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The Hypocrite and the Sinner: Not Twins

May 21, AD2018 0 Comments
The Hypocrite and the Sinner: Not Twins

The Struggle Is Real William Gurnall once stated, “While the Christian commits a sin he hates it; whereas the hypocrite loves it while he forbears it.” We have all felt the frustration of falling into sin the same day as attending Mass or praying.  The truth is that we all play many positive and not […]

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Discernment of Our Thoughts and Prayers

May 21, AD2018 0 Comments
Discernment of Our Thoughts and Prayers

The other night, I woke to a phone call around midnight and then I couldn’t get back to sleep. This could have been due to the humidity, which isn’t yet bad enough to warrant turning on the A/C unit, but is to the point where even having several fans going doesn’t really make a dent. […]

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The Catholic and Gnostic Views of Materiality Yield Hope and Despair

May 20, AD2018 0 Comments
The Catholic and Gnostic Views of Materiality Yield Hope and Despair

Simply, the Catholic and Gnostic views of materiality are, respectively, Good and Evil, which engender hope and despair. It is paradoxical that the modern adoration of materiality in the form of technology should be concurrent and compatible with the Gnostic regard of materiality as evil. If we take the material and its pleasures as a […]

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Mary, Mother of the Church: A New Celebration

May 20, AD2018 0 Comments
Mary, Mother of the Church: A New Celebration

Our Blessed Mother is honored under many titles. The faithful have often referred to Mary as “the Mother of God”, “the Mother of the faithful” or simply “our Mother” to stress her personal relationship with each one of us, her children. Pope Francis has recently declared that a new memorial will be celebrated in honor […]

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Seeing the Face of God in the Poor

May 19, AD2018 0 Comments
Seeing the Face of God in the Poor

There is a tenet in the Legion of Mary so central to the mission of the apostolate that perhaps all the works and prayers its members perform can be said to flow directly from it: it is critical for Christians to see the face of God in their fellow man. Whether a person is in […]

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Appearance versus Reality: Christ’s Body in the Eucharist

May 19, AD2018 0 Comments
Appearance versus Reality: Christ’s Body in the Eucharist

One day, a Protestant friend and I were discussing something pertaining to Christianity when my friend made a comment akin to “Jesus said it, and I believe it.” I replied that, in that case, I was glad he had come around to the belief that unless Christ’s followers ate His body and drank His blood, they […]

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“Infinite Jest” Reaffirms The Power of Confession

May 18, AD2018 0 Comments
“Infinite Jest” Reaffirms The Power of Confession

David Foster Wallace’s book, Infinite Jest, is unique: hilarious and bleak, enlightening and depressing. Wallace tried on two separate occasions to become Catholic but sadly was never baptised. You can feel his striving and yearning, looking for the Truth. Tragically, he killed himself when he was only 46 and we will never know whether he […]

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Defending the Catholic Church with Scripture

May 18, AD2018 0 Comments
Defending the Catholic Church with Scripture

So there you are being confronted by a Protestant, who asks you some simple bible questions about your personal salvation and the Catholic Church getting in the way of it. With what do you answer back? There is a way to turn the tables on these well-meaning Christians and to put them on the defensive […]

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The Promise of Friendship With God

May 17, AD2018 0 Comments
The Promise of Friendship With God

You are my friends if you do what I command you. I no longer call you slaves, because a slave does not know what his master is doing. I have called you friends, because I have told you everything I have heard from my Father. (John 15:14-15) With these words, Jesus makes clear to the apostles […]

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God’s Chat with the Devil;
The Vision of Pope Leo XIII

May 17, AD2018 0 Comments
God’s Chat with the Devil; <br> The Vision of Pope Leo XIII

For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.  — 1 Corinthians 1:22-25 INTRODUCTION: STORIES ABOUT POPE LEO’S VISION OF THE DEVIL While he was attending Mass in 1884 Pope Leo XIII reportedly had a vision and overheard a conversation between God and the devil, […]

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The Universal Appeal of Jane Austen

May 16, AD2018 0 Comments
The Universal Appeal of Jane Austen

Celebrated Worldwide, Beloved By Millions: Jane Is Everywhere The Jane Austen Circle of Singapore regularly hosts Regency balls and teas at the Old Parliament Arts House. Membership consists largely of octogenarians and nonagenarians— several of them are youngsters, not yet fifty years old You can attend an Austen Festival at the following locations: Bath, England; Canberra […]

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Lessons in Marriage from Mary

May 16, AD2018 0 Comments
Lessons in Marriage from Mary

In this article, I wish to examine three ways that Mary can teach us about marriage. This month presents us with the opportunity not only of thinking about Mary but also of our own mother and, perhaps, the institution of marriage as a whole. Mary’s “Yes” is the “Yes” that We Depend on in Marriage […]

