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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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Broken Harp: The Deadly Abortion Deal in Ireland

July 4, AD2018 0 Comments
Broken Harp: The Deadly Abortion Deal in Ireland

Ireland has always been known as a place of enchantment, particularly in its poetry, music, and dance. As if to remind us of this, the Emerald Isle itself is even shaped like a harp! But to adopt the metaphor of Don McLean’s classic song, American Pie, May 25 was “the day the music died” in […]

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Magnanimity is a Virtue that is Missing in Most People’s Lives

July 3, AD2018 0 Comments
Magnanimity is a Virtue that is Missing in Most People’s Lives

“Just do your best.” Chances are you heard that growing up, and even now may still hear it in adulthood. But it misses the mark when it comes to practicing magnanimity. To be honest, I absolutely hate the phrase “just do your best” because it most often comes with the implication that your best may […]

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Whoever Is Not Against You Is For You

July 3, AD2018 0 Comments
Whoever Is Not Against You Is For You

For the past five or six years I have been attending a men’s group run by a non-denominational evangelical church. I would have liked to find a Catholic men’s group, but whenever I looked into it at the parishes my family has attended, these groups were always scheduled during the middle of a weekday, conflicting […]

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Living Waters for Our Time

June 28, AD2018 0 Comments
Living Waters for Our Time

  “The time will come when people will not tolerate sound doctrine but, following their own desires and insatiable curiosity, … will stop listening to the truth and will be diverted to myths” [2 Timothy 4: 3-4]. Certainly we are seeing evidence today of St. Paul’s predictions as our society becomes more secular and as […]

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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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Signal Graces: How the Blessed Mother Encourages Her Little Ones

May 27, AD2018 0 Comments
Signal Graces: How the Blessed Mother Encourages Her Little Ones

Praying the rosary is a devotional practice by which the faithful meditate on the mysteries of the lives of Jesus and Mary. In purposefully slowing down our pace by means of this prayer, we become open to what our Lady and our Lord have to say to us during the prayer, as well as in […]

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Splendors of the Light

May 26, AD2018 0 Comments
Splendors of the Light

Among the many wonders of spring are the light of day that grows longer and the warmth of the sun that beckons the flowers to come alive after a winter’s slumber. Perhaps, the signs and wonders of spring illustrate the splendors of the Light of Life. “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows […]

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Discernment of Our Thoughts and Prayers

May 21, AD2018 0 Comments
Discernment of Our Thoughts and Prayers

The other night, I woke to a phone call around midnight and then I couldn’t get back to sleep. This could have been due to the humidity, which isn’t yet bad enough to warrant turning on the A/C unit, but is to the point where even having several fans going doesn’t really make a dent. […]

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Mary, Mother of the Church: A New Celebration

May 20, AD2018 0 Comments
Mary, Mother of the Church: A New Celebration

Our Blessed Mother is honored under many titles. The faithful have often referred to Mary as “the Mother of God”, “the Mother of the faithful” or simply “our Mother” to stress her personal relationship with each one of us, her children. Pope Francis has recently declared that a new memorial will be celebrated in honor […]

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Appearance versus Reality: Christ’s Body in the Eucharist

May 19, AD2018 0 Comments
Appearance versus Reality: Christ’s Body in the Eucharist

One day, a Protestant friend and I were discussing something pertaining to Christianity when my friend made a comment akin to “Jesus said it, and I believe it.” I replied that, in that case, I was glad he had come around to the belief that unless Christ’s followers ate His body and drank His blood, they […]

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Understanding Our Call to Have Great Faith

May 13, AD2018 0 Comments
Understanding Our Call to Have Great Faith

There are many situations in our lives where our faith is tested. Confusion and discord within the Church continue today as they have for centuries. Injustice and a lack of charity are seen even among those who claim to be Christian. Those who place their confidence in Christ and his Church are ridiculed, mocked and […]

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The Grace of the Catholic Church While Grieving Suicide

May 12, AD2018 2 Comments
The Grace of the Catholic Church While Grieving Suicide

Unimaginable Loss Tragedy struck our family in February of this year. My 47-year-old aunt Jeannine, with whom I was close, committed suicide during a night when she was lost in deep despair. A despair we hadn’t known she battled, until we read her journal entries after the fact. Our family has been and continues to […]

