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My Catholic Story

Writing for Catholic Stand gives me a tremendous opportunity to explore my faith, and I am grateful to our Editor-in-Chief, Melanie Juneau, and my Managing

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Do You Really Believe That?

More than twenty years ago I encouraged my Irish mother-in-law to find a Bible Study group and to “get into the Word.” Because we lived

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relationship

The Homily and the Homilist

Like many people, I have serious and complicated flaws. Don’t get too excited, this is not an open confession. Just take my word for it,

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desert

Fighting the Good Fight

It’s hard being Catholic these days. The enemy continues to push, pull, and agitate, taking our minds off what is true and offering wonderful things

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Praying Through Stress

August is a great time to assess one’s stress levels. In every walk of life, people find summer to be unreasonably hectic. In the early

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Divorce

Kudos to Alyssa Milano

Actress Alyssa Milano ignited social media with a tweet last Friday night calling for women to return to chastity. Although her nonsectarian phrase is “sex-strike,”

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The Second Conversion

The Gospel of John recounts a clandestine meeting, under the cover of darkness, between Jesus and a ruler of the Jews, a Pharisee named Nicodemus.

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Why Are Dust and Ashes Proud?

“Why are dust and ashes proud? Even during life man’s body decays … a king today – tomorrow he is dead,” writes Sirach (Sirach 10:9).

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Blessed is She Who Believed

There is a stone building called “Mary’s House” near the ancient city of Ephesus (modern-day Turkey) on a hillside named “Nightingale”. The house is simple,

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