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Some Things Are Better Left Unsaid

October 9, AD2017 5 Comments
Some Things Are Better Left Unsaid

I like the adage: “Some things are better left unsaid”. But I have a hard time following it, especially when I am in one of my darker moods and in an intense “discussion” with my wife. For instance, I’ll say something that aggravates her and she will bring up divorce. “I don’t know why we […]

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Striving to Live Worthy of His Call

October 6, AD2017 0 Comments
Striving to Live Worthy of His Call

In today’s culture getting married young may not be frowned upon, but it certainly isn’t very common. Recently, my fiancé and I, both in our early 20s, went on our engagement weekend, which was part of our marriage prep through the Church. There must have been 20-30 couples there, and I am almost positive we […]

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“It’s Hard to be Humble”

September 17, AD2017 2 Comments
“It’s Hard to be Humble”

In 1975, singer Mac Davis released a song entitled “It’s Hard to be Humble”.  The lyrics of this tongue-in-cheek song brought crowds to laughter, yet, they certainly struck uncomfortably close to home.  The crowds would merrily sing along as Davis crooned: “Oh, Lord it’s hard to be humble, when you’re perfect in every way/ I can’t […]

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Being a Prophet: Learning From Elijah, Father of Carmelites

September 9, AD2017 2 Comments
Being a Prophet: Learning From Elijah, Father of Carmelites

Carmelites are rooted in a prophetic tradition which goes back to the time of the Prophet Elijah.  The original hermits of Carmel chose to reside at the Wadi Carith, Elijah’s well.  The choice of location for the Carmelite’s initial foundation placed them within the prophetic shadow of the Prophet Elijah, who is identified as the […]

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Reigniting the Fire, One Boy at a Time

September 2, AD2017 0 Comments
Reigniting the Fire, One Boy at a Time

Feeling alone. We all have felt it. The sense that no one cares or needs you. Though one might be surrounded by dozens of people, the feeling still may creep up on you. I felt this way in the middle of Marine Corps boot camp. I was 18 years old and though I was part […]

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Secrets to A Grace Filled Marriage: Humility and a Sense of Humour

August 28, AD2017 18 Comments
Secrets to A Grace Filled Marriage:  Humility and a Sense of Humour

My husband, Michael, and I will have been married for 39 years on Sept. 1, 2017. After a difficult life, we are happy and still in love. Surprisingly, we have become one in reality, deeply in tune with each other’s spirits even though we are still opposites in personality. Our tangible joy is inexplicable through secular eyes […]

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The Young Pope: Popes Are People, Too

August 26, AD2017 0 Comments
The Young Pope: Popes Are People, Too

The Young Pope, written and directed by Paolo Sorrentino, is premised on what is apparently a radical idea: that popes might experience spiritual growth even during their pontificate. Unsettling Catholics expecting a pope with more certainty in his spiritual life and baffling secular critics who don’t know how to recognize or discuss a spiritual journey, […]

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Why Mary’s Queenship Matters

August 18, AD2017 3 Comments
Why Mary’s Queenship Matters

The Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary conclude with two events, the Assumption of Mary into heaven, and her Coronation as Queen of all Creation (meaning everything in the universe). The Church recently celebrated the Assumption on August 15 and her Coronation follows next week, on August 22. The imagery used in the Catechism to document […]

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Finding True Goodness as a Christian

July 15, AD2017 0 Comments
Finding True Goodness as a Christian

To be sure, morally or otherwise, no one is good in the sense of perfect. We are usually only good in a relative sense. We are not perfect but we do not think we are awful either. Our day was fine but it was not amazing. The best tennis player in the world would probably […]

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Why Most of Us Are Scapegoats, Not Saintly Martyrs

July 11, AD2017 11 Comments
Why Most of Us Are Scapegoats, Not Saintly Martyrs

Every society, every culture has a tradition of a scapegoat: a person or group of people to blame and punish for the sins of that particular society. Centuries ago, old women were blamed for poor crops, cows which failed to produce milk and any birth defects. Less superstitious societies turned on each new group of […]

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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 16 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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