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Living A Fanatical Catholic Life

May 15, AD2018 0 Comments
Living A Fanatical Catholic Life

Society desperately needs passionate Catholics – those who put Church teachings above secular ideologies, who strive daily to grow in the knowledge of God, who base their decisions around the Church, and who maintain joy through life’s trials.  Living a fanatical Catholic life is what we are all called to do. When we apply the […]

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The Courage to Endure to the End

May 15, AD2018 0 Comments
The Courage to Endure to the End

In 2016, images of Discalced Carmelite Sister Cecilia Maria were spread throughout the internet. She died painfully of cancer on June 23 at the age of 42. Take a look at the pictures. She does not appear to be suffering; instead, her face shows the beauty of true joy and inestimable courage as she waits […]

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The Patrick Coffin Show: What Is a Real Man? Gordon Dalbey

May 14, AD2018 0 Comments
The Patrick Coffin Show: What Is a Real Man? Gordon Dalbey

The Patrick Coffin Show podcast features weekly interviews with A-list influencers and outliers in the effort to recover the Judeo-Christian roots of the culture. Patrick is the Canadian-born former host of Catholic Answers Live, and he has raving fans around the world. He injects these fascinating interviews with his own distinctive blend of depth and […]

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Lord, If This How You Treat Your Friends . . .

May 14, AD2018 2 Comments
Lord, If This How You Treat Your Friends . . .

If you try to help a struggling butterfly emerge from the prison of his cocoon, his wings will be permanently deformed.  As a butterfly struggles, fluid is forced into its wings so they stretch and open, allowing them to fly but butterflies are not the only creatures who must struggle before they have the ability […]

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Sing a New Song to the Lord

May 13, AD2018 0 Comments
Sing a New Song to the Lord

When I was 13, I joined the Jr. High Chorus at my local public school. It was the mid-‘70’s and songs about teaching the world to sing in perfect harmony flourished. The odd thing is, though our choir sang songs about harmony,  there was no harmony in our relationships in that music classroom.  Sadly, being […]

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Understanding Our Call to Have Great Faith

May 13, AD2018 0 Comments
Understanding Our Call to Have Great Faith

There are many situations in our lives where our faith is tested. Confusion and discord within the Church continue today as they have for centuries. Injustice and a lack of charity are seen even among those who claim to be Christian. Those who place their confidence in Christ and his Church are ridiculed, mocked and […]

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Scripture Passages That Say Jesus Isn’t God

May 12, AD2018 1 Comment
Scripture Passages That Say Jesus Isn’t God

Imagine this scenario. You hear the doorbell ring, you open the door, and you see two well-dressed men standing on your porch with smiles on their faces. They ask you a seemingly harmless question about God, and then they ask you what religion you practice. You tell them that you are Catholic, so they ask […]

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The Grace of the Catholic Church While Grieving Suicide

May 12, AD2018 2 Comments
The Grace of the Catholic Church While Grieving Suicide

Unimaginable Loss Tragedy struck our family in February of this year. My 47-year-old aunt Jeannine, with whom I was close, committed suicide during a night when she was lost in deep despair. A despair we hadn’t known she battled, until we read her journal entries after the fact. Our family has been and continues to […]

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Pentecost and Eternal Perspective

May 11, AD2018 3 Comments
Pentecost and Eternal Perspective

When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly a sound came from heaven like the rush of a mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared to them tongues as of fire, distributed and resting on each one of them. […]

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The Experience of Pain and the Gift of Growth

May 11, AD2018 3 Comments
The Experience of Pain and the Gift of Growth

I sat down intending to write about joy.  It’s one of my favorite topics, and I’m rather fond of the emotion itself.  I’ll choose it any time, any day over so many other emotions, and make a practice of doing so regularly.  In thinking about the source of joy, though, I keep returning to the […]

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Our Lady as Spiritual Vessel

May 10, AD2018 2 Comments
Our Lady as Spiritual Vessel

For many years I struggled to understand the “vessel” images applied to the Virgin Mary in the Litany of Loreto. In the Litany she is described variously as a “spiritual vessel,” a “vessel of honor,” and a “singular vessel of devotion.” These are gracious but mysterious descriptions, to be sure. Pope St. John Paul II […]

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Enter Into Christ’s Mystical Body; Let God Take Control

May 10, AD2018 6 Comments
Enter Into Christ’s Mystical Body; Let God Take Control

Just over five hundred years ago, in 1509, Henry VIII became King of England and it was because of him that Protestantism was introduced into England.  In that same year, John Colet, son of the Lord Mayor of London introduced stoicism into the St Paul’s school that he founded, which became a paradigm for the […]

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