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Jesus, Divorce, and the Importance of Context

June 12, AD2018 0 Comments
Jesus, Divorce, and the Importance of Context

Basing itself on the words of Jesus Christ (among other things), the Catholic Church teaches that a valid sacramental marriage cannot be dissolved, but not all Christians agree. Some believe that divorce and remarriage is permissible in certain cases, and they argue that Jesus’ words in the Gospels back them up. Specifically, they point to […]

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Animals Do Go to Heaven

May 6, AD2018 88 Comments
Animals Do Go to Heaven

This past January, we made the heart-breaking decision to put our beloved dog Ralphie to sleep. Animal lovers understand the grief and the terrible sense of loss that pet people experience at the death of their friend. Whether the pet is a hamster or an iguana, the loss stings. As with all death, people wonder […]

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A Talent is a Terrible thing to Waste

May 5, AD2018 0 Comments
A Talent is a Terrible thing to Waste

Sometimes when something comes easy, we become complacent and start taking it for granted. But if that thing that we are taking for granted is a God-given talent, not developing it can lead to a life that is not being lived according to His plan for us. When I was in grade school and high […]

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How Well Do You Know St. Mark?

April 25, AD2018 0 Comments
How Well Do You Know St. Mark?

Today, April 25, is the feast day of St. Mark, one of the four writers of the New Testament gospels. Did you know he was not one of the 12 original disciples, and that he founded the Church of Alexandria, Egypt? How well do you know this holy man, also known as the Evangelist? Tradition […]

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Find Comfort in Christ: Take Off Your Shoes of Sin

April 24, AD2018 2 Comments
Find Comfort in Christ: Take Off Your Shoes of Sin

St. Teresa of Avila once stated, “We always find that those who walked closest to Christ were those who had to bear the greatest trials.”  Shoes, Comfort, Sin, and Appearances I recently saw a woman wobbling down the street and having great difficulty walking. The other woman she was with kept pointing to this woman’s […]

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The Dispute on “Faith Alone”

April 16, AD2018 4 Comments
The Dispute on “Faith Alone”

My exploration of the “faith alone” controversy began in a discussion with a non-Catholic coworker. One morning, this friend asked me to go to his church the following Sunday, since his church was “far easier” than what he perceived the Catholic Church to be or require.  He indicated that all that was required to get to […]

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Young Catholics Seem to Want an ‘Authentic’ Church heavily Influenced by Modernism

April 7, AD2018 2 Comments
Young Catholics Seem to Want an ‘Authentic’ Church heavily Influenced by Modernism

The end of March saw the conclusion of a week-long meeting held at the Vatican that engaged young people from all over the world. The meeting was established as a precursor to the upcoming synod on “Young People, the Faith, and the Discernment of Vocation.” The point was to encourage young people to come forward […]

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Selah: How Big Is Your Trust Bucket?

March 27, AD2018 2 Comments
Selah: How Big Is Your Trust Bucket?

There is no small amount of discussion and even controversy over the meaning of the Hebrew word Selah. There are those who are firmly in the camp that believe the word is simply a term which gives musicians directions, such as adagio. On the other side, there are many who ascribe a more literary meaning […]

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If You Want Jesus, You Need the Church

March 14, AD2018 6 Comments
If You Want Jesus, You Need the Church

There is a strand in American Christianity that is often called “me and Jesus” Christianity. To have Jesus, you don’t need the Church. You’ll most often find it in Protestantism, but it has also seeped its way into the Catholic Church. If you have ever heard anybody say that they love Jesus but hate the […]

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Why Sex Belongs in Marriage

February 14, AD2018 6 Comments
Why Sex Belongs in Marriage

Sex is great and belongs in marriage. Yet, when it comes to sex, Catholics often get a bad rap. Many people look at our beliefs about sex, specifically our belief that it should be reserved for marriage, and conclude that we are simply puritans who think it’s dirty and needs to be limited as much […]

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The Scriptural Seeds of the Papacy

January 14, AD2018 9 Comments
The Scriptural Seeds of the Papacy

Although the seeds of the papacy are scriptural, it takes a little digging to expose them. There is nothing more distinctly Catholic than the papacy. While just about every other Catholic belief can be found in at least some other Christian denominations, our beliefs about the papacy are unique. Nobody else believes that the bishop […]

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Path of Renewal

January 13, AD2018 0 Comments
Path of Renewal

According to a reading from the second letter of St. Peter, “We await new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells. … Therefore, … be eager to be found without spot or blemish before Him, at peace” [2 Peter 3:13-14]. In this time of waiting, let us consider ways of renewing our commitment […]

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PFLAG ‘T.H.AW.’- A Program to Make Homosexual Behavior ‘Okay’

January 11, AD2018 28 Comments
PFLAG ‘T.H.AW.’- A Program to Make Homosexual Behavior ‘Okay’

  The announcement in our parish bulletin last spring seemed innocuous enough. A program entitled Transgender Homosexual Awareness (T.H.AW.) was being held to give parishioners “an opportunity . . . to hear the voices and to understand the experiences of our transgender brothers and sisters and their family members.” But since our parish had already […]

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Are You Praying or Simply Reciting Prayers?