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Maybe We Need Some Kung Fu in Catholic Catechesis

May 9, AD2018 0 Comments
Maybe We Need Some Kung Fu in Catholic Catechesis

When people hear the term Kung Fu they probably think of the martial arts and guys like Bruce Lee or Jackie Chan, or even the 1970s TV show Kung Fu.  But expertise in the martial arts is apparently only one kind of Kung Fu. The term Kung Fu translates as an acquired skill, work performed, […]

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A Changed Notion of Authenticity Does Not Bode Well for the Church

May 6, AD2018 1 Comment
A Changed Notion of Authenticity Does Not Bode Well for the Church

Something chilling and sinister is going on with the meaning of the word ‘authenticity.’ It’s becoming ever more apparent that ‘authenticity’ is being separated from ‘truth.’ The notion of authenticity, especially when it comes to the Church and the meaning of truth, seems to be changing, or maybe has even already changed. For many it […]

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A Talent is a Terrible thing to Waste

May 5, AD2018 0 Comments
A Talent is a Terrible thing to Waste

Sometimes when something comes easy, we become complacent and start taking it for granted. But if that thing that we are taking for granted is a God-given talent, not developing it can lead to a life that is not being lived according to His plan for us. When I was in grade school and high […]

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Peace Be With You

April 30, AD2018 0 Comments
Peace Be With You

In the days preceding Pentecost, the Resurrected Christ appeared before His disciples, each time saying, “Peace be with you.” His greeting was not meant as a light salutation, but rather as a gift that only God can give. Let us ponder: When the crucified Christ rose from the dead in His glory, He still had […]

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A Year in a New Land: Reflections from a Recent Convert

April 23, AD2018 0 Comments
A Year in a New Land: Reflections from a Recent Convert

On April 15, 2017, I was received into the Catholic Church at my parish’s annual Easter Vigil. As I stood and received the sacrament of Confirmation, I felt a stirring in my soul that I had sought for years, but never could seem to grasp. Since that night, I’ve found a world of new experiences—new […]

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God’s Teaching is Clear But Society is Still Confused

April 17, AD2018 0 Comments
God’s Teaching is Clear But Society is Still Confused

It’s hard to understand why so many people today are unable to see that humans are not, and never will be, smarter than God. And we seem to be drifting further and further away from His teaching. About a year ago I opined that society’s fixation on the fun stuff – sporting events and entertainment […]

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The Dispute on “Faith Alone”

April 16, AD2018 4 Comments
The Dispute on “Faith Alone”

My exploration of the “faith alone” controversy began in a discussion with a non-Catholic coworker. One morning, this friend asked me to go to his church the following Sunday, since his church was “far easier” than what he perceived the Catholic Church to be or require.  He indicated that all that was required to get to […]

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Jesus Was Troubled

April 9, AD2018 0 Comments
Jesus Was Troubled

Several places in Scripture tell us that Jesus was troubled or worried, or experienced grief. John 11:33: When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come along with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in spirit and troubled. . . . John 11:35: Jesus wept. John 13:21: After he had said this, Jesus […]

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Learning to Give by Caring for My Sister

April 3, AD2018 1 Comment
Learning to Give by Caring for My Sister

My sister Mary has dementia. I have been caring for her for about four years now. Dementia is an affliction that is difficult to deal with and it’s even more difficult to get used to. I live with Mary in the house we inherited from our father. Neither she nor I have ever been married […]

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Passion and Grace

March 28, AD2018 0 Comments
Passion and Grace

As we celebrate the Glorious Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, let us also embrace Mary our Blessed Mother who shares in the passion and grace that open the gates of Heaven to us. United with her Son in His work of our redemption, Mary is our refuge and Mother of Mercy. Mary experienced firsthand […]

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Selah: How Big Is Your Trust Bucket?

March 27, AD2018 2 Comments
Selah: How Big Is Your Trust Bucket?

There is no small amount of discussion and even controversy over the meaning of the Hebrew word Selah. There are those who are firmly in the camp that believe the word is simply a term which gives musicians directions, such as adagio. On the other side, there are many who ascribe a more literary meaning […]

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