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“All God’s Children Go to Heaven”
Derek and the Jar Baby

July 10, AD2018 0 Comments
“All God’s Children Go to Heaven”<br>Derek and the Jar Baby

But Jesus called them to him, saying, “Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God.”  Luke 18:16 A Different Child of God Derek was different.  We called him retarded.  It was before the term “developmentally disabled” even existed. Derek and I played together in […]

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“Our Citizenship is in Heaven”

July 6, AD2018 0 Comments
“Our Citizenship is in Heaven”

I remember, when my first son was born, my wife and I made the decision to stop by her grandfather’s house on the way home from the hospital. Our son was born in the same town Granddad lived; and as I knew he was very sick (yet still very alert and conscious), I suggested we […]

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Animals Do Go to Heaven

May 6, AD2018 88 Comments
Animals Do Go to Heaven

This past January, we made the heart-breaking decision to put our beloved dog Ralphie to sleep. Animal lovers understand the grief and the terrible sense of loss that pet people experience at the death of their friend. Whether the pet is a hamster or an iguana, the loss stings. As with all death, people wonder […]

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Praying for Souls Instead of Canonizing Them

October 31, AD2017 26 Comments
Praying for Souls Instead of Canonizing Them

Have you been to a Catholic funeral lately? If so, was it a canonization, or was it the Mass of Christian Burial for the faithful departed? It seems that the homily at many Catholic funerals includes something to the effect that “‘he’ or ‘she’ is in heaven now.” In effect, the homilist is saying or […]

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Athletic Spirituality and Competition, Part I

September 14, AD2017 0 Comments
Athletic Spirituality and Competition, Part I

I was privileged enough to play collegiate baseball for four years and professionally for two years before riding into the sunset of retirement where the real challenge began- figuring out how to relate my athletic experience to everyday life. My whole athletic life was spent striving for goals that were physically attainable if I put […]

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Heaven, Evangelization, and Bumper Sticker Christianity

July 18, AD2017 2 Comments
Heaven, Evangelization, and Bumper Sticker Christianity

“Who did you bring with you?” That, Dear Reader, is the question God will supposedly ask us Christians when we beg admittance to the Heavenly Kingdom. I don’t suppose the person who thought this gem up really thinks of Heaven as a dinner party to which we all are expected to escort a plus-one or […]

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With Him in Heaven, in All His Glory

July 8, AD2017 1 Comment
With Him in Heaven, in All His Glory

Have you ever wondered what it will be like to enter heaven? I read a story a while back about near-death experiences. The story that really struck me was about a man who found himself standing just outside the gates of heaven. He saw many people, some he knew and others he did not. All […]

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Helping Each Other To Heaven: A Convert’s Perspective on Catholic Marriage

June 12, AD2017 1 Comment
Helping Each Other To Heaven: A Convert’s Perspective on Catholic Marriage

My husband and I celebrated ten years of marriage in May. This decade has brought with it many things including three children and my conversion to the Catholic Church. We had a Catholic wedding since my husband was brought up in the Church. I, however, was as far from Catholicism as I ever was going to […]

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Discovering the Transformational Love of Christ

June 29, AD2016 0 Comments
Discovering the Transformational Love of Christ

Discovering the transformational love of Christ is something that sounds challenging for some of us. Maybe for others, it seems to be an easier task. We are currently in the “Year of Mercy” declared by our Holy Father Pope Francis which began at the start of the current liturgical year back in November. Pope Francis explained […]

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Your Heavenly Home

June 17, AD2016 1 Comment
Your Heavenly Home

Commercialism is all around us. It stares us in the face as we watch TV. Buy this fancy new vehicle and you will have a big smile on your face like this family…..maybe even balloons! Rush out and buy this new leather recliner and you’ll sleep like a baby…just like this guy. What don’t you […]

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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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Heaven is Seeing God

November 24, AD2014 6 Comments
Heaven is Seeing God

We are to know, love and serve God in this life and to share in the paradise of his Beatific Vision in the next life (CCC 1721). We know God only indistinctly in this life (1 Cor 13:12). The fruition of sanctifying grace is the Beatific Vision, which is the theological term for seeing God […]

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The Grace of Final Perseverance

November 12, AD2014 8 Comments
The Grace of Final Perseverance

In this month of November, when our thoughts naturally turn towards the souls in Purgatory and the fragility of life, it is fitting that we should take some time here to consider a great source of consolation when our own time here draws to a close: the grace of final perseverance. What is “Final Perseverance”? […]

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Suffering–a Catholic|Jewish Perspective*

April 14, AD2014 6 Comments
Suffering–a Catholic|Jewish Perspective*

Whether we will or not, we must suffer…There are two ways of suffering — to suffer with love, and to suffer without love. The saints suffered everything with joy, patience, and perseverance, because they loved. As for us, we suffer with anger, vexation, and weariness, because we do not love. If we loved God, we […]

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