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Marcus Daly: Mercy and the Denial of Death

August 12, AD2017 0 Comments
Marcus Daly: Mercy and the Denial of Death

Marcus speaks with a quiet authority, with the air of a contemplative craftsman. Founder of Marian Caskets, his avocation in life is now his family business. He makes beautiful wooden caskets. Moved by the funeral rites of Pope John Paul II in 2005, particularly the plain wooden casket of the late great Holy Father, Marcus […]

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Even in Death, Clasping Baby Blue Beads

August 5, AD2017 0 Comments
Even in Death, Clasping Baby Blue Beads

Many of you have undoubtedly had profound experiences with death so perhaps you will not only relate to my experiences with death but find my reflections helpful. I come from a very large Volga German Catholic family. The Volga Germans were an ethnic German group who lived and thrived along the Volga River far southeast […]

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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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Trusting God’s Plan for My Good

April 7, AD2017 5 Comments
Trusting God’s Plan for My Good

Knowing God has a plan for my good can be of great comfort especially for people, like me, who suffer from crippling anxiety.  Social media has been a godsend in many ways including renewed and new friendships as well as remarkable opportunities to evangelize.  However, it also comes with a greater opportunity to discover the […]

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Time, Progressivism, Death, and the Liturgical Calendar

March 3, AD2017 0 Comments
Time, Progressivism, Death, and the Liturgical Calendar

Time present and time past Are both perhaps present in time future, And time future contained in time past. If all time is eternally present All time is unredeemable. What might have been is an abstraction Remaining a perpetual possibility Only in a world of speculation. What might have been and what has been Point […]

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Remember that You are Dust

March 1, AD2017 1 Comment
Remember that You are Dust

“Remember that you are dust and to dust you shall return.” These are the traditional words with which the priest traces the ashes on the foreheads of the faithful on Ash Wednesday. But the Roman Missal gives the priest an option: he can say instead, “Repent and believe in the gospel.” There are also two […]

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The PostPersons: Part II

February 9, AD2017 0 Comments
The PostPersons: Part II

This is Part II of the PostPersons story. In Part I a future was described in which the Supreme Legislature of the United States, once known as the Supreme Court, expanded the right to abortion, so children with the caring assistance of the government, would have a right to terminate their parents. The PostPersons II […]

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Contemplating Martyrdom: A Test of My Faith

January 15, AD2017 2 Comments
Contemplating Martyrdom: A Test of My Faith

Imagine living in a time when Roman soldiers could walk into your house without notice and demand you show your loyalty by burning incense as a sign of worship to the Emperor. Anyone failing to do this would be given a death sentence. As a Christian in America I have fortunately not faced anything similar […]

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Finding Reasons to Celebrate the Triumph of the Cross

September 14, AD2016 0 Comments
Finding Reasons to Celebrate the Triumph of the Cross

  Every 14th of September, the Catholic Church, celebrates the Feast of the Triumph of the Cross. It is also known as the feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross. The history of this celebration centers on the story of how Queen Helena, the mother of Emperor Constantine, was supposed to have found the […]

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The Via Crucis: Walking the Passion with Jesus, Part Two

March 17, AD2016 0 Comments
The Via Crucis: Walking the Passion with Jesus, Part Two

Today we are continuing our reflection on the Stations of the Cross (see part one here). Recalling once again that there is far too often a tendency to gloss over these events because we feel that we know them so well. Let us remember that we are here attempting to dig deeper into the mysteries […]

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Pope Judging 101

March 10, AD2016 25 Comments
Pope Judging 101

There seems to be a rather disturbing trend in what I would call papacy bashing. This recent trend is fueled by a media that is focused exclusively on gaining ground via sound bites. These sound bites are more often than not misquoted and taken out of context. Pope Francis has become a frequent victim of […]

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Lent in the Shadow of Death

February 23, AD2016 1 Comment
Lent in the Shadow of Death

“Remember, man, you are dust, and unto dust you shall return.” The priest uttered these words on Ash Wednesday as he traced the black cross on my forehead. Like all Catholics, I began Lent under the pall of death. The view outside my window echoed the lifeless theme. The trees were bare, the birds were […]

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A Year of Living Like Paul

February 6, AD2016 4 Comments
A Year of Living Like Paul

This past January 20 marked the one year anniversary of the death of my friend, Paul Coakley. Last year I wrote two articles about my thoughts on his life, death and subsequent impact upon me. Now that a year has passed, I would like to offer another reflection upon said impact. I wrote at the end […]

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Marching On

January 22, AD2016 2 Comments
Marching On

The Roe v Wade decision still remains unsettling to many. Since that day a culture of death has permeated society, and the world. Nevertheless, many continue to defend the voiceless, and will stand up for them, again, this year, united with others in our nation’s capital. This is a testimony to an unwillingness to accept […]

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The Sorrowful Mysteries of the Holy Rosary

December 29, AD2015 0 Comments
The Sorrowful Mysteries of the Holy Rosary

  This is the third installment in our series on the Mysteries of the Most Holy Rosary.  Today we look at the Sorrowful Mysteries, those Mysteries which help us to meditate upon the suffering that Jesus underwent for our salvation. The Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary are probably those with which we are most familiar. […]

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Christian Relationships and the Communion of Saints

November 8, AD2015 0 Comments
Christian Relationships and the Communion of Saints

Not too long ago, the rector of the local Cathedral died after a battle with cancer. Though not entirely unexpected, his departure from this life affected me deeply. At his funeral, his usual chair next to the choir stalls remained empty, an absence that spoke louder than any words spoken by the Archbishop during the […]

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Halloween: Don’t Be Spooked, It’s Catholic

October 26, AD2015 9 Comments
Halloween: Don’t Be Spooked, It’s Catholic

Halloween, often feared by Evangelicals, is not the satanic celebration of evil it is sometimes portrayed to be. Catholics know this is a day to celebrate, not to frighten. In that vein, Catholic Christians often choose to dress as saints or other characters we admire, as well as poking a bit of fun at the […]

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Saint Joseph the Worker and Dad

September 10, AD2015 1 Comment
Saint Joseph the Worker and Dad

Every Labor Day weekend two men always pop up in my mind:  Saint Joseph the Worker and my Dad.  When I was growing up I always associated Saint Joseph and my Father.  I thought of Saint Joseph as the strong, silent type.  The Gospels recall no speeches or quotes of Saint Joseph, but it does […]

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5 Reasons Abortion Remains Legal

September 9, AD2015 9 Comments
5 Reasons Abortion Remains Legal

Here we are, forty-two years later, and the ill-conceived legal right to abortion still targets the most innocent members of our society. Despite prayer, educational efforts, transformative heart softening pleas, and myriad legal attempts, the beast abortion lives on. Still some things to be noted in our quest for human dignity for all come at […]

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Laughing at Dead Babies: The Avenging Conscience

August 18, AD2015 6 Comments
Laughing at Dead Babies: The Avenging Conscience

A while back, I read a disturbing blog post by Abby Johnson, former director of a Planned Parenthood abortion clinic and author of the book, UnPlanned. She recounts her early experiences in the clinic: It took a few weeks before I got the alarm code to our clinic. I guess it takes that long for them […]

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