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A Short Devotional: Comfort Food, Heavenly Bread

October 20, AD2017 0 Comments
A Short Devotional: Comfort Food, Heavenly Bread

“I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats of this bread will live forever, and the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.” (John: 6:33) Do you have a cookbook by you or a family member, one made by collecting favorite recipes? I bet […]

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Excommunication, Controversy, and the Development of Doctrine

September 25, AD2017 4 Comments
Excommunication, Controversy, and the Development of Doctrine

Historically, theological controversy has led to the development of doctrine. This is quite apparent in the record of the ecumenical councils of the Catholic Church, but it also occurs with less celebrated questions and in modern times. Both St. Augustine and St. Anselm are quoted for their individual phrasing that belief in revelation leads to […]

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A Byzantine Look at Worshipping Ad Orientem, Part I

August 29, AD2017 0 Comments
A Byzantine Look at Worshipping Ad Orientem, Part I

Last year, Robert Cardinal Sarah urged pastors the world over to “return as soon as possible to a common orientation, of priests and the faithful turned together in the same direction—Eastwards or at least towards the apse—to the Lord who comes, in those parts of the liturgical rites when we are addressing God.” To worship […]

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Healing Through the Blessed Sacrament

June 19, AD2017 9 Comments
Healing Through the Blessed Sacrament

Be sober and vigilant. Your opponent the devil is prowling around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 1 Peter 5:8 I had a dream last night that I was on my patio planting some flowers. Everything seemed fine until I looked up and saw something coming towards me in the distance. I […]

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How Can Homebound Catholics Participate in the Sacraments?

June 1, AD2017 0 Comments
How Can Homebound Catholics Participate in the Sacraments?

Faithful Catholics order their lives around the sacraments of the church. They are regular in attending Mass, often more than once a week, and they participate in the sacrament of reconciliation regularly. The grace they receive through these gifts to the Church becomes one of the most important parts of their daily and weekly schedule. […]

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Mortal Sin: It’s Not That Bad?

May 19, AD2017 1 Comment
Mortal Sin: It’s Not That Bad?

Have you ever encountered someone who feels the Catholic Church is all about guilt? They ask: “Why do I have to go to Mass every Sunday? Why can’t I the receive the Eucharist if I missed Mass? Why do I have to go to confession?” Blaming the Church is an excuse people use to diminish […]

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Holy Communion as Source of Life

May 1, AD2017 1 Comment
Holy Communion as Source of Life

Recently, I attending a conference called “The Symposium on Advancing the New Evangelization”, run by my alma mater, Benedictine College. It was the sixth time that it was run and my third time attending, the first time as a non-student. Most likely, if you are reading from a site such as this, you have heard […]

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Live the Eucharist in Everything You Do

April 26, AD2017 0 Comments
Live the Eucharist in Everything You Do

Then he said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother.” And from that hour the disciple took her into his home. John 19:27 I have been reading Saint John Paul the Great’s encyclical, Ecclesia De Eucharistia, and it is a thing of beauty. I wanted to reflect on some of what is said as I pondered […]

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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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Our New Sacramental Temple

February 16, AD2017 0 Comments
Our New Sacramental Temple

O God, you are my God, I seek you, my soul thirsts for you. My flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary land where no water is. So I have looked upon you in the sanctuary, beholding your power and glory. (Psalm 63:1-2) As this passage from Psalm 63 tells us, the ancient Israelites yearned […]

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The Stumbling Block of the Crucifix

February 14, AD2017 4 Comments
The Stumbling Block of the Crucifix

  As a Catholic, I am often challenged about our use and reverence for the crucifix.  The most common charge has been that the crucifix focuses on Christ’s death and fails to celebrate the Resurrection. But as Catholics we recognize these two events are necessarily intertwined. Each time we reflect on the image of Christ […]

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Give Us This Day Our Supersubstantial Bread

February 11, AD2017 1 Comment
Give Us This Day Our Supersubstantial Bread

“Give us this day our daily bread” … what does that mean? On the surface, it’s a simple acknowledgment that the things we need to live all have their source in God, as well as a request that our needs for the day be provided. However, hiding under that simple word “daily” is many centuries’ […]

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The Spark in The Thin Red Line: Why I Remain Catholic

February 9, AD2017 2 Comments
The Spark in The Thin Red Line: Why I Remain Catholic

One of my favorite movies, if not my favorite of all time, is Terrence Malick’s The Thin Red Line. I watched this movie in my senior year of college, with my beautiful wife (we had been married for about three months at that point) and my fellow classmates, for a class on Terrence Malick’s films. […]

