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Pope Francis: A Corrupt Creation, Christian Hope, and Rebirth

February 23, AD2017 0 Comments
Pope Francis:  A Corrupt Creation, Christian Hope, and Rebirth

On February 22, Pope Francis continued his catechesis on the importance of  Christian hope in the face sin during his weekly General Audience. Although his reflections focused on the corruption of creation, they are not the opinions of a left-leaning environmentalist but the profound insights of a man of God. The Environment Unfortunately, many Catholics might overreact […]

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I’m a Mystic (And So Are You)

February 19, AD2017 0 Comments
I’m a Mystic (And So Are You)

Earlier this month I participated in my first ever retreat, called “The Retreat in Daily Life.” It was a week-long retreat which took place in tandem with my work day; 30 minutes of prayer on my own in the morning, complemented by 30 minutes of scheduled discussion with a spiritual guide in the afternoon at […]

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The Ambassador, Michael Novak, Lent a Hand

February 18, AD2017 1 Comment
The Ambassador, Michael Novak, Lent a Hand

My name and The Catholic Book Blogger have become one it seems.  Many people know me for my reviews and interviews. However, there was a time when I was simply a struggling greenhorn blogger just striking out on a self-hosted blog. That all changed one day with a chance encounter that has ultimately led me […]

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The Brewing Philippine War Between Duterte and the Church

February 13, AD2017 6 Comments
The Brewing Philippine War Between Duterte and the Church

A war is brewing in the Philippines. And it is not a war of guns (although, much of the cause of this brewing war has been the indiscriminate death of some Filipinos). The brewing war is a battle for the minds and hearts of Filipinos regarding the right way to combat the rising drug problem […]

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Inside the Faces of Pride

February 11, AD2017 1 Comment
Inside the Faces of Pride

Pride is something most of us understand to a certain extent.  Or, at the very least, we think we know what it looks like when we see it.  Whether seen in business leaders, politicians, celebrities, or neighbors, there is a type of pride that almost all of us recognize.  You can characterize it as bombastic, […]

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The Jew in the Catholic Church

February 10, AD2017 0 Comments
The Jew in the Catholic Church

“Today it is the Old Testament who suffers for the New one.” Sœur Mirjam Else Michaelis (1899 – 1942, Auschwitz) Can you imagine what might become of your life if you discovered you were Jewish? This happened to me at the age of seven when two Russian boys of my age were laughing at their companion […]

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I Confess…My Thoughts

February 8, AD2017 3 Comments
I Confess…My Thoughts

I’m Okay.  I’m Not So Sure About You or the Others… “But I’m a good person. I try to live the right way and not do anything immoral, illegal or dishonest. Heck, I’m living my life better than a lot of people I know.” These probably are pretty common thoughts.  But how accurate are they? […]

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No Music is Good Music

February 3, AD2017 18 Comments
No Music is Good Music

Vatican II Music If you read what the Second Vatican Council wrote about sacred music (in Chapter VI in the 1963 constitution Sacrosanctum Concilium) you will wonder what has happened over the last fifty years. By reading the documents of Vatican II, we can learn that the Church considers our tradition of sacred music a treasure “greater than that […]

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Weak Love and Moral Culpability in Shusaku Endo’s Silence

January 28, AD2017 3 Comments
Weak Love and Moral Culpability in Shusaku Endo’s Silence

Shusaku Endo’s novel Silence, of which a film adaptation by Martin Scorsese shall soon be released, is concerned with the deeply unsettling portrayal of a situation in which one’s faith seems to make irreconcilable demands. Set in 1643, after the Japanese persecution of the Catholic Church forced Catholics underground, Silence recounts the story of Fr. […]

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Bad Reporting, a Biased Media, and Anti-Catholicism

January 27, AD2017 15 Comments
Bad Reporting, a Biased Media, and Anti-Catholicism

You really have to be careful where you get your news these days. The mainstream media, and even many online news sites, just can’t be trusted.  The news can be a real wasteland. A case in point is the recent headline on a story on Yahoo News – “Pope warns against populism and ‘saviours’ like […]

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Why Do We Give Up on Teen Sex?

