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Set Apart for Love of Christ: A Vocation Story

September 12, AD2017 2 Comments
Set Apart for Love of Christ: A Vocation Story

Have you ever stopped to consider the sacred vessels used by the priest at Mass, the vessels in which the Lord of Heaven and earth comes to humbly dwell so that He may physically be present with us? Think of the chalice into which the priest places the wine mingled with water. Following the words […]

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Discernment, Action and WDGWMTD

July 9, AD2017 3 Comments
Discernment, Action and WDGWMTD

Back in the 1990’s, there was a group of initials (WWJD) that found its way across the United States and the world. Anything that could display print, especially wristbands, was used to promote the slogan “What would Jesus Do?” My recollection of this “movement” was that it spread like wildfire and lasted for years. To […]

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“Fight or Flight” And The Wings Of Prayer

June 7, AD2017 0 Comments
“Fight or Flight” And The Wings Of Prayer

There is an autonomous response called “fight or flight” that affects us all at certain points throughout our lives during times of crisis. If we are lucky, the level of stress that causes and accompanies this unique state of being might only happen once or twice, and occur years apart. For others, the urge to […]

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Where Did the Eight Criteria the Vatican Just Gave for Discerning Charisms Come From?

June 24, AD2016 2 Comments
Where Did the Eight Criteria the Vatican Just Gave for Discerning Charisms Come From?

The Church is blessed constantly with new charismatic groups that renew her spirit; however, at the same time, the hierarchy is responsible for discerning these charismatic gifts especially when they refer to new spiritual families in the Church. How does she discern this? In Iuvenescit Ecclesia 18, eight criteria are given. These criteria are not […]

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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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Is Your Thermostat Registering?

October 29, AD2015 1 Comment
Is Your Thermostat Registering?

“All men need enough solitude in their lives to enable the deep inner voice of their own true self to be heard at least occasionally” – Thomas Merton Friday night, just after 10 p.m., my car broke down. I was about 20 minutes from home in stop-and-go traffic when I saw my temperature gauge start […]

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NFP: When Is It Permissible to Avoid Pregnancy?

August 20, AD2014 31 Comments
NFP: When Is It Permissible to Avoid Pregnancy?

On Facebook, I’m in several Natural Family Planning (NFP) groups, and the same question pops up on a regular basis:  “What reasons justify using NFP to avoid pregnancy, according to the teaching of the Church? Is there a list?” I’ve scoured encyclicals, papal letters and addresses, and several scholarly tomes on the subject, I’m confident […]

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What Is God Calling You To Study?

August 7, AD2014 5 Comments
What Is God Calling You To Study?

Pretty soon, many students will make the return to college to continue their four year academic odyssey. This group will also include recent high school graduates that will officially become college students. The one question they are sure to be asked will be, “What are you majoring in?” For some, it will bring a quick […]

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When God Says “No”

June 17, AD2013 13 Comments
When God Says “No”

Have you ever prayed really hard about a decision – perhaps one involving a new job or a new relationship – and you were absolutely certain that God would answer your prayer in a specific way? You would get the job, the guy or girl, the promotion or the recognition for work well done. But you […]

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