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Our Faith Is Not About Clean Uniforms

June 20, AD2017 2 Comments
Our Faith Is Not About Clean Uniforms

A few years back I was visiting a friend when a man in a sparkling white uniform walked out of my friend’s home. When my friend told me that this gentleman was there to repair his washing machine, I was somewhat surprised. After all, I thought, how can anyone repair anything without getting at least […]

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Hanoi Jane Excepted, Ora Pro Nobis

June 17, AD2017 11 Comments
Hanoi Jane Excepted, Ora Pro Nobis

Is a prayer like this Okay? Hanoi Jane Excepted, Ora Pro Nobis My good friend, Captain Ronald Bliss (may he rest in peace now), on his 35th combat mission over North Vietnam in 1966, after his F-105 Thunderchief was shot down, was incarcerated in the Hoa Lo Prison, the infamous “Hanoi Hilton.”  He was there […]

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The Deadly Cancer of Anger

June 14, AD2017 5 Comments
The Deadly Cancer of Anger

“This deadly cancer of anger… makes us unlike ourselves, makes us like timber wolves or furies from Hell, drives us forth headlong upon the points of swords, makes us blindly run forth after other men’s destruction as we hasten toward our own ruin.” This quote by St. Thomas More goes a long way to explain […]

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Why Women Wear Chapel Veils – And Should You Too?

May 5, AD2017 18 Comments
Why Women Wear Chapel Veils – And Should You Too?

I did not grow up wearing a chapel veil, but I remember hearing the stories from my mother about being required to wear one to Mass. It never occurred to me why a veil was required at one point and then all of sudden it was not. I thought it was just a bygone pre-Vatican […]

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Aggravations–Sources of Grace

April 19, AD2017 4 Comments
Aggravations–Sources of Grace

Oh, the Aggravations We Face! Do you know someone whose purpose in life seems to be to aggravate you? You know what I mean, right? This person is the one who manages to raise your blood pressure just about any time that you interact with them. Maybe it’s the things they say to you. Perhaps […]

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Humility vs. Humiliation: The Lessons of Christ and St. Francis

March 20, AD2017 3 Comments
Humility vs. Humiliation:  The Lessons of Christ and St. Francis

I disagree with those who describe Our Lord’s Passion experience as humiliating, because I believe that they are merely projecting their perception of that situation on him. I can understand Our Lord’s embarrassment at being placed on public display nearly naked, given his great sense of purity. I can even understand Our Lord’s humanity being […]

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Gratitude is a Prayer

March 18, AD2017 1 Comment
Gratitude is a Prayer

While recently considering the many types of prayer we can use when talking to God, I recalled a conversation I had last fall with a priest. The topic was envy, and my desire to avoid it. In response, this priest recommended I pray a decade of the rosary and, before each bead, think of something […]

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Lent: A Season of Conversion

February 24, AD2017 0 Comments
Lent: A Season of Conversion

As Lent approaches, we are reminded that this season offers us a new beginning. Pope Francis describes Lent as a “journey of spiritual renewal in the footsteps of Christ.” During this season, we are called to turn our hearts and minds back to God, to return to the Lord who offers us the gift of […]

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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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Real Humility

February 6, AD2017 2 Comments
Real Humility

I asked for it. I really did. I knew that I would never find peace until I got down on my knees and begged for humility. Real humility. I was successful in what I thought were important ways. I was a daily communicant. At the time, I had been married to my wife, Karol, for […]

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Birth Control, Tragedy, and a Conversion of Heart

February 1, AD2017 1 Comment
Birth Control, Tragedy, and a Conversion of Heart

This is the story of my ascent out of brokenness and into the arms of mercy.  Through suffering, God tore down the walls of what I knew and made something more beautiful than I imagined.  I know this, if you think you know God and have put him in a box for your comfort, you […]

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4 Screwtape Quotes that Explain the World Today

December 9, AD2016 2 Comments
4 Screwtape Quotes that Explain the World Today

. Remember the commercial where a young woman says ‘I read it on the web so it must be true!’ By now, hopefully, people are becoming a bit more discerning than that. I don’t go on social media often, but during the last couple of months, because of the election, I found myself on it […]

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Making the Most of The Year of Mercy While We Can

September 29, AD2016 0 Comments
Making the Most of The Year of Mercy While We Can

A World-Wide Celebration On December 8, 2015, Pope Francis declared the current liturgical year to be a celebration of God’s mercy by proclaiming it as “The Year of Mercy”. This worldwide celebration of our Church ends on November 20, 2016. Although “The Year of Mercy” will end, there is great hope that all the good it […]

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7 Reasons I Do Not Wear a Chapel Veil

September 26, AD2016 7 Comments
7 Reasons I Do Not Wear a Chapel Veil

Because I Am Not More Holy than You Many people these days look at women who choose to practice the devotion of veiling as ‘holier than thou’ – most characteristically in Novus Ordo parishes. Nothing could be further from the truth. In my personal experience, the reasons women veil are numerous. Their motivation includes emulating the Blessed […]

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Using Prayer to Make Election Decisions

August 29, AD2016 13 Comments
Using Prayer to Make Election Decisions

Pope Francis “tweeted” the following statement about prayer a couple years ago: “The one who listens attentively to the word of God and truly prays always ask the Lord: what is your will for me?” -Twitter, May 19, 2014 Prayer is Uniting with God Wherever we are on the path of spirituality, prayer is a gift […]

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Lessons from Prison Ministry

August 18, AD2016 1 Comment
Lessons from Prison Ministry

One Saturday morning about a year and a half ago I attended training to volunteer at the local county jail. During the training, the deputy instructor spent the morning teaching us everything that can go wrong in a prison. Riots, lock downs, power outages, disease outbreak, homemade weapons – it really is quite an impressive […]

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Transforming Competition into Love

July 31, AD2016 0 Comments
Transforming Competition into Love

Pope Francis made the following statement in a homily a few years ago on the topic of the Holy Spirit in our lives: “This is the work of the Holy Spirit: he brings us the new things of God. He comes to us and makes all things new; he changes us…God is even now making […]

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Witness to Faith: Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati

July 24, AD2016 0 Comments
Witness to Faith: Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati

Saints come from all walks of life, from all parts of the world, from every age group, from every time period. They offer us concrete examples of how to live as followers of Christ. They are people who have been changed by their encounter with Jesus and can convey this transforming experience to others. St. […]

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5 Quick Ways to Make Your Priest’s Job Easier

July 11, AD2016 1 Comment
5 Quick Ways to Make Your Priest’s Job Easier

I read a story somewhere once about a church office manager whose job was so stressful that she left to start her own law firm – because it was easier. I worked as an office manager at a tiny Episcopal church several years ago, and I sympathized with that poor woman many times during my […]

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Why Being Kind Is Important

July 10, AD2016 0 Comments
Why Being Kind Is Important

A Message from the Pope Two years ago in 2014, Pope Francis made the following statement at his Angelus Address at St. Peter’s Square, Vatican City: “We are called…to become rest and comfort for our brothers and sisters, with a docile and humble attitude, in imitation of the Teacher. Docility and humility of heart help […]

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