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The Good Witness of Not Receiving Communion

December 7, AD2016 45 Comments
The Good Witness of Not Receiving Communion

Last year, I found myself in a terrible position. It was a Sunday morning and I was preparing to take my kids to Mass. The problem was that I believed I needed to go to Confession prior to receiving the Eucharist. That was cause enough for anxiety, as no one wants their soul outside a […]

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The Mass: To Know, To Love, To Serve

September 24, AD2016 2 Comments
The Mass: To Know, To Love, To Serve

How does the Mass compete? The scenes from World Youth Day in Poland give hope that all is not lost. There is still a zeal for the Faith among young Catholics. Yet whenever I gather with other Catholic mothers of grown children there is always a sad story of a child who has left the […]

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The Eucharist: Lord, Help Our Unbelief

July 29, AD2016 16 Comments
The Eucharist: Lord, Help Our Unbelief

A few months back I attended a Confirmation ceremony at a local parish. Of course, we were all very proud of the confirmandi, especially as they proceeded into the church in their Confirmation attire, and as the priest laid hands upon them conferring the seal of the Holy Spirit. But as the ceremony ended, it […]

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Our Supersubstantial Bread, The Eucharist

June 15, AD2016 3 Comments
Our Supersubstantial Bread, The Eucharist

A few weeks ago, we celebrated the Solemnity of Corpus Christi, calling to mind the mystery of the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist. This wondrous gift allows us to experience the most intimate encounter with Christ this side of heaven. The Church has always taught the Eucharist is the source and summit of […]

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God’s Power and Mercy

May 30, AD2016 0 Comments
God’s Power and Mercy

In the Summa Theologiae, II-II, q. 30, a. 4, St. Thomas Aquinas writes: “It is proper to God to exercise mercy, and he manifests his omnipotence particularly in this way.” At first glance, it seems odd to equate God’s mercy with power. When we think of God’s power, we are drawn more to images of […]

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Make a Heartfelt Connection to the Eucharist

May 29, AD2016 3 Comments
Make a Heartfelt Connection to the Eucharist

  How often do we hear of a spouse (usually the wife) struggling in their marriage because of a lack of deeper, heartfelt connection? And the communion experienced is primarily physical and shallow. Of course, in right order, marriage is meant to have an emotional and spiritual intimacy that then leads to a very meaningful physical […]

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The Eucharist: Overcoming the Forbidden Fruit

April 13, AD2016 9 Comments
The Eucharist: Overcoming the Forbidden Fruit

There is so much to be said about the Eucharist. It is Christ’s supreme gift of Himself to mankind. We can never truly thank God enough for this new Passover meal, which replaces an ordinary sacrificed lamb with The Lamb of God, Jesus Himself. It is the true food that replaces the forbidden fruit. What […]

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The Most Holy Rosary: Our Simple Breviary (Part 2)

February 19, AD2016 0 Comments
The Most Holy Rosary: Our Simple Breviary (Part 2)

Author’s Note:  This article is the second in a five-part series examining the beauty and medication of the Most Holy Rosary. This series is dedicated to the memory of Fr. Patrick Peyton, C.S.C., whose love and dedication to the Rosary inspired its widespread use and understanding in our time. The Luminous Mysteries The Joyous Mysteries leave […]

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The Eucharist: The Perfect Valentine

February 14, AD2016 3 Comments
The Eucharist: The Perfect Valentine

For Valentine’s Day this year, I am taking a new approach. No more chocolate, fancy dinners or jewelry.  This year’s gift is the ultimate.  This year’s gift is love itself. This year, I am going to give the most precious gift of all.  I am going to give an understanding of how each of us […]

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The Mass: Calvary Made Present for Each Generation

February 11, AD2016 4 Comments
The Mass: Calvary Made Present for Each Generation

The Holy Mass is the re-presentation of Jesus’ sacrifice on Calvary, in a real liturgical manner.  At the Last Supper (also known as the First Eucharist), Jesus created the Mass for each one of us to be present at His great sacrifice, even through time and space.  The word “Mass” comes to us from the […]

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Praising and Thanking God, Now and Forever

December 31, AD2015 5 Comments
Praising and Thanking God, Now and Forever

There are not too many things in life that are certain, as the saying goes, except for death and taxes. But in addition to those two things, I would like to add one more that I have discovered over the years. That  one certain thing that we all must do is to praise and thank […]

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