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Tag: Jamey Brown

A Few Questions for Planned Parenthood…and Ourselves

August 22, AD2015 4 Comments
A Few Questions for Planned Parenthood…and Ourselves

The seven undercover videos of a behind-the-scenes look at Planned Parenthood that have recently been released by the Center for Medical Progress have sickened many of us. I just shudder every time I think of those images of human babies lying strewn out in a “pie dish,” as they call the specimen trays, cut up […]

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Why Do You Remain Catholic?

June 27, AD2015 53 Comments
Why Do You Remain Catholic?

Eight years ago now, I converted to Catholicism, because I found the Truth, and when you find that you don’t need to search any further for lesser truths. Today, I just want to dig deeper and deeper into that Truth –  to learn the teachings of the Catholic Church, to read her writers both ancient and […]

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Same-Sex Marriage: An Open Letter to Justice Kennedy

June 11, AD2015 56 Comments
Same-Sex Marriage: An Open Letter to Justice Kennedy

Dear Justice Kennedy: #SCOTUS Dr. Paul Kengor, professor of political science, says, “Most people who support same-sex ‘marriage,’ including many gays, do so for benevolent reasons. They believe that it is an issue of ‘equality’ and a new ‘freedom for a group of people.’” They are not haters, nor crazy, and they have no desire […]

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Chesterton Quotes For the Supreme Court

May 4, AD2015 129 Comments
Chesterton Quotes For the Supreme Court

I just can’t help thinking that some of G.K. Chesterton’s ideas could greatly help our Supreme Court Justices as they ponder the question of so-called same-sex “marriage” these next few weeks. The giant of English Letters (1874-1936), who converted to the Catholic Faith in 1922, always defended marriage and the family, the home, the Faith, […]

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A Priest’s Journey: Depression and Suicide

March 11, AD2015 14 Comments
A Priest’s Journey:  Depression and Suicide

I like stories. Whether it’s a program on EWTN, or a homily, or an article, I like the saga of how some Catholic figure dealt with a challenge. It could be a story about converting the barbarians, or some primitive people, or of a modern man being thrown into prison while facing a seemingly impossible situation. Regardless, I will remember […]

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Have Yourself an Adoring Little New Year

January 10, AD2015 4 Comments
Have Yourself an Adoring Little New Year

It would be beneficial throughout this new year for us to spend more time in adoration. Not just because the Lord asks us to do so, but because we receive unexplained benefits that strengthen our faith and our purpose. Saint John Vianney loved to tell the story of the farmer who stopped into church every […]

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Thankful: My Catholic Family

November 26, AD2014 3 Comments
Thankful: My Catholic Family

You know you’re in your home parish when even though you’ve been away for a long time, the minute you walk in they put you to work. That’s what happened to me recently as I returned to the Bible study class at St. Nicholas of Tolentine Church in Queens. I had been away for nearly […]

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Father Groeschel is Still Teaching

October 20, AD2014 42 Comments
Father Groeschel is Still Teaching

When I first saw him on television, I didn’t care for him; the grey-bearded monk in his Franciscan habit. He seemed to represent most of what I didn’t like about the Catholic Faith—the ancient religion with its medieval beliefs and rules.  Besides, I was into one of the newest religions, A Course in Miracles, which […]

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Encountering God In Daily Life

September 21, AD2014 7 Comments
Encountering God In Daily Life

New York City can be a daunting place for a Catholic, or anyone who wants to live a religious or moral life. While it is a most materialistic and secular city, I have managed to find inspiration and people who share my love for God. They are rare and very precious to me. Some I […]

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NYC Cabbie: Sharing Scripture in the Taxi Garage

August 22, AD2014 6 Comments
NYC Cabbie: Sharing Scripture in the Taxi Garage

I wish Catholics were as devoted to reading the Bible as frequently as some Protestants. Granted, many active Catholics do read the Bible regularly, or a daily devotional of Scripture. And to be fair, not all Protestants are pouring over the Holy Book all of their time. But recently, while walking through the taxi garage […]

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Salvation: Waiting in the Aqua Room

June 27, AD2014 14 Comments
Salvation: Waiting in the Aqua Room

Have you ever had a problem believing in God, or with the beliefs of the Catholic Church? Or a problem with drink or drugs? I sure have.  “God, I Hate You!”  My descent into unbelief started at about age 13. My little sister, Maxine, was multiple handicapped, and had convulsions every few weeks. After witnessing […]

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NYC Cabbie: Jesus Gets You Through the Night Shift

May 30, AD2014 7 Comments
NYC Cabbie:  Jesus Gets You Through the Night Shift

Do you dread your work day or some task in your life? Maybe the sole purpose of your eight or twelve hour “cross” is simply a moment or two when you can lift someone’s spirits and steer them towards Jesus, who will then steer them towards heaven. This opportunity happened to me twice in one […]

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Giving Up ‘Vegables’ for Lent

April 14, AD2014 2 Comments
Giving Up ‘Vegables’ for Lent

It’s hard to write humor these days. You come up with an idea for a list of funny things to give up for Lent, and some third grader beats you to it. And not just one, but three. The first thing I thought of was vegetables. I was still thinking about it when I stopped […]

