the newest and fanciest cars will make us happy. It tells us that having a multimillion-dollar home will finally bring us that satisfaction that we have been […]

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Government Decides Through Amendment, Religion Abides

May 8, AD2017 1 Comment
Government Decides Through Amendment, Religion Abides

Known colloquially as the Johnson Amendment, this action by Congress added wording to IRS code Section 501(c)(3) intending to disallow nonprofit organizations from deeply engaging in political activity. This amendment was conspicuously promised to be removed, by President Trump in his Republican Convention acceptance speech, “I am going to work very hard to repeal that […]

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Thrashing Against the Zombie Hordes: Christianity and the Culture War

May 6, AD2017 0 Comments
Thrashing Against the Zombie Hordes: Christianity and the Culture War

In a previous Catholic Stand article, “When the Needle on the Spiritual Tank is On ‘E’”, I said I hoped to explain more fully my decision to retire the “culture warrior” writing persona. And in fact, I did give a little more explanation in a post on The Impractical Catholic which published the day before. […]

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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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Discovering the Virtue of Chastity: A Personal Journey

May 4, AD2017 1 Comment
Discovering the Virtue of Chastity: A Personal Journey

I am probably something of an anomaly in today’s world. I’m not a cleric but I have found fulfillment living a chaste life and serving God. Even though I have never married, I am content. As I look back over my life, I see a distinct pattern of growth that has resulted in who I […]

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Increase Happiness and Save Our Culture…One Thank You at a Time

May 3, AD2017 0 Comments
Increase Happiness and Save Our Culture…One Thank You at a Time

“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 ) I realize many reading the title of this essay may feel that there doesn’t need to be another article about gratitude. CatholicStand.com is obviously a faith-based site.  The users […]

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Making God Your Goal

May 2, AD2017 2 Comments
Making God Your Goal

In an effort to maintain their lifestyles, some people repeatedly push themselves to the point of exhaustion. But a life that does not have God as the goal is a life that is not well spent. Take, for example, the college student who works relentlessly in pursuit of a career with a handsome salary, respect, […]

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Why Do We Need The Benedict Option?

April 21, AD2017 8 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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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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