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The Crib of Greccio – Bringing Christ back into Christmas

December 17, AD2017 0 Comments
The Crib of Greccio – Bringing Christ back into Christmas

A friend took me to a Christmas dinner at a local pub noted for its good food. It was also noted for something else too that nearly forced me into a fight. I am referring to its seasonal cider punch, served hot with a sprinkling of spices. It was so moreish that you couldn’t help […]

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The Dilemma of the Essential and Nonessential Doctrines

December 16, AD2017 0 Comments
The Dilemma of the Essential and Nonessential Doctrines

Over the past few years when evangelizing, I have heard a claim that is becoming more prevalent among Protestants. This belief has been expressed to me in these words: “We cannot resolve all of the disagreements among Christians but these disputes revolve around the nonessentials. We should give glory to God that Christians are united […]

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The Holy Father’s “Our Father” Comments in Context

December 13, AD2017 7 Comments
The Holy Father’s “Our Father” Comments in Context

On the evening of December 6th, TV2000, the Italian equivalent of EWTN, aired an interview of Pope Francis where he criticized the Italian translation of the Our Father. He pointed out how some other languages have better translations. His argument is the Italian isn’t an accurate description of what the Gospel says, not to change […]

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Just A Mother: My Call, Vocation, and Witness

December 12, AD2017 4 Comments
Just A Mother: My Call, Vocation, and Witness

The very existence of a joyful mother of nine children seems to confound people. Embracing an outdated lifestyle on a traditional, small, family farm has been a struggle through confusion, guilt, and even public condemnation. I finally reached the point where I can now shout loudly, “This is my call, this is my vocation, this is […]

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Advent Lessons from an Old Testament Priest

December 8, AD2017 0 Comments
Advent Lessons from an Old Testament Priest

The Scriptures in Advent present us with a number of excellent role models of faith, but the father of John the Baptist is not one of them. Zechariah, a priest of the Law of Moses, serves rather as a negative example, at least at the beginning of his intriguing story. The account of how he […]

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Christ Be Our Light! Reflections on Christmas, Chanukkah, and Strange Physics

December 6, AD2017 0 Comments
Christ Be Our Light! Reflections on Christmas, Chanukkah, and Strange Physics

This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. First Letter of John 1:5 (KJV) And they made new holy vessels, and brought in the candlestick, and the altar of incense, and the table into the temple. […]

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Monica’s Miseries and Fortitude’s Strength

December 3, AD2017 0 Comments
Monica’s Miseries and Fortitude’s Strength

These days we hear a lot about “snowflakes.” These are young adults who must be protected from the least slight, whether real or imagined. Fortitude is the virtue that opposes this weakness. In one word, fortitude is strength. But of what kind? Fortitude has two sides: courage and toughness. Courage is the strength that one […]

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Discipline, Doctrine and Amoris

December 1, AD2017 4 Comments
Discipline, Doctrine and Amoris

It is very easy to get lost in the complexity of the Catholic faith. Among the faithful, and those on the outside, or not-so-faithful, it is easy to misunderstand why some things in the Catholic faith have changed over the years, while some things have not. Sometimes it is confusing as to why something believed […]

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Patrick Coffin Show: Can You Prove God Exists? —Dr. Edward Feser

November 26, AD2017 8 Comments
Patrick Coffin Show: Can You Prove God Exists? —Dr. Edward Feser

The Patrick Coffin Show The Patrick Coffin Show podcast features weekly interviews with A-list influencers and outliers in the effort to recover the Judeo-Christian roots of the culture. Patrick is the Canadian-born former host of Catholic Answers Live, and he has raving fans around the world. He injects these fascinating interviews with his own distinctive […]

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Deus Caritas – God Is Love

November 24, AD2017 0 Comments
Deus Caritas – God Is Love

When Charles Dickens wrote, “God is love,” on the workhouse wall, he was, of course, being sarcastic. He knew there was no love in that workhouse, as Oliver Twist was about to find when he begged for more gruel.  Yet, Dickens was right;  unlike any other religion, Christianity is founded on love, not on our […]

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One Last Look at the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation, From a Different Angle

November 22, AD2017 4 Comments
One Last Look at the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation, From a Different Angle

The 500th Anniversary of the Reformation, on October 31, 2017, is finally over.  For many Catholics, the ‘celebration’ may have been a bit drawn out.  The plethora of articles both praising and criticizing Luther and the Reformation that lead up to the anniversary, although not entirely unexpected, was a tad much. Crux Editor John Allen […]

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Out of the Ashes of Defeat: Discovering A Call to Be Single

November 21, AD2017 17 Comments
Out of the Ashes of Defeat: Discovering A Call to Be Single

There are many people today who do not think being single is simply a default choice or a temporary state. After years of struggling to find their unique vocation, men and women are discovering they are not called to marriage or a specific religious community. They still want to solemnly vow to live their lives […]

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Christian Genocide – A Forgotten Crisis

