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Finding Your True Self in Marian Devotion

June 18, AD2017 5 Comments
Finding Your True Self in Marian Devotion

I have written before that my spiritual life is owed to Mary. A few years ago, after a long period of lapsed faith, I felt suddenly called to pray the Rosary, which was followed by daily Mass attendance, then Confirmation into the Church, and the rest, as they say, is history. It is impossible for […]

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The Deadly Cancer of Anger

June 14, AD2017 5 Comments
The Deadly Cancer of Anger

“This deadly cancer of anger… makes us unlike ourselves, makes us like timber wolves or furies from Hell, drives us forth headlong upon the points of swords, makes us blindly run forth after other men’s destruction as we hasten toward our own ruin.” This quote by St. Thomas More goes a long way to explain […]

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Your True North

June 6, AD2017 1 Comment
Your True North

  Many today are getting lost amongst the busy consumer culture, bogged down with appearing successful and fitting in with those around them. This culture tells us that the newest and fanciest cars will make us happy. It tells us that having a multimillion-dollar home will finally bring us that satisfaction that we have been […]

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God’s Grace Will Overcome Dysfunction

June 3, AD2017 2 Comments
God’s Grace Will Overcome Dysfunction

Dysfunction Is Everywhere Are you dismayed at times by the amount of dysfunction you run into when dealing with other people? Does it seem to you, as it does to me, that there is far too much pain and anxiety mixed in with occasional spurts of joy and peace that many of us encounter? In […]

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Justice Will Make You Happy: The Fourth Beatitude

June 2, AD2017 0 Comments
Justice Will Make You Happy: The Fourth Beatitude

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied. Good Just Lives Our life is morally good or righteous if it is made up of acts of justice. The first three of the Ten Commandments concern justice toward God. Justice toward God is giving Him what is due to him. Thankfully, […]

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Solitude Among Millions

June 1, AD2017 1 Comment
Solitude Among Millions

After dropping off my son at school, I usually go running at the local park. This park is quite unusual in the Los Angeles area. It is covered with huge ancient oak trees, on over 30 acres nestled along the mountains. The recent much needed rain over the winter season has turned the hillsides an […]

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The Struggle for Newly-Wedded Bliss after Marriage

May 29, AD2017 2 Comments
The Struggle for Newly-Wedded Bliss after Marriage

Yesterday my husband and I celebrated our three month anniversary of marriage, and as those three months have passed, I have learned much about the joys and struggles of this sacrament.  Marriage is truly a sacrament of paradoxes: being married feels so natural and brings great interior peace, even though it is very different from […]

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Hope, the Rosary and the Blessed Mother

May 27, AD2017 0 Comments
Hope, the Rosary and the Blessed Mother

If you strengthen your relationship with the Blessed Virgin Mary, you will almost certainly build an even greater relationship with Jesus and the Father. Many clerics and laypeople have written about the importance of Marian Devotion over the years, and undoubtedly many will continue to do so in the future. This may be because there […]

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Hope: A Misunderstood Virtue

May 24, AD2017 0 Comments
Hope: A Misunderstood Virtue

We all face difficult moments of darkness and anxiety when things can become difficult. Some may become disillusioned with life and lose hope. During these challenging times, hope can also be misunderstood. We may think that it is having a positive attitude or being optimistic. We may place our hope in things of this world, […]

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Devotion to Mary Brought Me Closer to God

May 21, AD2017 4 Comments
Devotion to Mary Brought Me Closer to God

I have always had a special attraction to the Blessed Virgin Mary.  Ever since I was a child, there was something about seeing a statue of Mary or her image in a painting that drew me to her. Out of the fullness of revealed truth that is contained in the Catholic Church, I have always […]

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The Father’s Personal Command to Us: Listen to Him

May 13, AD2017 0 Comments
The Father’s Personal Command to Us: Listen to Him

It is very rare in the New Testament that we are given words directly spoken by God the Father so when this happens it should grab our attention. One of the three occasions this occurs is at the Transfiguration. God the Father identifies who Jesus is and then concludes His message with a powerful exhortation […]

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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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Increase Happiness and Save Our Culture…One Thank You at a Time

May 3, AD2017 0 Comments
Increase Happiness and Save Our Culture…One Thank You at a Time

“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 ) I realize many reading the title of this essay may feel that there doesn’t need to be another article about gratitude. CatholicStand.com is obviously a faith-based site.  The users […]

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Making God Your Goal

May 2, AD2017 2 Comments
Making God Your Goal

In an effort to maintain their lifestyles, some people repeatedly push themselves to the point of exhaustion. But a life that does not have God as the goal is a life that is not well spent. Take, for example, the college student who works relentlessly in pursuit of a career with a handsome salary, respect, […]

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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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