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Accepting God’s Blessings in Your Life

September 18, AD2017 0 Comments
Accepting God’s Blessings in Your Life

I’ve had an extraordinarily good year. By any rational standard, every year of my life has been good, but this year in particular I have experienced a measure of personal and professional success that has been, to say the least, deeply gratifying. I took this matter to God in prayer because I realized I was […]

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“It’s Hard to be Humble”

September 17, AD2017 0 Comments
“It’s Hard to be Humble”

In 1975, singer Mac Davis released a song entitled “It’s Hard to be Humble”.  The lyrics of this tongue-in-cheek song brought crowds to laughter, yet, they certainly struck uncomfortably close to home.  The crowds would merrily sing along as Davis crooned: “Oh, Lord it’s hard to be humble, when you’re perfect in every way/ I can’t […]

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Five First Saturdays – A Devotion for These Times

September 15, AD2017 2 Comments
Five First Saturdays – A Devotion for These Times

On December 10, 1925, Our Lady appeared to Sister Maria Lucia of Jesus and of the Immaculate Heart, in her convent. Sister Lucia was one of the three shepherd children to whom Our Lady had appeared in 1917, at Fatima. Our Lady told Sister Lucia, “I promise to assist at the hour of death with […]

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Have You Ever Lost Faith?

September 11, AD2017 3 Comments
Have You Ever Lost Faith?

I think at one point or another, each of us struggles with our faith. Regardless if it’s the result of an event, the influence of another person, or even just spending too much time in our own heads, it can lead us to questions that seem impossible to answer. This can happen at any age […]

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Petulant Children Seeking Patience

September 10, AD2017 1 Comment
Petulant Children Seeking Patience

“The virtue of patience is the one which most assures us of perfection.” -St. Francis de Sales Patience, where have you gone? I’m trying so hard to find you as this dear little one settles down for a nap, but his incessant whimpering for ‘mama’ is difficult to ignore. All of my tried and true […]

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Saints Are Our Friends in a Really High Place

September 7, AD2017 2 Comments
Saints Are Our Friends in a Really High Place

Praying to the saints to intercede on our behalf is a particularly Catholic belief. It is a teaching and tradition that has been practiced for centuries in the church. The Catechism of the Catholic Church helps us to understand how the saints can be of help to us. The intercession of the saints.    “Being […]

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Peacemakers: The Seventh Beatitude

September 1, AD2017 1 Comment
Peacemakers: The Seventh Beatitude

A peacemaker can make enemies friends. Peacemaking and Friendship Friendship is at the root of everything good. Once God creates a person like you or me, that person is made to live in a state of friendship. And because he is made to, he ought to live up to his calling. But friendship with whom? […]

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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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Exposing the Enemy’s Plan

August 19, AD2017 1 Comment
Exposing the Enemy’s Plan

  “If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.”  Sun Tzu- The Art […]

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Why Mary’s Queenship Matters

August 18, AD2017 3 Comments
Why Mary’s Queenship Matters

The Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary conclude with two events, the Assumption of Mary into heaven, and her Coronation as Queen of all Creation (meaning everything in the universe). The Church recently celebrated the Assumption on August 15 and her Coronation follows next week, on August 22. The imagery used in the Catechism to document […]

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What They Didn’t Tell Me About the Church

August 10, AD2017 1 Comment
What They Didn’t Tell Me About the Church

I entered the Catholic Church in 2010, but my wife and I turned slowly away from the popular ideological goals and dreams of this world a few years before that. She has leapt ahead of me now in this progress towards eternity, which is fitting as she also lead me in life by her understanding […]

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Some Thoughts on Going to Confession

August 6, AD2017 0 Comments
Some Thoughts on Going to Confession

It is something that Catholics are told they must do and are urged to do frequently from the very beginning of their faith formation. Sadly, today, many Catholics are not doing it all. It is the act of going to a Priest and confessing their sins in order to receive forgiveness for those sins. Whether […]

