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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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The Divinity of Jesus in the Gospels

September 14, AD2017 4 Comments
The Divinity of Jesus in the Gospels

Just about everybody agrees that Jesus is presented as divine in the Gospel of John. In the very first verse, John says that “the Word was God” (John 1:1), and towards the end of this Gospel, the Apostle Thomas confesses Jesus to be “My Lord and my God” (John 20:28). However, the divinity of Jesus […]

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Embracing Our Call as Christians: To Be Conspirators of Goodness

September 13, AD2017 0 Comments
Embracing Our Call as Christians: To Be Conspirators of Goodness

There is rising darkness, chaos and disorder all around us today. This is happening both outside of the Church as well as within. It is possible these trials could escalate and become the worst tribulations humanity has ever seen, but we cannot forget that since the beginning of mankind, there have been good times and […]

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Jesus Asked: Who Do You Say That I Am?

September 10, AD2017 0 Comments
Jesus Asked: Who Do You Say That I Am?

You’re probably familiar with the following Gospel passage from Saint Matthew (especially if you were at Mass on Sunday, August 27). It establishes Jesus’ Church here on earth with Peter as the first Pope. When Jesus went into the region of Caesarea Philippi he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of […]

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The Power of Patience and Persevering Prayer

August 27, AD2017 1 Comment
The Power of Patience and Persevering Prayer

With modern technology, we have become accustomed to receiving answers immediately. Long silences often make us anxious and frustrated. We become impatient and fail to understand why there is a delay in receiving a response. There are times when our prayers are not answered immediately. No matter how long we pray or how many times […]

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Jesus, You’ve Got Some Explaining to Do

August 17, AD2017 17 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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