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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 Spark in The Thin Red Line: Why I Remain Catholic

February 9, AD2017 2 Comments
The Spark in The Thin Red Line: Why I Remain Catholic

One of my favorite movies, if not my favorite of all time, is Terrence Malick’s The Thin Red Line. I watched this movie in my senior year of college, with my beautiful wife (we had been married for about three months at that point) and my fellow classmates, for a class on Terrence Malick’s films. […]

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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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Weak Love and Moral Culpability in Shusaku Endo’s Silence

January 28, AD2017 3 Comments
Weak Love and Moral Culpability in Shusaku Endo’s Silence

Shusaku Endo’s novel Silence, of which a film adaptation by Martin Scorsese shall soon be released, is concerned with the deeply unsettling portrayal of a situation in which one’s faith seems to make irreconcilable demands. Set in 1643, after the Japanese persecution of the Catholic Church forced Catholics underground, Silence recounts the story of Fr. […]

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Relentless Love: Christ’s Message From The Manger To The Cross

January 24, AD2017 0 Comments
Relentless Love: Christ’s Message From The Manger To The Cross

In his classic Mere Christianity, the great Christian author C.S. Lewis writes that God’s love for us is a relentless love, meaning that it continues and does not ebb and flow as our own virtues and vices so often do.  God does not merely love us when we are good, or when we remember or even […]

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DESIRE

January 18, AD2017 1 Comment
DESIRE

This very word – DESIRE – stirs something within our hearts: For some it brings up passion and hope, for others it brings up pain and despair, and within others it stirs feelings of fear and concern. The very word desire comes from the Latin root words De Sire, which literally means “Of the Father”. If […]

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Feminists Just Don’t Understand Why We Are Here

January 6, AD2017 6 Comments
Feminists Just Don’t Understand Why We Are Here

Whenever we hear the term “stay-at-home” mom or “housewife,” we picture a woman whose life revolves around her kids. We all know the stereotype. The stereotypical stay-at-home mom or housewife is a woman whose sole mission in life is to serve her children and husband. Sadly, such a woman has no life aspirations or goals.  […]

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Extending Our Joy Past Christmas

December 30, AD2016 1 Comment
Extending Our Joy Past Christmas

Jesus, the Reason for our Joy Another year has passed, and the Christmas Season is here. This is a time of reflection, a time of joy as we celebrate Jesus. We celebrate love brought into the world through the gift of God’s Son to the entire world. Over two thousand years have passed.  The gift of […]

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Terrorism, The Sanctity of Life, and Mercy

December 1, AD2016 0 Comments
Terrorism, The Sanctity of Life, and Mercy

On September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in New York, Pennsylvania. and Washington D.C shocked the world. We will never forget exactly where we were when it occurred. I had an opportunity recently to view a documentary on the September 11th attacks and it triggered reflections on the value our lives hold in the eyes of God.  […]

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Mary’s Emptiness in the Immaculate Conception

November 28, AD2016 1 Comment
Mary’s Emptiness in the Immaculate Conception

There are numerous jokes and memes about the unique situations Mary may have found herself because of the divinity of her son such as Mary telling the Child Jesus to get in the bathwater, not just walk on it. As we celebrate the feast of the Immaculate Conception, I have always wondered about the unique […]

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Developing Better Relationships

November 17, AD2016 0 Comments
Developing Better Relationships

Calling on God for Help in Dealing with Others Improving our relationships with others is a work that continues throughout our lives. From the time we are born until the day we die, we deal with other humans. There are many psychological, biological, spiritual and social factors that enter into who we are as men […]

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Faith, Doubt, and Analysis Paralysis in The Exorcist

November 8, AD2016 0 Comments
Faith, Doubt, and Analysis Paralysis in The Exorcist

Most stories about exorcism following in the wake of William Peter Blatty’s novel The Exorcist (and its film adaptation) tend to portray the Catholic Church as some sort of Justice League fighting the forces of darkness. They clumsily point to the existence of grotesque demonic forces as proof for God’s existence. Blatty however, shows more sophistication. He […]

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The Faithful Departed: A Reflection

November 1, AD2016 2 Comments
The Faithful Departed: A Reflection

You drive down an Illinois country blacktop, passing fields of corn and soybeans, sometimes winter wheat or an occasional cattle ranch or dairy farm. As you approach a country town, you don’t see its white, clapboard homes. You see a forest ahead of you—vigorous maples, elms that have somehow survived Dutch elm disease, and oaks. […]

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The Importance of Face-to-Face Relationships

October 31, AD2016 0 Comments
The Importance of Face-to-Face Relationships

Social media has become a staple in our culture. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. are the main means of communication for many. We use it for social interaction, news, political debates, as well as keeping in touch with family and friends. Admittedly, I use it frequently, and it helps to fulfill some of my need for social […]

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God’s Perspective on Popularity

October 12, AD2016 0 Comments
God’s Perspective on Popularity

Fall, A Time of Change The beginning of the school year is upon us. Families, children, teens, young adults and working adults are in full swing with a new fall schedule. Fall is a time when our lives become different with new changes in schedules and in the weather. It is a beautiful time of […]

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The Master of Conflict in Film: “A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing”

October 6, AD2016 15 Comments
The Master of Conflict in Film: “A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing”

Do you ever wonder how our world has gotten so upside down in just the last few years? Men in girls’ bathrooms, same-sex “marriage,” racial strife, political correctness, rampant abortion, divorce and promiscuity, hatred of religious ideas, and of America itself? One of the reasons is very old. You might be surprised to learn that […]

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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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Seeing God in Every Deplorable Person

September 20, AD2016 6 Comments
Seeing God in Every Deplorable Person

“Basket of deplorables” is an excellent and very public example of what happens when we see people not as individuals with unique histories, gifts, abilities, and viewpoints, but rather as mere substantive adjectives. We do it all the time, in describing others, and sometimes, in describing ourselves. What are We Saying? The poor, the homeless, […]

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Finding Reasons to Celebrate the Triumph of the Cross

September 14, AD2016 0 Comments
Finding Reasons to Celebrate the Triumph of the Cross

  Every 14th of September, the Catholic Church, celebrates the Feast of the Triumph of the Cross. It is also known as the feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross. The history of this celebration centers on the story of how Queen Helena, the mother of Emperor Constantine, was supposed to have found the […]

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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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