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Jesus, You’ve Got Some Explaining to Do

August 17, AD2017 16 Comments
Jesus, You’ve Got Some Explaining to Do

To His Holiness Jesus Christ, God the Son ATTN: God the Father ; God the Holy Spirit Most Holy Jesus, Recently I have had some serious doubts (“dubia”) about Your teaching and Your words. Both Your own words and words of the Bible by men whom You inspired, appear to me to conflict with recent […]

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Why We Have To Evangelize

August 11, AD2017 2 Comments
Why We Have To Evangelize

These days, we often view our faith as something private, something that’s just between us and God. We go to Church on Sundays, we say our prayers every night, and we do our charitable deeds, but all too often, those practices stay hidden from the people around us. We live our lives according to the […]

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Purity of Heart

August 2, AD2017 1 Comment
Purity of Heart

Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. The kingdom of God is where God’s will is fully done by us and everyone else. Our goal and God’s goal for us is full unity with Christ. The kingdom of God and our unity with Christ are what we reference when we use […]

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Wanting Purgatory Now – A Journey Towards Holiness

July 10, AD2017 5 Comments
Wanting Purgatory Now – A Journey Towards Holiness

There are a number of things that distinguish Catholics from Protestant Christians.  One of these things is a belief in purgatory. Protestants think that simply accepting Jesus Christ as their savior (Solus Christus, Sola fide) guarantees that they will go to straight to heaven. Catholic Doctrine, however, says there are no guarantees. Purgatory might best be described […]

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Church and Spiritual Maturity in Christian Life

July 6, AD2017 0 Comments
Church and Spiritual Maturity in Christian Life

People love sound bites. If it’s short, to the point, and appears powerful, people will take that sound bite and share it with others on social media. Recently, I came across one such soundbite, scrolling through Facebook’s newsfeed. My eyes caught a quote (in meme form) by Evangelical author and speaker, Elyse M. Fitzpatrick. She […]

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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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The Third Beatitude: Blessed are the Meek

May 5, AD2017 0 Comments
The Third Beatitude: Blessed are the Meek

Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. Heartland Each workday I drive thirty miles to and from my teaching job. It’s a pleasant commute, though. Thirty miles of corn, soybean, and wheat fields, with an occasional cattle lot. This time of year, the newly sprouted yellow-green corn blades are beginning to show […]

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St. Paul and the Divinity of Jesus

March 16, AD2017 1 Comment
St. Paul and the Divinity of Jesus

For Christians, the divinity of Jesus is almost axiomatic. It’s arguably the belief that defines Christianity and most clearly sets it apart from every other religion in the world. However, things have not always been quite so simple. In the fourth century, a priest named Arius taught that Jesus was not God, and he started […]

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5 Conversations You Can Have with God

March 12, AD2017 2 Comments
5 Conversations You Can Have with God

Every Lent, I spend some time contemplating how I might devote more time to prayer, fasting, or almsgiving. These habits I work on throughout these forty days of Lent have had remarkable sticking power in the past.  Even though I pray every day and often, I wondered if learning more about prayer would help me […]

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Mary, Seat of Wisdom: Thinking With the Church

March 5, AD2017 0 Comments
Mary, Seat of Wisdom: Thinking With the Church

The journey in one’s faith life provokes many questions. Some will ponder complex questions and others have more basic questions. We can be accidental or intentional philosophers—but we are all philosophers, directing our lives according to a philosophy we consider or fail to consider. Life’s questions and the search for meaning are nearly inescapable. Philosophy […]

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Did Our Lord Have a Sense of Humor?

February 24, AD2017 10 Comments
Did Our Lord Have a Sense of Humor?

This question popped into my head one day. I can’t tell you why, it just did. I saved this question for Father P. because he is a thoughtful priest. He gives us interesting homilies without resorting to notes or script. He just leans one arm comfortably on the ambo and talks to us. I could […]

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Making a Manly Retreat: A Catholic Among the Separated Brothers

February 23, AD2017 4 Comments
Making a Manly Retreat: A Catholic Among the Separated Brothers

What does it mean to be a man? Over the course of my life, I have had many opportunities to consider that question, particularly with regard to how it impacts my Catholic call to love as Jesus has loved me. This is not as easy as it seems. The world has its own views of […]

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Can I Really Trust a Shepherd?

February 8, AD2017 0 Comments
Can I Really Trust a Shepherd?

The Lord is my shepherd;  there is nothing I lack.  (Psalm 23:1) What could a shepherd possibly provide me that would leave me lacking of nothing? Though familiar with this famous psalm, it was not until recently that I started to recognize it as a lesson in trust, which is something I seriously struggle to […]

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In Accordance with the Scriptures: Salvation History

January 17, AD2017 7 Comments
In Accordance with the Scriptures: Salvation History

Every Sunday at Mass, after the priest gives his homily, we all stand up to recite the Nicene Creed and profess, among other things, that Jesus “suffered death and was buried and rose again on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures.” At first glance this line may seem simple enough, but what does […]

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My Child Is Going To Hell

January 17, AD2017 2 Comments
My Child Is Going To Hell

Perhaps; but, in living faith, there is hope. Full disclosure: Yes, that is intentionally a “Made Ya Look” headline. It is also precisely how many parents feel about their children in today’s world. Many a loving, caring parent does fear, with good reason, that a child will go to hell unless there is a miracle […]

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The Hound of Heaven

December 29, AD2016 5 Comments
The Hound of Heaven

“The name is strange. It startles one at first. It is so bold, so new, so fearless. It does not attract, rather the reverse. But when one reads the poem this strangeness disappears. The meaning is understood. As the hound follows the hare, never ceasing in its running, ever drawing nearer in the chase, with […]

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Probability and the Death of Herod Agrippa

December 6, AD2016 4 Comments
Probability and the Death of Herod Agrippa

In the sight of my foes. You anoint my head with oil. My cup overflows. Psalm 23:5 The Faith Advantage Nothing else compares with Sanctifying Grace, a share in the life of the Trinity. In spite of its heavenly orientation, the Grace of the Faith overflows into all human endeavor. This is most notable in […]

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Advent: A Season of Waiting

November 25, AD2016 1 Comment
Advent: A Season of Waiting

The Advent season is now upon us. Most people around us seem to be hurrying about looking for the perfect gift, putting up decorations, and planning parties and dinners. It is easy to lose sight of the true significance of this season.  Advent is a time of joy and hope, of preparation, and of waiting […]

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Debunking Myths about Catholic History

October 25, AD2016 5 Comments
Debunking Myths about Catholic History

  There are many false things that some people believe about Catholicism, especially when it comes to historical facts. Let’s examine some of these myths and hopefully explain what the truth really is. Catholic Priests Chained Bibles in Church to Keep People from Reading Them Yes, Catholic priests did keep Bibles chained to the podium, but […]

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Angels: God’s Servants and Messengers

September 27, AD2016 1 Comment
Angels: God’s Servants and Messengers

Angels have always played prominent roles in biblical stories. Over the years, they have inspired art, literature, and films. Saints have spoken with them. St. Paul advised, “Do not neglect hospitality, for through it some have unknowingly entertained angels” (Hebrews 13:2). Many books and articles have been devoted to them and angelic images are common. […]

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