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Our Society is Destroying Itself

August 26, AD2017 30 Comments
Our Society is Destroying Itself

Our society is in sad shape — or at least it is from what I can see. As universal acceptance of values and religion has dropped, so has the accepted standard for what constitutes a good life. Even from a non-Catholic perspective, one hears about too many crimes to remember just by turning on the […]

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Living Catholic, Celebrating Freedom: The Joy of Virtue

July 3, AD2017 0 Comments
Living Catholic, Celebrating Freedom: The Joy of Virtue

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Fortnight for Freedom reminds Catholics to engage the culture and to embrace “Freedom for Mission” in 2017. The effort calls us to support religious liberty, pray, and witness to the Christian life. The Theological Virtues – Faith, Hope, and Charity Growing in faith, hope, and charity can be […]

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A Devotional: Seeking God During Suffering

March 14, AD2017 0 Comments
A Devotional: Seeking God During Suffering

“And their heart was brought low with hardships. They were weakened, and there was no one to help them.”        Psalm 106:12 In my own life, I have had experienced hurdles which have tested my faith in people. Our hearts can be “brought low,” as the Psalm reads, during trials with others.  Sometimes we may feel there […]

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Modesty Is a Direction Not a Line

December 5, AD2016
Modesty Is a Direction Not a Line

I get frustrated when I see this seemingly endless discussion in certain Catholic circles about how women should dress. How long should the skirt be? Are skinny jeans appropriate? How much cleavage is allowed? I also remember my sisters describing shopping for wedding dresses and the saleswoman assuming they were Mormons because they didn’t want […]

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Loving When It’s Hard To Love

August 14, AD2016 0 Comments
Loving When It’s Hard To Love

Love is a Decision I heard a reference from one of the saints that “love is a decision”. In our culture and in Hollywood, love is made out to be romantic and fulfilling. For some maybe it is. However, for those of us who are in it for the long-haul of life know that loving other people […]

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Transforming Competition into Love

July 31, AD2016 0 Comments
Transforming Competition into Love

Pope Francis made the following statement in a homily a few years ago on the topic of the Holy Spirit in our lives: “This is the work of the Holy Spirit: he brings us the new things of God. He comes to us and makes all things new; he changes us…God is even now making […]

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Evangelization’s Golden Key: Humility in Christ

November 13, AD2015 2 Comments
Evangelization’s Golden Key:  Humility in Christ

Keys are an important image used in the Bible.  Keys, such as those given by Jesus to Peter, on the Old Testament occasion of Yom Kippur for his role in the New Covenant binding and loosing sins, are important symbols.  Even Peter’s name (Kephas), is an alliteration of the Kiphas, the stone box in which the Keys […]

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An Addict’s Reflections: St. John Vianney, Patron Saint of Bad Memories?

December 20, AD2013 10 Comments
An Addict’s Reflections:  St. John Vianney, Patron Saint of Bad Memories?

“In admiring the virtues of the saints, we are only admiring the virtues of Christ.” ~~Saint John Marie Baptiste Vianney~~ Few people would think of Saint John Vianney (1786-1859) the Patron Saint of Parish Priests, as having a bad memory, or liking fireworks and marching bands, or having a sense of humor, or being poor […]

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OrderWeedNess

August 26, AD2013 2 Comments
OrderWeedNess

The city I live in thinks my family has a problem with the virtue of orderliness. An inspector has just sent me an “Environmental Violation Ticket” alleging that our property has on it “rank growth of weeds ten inches or over in height.” If we don’t correct this offense within five days, the city will […]

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