November 21, AD2017 2 Comments
Christian Genocide – A Forgotten Crisis

The current plight of the Rohingya refugees in Myanmar is getting a lot of press notice which is appropriate, yet the ongoing plight of Christians in the Middle East gets little attention. Like many of my fellow Knights of Columbus, I support the Knights fundraising efforts to aid the displaced Christians in that area and […]

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A Catholic Spin on Maslow: Your Needs Define Your Eternal Destiny

November 20, AD2017 2 Comments
A Catholic Spin on Maslow: Your Needs Define Your Eternal Destiny

I have always loved the study of what makes people tick, hence I dedicated part of my education to psychology.  While I understand that not all parts of psychology mesh well with Christian ideals, there is much in psychology that can be applied to these ideals, and Benjamin Maslow’s  famous Hierarchy of Needs is one. […]

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Becoming Christ: The 6th Chapter of Romans

November 17, AD2017 1 Comment
Becoming Christ: The 6th Chapter of Romans

In the 6th chapter of the letter to the Romans, St. Paul teaches that through complete surrender to Christ, the Christian becomes a second Christ. By undergoing sacrifice with and through Christ, sinners lose themselves only to become like Christ and more like themselves through him. This mystery reveals itself in three paradoxes in the […]

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Abortion and Catholic Politicians

November 14, AD2017 0 Comments
Abortion and Catholic Politicians

  Many self-styled pro-choice Catholic politicians today claim to accept the Church’s teaching against abortion. This may seem strange since the Church clearly teaches that abortion is wrong, but they justify their stance with a clever (if ultimately unsound) argument. They say that they’re personally opposed to the practice, but they don’t want to force […]

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Seeing Faces:  A Call to Have the Eyes of a Shepherd

November 13, AD2017 1 Comment
Seeing Faces:  A Call to Have the Eyes of a Shepherd

No Faceless Crowd Before Jesus When we read, study, and pray with the Gospels it is important for us to remember who is the audience that Jesus is speaking to.  I mention this scriptural tool in many of my homilies and talks I give, and recently a question came to me and this tool “How […]

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Frozen Embryos and the Utilitarian Gotcha

November 9, AD2017 0 Comments
Frozen Embryos and the Utilitarian Gotcha

In recent news, science-fiction author Patrick S. Tomlinson has created what I call a Utilitarian Gotcha. By “gotcha”, I mean that however you answer the question, you’re supposed to lose: “If God is all-powerful, can He make a rock that He can’t lift?” You might have already heard of Tomlinson’s question as the “frozen embryos […]

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A Dozen Simons, One Peter

November 5, AD2017 0 Comments
A Dozen Simons, One Peter

Some years ago I walked into a Christian bookstore and a fascinating poster caught my eye. From a distance, it looked like an image of the holy face of Jesus, but as I drew closer I could see that the face was actually a composite of tiny faces that made up the contours and complexion […]

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Imitate John the Baptist – Friend of the Bridegroom

November 3, AD2017 0 Comments
Imitate John the Baptist – Friend of the Bridegroom

When John the Baptist’s disciples are disturbed that Jesus’ disciples are baptizing people and Christ is increasing in importance, they come to their master to complain. John then reveals his role in salvation history. “He who has the bride is the bridegroom. The friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices greatly at […]

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Discovering Our Vocation In A Complex, Messy World

October 31, AD2017 1 Comment
Discovering Our Vocation In A Complex, Messy World

It has never been easy to discern a vocation, but it is especially difficult for people in the current milieu because modern society is complex and messy. Yet it’s precisely in the complexity and messiness where some of the most important answers in life are found. The good news is no matter how confused we […]

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The Poetry of Molly McCully Brown: A Theology of Broken Bodies

October 30, AD2017 1 Comment
The Poetry of Molly McCully Brown: A Theology of Broken Bodies

Molly McCully Brown‘s The Virginia State Colony for Epileptics and Feebleminded is a magnificent collection of poems, depicting the experiences of profoundly disabled persons who, shunned by mainstream society, are institutionalized and hidden from view. These are people whose bodies fail them so thoroughly they seem less than human. For Brown, these profound disabilities reveal how […]

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How to Stop Abortion? Make the Other Choice Possible

October 29, AD2017 7 Comments
How to Stop Abortion? Make the Other Choice Possible

This month I attended a Pro-Life service at our church. There was great music well-performed, readings, and reports from members of our parish’s Pro-Life Ministry. Their practice of praying outside of abortion clinics had changed the minds of women who were on the verge of getting abortions. The numbers were small, but significant, especially considering […]

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Patrick Coffin: From Islam to Christ With Derya Little

October 27, AD2017 1 Comment
Patrick Coffin: From Islam to Christ With Derya Little

The Patrick Coffin Show podcast features weekly interviews with A-list influencers and outliers in the effort to recover the Judeo-Christian roots of the culture. Patrick is the Canadian-born former host of Catholic Answers Live, and he has raving fans around the world. He injects these fascinating interviews with his own distinctive blend of depth and […]

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