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Environmental Concerns: What the Pope Has to Say

February 5, AD2018 0 Comments
Environmental Concerns: What the Pope Has to Say

As Christians striving for virtue, we are all called to live in a way that reflects the Gospel message. There are various ways that we can live out this calling. Participation in prayer and the Sacraments and loving our neighbors as ourselves are just a few ways. One way in a particular way that we […]

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Praying for the Families of Divorce

February 2, AD2018 0 Comments
Praying for the Families of Divorce

Family: The Basic Cell of Society Catholic tradition and teaching firmly upholds the great importance and significance of the family as the “basic unit of society”. The family is where we learn to live and to love. Our Lord is with the family, for it is with the family that the whole of society is […]

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The Scandal of Forgiveness in Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri

January 13, AD2018 1 Comment
The Scandal of Forgiveness in Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri

To be a little simplistic, Martin McDonagh’s films tend to be preoccupied with cycles of violence, in which parties retaliate against each other for the hurts they suffer, drawing others into this cycle until somebody tries to end it by accepting the hurt done to him, or, indeed, turning that violence upon himself. In Bruges […]

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A Devotional: Dealing with Difficult People

January 7, AD2018 0 Comments
A Devotional: Dealing with Difficult People

 “There are difficult moments in life, but with hope the soul goes forward and looks ahead to what awaits     us.” – Pope Francis  When we are happy and feel accepted and loved, life often feels positive. When we feel alone, rejected and insecure, life feels challenging. Faith is not about feelings; we always have to […]

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Reflections From a Catholic Soldier in South Korea

January 6, AD2018 0 Comments
Reflections From a Catholic Soldier in South Korea

The Catholic Church Plays an Important Role in South Korea According to Al Jazeera, a well-known international media network over here, Catholicism plays a significant role in South Korea, even though only 10 percent of the population is Catholic. Here in South Korea, the poll also states that nearly 45% of South Koreans don’t practice […]

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The Masculinity and Mortification of Auden’s St. Joseph

December 16, AD2017 3 Comments
The Masculinity and Mortification of Auden’s St. Joseph

After two millennia, our veneration of Mary might make it somewhat difficult to imagine how St. Joseph might have seen her when he first heard of her pregnancy. Our familiarity with the joy of Christmas obscures the shock and embarrassment of what was surely seen to be a profound betrayal. Even the recounting of St. […]

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The Holy Father’s “Our Father” Comments in Context

December 13, AD2017 8 Comments
The Holy Father’s “Our Father” Comments in Context

On the evening of December 6th, TV2000, the Italian equivalent of EWTN, aired an interview of Pope Francis where he criticized the Italian translation of the Our Father. He pointed out how some other languages have better translations. His argument is the Italian isn’t an accurate description of what the Gospel says, not to change […]

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Pope Francis Just Cannot Catch a Break

December 13, AD2017 23 Comments
Pope Francis Just Cannot Catch a Break

Even when Pope Francis agrees with the CCC he gets criticized. In case you haven’t heard there is a new  ‘Pope Francis controversy.’  The controversy has to do with the translation of the sixth petition of the Our Father – “Lead us not into temptation.” Here’s the background. Four years ago (2013) the French bishops made a […]

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Abandoning Condemnation for Mercy

November 26, AD2017 6 Comments
Abandoning Condemnation for Mercy

The Lasting Effects of ‘The Year of Mercy’ The Year of Mercy was a special year dedicated to living out the mercy of Jesus Christ in a greater way. It has been more than two years since the Holy Father came to visit my own city, Philadelphia, where he did Mass for a crowd of […]

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Private Conscience and the Church

November 1, AD2017 21 Comments
Private Conscience and the Church

The late Bishop Fulton Sheen explained the matters of conscience and that there are two kinds of truths: “Outer truths, which we master, like the distance of the sun from the earth; and inner truths, which master us; for example – God is merciful to the penitent. Inner truths affect a person’s destiny, like a […]

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Discovering Our Vocation In A Complex, Messy World

October 31, AD2017 1 Comment
Discovering Our Vocation In A Complex, Messy World

It has never been easy to discern a vocation, but it is especially difficult for people in the current milieu because modern society is complex and messy. Yet it’s precisely in the complexity and messiness where some of the most important answers in life are found. The good news is no matter how confused we […]

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Are You Confused?

October 16, AD2017 17 Comments
Are You Confused?

