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The Catholic Funeral Mass: A Source of Peace

July 18, AD2018 0 Comments
The Catholic Funeral Mass: A Source of Peace

This past May two of my relatives passed away within a few days of each other. One had a Catholic funeral Mass, or the Mass of Christian Burial, and the other had a non-Catholic service. I have only attended five funerals outside of the Catholic Church, and the one thing they all had in common […]

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Come Home to the Church: You’ve Been Asked

June 6, AD2018 0 Comments
Come Home to the Church: You’ve Been Asked

The funeral Mass was about to begin. Friends and acquaintances of the deceased and of his family sat in pews behind or to the side of the area where the rather large family sat. Many of those paying their respects—family and non-family alike—were somewhat familiar with the Rite of Christian Burial. They were cradle Catholics, […]

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“Last Things:” C. P. Snow Revisited

June 2, AD2018 0 Comments
“Last Things:” C. P. Snow Revisited

For the living know that they shall die: but the dead know not any thing, neither have they any more a reward; for the memory of them is forgotten. Also their love, and their hatred, and their envy, is now perished; neither have they any more a portion for ever in any thing that is […]

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Asking the Question, “Where Was God?”

May 29, AD2018 0 Comments
Asking the Question, “Where Was God?”

There is no way of escaping it in our culture’s 24-hour news cycle. There’s no way to escape witnessing the evils that are carried out in this world when we’re all glued to our smart devices, TVs, and phones in our daily lives. One of the latest examples of such evil came from yet another […]

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The Insidiousness of the Culture of Death

February 16, AD2018 0 Comments
The Insidiousness of the Culture of Death

My mother died on February 26, 2006. She spent most of February in the hospital. When it became clear she was never going home, medical staff suggested we utilize their new inpatient palliative care unit. Mom would be their first patient. We thought she would die more comfortably there, so we agreed. Staff was compassionate. […]

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Liturgies of the Church: To Everything There is a Time

February 6, AD2018 0 Comments
Liturgies of the Church: To Everything There is a Time

“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens…” (Ecclesiastes 3:1) Particular moments and in life are too grand to be captured completely by anything new or original. While we may feel that nobody has ever experienced our depth of joy or sadness or love, we find our personal attempts fail […]

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Is There Hope in God’s Providence During Desolation?

January 12, AD2018 1 Comment
Is There Hope in God’s Providence During Desolation?

December 13th—the Feast Day of St. Lucy, I stood aside a grave of another unborn child. It is unnatural for a father to bury his child. Standing in a cemetery after the funeral Mass for your miscarried child is truly a surreal and somber experience. When humans encounter death—especially the loss of a family member […]

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Reflections on Friends Dying

October 10, AD2017 0 Comments
Reflections on Friends Dying

The last four summers have been a time period where I have experienced many deaths of very close friends – two within the past month alone. It’s as if I have entered a new “normal” where it seems that deaths and memorial services are now a regular part of the summer season. On a practical […]

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The Heartbreak of Making End of Life Decisions

October 8, AD2017 3 Comments
The Heartbreak of Making End of Life Decisions

Two years ago, my mother-in-law entered a hospice facility. She was afraid to die and afraid to be alone, so I stayed at the hospice center with her. One of her friends came everyday around noon to relieve me and then I’d go back later in the afternoon and stay the night. After about ten […]

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Autumn and Transformation in Life’s Struggles

September 5, AD2017 1 Comment
Autumn and Transformation in Life’s Struggles

When I was young I always looked forward to autumn. For me, autumn was a time when the cycle of life began all over again. I know many people like to think of spring as the season of beginnings, but in my mind, it was always autumn. Maybe it was because in the autumn the […]

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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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