January 5, AD2018 6 Comments
Are You Praying or Simply Reciting Prayers?

  As someone who is in the process of converting to the Catholic Church, the prayers of the saints have been something I’ve cherished. Although I have yet to receive communion, the Church has been a part of my life since attending private Catholic schools as an adolescent. Throughout the previous five years, the prayers […]

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In the “Presents” of God

December 30, AD2017 0 Comments
In the “Presents” of God

Ever since the creation of the world, His invisible attributes of eternal power and divinity have been able to be understood and perceived in what [God] has made [Romans 1:20]. When we lift our sights toward Heaven, we begin to see God’s beauty here on earth. Whether it is in nature from the tiniest wild […]

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Christmas Two Thousands Years Later and Grace Is Still New

December 24, AD2017 0 Comments
Christmas Two Thousands Years Later and Grace Is Still New

“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”  (The Summer Day, Mary Oliver) We are in the midst of something new and something old.  Hundreds of years have passed since the birth of Christ and yet we have never before been in this place, at this time, with these […]

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The Hail Mary, a Biblical Prayer to the Mother of God

December 21, AD2017 2 Comments
The Hail Mary, a Biblical Prayer to the Mother of God

The “Hail Mary” is one of the most beautiful prayers in the world. It combines the words of the Archangel Gabriel (who is a messenger from God), the words of St. Elizabeth (the mother of John the Baptist, who was filled with the Holy Spirit while still in her womb), and ends with a very […]

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Ever Ancient, Ever New: The Gift of the Liturgical Year

December 2, AD2017 1 Comment
Ever Ancient, Ever New: The Gift of the Liturgical Year

On a plane ride a few weeks ago, I found myself seated next to the founder of a Protestant church. He laughed because he was sandwiched between two Catholics, a married man who had been in Catholic seminary for a little while on his right and me, a Catholic high school Theology teacher, on his […]

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Conversion: The Doorway to Transformation

November 30, AD2017 1 Comment
Conversion: The Doorway to Transformation

Conversion: Learning from a Child My Religious Order allowed me to go home this year for the Thanksgiving Holiday.  To say I am overjoyed by this gift is an understatement.  Now, one of the many blessings I receive when I visit my family in Michigan is the time I get to spend with my two […]

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Imitate John the Baptist – Friend of the Bridegroom

November 3, AD2017 0 Comments
Imitate John the Baptist – Friend of the Bridegroom

When John the Baptist’s disciples are disturbed that Jesus’ disciples are baptizing people and Christ is increasing in importance, they come to their master to complain. John then reveals his role in salvation history. “He who has the bride is the bridegroom. The friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices greatly at […]

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A Glimpse of Satan’s Playbook

October 13, AD2017 0 Comments
A Glimpse of Satan’s Playbook

Satan is the father of lies, clever yet deceitful, hating God and all God loves. He leads the charge in the spiritual battle that exists for our souls with Satan always opposing God at every turn and trying to turn us against God. But God has given us a glimpse of Satan’s playbook in the […]

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You Duped Me O Lord!

September 30, AD2017 2 Comments
You Duped Me O Lord!

How often, especially in times of crisis, do we feel tricked by God? We think we have been duped into believing that all will be well if we just have faith in the Almighty. In fact, when bad times hit, we feel abandoned and betrayed. Even Jesus Christ felt abandoned when He said from His […]

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The Power of the Church

September 22, AD2017 4 Comments
The Power of the Church

There is a movement today in the world that denies the power of the Church of Jesus Christ in our lives. The narrative goes something like this: “I’m spiritual, not religious. I have my bible and my beliefs about God, and I don’t need any organized church to tell me what to think or what […]

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Do Catholics Watch Film like Fundamentalists?

September 20, AD2017 0 Comments
Do Catholics Watch Film like Fundamentalists?

The silence of the Catholic critic is so often preferable to his attention. -Flannery O’Connor, The Habit of Being Too much Christian “criticism” of film revolves around tallies of bare boobs, f-words, and the like, or sounding the alarm at perceived hostilities against Christianity, but Larsen I respect for his willingness to let the filmmakers […]

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