Ever since the public release of Pope Francis’ exhortation Amoris Latitia last year, the Catholic media has been full of stories about the errors that are perceived within it’s writing. These errors have been widely written about by scholars, priests, bishops, and laypersons. I have written about them many times since immediately after the exhortation’s […]

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St. Raymond Nonnatus: Healing Prayers for the Divorced

October 4, AD2017 1 Comment
St. Raymond Nonnatus: Healing Prayers for the Divorced

St. Raymond Nonnatus is a saint from the Order of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mercy or the Mercedarian Order and was born in 1204 in Barcelona, Spain. He is called Nonnatus or “not born” referring to his Caesarean section birth. Since his mother died while giving birth to him, Nonnatus is the patron saint […]

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Ask Tony: Did the Pope Declare Liturgical Reform “Irreversible”?

August 27, AD2017 18 Comments
Ask Tony: Did the Pope Declare Liturgical Reform “Irreversible”?

Is liturgical reform “irreversible”? And what does that mean in practical terms? Pope Francis’ August 24 address to the participants of the 68th Italian Liturgical Week included a phrase that has predictably stirred up concern and ire among his traditionalist and conservative critics. As is also predictable of controversies surrounding Francis, it’s “much ado about […]

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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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In Defense of The Right Type of Rigidity

August 8, AD2017 15 Comments
In Defense of The Right Type of Rigidity

The word “rigid” has become something of a pejorative term in the common parlance of some clerics and theologians in recent years. The Holy Father himself suggested that young Catholics who prefer the Traditional Latin Mass suffer from a psychological rigidity that must be encountered and healed through a process of “digging.” Another example of […]

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Are There Animals in Heaven?

July 25, AD2017 76 Comments
Are There Animals in Heaven?

Losing a pet can be difficult. My neighbor recently lost her pet kitten. Her eight-year-old daughter began crying inconsolably when she learned of this loss. She asked her mother what would happen to the kitten if she would go to heaven. Many animal lovers wonder whether or not their furry friends will join them in […]

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Pope Francis Visits Fatima: An Interview with Two Pilgrims

July 4, AD2017 0 Comments
Pope Francis Visits Fatima: An Interview with Two Pilgrims

Pope Francis came to Fatima, Portugal on May 12-13, 2017, which marked the 100th anniversary of the apparition of Our Lady to the three shepherd children. I live in Portugal, but unfortunately I was unable to be present. I did interview two of my friends who were there. Vanessa Machado is 34 years old, a […]

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The Lost Virtue of Christian Hospitality

June 24, AD2017 2 Comments
The Lost Virtue of Christian Hospitality

Summer is a time we invite family and friends over for dinner often. The sun sets later and evenings are warm. It is an ideal season to entertain guests, to sit down with family and friends and share a meal together. Hospitality is a Christian virtue. Pope Francis has mentioned that it runs the risk […]

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The Despair of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

June 19, AD2017 2 Comments
The Despair of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child has a host of artistic problems, but its most profound failures are of moral understanding. Whereas the original novels by J.K. Rowling embraced the Christian sanctity of life, understanding that death was an evil, and expressed hope for repentance and forgiveness of sins, this late coming play, written by […]

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A Devotional: Conquering Evil with Good Through Prayer

June 3, AD2017 2 Comments
A Devotional: Conquering Evil with Good Through Prayer

“Pray always, but not in order to convince the Lord by dint of words! He knows our needs better than we do! Indeed, persevering prayer is the expression of faith in a God who calls us to fight with him every day and at every moment in order to conquer evil with good.” -Angelus address, […]

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Connecting with Nature to Develop a Faith Based Stewardship

May 24, AD2017 2 Comments
Connecting with Nature to Develop a Faith Based Stewardship

April 22 was the annual Earth Day celebration and many valuable seminars, lectures, and exhibits were provided around the country to increase the awareness of the challenges facing our environment. However, there were also some of the more radical views expressed such as the call for “nature rights”. Examples highlighted were a river in New […]

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Hope: A Misunderstood Virtue

May 24, AD2017 0 Comments
Hope: A Misunderstood Virtue

We all face difficult moments of darkness and anxiety when things can become difficult. Some may become disillusioned with life and lose hope. During these challenging times, hope can also be misunderstood. We may think that it is having a positive attitude or being optimistic. We may place our hope in things of this world, […]

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Catholic Identity Politics and Vocation in the Age of Trump

May 22, AD2017 2 Comments
Catholic Identity Politics and Vocation in the Age of Trump

Surely she had never asked God for anything except that He should let her have her will. And every time she had been granted what she asked for – for the most part. Now here she sat with a contrite heart – not because she had sinned against God but because she was unhappy that […]

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