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The Sin Problem

July 12, AD2017 5 Comments
The Sin Problem

“Sign, sign, everywhere a sign Blockin’ out the scenery, breakin’ my mind Do this, don’t do that, can’t you read the sign?” Five Man Electric Band- Signs, 1970 For many, many Catholics (and non-Catholic Christians) the lyrics above sum up their experience in the Church.  For many, Christianity looks like one big, fat rule book. […]

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Do Not Be Afraid To Speak Up for Freedom

July 11, AD2017 0 Comments
Do Not Be Afraid To Speak Up for Freedom

“Do not be afraid to be holy! Have the courage and humility to present yourselves to the world determined to be holy, since full, true freedom is born from holiness.” – Saint John Paul II   The phrase “Do not be afraid,” repeated tirelessly by Saint Pope John Paul II, seems to be growing in importance. […]

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Happy 4th of July America and May God Continue to Bless us!

July 4, AD2017 2 Comments
Happy 4th of July America and May God Continue to Bless us!

God was here right from the start.  Our unalienable rights were given to us by God. “When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to […]

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My and Marjorie’s Amazing Journey

April 19, AD2017 0 Comments
My and Marjorie’s Amazing Journey

This is a true story about love and love of God, how God really does work in mysterious ways, and Evangelization, all rolled into one! Some months ago, on August 21, 2016, a large group of young adults met at the National Shrine of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton in Emmitsburg, MD to participate in a Year […]

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Sports, Entertainment, the Economy, and Easter Sunday

April 7, AD2017 1 Comment
Sports, Entertainment, the Economy, and Easter Sunday

One of my all-time favorite movies is Chariots of Fire.  It’s a fact-based historical drama that just happens to deliver a very Christian message. The movie focuses on two English athletes competing in the 1924 Olympics – Eric Liddell and his rival Harold Abrahams. Liddell, a Scot and a devout Christian, refuses to run in […]

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Despair in Secular America

March 30, AD2017 25 Comments
Despair in Secular America

A new research report shows an increase in the mortality rate (deaths per 100,000 of people) among middle-aged American men. Citing the study, this  article, written from a secular perspective in The Economist tells us: “White middle-age mortality continued to rise in 2014 and 2015, contributing to a fall in life expectancy among the population as […]

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The Easter Bunny is a Protestant

March 23, AD2017 10 Comments
The Easter Bunny is a Protestant

Most people know that Martin Luther kick started the Reformation and got Protestantism rolling.  Not too many people know that Luther also inadvertently helped commercialize Easter. It was Martin Luther’s Lutherans who came up with that cute little critter known as the Easter Bunny. According to history.com “the Easter bunny reportedly was introduced to America by […]

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Turning to God, the Creator, or Acting Out a Parable

March 12, AD2017 0 Comments
Turning to God, the Creator, or Acting Out a Parable

In the encyclical, FIDES ET RATIO (Faith and Reason) Pope St. John Paul II explains how faith and reason are the foundation for human wisdom. He begins by referencing the Greek philosophical dictum, ‘Know thyself’ and then goes on to explain how revelation builds upon and completes human wisdom. In the New Testament, Jesus Christ […]

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Bad Reporting, a Biased Media, and Anti-Catholicism

January 27, AD2017 15 Comments
Bad Reporting, a Biased Media, and Anti-Catholicism

You really have to be careful where you get your news these days. The mainstream media, and even many online news sites, just can’t be trusted.  The news can be a real wasteland. A case in point is the recent headline on a story on Yahoo News – “Pope warns against populism and ‘saviours’ like […]

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St. John Bosco, Education, and the Youth of Today

January 16, AD2017 1 Comment
St. John Bosco, Education, and the Youth of Today

Can the ideas of a nineteenth-century saint, known for his work among young people, say something relevant to educators of the twenty-first century? Don Bosco and Young People Every January 31st, the Church marks the feast day of St. John Bosco, who died January 31, 1888.  He is known in the Church as the Father […]

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A Religion of Peace: They Must Define It

September 11, AD2016 3 Comments
A Religion of Peace: They Must Define It

The death, anguish, and destruction caused by the recent upsurge (measured in decades) in savage violence in the name of Islam has caused us to evaluate what was once not considered a threat in the United States. The Pew Foundation recently predicted that the percentage of Muslims in the U.S. will reach 2.1% by 2050. […]

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Plan For the Worst, Hope For the Best

August 26, AD2016 2 Comments
Plan For the Worst, Hope For the Best

One of the downsides to surfing the internet is that we can get bombarded by mixed messages on a whole range of topics. News junkies may eat this up but for most ordinary folk all the contradictory information can get a bit confusing and even aggravating. News from the world of health, medicine, and science […]

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The Via Crucis: Walking the Passion with Jesus, Part Two

March 17, AD2016 0 Comments
The Via Crucis: Walking the Passion with Jesus, Part Two

Today we are continuing our reflection on the Stations of the Cross (see part one here). Recalling once again that there is far too often a tendency to gloss over these events because we feel that we know them so well. Let us remember that we are here attempting to dig deeper into the mysteries […]

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Why Priests Fail, and How We Fail Them

March 11, AD2016 9 Comments
Why Priests Fail, and How We Fail Them

  I have wanted to write this article for some time, but was a bit reluctant as this is an emotional topic for many. But with the recent Best Picture award going to the movie Spotlight, I think it is time to explain the truth about errant priests and other clergy who have done terrible […]

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George Washington and Catholics

March 1, AD2016 2 Comments
George Washington and Catholics

America has been blessed by God in many ways but I suspect no blessing has been greater than His granting us George Washington to lead us in our struggle for independence and to be our first President.  Catholics have perhaps more reason than other Americans to keep the memory of Washington alive in our hearts.  In a […]

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The Via Crucis: Walking the Passion with Jesus, Part One

February 18, AD2016 0 Comments
The Via Crucis: Walking the Passion with Jesus, Part One

We cannot possibly truly imagine what Jesus Christ went through during His Passion and Death. Suffering the horrible, excruciating, ignominious scourging and crucifixion, carrying the weight of the sins of all mankind, past, present, and future. He and He alone can understand what happened in the most fundamental ways. We can hope to achieve some […]

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A Year of Living Like Paul

February 6, AD2016 4 Comments
A Year of Living Like Paul

This past January 20 marked the one year anniversary of the death of my friend, Paul Coakley. Last year I wrote two articles about my thoughts on his life, death and subsequent impact upon me. Now that a year has passed, I would like to offer another reflection upon said impact. I wrote at the end […]

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Catholic Schools: A Complete Education

February 4, AD2016 10 Comments
Catholic Schools: A Complete Education

Deciding where one’s kids should be educated can be a difficult task, especially in areas where there are so many good public, parochial, and charter schools. Many parents also choose home-schooling, and do a wonderful job. There are certainly a myriad of choices, but perhaps our values hierarchy should help us choose. Compartmentalizing Values Many Catholic […]

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The Almighty Has His Own Purposes

January 28, AD2016 2 Comments
The Almighty Has His Own Purposes

The problem of God allowing terrible things to happen to innocent people used to be of merely philosophical interest to me until my 21 year old son died in his sleep during the early morning hours of Pentecost in 2013. Endless words have been written on this subject, but I have always found moving the thought process […]

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Discerning Private Revelation: Part Two

January 23, AD2016 2 Comments
Discerning Private Revelation: Part Two

In the light of my previous article, Discerning Private Revelation: A Particular Pitfall, it seems right and just to offer another discussion on a particular area of private revelation that is also often in dispute. I am speaking of what I will here call “belief and unbelief” and it is to this theme that the […]

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