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May: The Month of the Blessed Virgin Mary

April 25, AD2017 1 Comment
May: The Month of the Blessed Virgin Mary

The month of May is traditionally dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary. May is a month of growth, when nature is reborn. This month normally belongs to the Easter season, between Easter and Pentecost. Many Catholics may be aware that May is consecrated to Mary, but it may be unclear why this month was selected […]

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Aggravations–Sources of Grace

April 19, AD2017 4 Comments
Aggravations–Sources of Grace

Oh, the Aggravations We Face! Do you know someone whose purpose in life seems to be to aggravate you? You know what I mean, right? This person is the one who manages to raise your blood pressure just about any time that you interact with them. Maybe it’s the things they say to you. Perhaps […]

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Grabbing the Lion of Judah’s Tail

April 16, AD2017 1 Comment
Grabbing the Lion of Judah’s Tail

As we approach Holy Week, Lent has steadily moved us to the edges of ourselves.  Yet, we can miss one of the most important elements of the Christian life if we overlook an element of Jesus’ identity that comes into particular focus as we enter Holy Week.   We focus a great deal on the […]

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Suffering and the Christ of Good Friday

April 14, AD2017 2 Comments
Suffering and the Christ of Good Friday

It has frequently been said that Good Friday is meaningless without Easter Sunday. Certainly this statement is true for, as St. Paul explains, if Christ has not risen, our faith is in vain (cf. 1 Corinthians 15:14). We must not overlook the fact, however, that Easter Sunday is not possible without Good Friday. As much […]

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A Faith Adventure: Evangelizing a Family Member

April 9, AD2017 8 Comments
A Faith Adventure: Evangelizing a Family Member

I recently had a conversation about our faith with a fallen-away Catholic family member. This situation is exactly what the New Evangelization is all about. According to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops: “In a special way, the New Evangelization is focused on ‘re-proposing’ the Gospel to those who have experienced a crisis of […]

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Trusting God’s Plan for My Good

April 7, AD2017 5 Comments
Trusting God’s Plan for My Good

Knowing God has a plan for my good can be of great comfort especially for people, like me, who suffer from crippling anxiety.  Social media has been a godsend in many ways including renewed and new friendships as well as remarkable opportunities to evangelize.  However, it also comes with a greater opportunity to discover the […]

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Sports, Entertainment, the Economy, and Easter Sunday

April 7, AD2017 1 Comment
Sports, Entertainment, the Economy, and Easter Sunday

One of my all-time favorite movies is Chariots of Fire.  It’s a fact-based historical drama that just happens to deliver a very Christian message. The movie focuses on two English athletes competing in the 1924 Olympics – Eric Liddell and his rival Harold Abrahams. Liddell, a Scot and a devout Christian, refuses to run in […]

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The Second Beatitude: Blessed Are Those Who Mourn

April 2, AD2017 1 Comment
The Second Beatitude: Blessed Are Those Who Mourn

 Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. What do the words of this beatitude mean? We want happiness, so we would say, blessed are those who rejoice. But all of us suffer, some almost constantly. There are countless ways to suffer here on earth and many degrees of suffering. Our suffering can […]

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The Thirst of Jesus

March 24, AD2017 2 Comments
The Thirst of Jesus

The last words a person says before dying are cherished by those who care for him or her. They are always remembered and reflect upon, since they reveal what that individual considered to be truly important. During someone’s final moments, the little time and energy left are dedicated to addressing what is most precious in […]

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Gratitude is a Prayer

March 18, AD2017 1 Comment
Gratitude is a Prayer

While recently considering the many types of prayer we can use when talking to God, I recalled a conversation I had last fall with a priest. The topic was envy, and my desire to avoid it. In response, this priest recommended I pray a decade of the rosary and, before each bead, think of something […]

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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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My Three Me’s

March 11, AD2017 1 Comment
My Three Me’s

Heading south from Orlando to Yeehaw Junction, the Florida Turnpike traverses a vast stretch of real estate inhabited almost exclusively by alligators, herons, snakes, and fish.  It’s a lengthy forty-seven miles across the swamp without a single exit.  Last Thursday, traveling to south Florida to speak at a men’s conference, I found myself stuck in […]

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Silence Can Be A Sinful Form of Bullying

March 4, AD2017 3 Comments
Silence Can Be A Sinful Form of Bullying

Although popular wisdom proclaims silence is golden, in some circumstances silence can also be a form of bullying. As humans, our basic needs go beyond sustenance and shelter for our mortal bodies. God has endowed us with an intrinsic need for love as well. Communication becomes a vehicle for that love. We live our lives yearning […]

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Lent: A Season of Conversion

February 24, AD2017 0 Comments
Lent: A Season of Conversion

As Lent approaches, we are reminded that this season offers us a new beginning. Pope Francis describes Lent as a “journey of spiritual renewal in the footsteps of Christ.” During this season, we are called to turn our hearts and minds back to God, to return to the Lord who offers us the gift of […]

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I’m a Mystic (And So Are You)

February 19, AD2017 0 Comments
I’m a Mystic (And So Are You)

Earlier this month I participated in my first ever retreat, called “The Retreat in Daily Life.” It was a week-long retreat which took place in tandem with my work day; 30 minutes of prayer on my own in the morning, complemented by 30 minutes of scheduled discussion with a spiritual guide in the afternoon at […]

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How Can Imperfect Contrition Lead to Perfect Contrition?

February 17, AD2017 0 Comments
How Can Imperfect Contrition Lead to Perfect Contrition?

How can imperfect contrition lead to perfect contrition? To make a “good confession” and to receive absolution for sin, a sinner must be, according to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, “of contrite heart.” (Paragraph 1450). The sinner must have contrition. Imperfect Contrition The Catechism describes two types of contrition, each sufficient for effective reception […]

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Inside the Faces of Pride

February 11, AD2017 1 Comment
Inside the Faces of Pride

Pride is something most of us understand to a certain extent.  Or, at the very least, we think we know what it looks like when we see it.  Whether seen in business leaders, politicians, celebrities, or neighbors, there is a type of pride that almost all of us recognize.  You can characterize it as bombastic, […]

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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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When the “Retreat High” Comes to an End

January 25, AD2017 5 Comments
When the “Retreat High” Comes to an End

Steubenville Conferences, Kairos, random weekend retreats: I’ve done them all. Every time I come back from one of these super-hyped, life-changing weekends, I experience this mountain-top feeling known as the “retreat high”. This feeling occurs after a weekend of endlessly singing Praise and Worship songs, listening to dozens of motivational talks, and drinking just enough […]

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Knowing Your Enemy And Fighting Back

January 21, AD2017 2 Comments
Knowing Your Enemy And Fighting Back

  Satan, Lucifer, the Devil, the Father of Lies – many of us, we grew up hearing one or more of these names. But how much do we really know about this fallen angel? What image comes to mind when someone mentions the Devil or Beelzebub? Do you imagine a big red guy with horns, […]

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