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How Can Imperfect Contrition Lead to Perfect Contrition?

February 17, AD2017 0 Comments
How Can Imperfect Contrition Lead to Perfect Contrition?

How can imperfect contrition lead to perfect contrition? To make a “good confession” and to receive absolution for sin, a sinner must be, according to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, “of contrite heart.” (Paragraph 1450). The sinner must have contrition. Imperfect Contrition The Catechism describes two types of contrition, each sufficient for effective reception […]

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My Child Is Going To Hell

January 17, AD2017 2 Comments
My Child Is Going To Hell

Perhaps; but, in living faith, there is hope. Full disclosure: Yes, that is intentionally a “Made Ya Look” headline. It is also precisely how many parents feel about their children in today’s world. Many a loving, caring parent does fear, with good reason, that a child will go to hell unless there is a miracle […]

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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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They Have a Right!

January 7, AD2017 15 Comments
They Have a Right!

I am tired of hearing the phrase, they have a right. I hear this said on television, radio, or among people in everyday life about a controversial subject that has caused a condemning reaction; such as flag burning. It’s not that it isn’t true that the law allows certain acts of free speech, it is […]

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Oh, Oh, Oh, I Have Dubia!

December 12, AD2016 11 Comments
Oh, Oh, Oh, I Have Dubia!

After these many years, I finally can say I have something in common with Arnold Horshack. I feel like I must raise my hand high, and exclaim loudly, oh, oh, oh in order to get an answer to my questions. Most of you are probably not old enough to remember the very popular 1970s TV […]

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Has America Turned Its Back on God? Part II

August 17, AD2016 2 Comments
Has America Turned Its Back on God? Part II

Things are messed up today in America, but it’s not all Obama’s fault, even though he does deserve a lot of the credit. Our problems have been a long time coming.  Some 10 years ago Dennis Prager, in one of a series of columns on Judeo-Christian Values, made this observation: “Vast numbers of people are […]

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Has America Turned Its Back on God? Part I

August 16, AD2016 10 Comments
Has America Turned Its Back on God? Part I

The somewhat controversial conservative activist Pamela Geller wrote an essay last year entitled “The Poo Generation.” The thrust of Geller’s essay is that the ‘Poo emoticon’ best “exemplifies the low state of the world, of the culture, and of America itself in the age of the primitive.  It signifies America’s rapid decay in the wake […]

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We Often Follow False Prophets

August 11, AD2016 4 Comments
We Often Follow False Prophets

On False Prophets in Politics This election year, more than others, has brought back memories of behaviors reminiscent of my high school years. Young teens, caught up in an insatiable craving for social credit. That was a unique social experience for all because we have individual experiences, yet it was the same in its drive […]

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Bad Moral Theologians (BMTs)

August 4, AD2016 18 Comments
Bad Moral Theologians (BMTs)

There are evil things that some people really, really want to do. There are some people who not only want to do evil things but also want to be justified in doing them. They want others to say their evil deeds would be good. So, what to do if you are one of them? What if you […]

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A Generous Man

July 4, AD2016 0 Comments
A Generous Man

Generosity is “the virtue of giving good things to others freely and abundantly.” When people think of generosity, money often comes to mind, but generosity can also be the donation of time, knowledge, or skills. Lack of Generosity A lack of generosity is meanness or miserliness, the closed fist around the goods one possesses. This […]

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Why Is My Faith So Fragile?

June 13, AD2016 1 Comment
Why Is My Faith So Fragile?

Why do we expect to find truth, goodness, and love, in a Judas before we know that he is a Judas? When we do not find what we expect, why are we so angrily disappointed? The recent troubles within the Church of two friends has made me think about a problem we all surely have faced, […]

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Sam’s Justice

June 6, AD2016 4 Comments
Sam’s Justice

Justice is simply defined as giving one his or her “due.” It means rendering to people what you owe them. What do we owe others? We owe other persons respect for their persons and responsibility in doing what we have promised. Here is a kind of parable of justice. Sam and “Old Man” Ricketts Sam […]

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The U.S. Election: No More Big Yawn

May 31, AD2016 7 Comments
The U.S. Election: No More Big Yawn

My usual big yawn during election years has this time around turned to into eager attention. What will the orange-haired rich guy with the personality of a ten-year-old say next? When will the familiar but annoying lady cackle at us, then demand that we not understand her past public statements and actions, as she publicly stated […]

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How Do We Know God’s Will? Careers and God’s Call

April 14, AD2016 2 Comments
How Do We Know God’s Will? Careers and God’s Call

Choosing a career is always a difficult decision to make. From the time we’re very young, we’re conditioned to focus our lives on the future, but a career-oriented future only. We are told as children that success equals career, our identity equals a job title. However, as Catholics we’re taught something completely different. As Catholics, […]

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Discernment through Experience

January 6, AD2016 16 Comments
Discernment through Experience

      Discernment is a process that every serious Catholic man must commence at some point, during which he will petition and receive from the Almighty his vocational direction and calling for the rest of his life and for all eternity. Fittingly, discernment is one of the most difficult undertakings of a man’s life! I […]

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Brother Orchid

December 5, AD2015 1 Comment
Brother Orchid

“When the heart speaks, Brother Orchid, other hearts must listen.” Brother Orchid (1940) Interested in seeing a screwball comedy-film-noir-gangster-western-religious flick? I am always on the lookout for oddball films for Advent and they do not come odder, or more heart warming, than Brother Orchid (1940).  I believe that this movie can teach us something about selflessness during […]

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The Myth of Having it All

December 1, AD2015 5 Comments
The Myth of Having it All

The holidays always remind me of how different I am from my husband. He is a doer. He does things. He wakes up every morning and goes through the same routine to get ready, then he figures out his mission for the day and sets out to accomplish that mission. Every. Day. Me? I am […]

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Being Thankful for a Catholic Education

November 28, AD2015 5 Comments
Being Thankful for a Catholic Education

During this time of year, we pause and give thanks for all of the blessings we have in our lives. These blessings become even more significant when we recognize that many do not have them, or at least do not have them to the degree we do. Giving thanks is something we should do often […]

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Columbus, Catholicism and Courage

October 8, AD2015 59 Comments
Columbus, Catholicism and Courage

  “This, indeed, is probably one of the Enemy’s motives for creating a dangerous world—a world in which moral issues really come to the point. He sees as well as you do that courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point, which means, at the […]

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All Those Moves, and Still Home

October 4, AD2015 2 Comments
All Those Moves, and Still Home

So long as the weather was neither too wet nor too cold in Groton, Massachusetts, the students would process out to a grotto during the Fall or Spring mornings ( May & October ) for the rosary in front of a statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Even as beautiful as the grotto was, and […]

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