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A Tale of Two Cooks and Two Meals

June 20, AD2018 0 Comments
A Tale of Two Cooks and Two Meals

We understand the adage “too many cooks spoil the broth” to mean that splitting a task in too many directions can be counterproductive.  Certainly, having five people with equal authority directing a play or project is a prescription for trouble.  Invariably, there will be disagreements and power plays which will sabotage the group’s efforts to […]

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Moral Relativism vs. Reasonable Judgement

June 16, AD2018 0 Comments
Moral Relativism vs. Reasonable Judgement

I grew up in a Catholic family and attended Catholic school through high school.  One of the many teachings involved in this upbringing was the aphorism my Mom frequently cited –  “Never judge another until you’ve walked a mile in his moccasins.”  I took this to mean that we should not sit in judgment of […]

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A Call to Compassion in the Catholic Online Community

June 12, AD2018 0 Comments
A Call to Compassion in the Catholic Online Community

Online Catholics I’ve recently been discouraged by a number of responses to Catholics asking advice on the internet. Usually, a sincere Catholic posts a question on a group page, or on a column, asking for some support or guidance on a matter related to faith. These people are hoping for encouragement, support, and guidance on […]

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The Joy of Ordination

June 7, AD2018 0 Comments
The Joy of Ordination

  It is well known that there is a crisis in the Catholic Church across the western world.  Parishes have closed due to declining attendance and demographics; churches sold off to private parties and converted to condominiums, offices or nightclubs; the assault on religious liberty seems to continue unabated; the shadow of the clergy abuse […]

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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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A Win for Morality But the Fight Goes On

June 5, AD2018 0 Comments
A Win for Morality But the Fight Goes On

According to SCOTUS, an individual’s religious beliefs are equally as important as another person’s objectively disordered sexual proclivity.  Or to say it another way, Christian beliefs in regard to homosexuality and same-sex marriage are at least legally on equal par with the LGBTQ activists’ notions of what is acceptable moral behavior.   As an NBC […]

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Overcoming Dryness in Prayer

June 2, AD2018 0 Comments
Overcoming Dryness in Prayer

There’s probably a good chance there are others, like me, who get bogged down in their everyday attempts to pray. But not giving up on prayer when the going gets tough is the only real solution to overcoming dryness in prayer. Everyone who prays regularly probably goes through dry periods in their prayer life. I […]

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That You May Bear Much Fruit

June 1, AD2018 1 Comment
That You May Bear Much Fruit

Most everyone knows what it means to bear fruit in the natural sense of bringing children into the world, or in the financial sense of making an investment profitable. But what does it really mean to bear fruit for the Kingdom? During the Easter Season, the Church’s liturgy drew a great deal of wisdom from […]

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Get Fit to Let God into Your Life Part 1

June 1, AD2018 0 Comments
Get Fit to Let God into Your Life Part 1

I was so sorry to hear that my boyhood hero died recently. His name was Roger Bannister, or Sir Roger Bannister as he became later. I had seen him run several times, but sadly I wasn’t present to see him break the record by becoming the first man to run a mile in under four […]

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Our Society’s Greatest Addiction

May 31, AD2018 0 Comments
Our Society’s Greatest Addiction

What is the greatest addiction today? Opiates? Alcohol? Gambling? Mobile phones? Sex? Video games? Nicotine? The list of candidates could get very long. In the 1980s, I was one of a group of teachers sent by our principal for training to deal with chemical dependency.  At the training program, we were not taught pharmacology.  We […]

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Asking the Question, “Where Was God?”

May 29, AD2018 0 Comments
Asking the Question, “Where Was God?”

