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The Sacraments In Light of the Easter Season

April 11, AD2018 0 Comments
The Sacraments In Light of the Easter Season

We now find ourselves in the Easter season. Now is a time for rejoicing and for thanking the Lord for His love and salvation. Now is also a time for reflection and for action. This grace-filled season beckons us to recall the reason why the Resurrection was necessary. It is impossible to correctly understand the […]

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Deaconesses, Never Deacons, Never Priestesses

March 25, AD2018 24 Comments
Deaconesses, Never Deacons, Never Priestesses

Some revolutionaries, who want the Church to attempt to confer the Sacrament of Holy Orders on women,  point to this verse from St. Paul’s Epistle to the Romans: “I commend to you our sister Phoebe, who is a deaconess of the church which is at Cenchrea.” (Rom. 16:1) The Greek word they translate as “deaconess” is diakonos, which […]

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Confession: Please Stay With Me and Hold My Hand

February 11, AD2018 2 Comments
Confession: Please Stay With Me and Hold My Hand

Lately, with short days and schedule changes, making it over to the local parish for confession has been a challenge. Earlier this week, I thought I would do well to receive this sacrament again but didn’t know when the opportunity would arise.  Our directives say that we receive it frequently and regularly (Constitutions 3:11).  This difficulty […]

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Raising Our Children in the Catholic Faith

December 10, AD2017 3 Comments
Raising Our Children in the Catholic Faith

What About Your Children? When we became Catholic, some of our friends were concerned for the sake of our children. Catholics didn’t have children’s programs – how were we going to raise our children in the Christian faith? My husband and I chuckle at those ideas now, as we did then when we informed them […]

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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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“The Desire for God Is Written In The Human Heart”

September 4, AD2017 4 Comments
“The Desire for God Is Written In The Human Heart”

The Desire in Our Hearts for God The Catechism of the Catholic articulates man’s desire for God: “The desire for God is written in the human heart, because man is created by God and for God, and God never ceases to draw man to himself. Only in God will he find the truth and happiness […]

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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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How Can Homebound Catholics Participate in the Sacraments?

June 1, AD2017 0 Comments
How Can Homebound Catholics Participate in the Sacraments?

Faithful Catholics order their lives around the sacraments of the church. They are regular in attending Mass, often more than once a week, and they participate in the sacrament of reconciliation regularly. The grace they receive through these gifts to the Church becomes one of the most important parts of their daily and weekly schedule. […]

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If You Want Healing

May 31, AD2017 4 Comments
If You Want Healing

But she answered him, “Yes Lord; yet even the dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs.” And he said to her, “For saying this you may go your way; the demon has left your daughter.” And she went home, found the child lying in bed, and the demon gone. Mark 7:28-30 I find that […]

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What Confirmation Is All About

May 16, AD2017 1 Comment
What Confirmation Is All About

For most Catholics today, the Sacrament of Confirmation is a mystery, a ritual that we celebrate simply as a formality without really understanding what it’s about. If anything, it is usually seen as a chance to personally choose to follow Jesus after our parents made that choice for us at our baptism. That’s unfortunate, because […]

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Our New Sacramental Temple

February 16, AD2017 0 Comments
Our New Sacramental Temple

O God, you are my God, I seek you, my soul thirsts for you. My flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary land where no water is. So I have looked upon you in the sanctuary, beholding your power and glory. (Psalm 63:1-2) As this passage from Psalm 63 tells us, the ancient Israelites yearned […]

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Catholic Dream Walks and the Seasons of the Church Year

January 9, AD2017 0 Comments
Catholic Dream Walks and the Seasons of the Church Year

There is something beautiful about the changes that come with the seasons of the year. I admit I’m a seasonal man. Growing up in Northeastern Pennsylvania, the seasons were magical. Fall was ablaze with color and winter packed a lot of reverie into those snowy days. Springtime was full of fragrance and new life and […]

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Salt of the Earth – Light of the World

June 24, AD2016 0 Comments
Salt of the Earth – Light of the World

These are difficult times that we live in. The media bombards us daily with accounts of inappropriate, illegal and immoral actions allegedly committed by the miscreants running for national political offices. For that matter, there are a variety of accusations made against just about every political candidate in every race during any election cycle, and […]

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Avoiding “Check-Box Faith”. Discovering How to Break the Barrier.

March 9, AD2016 0 Comments
Avoiding “Check-Box Faith”.  Discovering How to Break the Barrier.

A Time of Reflection for All We are now in the liturgical season of Lent. This is a time of reflection and a time of change. It’s a time of prayer and a time of sacrifice for God and for others. For those who do not celebrate faith or perhaps even have any faith at all, […]

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Why Did She Go to Sunday Mass?

November 26, AD2015 1 Comment
Why Did She Go to Sunday Mass?

I believe we often have definitive rationales for what we acknowledge as true and for what we do, even though we may have difficulty expressing them. A few years ago I had the opportunity through a parish program to chauffer a lady to and from Sunday Mass. Despite her frailty, she went to Sunday Mass […]

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The Startling Absence of Catholic Men in the Pews

November 16, AD2015 74 Comments
The Startling Absence of Catholic Men in the Pews

There is a serious Catholic “man-crisis”: The pews have fewer Catholic men in them than ever before. The New Emangelization Project (NewEmangelization.com) has documented the devastating loss of faith among Catholic men. Large numbers of baptized Catholic men have left the faith and the majority who remain are “Casual Catholic Men”, men who don’t know the […]

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Depression: Down, But Not Out

April 10, AD2015 23 Comments
Depression: Down, But Not Out

According to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), at any given time, approximately 3 % of adults have major depression, also referred to as major depressive disorder, a lasting and severe type of depression. In fact, major depression is the leading reason for disability for Americans between the ages of 15 […]

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How Salvation is Like Marriage

December 16, AD2014 3 Comments
How Salvation is Like Marriage

Salvation is like a perfect marriage. Ask yourself: “Is a perfect marriage a fifty-fifty proposition?” I would say the answer is positively not. Why should each in the relationship give only fifty percent of themselves? No, the only way to make a marriage work is for each involved in the covenant bond to give 100% […]

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Keeping Faith When Priests Cause Scandal

October 24, AD2014 25 Comments
Keeping Faith When Priests Cause Scandal

It’s no secret that the Church is comprised of sinners. However, when we become discouraged in the Church, and are perhaps at risk of losing faith and walking away, do we ever stop to remember that Jesus is the Builder of the Church? All throughout salvation history, God has utilized sinners to build His Kingdom […]

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What Every Catholic Marriage Prep Program Ought to Include

June 7, AD2014 19 Comments
What Every Catholic Marriage Prep Program Ought to Include

Joel recently completed a sacramental theology course for his diaconate studies. One of the questions on the final exam was: Outline a marriage preparation program for your parish. Explain what components you would like to include and why. Not only do we think this is an imminently practical question for any deacon-to-be, we think the topic […]

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Social Media: Are We Excarnating Ourselves Online?

February 18, AD2014 3 Comments
Social Media: Are We Excarnating Ourselves Online?

Mystery: from Latin mysterium or Greek mystērion. Various definitions suggest something secret, private, or not easily understood. We all probably know someone whose life seems to be lived completely online. Always at the top of our Facebook news feed: pics of my new haircut, what’s for dinner tonight, my weight loss updates, before and after […]

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Secrets of Confession

September 11, AD2013 6 Comments
Secrets of Confession

Having a parent in a nursing home means meeting new people. And so it was during a recent visit with my elderly parents in Michigan. My dad, at 88, does well living on his own. My mom, 82, has been in a nursing home for two years. She has a new roommate since my last […]

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