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Peter on the Water: An Example of Seeking the Lord

August 5, AD2017 0 Comments
Peter on the Water: An Example of Seeking the Lord

One of my favorite Gospel stories is where Peter walks on water as it’s a beautiful meeting of the human and divine. In it, we see Peter’s desire to draw near to the Lord and the Lord’s provision for Peter to come to him via a seemingly impossible path. The story provides an example for […]

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A Father Remembered

August 2, AD2017 3 Comments
A Father Remembered

I was in shock standing in the front pew of the church at my father’s service (a traditional funeral was not held). Monsignor was at the podium saying kind words about the departed. But he knew my family’s situation for almost a decade before this day. The turmoil and chaos in my household was something […]

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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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If You Wanna Be Happy: A Route to True Happiness

August 1, AD2017 2 Comments
If You Wanna Be Happy: A Route to True Happiness

At the end of the presentation, the webinar moderator asked me if I had any questions or comments. I replied with something to the effect that: This sounds very similar to a process that monks and other religious have been doing for hundreds of years. It’s called the Liturgy of the Hours. They start the […]

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God Has A Plan: Trust His Holistic Point of View

July 31, AD2017 2 Comments
God Has A Plan: Trust His Holistic Point of View

I once had a priest tell me, after I spent a while explaining to him all the concerns I had running through my head as a college senior, that God does not compartmentalize. Every day, every decision that I make, and everything that happens to me in that day, is for a greater purpose. I’ve […]

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Determination Means Giving 110% Even When It Is Hard

July 29, AD2017 0 Comments
Determination Means Giving 110% Even When It Is Hard

August has always meant Football for me. And maybe it’s just me, but football makes me think about religion. I am not a sports fanatic, but I have always been fascinated with football. I was at a dinner a few months ago and one of the speakers remarked how football is very difficult to bring […]

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Edel Quinn: An Unlikely Missionary

July 18, AD2017 0 Comments
Edel Quinn: An Unlikely Missionary

Edel Quinn was an unlikely missionary and servant of God. Young, single, female, and knowingly living out her last few years with an incurable case of tuberculosis, she set out from Ireland for Africa in 1936 to continue her evangelization work in the wilds of Africa. Incredibly, none of these were obstacles to Edel, who […]

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Wisdom About Suffering from St. Paul and St. Frances de Sales

July 13, AD2017 1 Comment
Wisdom About Suffering from St. Paul and St. Frances de Sales

There are many painful experiences that are a part of our lives this side of heaven. These can be emotional such as disappointment, heartache, betrayal, sadness, loneliness, frustration, righteous anger and indignation. Or they can be physical sufferings from disease or injury, from torture, starvation or various other trials. The pain can be intensified when […]

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The Sin Problem

July 12, AD2017 5 Comments
The Sin Problem

“Sign, sign, everywhere a sign Blockin’ out the scenery, breakin’ my mind Do this, don’t do that, can’t you read the sign?” Five Man Electric Band- Signs, 1970 For many, many Catholics (and non-Catholic Christians) the lyrics above sum up their experience in the Church.  For many, Christianity looks like one big, fat rule book. […]

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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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5 Reasons To Pray For Your Spouse

July 3, AD2017 1 Comment
5 Reasons To Pray For Your Spouse

  Prayer is one the deepest ways we show our love – to God, to our family, to the world. From childhood, many of us experience religious tradition through prayer in the Mass and in family prayer time. It is one of the staples of being Christian. St. Thérèse of Lisieux believed that prayer was […]

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The Mediocrity of Apathy

July 2, AD2017 5 Comments
The Mediocrity of Apathy

I have been pondering what seems to be the tension between loving the sinner and following the law.  Often times we call people Pharisees if they believe the law should be followed.  But there is a distinction between people who have love in their hearts and follow the law, and those who only follow the […]

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