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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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A Masculine View from the Pew

December 3, AD2015 81 Comments
A Masculine View from the Pew

There are constant reports about how attendance at Mass continues to fall, and how this is mainly due to the disinterest of men. In one of the churches I attend, Sunday Mass attendance has fallen from over 6,000/Sunday in the 1980’s to about 4,000 today. The purpose of this article is address some of the […]

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Thanksgiving: Our Duty and Our Salvation

November 26, AD2015 4 Comments
Thanksgiving: Our Duty and Our Salvation

“What do you say?” Every parent has probably said that phrase at least a hundred times to their child, a reminder for the child to say thank you. As I child, my parents were insistent I write thank you notes to relatives and friends for gifts received. While I disliked what seemed like another chore […]

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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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