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Simple, Little, Humble: A Newborn Symbolizes the Spirituality of St. Bernadette

May 22, AD2018 0 Comments
Simple, Little, Humble: A Newborn Symbolizes the Spirituality of St. Bernadette

On April 15, 2018, my first nephew was born. Though the birth of a new baby is always a precious occasion, the birth of my nephew was especially meaningful. After nine long months of waiting, this precious boy was finally here, resting peacefully in my arms. He was everything I could ever dream of, wrapped […]

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Is it Too Late to Start Lent?

March 10, AD2018 0 Comments
Is it Too Late to Start Lent?

You missed the start of Lent and now you are wondering if it’s too late to start. You might be thinking, “What’s the point?” Maybe you’ve talked yourself into believing it doesn’t matter that much or that no one will notice. Maybe you’ve rationalized and think you have a valid excuse for skipping Lent. After […]

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Valentine’s Ash Wednesday: Death-to-Self for Love

February 13, AD2018 3 Comments
Valentine’s Ash Wednesday: Death-to-Self for Love

What are your plans for Valentine’s Ash Wednesday? Sex and Death The combination was bound to happen eventually; it will happen again in 2024 and 2029, then not again until the 22nd century. Most people I know personally or through social media have taken it fairly well. One person did wonder if, since some bishops […]

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Musings of a Young Parent

January 27, AD2018 1 Comment
Musings of a Young Parent

Having only been a parent for four years now gives me a relatively limited view of parenthood. On top of that, I am part of one of the least religious generations in history- millennials. I don’t think, however, that my perspective is valueless because of my age or experience. My wife and I strive to […]

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A Devotional: Celebrate the Joy

April 17, AD2017 1 Comment
A Devotional: Celebrate the Joy

“Happy is he who does not have sadness in his mind, and who has not fallen away from his hope.” -Sirach 14:2 Finding Hope in Christ Lent is a time of fasting, prayer, and almsgiving toward others. It is a time of sacrifice and charity. It is a time of getting to know Jesus even […]

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The Problem with Participation Awards

February 20, AD2017 6 Comments
The Problem with Participation Awards

Have you ever noticed the trend in today’s society to give everyone who participates in something, no matter how trivial their contribution, some sort of “award” for their participation? Even the worst players on the Little League team get something shiny to hang in their rooms for bothering to show up to the game. Maybe unimportant, […]

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Merry Christmas and Thank You!

December 28, AD2016 1 Comment
Merry Christmas and Thank You!

[Editor’s Note: This article was published on Catholic Stand on December 25, 2015. We are republishing here for your holiday enjoyment, since the message is inspiring and relevant.] Christmas has always been a time to celebrate with the ones we love. Each year, many anticipate reuniting with family members and friends and look forward to […]

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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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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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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 Eucharist: Overcoming the Forbidden Fruit

April 13, AD2016 9 Comments
The Eucharist: Overcoming the Forbidden Fruit

There is so much to be said about the Eucharist. It is Christ’s supreme gift of Himself to mankind. We can never truly thank God enough for this new Passover meal, which replaces an ordinary sacrificed lamb with The Lamb of God, Jesus Himself. It is the true food that replaces the forbidden fruit. What […]

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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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The Mass: Calvary Made Present for Each Generation

February 11, AD2016 4 Comments
The Mass: Calvary Made Present for Each Generation

The Holy Mass is the re-presentation of Jesus’ sacrifice on Calvary, in a real liturgical manner.  At the Last Supper (also known as the First Eucharist), Jesus created the Mass for each one of us to be present at His great sacrifice, even through time and space.  The word “Mass” comes to us from the […]

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How to Do Lent: One Practical Thing to Do During Lent

February 2, AD2016 1 Comment
How to Do Lent: One Practical Thing to Do During Lent

It’s coming up on that time of year again: the time that our whole Church calendar centers upon – Lent and Easter. As Christians and as Catholics, we are taught throughout our lives the three things we are supposed to practice during Lent to bring us closer to Christ: pray, fast, and give. I always […]

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Grandmothers: God’s Gift of Love and Mercy

January 13, AD2016 2 Comments
Grandmothers:  God’s Gift of Love and Mercy

Grandmothers and Mercy January is a time that reminds me of my deceased Grandmother.  She passed away over 20 years ago on January 31. It is this time of year where I live with the Pennsylvania chill in the air that reminds me of her passing.  I think many of us have fond memories of those people […]

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Discernment through Experience

January 6, AD2016 16 Comments
Discernment through Experience

      Discernment is a process that every serious Catholic man must commence at some point, during which he will petition and receive from the Almighty his vocational direction and calling for the rest of his life and for all eternity. Fittingly, discernment is one of the most difficult undertakings of a man’s life! I […]

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Praising and Thanking God, Now and Forever

December 31, AD2015 5 Comments
Praising and Thanking God, Now and Forever

There are not too many things in life that are certain, as the saying goes, except for death and taxes. But in addition to those two things, I would like to add one more that I have discovered over the years. That  one certain thing that we all must do is to praise and thank […]

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Why Bother Attending Mass?

September 2, AD2015 5 Comments
Why Bother Attending Mass?

I hate the Sunday mornings when I am in such a bad mood as we leave the house until it has me questioning why we are even going to church in the first place. Our morning starts off good enough, but then Leo gets into the cereal, spreading it all over the kitchen, while another one won’t […]

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The Gift of Sacrifice

June 10, AD2015 1 Comment
The Gift of Sacrifice

As you read this, I am in Cincinnati on a mission trip with our parish youth group. Each year we travel somewhere to help spread God’s Gospel through our words and actions. We strive to put what we teach into meaningful experiences both for our teens and for those we help. This year we are working […]

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Why Christians Shouldn’t Celebrate Seder Meals

April 2, AD2015 36 Comments
Why Christians Shouldn’t Celebrate Seder Meals

In sharing what seemed like a simple, informative item about Seder, I was met with much confusion and a charge of Anti-Semitism. It all began when I posted this audio on Facebook last night. With it, I quoted a priest friend: “The ONLY ‘Seder” that celebrates the divinity of Christ is the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass which is the New Covenant Seder […]

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Embracing the True Meaning of Lent

February 19, AD2015 2 Comments
Embracing the True Meaning of Lent

We know that Lent is a time of prayer, fasting and almsgiving. Each year, I try to find creative ways to make Lent a memorable one. It is more than just giving up something you will simply return to at the end of 40 days. During this time, we are called to grow deeper in […]

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Giving Up ‘Vegables’ for Lent

April 14, AD2014 2 Comments
Giving Up ‘Vegables’ for Lent

It’s hard to write humor these days. You come up with an idea for a list of funny things to give up for Lent, and some third grader beats you to it. And not just one, but three. The first thing I thought of was vegetables. I was still thinking about it when I stopped […]

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Humility and Devotion Through Veiling

August 7, AD2013 8 Comments
Humility and Devotion Through Veiling

It has been years since I first felt God quietly calling me. At first I couldn’t understand what He was asking me to do. As time passed I began to hear Him louder. My heart could feel Him tugging and before long there was no way I could deny what He was asking of me. I fought Him tooth […]

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The Cross for Joyful Living

June 19, AD2013 4 Comments
The Cross for Joyful Living

If you want to win friends and influence people, don’t mention the cross. It is an unlikely enticement to attract us to someone, and yet, it is precisely what Jesus Christ offered us. “If anyone wishes to come after me must deny himself” (Luke 9:23). Although the prospect of self-denial and suffering is repellent, the […]

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