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NYC Cabbie: Evangelism Tips for Dealing with Ughs and Oh-No’s

April 4, AD2014 8 Comments
NYC Cabbie: Evangelism Tips for Dealing with Ughs and Oh-No’s

Recently, a young man and woman hailed a cab from me in front of a bar on Twelfth Street in the East Village at 3:00am. They were going over the East River to their trendy neighborhood in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. After just a few minutes of hearing their profane and lewd conversation, I realized they were “Oh-No’s;” […]

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Ten Things Pope Francis Could Say to President Obama

February 14, AD2014 18 Comments
Ten Things Pope Francis Could Say to President Obama

President Barack Obama will meet with Pope Francis on March 27 at the Vatican. Here are a few things I think the Holy Father might say to President Obama. I am sure you have some of your own. Hats off to Matt Archbold at National Catholic Register and Donald R. McClarey at The American Catholic, for […]

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NYC Cabbie: Pope Francis and the Supreme Joyfulness of the One Joy

February 8, AD2014 10 Comments
NYC Cabbie: Pope Francis and the Supreme Joyfulness of the One Joy

Driving a cab in New York City gives one the opportunity to witness nightly the Miracle of the Multiplication of the Adulterers. Every year there seems to be more people turning away from the Lord, but then again it gives me a great opportunity for prayer and understanding, and yes, even hope. For years ago […]

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NYC Cabbie: I Decorated St. Pat’s for Christmas

January 10, AD2014 3 Comments
NYC Cabbie: I Decorated St. Pat’s for Christmas

Yes, I decorated Saint Patrick’s Church for Christmas. Not Saint Patrick’s Cathedral in Manhattan, or Old Saint Patrick’s Cathedral on Mulberry Street down in Soho, but a third Saint Patrick’s; a little known church just across the East River in Long Island City, Queens. There are also two Saint Patrick’s Churches in Brooklyn, and one […]

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NYC Cabbie: Pope Francis Rattles my Cage

January 7, AD2014 13 Comments
NYC Cabbie: Pope Francis Rattles my Cage

Pope Francis shakes me up. Not in a worldly, materialistic way like when I lost my twenty dollar  subway and bus pass last week, or when I totally forgot to pay my cell phone bill last month and got a late fee. But in a primal, profound way that I cannot shake – in a […]

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An Addict’s Reflections: St. John Vianney, Patron Saint of Bad Memories?

December 20, AD2013 10 Comments
An Addict’s Reflections:  St. John Vianney, Patron Saint of Bad Memories?

“In admiring the virtues of the saints, we are only admiring the virtues of Christ.” ~~Saint John Marie Baptiste Vianney~~ Few people would think of Saint John Vianney (1786-1859) the Patron Saint of Parish Priests, as having a bad memory, or liking fireworks and marching bands, or having a sense of humor, or being poor […]

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Uproariously Good News: Religion is Good for You!

December 14, AD2013 13 Comments
Uproariously Good News: Religion is Good for You!

Recently, I got this shot in the arm of uproariously good news from listening to an interview with author Rodney Stark on September 2 Kresta In The Afternoon radio show on Ave Maria Radio. They were discussing Stark’s newest book entitled America’s Blessings: How Religion Benefits Everyone, Including Atheists. Dr. Stark is a Distinguished Professor of the […]

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NYC Cabbie: Tantum Ergo – Save Our Church

December 12, AD2013 2 Comments
NYC Cabbie:  Tantum Ergo – Save Our Church

Sometimes late at night, I stop my cab by one of the churches I now attend in New York City. I fall down to my knees and say a prayer at the church steps. Once, a police officer while directing traffic nearby stared at me with a befuddled look on her face. A half dozen […]

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NYC Cabbie: Sees Miracle of Rumpled Old Blind and Deaf Man

December 6, AD2013 9 Comments
NYC Cabbie:  Sees Miracle of Rumpled Old Blind and Deaf Man

“Kindness is a language that even the blind can see and the deaf can hear.” ~  Mark Twain  ~ When I first saw “Freddy” (not his real name), I thought he was a homeless man who had wandered into our garage, and found our driver’s waiting room to sleep in. He was stretched out on […]

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NYC Cabbie: Thankful for EF Mass, Sad for Dead Baby

November 28, AD2013 43 Comments
NYC Cabbie:  Thankful for EF Mass, Sad for Dead Baby

In this town even going to church can be pierced with the nails of the Culture of Death. I am sure you have all had similar experiences. On All Saints Day I take the day off from cab driving to attend Mass, but I also make the decision to really make it a holy day […]

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Shy NYC Cabbie: Combats Evil with a Cell Phone

November 23, AD2013 19 Comments
Shy NYC Cabbie:   Combats Evil with a Cell Phone

I started driving a cab in New York City, because I wanted to meet interesting people. Now I just want to meet normal people. They are sometimes hard to find, especially after midnight. But wild and reckless people? – Cab drivers love ‘em. Where else would we “night trash” as one day shift driver jokingly […]

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