January 25, AD2017 24 Comments
Why Do We Give Up on Teen Sex?

I recently came across several articles which were based upon a large amount of excellent data that the Center for Disease Control collects annually. Thousands of students in grades 9-12 across the nation self-report the frequency of sexual activity, usage of tobacco, alcohol, drugs, and weapons, and the amount of physical activity they undertake. This […]

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Relentless Love: Christ’s Message From The Manger To The Cross

January 24, AD2017 0 Comments
Relentless Love: Christ’s Message From The Manger To The Cross

In his classic Mere Christianity, the great Christian author C.S. Lewis writes that God’s love for us is a relentless love, meaning that it continues and does not ebb and flow as our own virtues and vices so often do.  God does not merely love us when we are good, or when we remember or even […]

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Saved by Faith Alone?

January 23, AD2017 6 Comments
Saved by Faith Alone?

It has been going on ever since the Protestant Reformation in 1517, five hundred years ago.  The bible verses in question are when Paul says that we also believe in Christ Jesus, that we may be justified by the faith of Christ and not by the works of the law  (Gal 2:16), and when James […]

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Lessons in Leadership from St. Thomas More

January 22, AD2017 0 Comments
Lessons in Leadership from St. Thomas More

St. Thomas More, patron saint of civil servants, statesmen, and politicians, lived a life of moral courage. A 15th-16th century saint, More was poet, author, lawyer, scholar, and Lord Chancellor in the British monarchy during Henry VIII’s scandal-ridden reign. For adhering to his Catholic faith, and silently refusing to acknowledge King Henry’s divorces and marriages, […]

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In Accordance with the Scriptures: Salvation History

January 17, AD2017 7 Comments
In Accordance with the Scriptures: Salvation History

Every Sunday at Mass, after the priest gives his homily, we all stand up to recite the Nicene Creed and profess, among other things, that Jesus “suffered death and was buried and rose again on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures.” At first glance this line may seem simple enough, but what does […]

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Soldier or Saint – Leave No One Behind

January 13, AD2017 0 Comments
Soldier or Saint – Leave No One Behind

In his book, Church Militant Field Manual, Father Richard Heilman relates the Soldier’s Creed of the United States Army. “I am disciplined, physically and mentally tough, trained and proficient in my warrior tasks and drills.” Military discipline, that which aids these warriors in protecting their country, demands a dogged dedication to developing their strength in […]

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Simple Ignatius

January 12, AD2017 3 Comments
Simple Ignatius

Since my first encounter with Ignatian Spirituality years ago, I have spent a lot time both intrigued and mystified by it.  As is often the case with Catholic prayers, much of the material explaining these spiritual exercises retain the language originally used by Ignatius.  While this may be appreciated by those who already understand Ignatius […]

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From Ignorance, Atheism, and Anti-Catholicism to the Glory and Peace of the Catholic Church

January 11, AD2017 4 Comments
From Ignorance, Atheism, and Anti-Catholicism to the Glory and Peace of the Catholic Church

Then from the heart of the tempest, Yahweh gave Job His answer. He said: Who is this, obscuring My intentions with his ignorant words? Brace yourself like a fighter; I am going to ask the questions, and you are to answer! Book of Job 38:1-3 By the Grace of the Mother of God As a […]

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If the Beer Truck Runs Over You Tomorrow, Is Your Soul Ready? Part One

January 10, AD2017 0 Comments
If the Beer Truck Runs Over You Tomorrow, Is Your Soul Ready? Part One

A recent article I read about the new book, Benedict XVI—Last Testament: In His Own Words really caught my attention. In it, the pope is quoted as saying that as he prays and prepares for death, he fears death because the closer he draws to God, “the more intensely you feel how much you have […]

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Catholic Dream Walks and the Seasons of the Church Year

January 9, AD2017 0 Comments
Catholic Dream Walks and the Seasons of the Church Year

There is something beautiful about the changes that come with the seasons of the year. I admit I’m a seasonal man. Growing up in Northeastern Pennsylvania, the seasons were magical. Fall was ablaze with color and winter packed a lot of reverie into those snowy days. Springtime was full of fragrance and new life and […]

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