There is no way of escaping it in our culture’s 24-hour news cycle. There’s no way to escape witnessing the evils that are carried out in this world when we’re all glued to our smart devices, TVs, and phones in our daily lives. One of the latest examples of such evil came from yet another […]

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Pope Francis on How Contemplation Leads to Action

May 25, AD2018 0 Comments
Pope Francis on How Contemplation Leads to Action

Pope Francis’s recent apostolic exhortation, Gaudate et exsultate, on holiness in the modern world, initially seems to privilege charitable action over prayer and contemplation, saying that it is “not healthy to love silence while fleeing interaction with others, to want peace and quiet while avoiding activity, to seek prayer while disdaining service” (26). A reading […]

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Liturgical Abuses and Moral Corruption

May 25, AD2018 0 Comments
Liturgical Abuses and Moral Corruption

There is a long-debated bone of contention between various members of the Body of Christ about liturgical abuses in the Church.  Not only are there divergent thoughts about the ordinary and extraordinary forms of Mass, the Spirit of Vatican II gave rise to divisive liturgical experiments. Every alteration, every renovation, had a captive audience back […]

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Christians Are Restored Partakers of Divine Nature

May 24, AD2018 0 Comments
Christians Are Restored Partakers of Divine Nature

How many Catholics really grasp the fact that Christians are partakers of divine nature? How many of us actually participate daily in God’s divine nature? In the Catechism of the Catholic Church, we learn that the Word became flesh to make us “partakers of the divine nature” (CCC 460). The CCC quotes from the second letter […]

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Put Your Chips Down, Bet The House, and Trust in God

May 22, AD2018 0 Comments
Put Your Chips Down, Bet The House, and Trust in God

To be a witness does not consist in engaging in propaganda, nor even in stirring people up, but in being a living mystery. It means to live in such a way that one’s life would not make sense if God did not exist. (Cardinal Emmanuel Célestin Suhard) Free-soloing Alex Honnold, 32, began climbing when he […]

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The Hypocrite and the Sinner: Not Twins

May 21, AD2018 0 Comments
The Hypocrite and the Sinner: Not Twins

The Struggle Is Real William Gurnall once stated, “While the Christian commits a sin he hates it; whereas the hypocrite loves it while he forbears it.” We have all felt the frustration of falling into sin the same day as attending Mass or praying.  The truth is that we all play many positive and not […]

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Seeing the Face of God in the Poor

May 19, AD2018 0 Comments
Seeing the Face of God in the Poor

There is a tenet in the Legion of Mary so central to the mission of the apostolate that perhaps all the works and prayers its members perform can be said to flow directly from it: it is critical for Christians to see the face of God in their fellow man. Whether a person is in […]

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“Infinite Jest” Reaffirms The Power of Confession

May 18, AD2018 0 Comments
“Infinite Jest” Reaffirms The Power of Confession

David Foster Wallace’s book, Infinite Jest, is unique: hilarious and bleak, enlightening and depressing. Wallace tried on two separate occasions to become Catholic but sadly was never baptised. You can feel his striving and yearning, looking for the Truth. Tragically, he killed himself when he was only 46 and we will never know whether he […]

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Living A Fanatical Catholic Life

May 15, AD2018 0 Comments
Living A Fanatical Catholic Life

Society desperately needs passionate Catholics – those who put Church teachings above secular ideologies, who strive daily to grow in the knowledge of God, who base their decisions around the Church, and who maintain joy through life’s trials.  Living a fanatical Catholic life is what we are all called to do. When we apply the […]

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Scripture Passages That Say Jesus Isn’t God

May 12, AD2018 1 Comment
Scripture Passages That Say Jesus Isn’t God

Imagine this scenario. You hear the doorbell ring, you open the door, and you see two well-dressed men standing on your porch with smiles on their faces. They ask you a seemingly harmless question about God, and then they ask you what religion you practice. You tell them that you are Catholic, so they ask […]

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Enter Into Christ’s Mystical Body; Let God Take Control

May 10, AD2018 6 Comments
Enter Into Christ’s Mystical Body; Let God Take Control

Just over five hundred years ago, in 1509, Henry VIII became King of England and it was because of him that Protestantism was introduced into England.  In that same year, John Colet, son of the Lord Mayor of London introduced stoicism into the St Paul’s school that he founded, which became a paradigm for the […]

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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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The Father’s Love in the Trinity and in the Family

May 8, AD2018 0 Comments
The Father’s Love in the Trinity and in the Family

A Superficial View of Dad and Me I recently talked by phone with my 91-year-old Dad. He is in a nursing home, thousands of miles away from where I live. I had spent six months last year caring for him and Mom in their house until my own wife became ill and I returned to […]

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