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The Thirst of Jesus

March 24, AD2017 2 Comments
The Thirst of Jesus

The last words a person says before dying are cherished by those who care for him or her. They are always remembered and reflect upon, since they reveal what that individual considered to be truly important. During someone’s final moments, the little time and energy left are dedicated to addressing what is most precious in […]

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St. Paul and the Divinity of Jesus

March 16, AD2017 1 Comment
St. Paul and the Divinity of Jesus

For Christians, the divinity of Jesus is almost axiomatic. It’s arguably the belief that defines Christianity and most clearly sets it apart from every other religion in the world. However, things have not always been quite so simple. In the fourth century, a priest named Arius taught that Jesus was not God, and he started […]

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Fasting: Opening the Door for Christ

March 15, AD2017 2 Comments
Fasting: Opening the Door for Christ

Lent is here! For many, panic ensues on what one should be giving up for Lent. Chocolates? Facebook? Alcohol? Frequently, I have come up with my fast the day of Ash Wednesday as I am walking up to receive ashes on my forehead. For many years I only associated Lent with fasting. Fasting, to me, […]

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My Three Me’s

March 11, AD2017 1 Comment
My Three Me’s

Heading south from Orlando to Yeehaw Junction, the Florida Turnpike traverses a vast stretch of real estate inhabited almost exclusively by alligators, herons, snakes, and fish.  It’s a lengthy forty-seven miles across the swamp without a single exit.  Last Thursday, traveling to south Florida to speak at a men’s conference, I found myself stuck in […]

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The Prodigal Son : A Lenten Story

March 8, AD2017 0 Comments
The Prodigal Son : A Lenten Story

We were told recently at a retreat that if only one piece of Scripture survived in a post-apocalyptic world, the parable of the Prodigal Son would suffice for the propagation of the Gospel. The three main characters, father, son and elder brother portray God’s love and forgiveness in a unique and compelling way. The two […]

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Starting Conversations to Start Evangelization

March 6, AD2017 5 Comments
Starting Conversations to Start Evangelization

I was working in a Youth Summer Conference job (they were very similar to Steubenville conferences) when I had the most uncomfortable experience in my life. The summer staff, ten of us split into two groups of five, were blindfolded and put in a car by our bosses. We drove for what felt like three […]

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Did Our Lord Have a Sense of Humor?

February 24, AD2017 10 Comments
Did Our Lord Have a Sense of Humor?

This question popped into my head one day. I can’t tell you why, it just did. I saved this question for Father P. because he is a thoughtful priest. He gives us interesting homilies without resorting to notes or script. He just leans one arm comfortably on the ambo and talks to us. I could […]

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To Enter the Dance with Jesus

February 21, AD2017 0 Comments
To Enter the Dance with Jesus

One of the various middle school responsibilities for teachers includes chaperoning a middle school dance at which no one ever dances. After weeks of exciting gossip in the hall, texting among friends, decision-making about clothes and who’s going with whom, the event itself never measures up to its anticipation. Oh, there may be one or […]

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The Power of Your Smile: St. Teresa of Calcutta

January 31, AD2017 0 Comments
The Power of Your Smile: St. Teresa of Calcutta

Wisdom from a Great Saint St. Teresa of Calcutta was canonized on September 4, 2016, in St. Peter’s Square, Vatican City by Pope Francis. She died on September 5, 1997, and the world anxiously awaited this canonization. One of the greatest themes of St. Teresa’s life was teaching the world the importance of loving others, […]

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The Transforming Power of Christmas

December 7, AD2016 3 Comments
The Transforming Power of Christmas

Of all the holidays, Christmas is my favorite. I love the beauty, the joy, the peace, and the good will that seem to shine just a little brighter at this time of year. I suppose I should be more cynical about the wrong in the world — the commercialism, the evil, the selfishness — but […]

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Aslan is a Lion

November 13, AD2016 8 Comments
Aslan is a Lion

“Aslan is a lion- the Lion, the great Lion.” “Ooh” said Susan. “I’d thought he was a man. Is he-quite safe? I shall feel rather nervous about meeting a lion”…”Safe?” said Mr Beaver …”Who said anything about safe? ‘Course he isn’t safe. But he’s good. He’s the King….” -BEAVER in ‘The Lion, the Witch and […]

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Render Unto Caesar: The 2016 General Election

November 3, AD2016 3 Comments
Render Unto Caesar: The 2016 General Election

I am very concerned. As a citizen of the United States, I am called to “render unto Caesar” by voting in the upcoming General Election for the presidency of my country. I am tempted to follow the path of about half of the eligible voters and not cast my ballot at all. I feel like […]

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Showing God’s Mercy By Listening to Others

September 12, AD2016 0 Comments
Showing God’s Mercy By Listening to Others

Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein) spoke about attending to the needs of our neighbor: “On the question of relating to our fellowman – our neighbor’s spiritual need transcends every commandment. Everything else we do is a means to an end. But love is an end already, since God is love.” Being Attentive […]

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The Solution To All Your Problems

September 8, AD2016 2 Comments
The Solution To All Your Problems

  Back in 1958, in the still early days of Rock ‘N Roll, Don and Phil Everly, the Everly Brothers, released a song entitled “Problems.”  True to its title, the song started off, “Problems, problems, problems all day long.”  The entire song, all three simple stanzas of it, was under two minutes long and as […]

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Loving When It’s Hard To Love

August 14, AD2016 0 Comments
Loving When It’s Hard To Love

Love is a Decision I heard a reference from one of the saints that “love is a decision”. In our culture and in Hollywood, love is made out to be romantic and fulfilling. For some maybe it is. However, for those of us who are in it for the long-haul of life know that loving other people […]

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Trust and the Objective Certitude of Faith

August 8, AD2016 2 Comments
Trust and the Objective Certitude of Faith

  The Mass readings for this last Sunday, August 7, have as their common theme trust in the Lord. Another word for this trust is faith. For us in the beginning of the twenty-first century, the idea of faith has something of an air of “buying a pig in a poke” to it, or of […]

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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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The Small World of the Narcissist

June 17, AD2016 18 Comments
The Small World of the Narcissist

My Language Arts students are currently finishing up their respective research papers. One of the instructions which I give them is that they are not permitted to use “I,” “me,” or “my” in the text of the paper. At first, this requirement seems daunting to them: “But what about ‘in my paper’?” “What if I […]

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A Father Creates an Image of God in His Child

June 15, AD2016 0 Comments
A Father Creates an Image of God in His Child

Father’s Day is fast approaching. It is that time of the year when we stop to thank and celebrate the wonderful role that our own fathers have had in our lives. For this month’s article in Catholic Stand, allow me to honor the fathers among you. A Father Who Listens A few years back, I […]

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Like a Voice Crying Out in the Wilderness

June 2, AD2016 8 Comments
Like a Voice Crying Out in the Wilderness

You have probably heard the old philosophical question, “If a tree falls in the forest and no one is there, does it still make a sound?” Obviously, whether or not anyone saw a tree fall or heard it crash to the ground, a tree, planted in the ground, went from being vertical to being horizontal. It […]

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