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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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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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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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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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What is Man?

May 8, AD2018 1 Comment
What is Man?

In Matthew’s Gospel Jesus tells His disciples that He did not come to bring peace but, rather, the sword (Mt. 10:34). He tells the apostles that His message will set family members against themselves and that they will become each other’s enemies. Immediately after this Jesus continues by saying that those who love father or […]

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Ministering to Jesus

May 4, AD2018 0 Comments
Ministering to Jesus

“There were many women there, looking on from a distance, who had followed Jesus from Galilee, ministering to Him.” (Matt. 27:55) We all know the joy of reading a great book for a second or third time. Perhaps when we first read it, we were young and didn’t pick up on some of the nuances […]

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A Call to Understand and Support Pope Francis

May 3, AD2018 21 Comments
A Call to Understand and Support Pope Francis

Pope Francis has my admiration because I hear the voice of love speaking through him. He always stresses God’s infinite mercy. People Accuse Pope Francis Recently, a ninety-three-year-old atheist accused him of denying the existence of hell. This man who has nothing but contempt for Christianity delighted in causing an uproar. The Pope denied his […]

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Hate, Love, and False Love

April 28, AD2018 1 Comment
Hate, Love, and False Love

Hate has become very topical—“hate speech,” “hate crimes,” being “hateful.” Yet in the ’60s, when “Love” was widely proposed as the solution—the “Summer of Love,” “all you need is love,” “unconditional love,”—there was not much talk about “Hate” being the problem. Now, when there is so much talk about “Hate” being the problem, there is […]

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Stagnaro Nails Probability, Ending the Fine Tuning Argument

April 22, AD2018 3 Comments
Stagnaro Nails Probability, Ending the Fine Tuning Argument

In an essay in the National Catholic Register, Angelo Stagnaro, in explaining probability, hit the nail on the head. In doing so, he nailed shut the coffin of the Fine Tuning argument for the existence of God, thereby ending it. He demonstrated that valid values of probability are based on a purely logical focus, not […]

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The Dispute on “Faith Alone”

April 16, AD2018 4 Comments
The Dispute on “Faith Alone”

My exploration of the “faith alone” controversy began in a discussion with a non-Catholic coworker. One morning, this friend asked me to go to his church the following Sunday, since his church was “far easier” than what he perceived the Catholic Church to be or require.  He indicated that all that was required to get to […]

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#MeToo and the Messiah

April 14, AD2018 5 Comments
#MeToo and the Messiah

The #MeToo movement has shaken the foundations of some of the culture’s most entrenched havens of sexual harassment, abuse and predation. The list of politicians, actors and other notable personalities seems to grow with each passing week. The movement also raises the deeper issue of human dignity, particularly as it relates to the objectification of […]

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There’s Nothing New Under the Sun

April 12, AD2018 0 Comments
There’s Nothing New Under the Sun

The intellectual mood of our time could be best described as self-congratulatory. After the fall of the Berlin Wall, it was taken as fact that liberal democracies would sweep the globe. There was even a legitimate school of thought which believed we were witnessing “the end of history as such”. No more history, just one long […]

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Deaconesses, Never Deacons, Never Priestesses

March 25, AD2018 24 Comments
Deaconesses, Never Deacons, Never Priestesses

Some revolutionaries, who want the Church to attempt to confer the Sacrament of Holy Orders on women,  point to this verse from St. Paul’s Epistle to the Romans: “I commend to you our sister Phoebe, who is a deaconess of the church which is at Cenchrea.” (Rom. 16:1) The Greek word they translate as “deaconess” is diakonos, which […]

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Cormac McCarthy’s The Sunset Limited and the Chitchat Apostolate

March 21, AD2018 1 Comment
Cormac McCarthy’s The Sunset Limited and the Chitchat Apostolate

  Cormac McCarthy’s The Sunset Limited, a novel in dramatic form, revolves around a conversation between two men, Black and White, about the existence of God. White is a man in despair whom Black has just prevented from killing himself by jumping in front of an oncoming train. Black takes White home so that he […]

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The Real Meaning of Lenten Penance

March 18, AD2018 1 Comment
The Real Meaning of Lenten Penance

We Catholics are familiar with Lent as a time of fasting and penance. We are told every year that during this time we ought to abstain from a habit that is not beneficial for us and to take up a more fruitful spiritual practice. We are also obliged to abstain from meat and to fast. […]

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If You Want Jesus, You Need the Church

March 14, AD2018 6 Comments
If You Want Jesus, You Need the Church

There is a strand in American Christianity that is often called “me and Jesus” Christianity. To have Jesus, you don’t need the Church. You’ll most often find it in Protestantism, but it has also seeped its way into the Catholic Church. If you have ever heard anybody say that they love Jesus but hate the […]

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Drawing Lessons from the Boardroom

March 13, AD2018 0 Comments
Drawing Lessons from the Boardroom

Churches around the United States are disappearing.   Parishes consolidating, dwindling numbers of cradle Catholics that no longer attend Church, mixed signals from the leadership of the Church lead to a confusing situation for the Catholic Church. Several questions come up. What is happening?  How has it happened? Do we blame outside forces for the “failure” of […]

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Catholic Authors: Pray, Listen, Then Write

March 12, AD2018 9 Comments
Catholic Authors: Pray, Listen, Then Write

Some Catholic authors write as if they belong to a Church Beleaguered, not the Church Triumphant.  Articles tend to be either defensive or angry attacks against adversaries.  Many religious writers retreat, focusing only on like-minded souls, writing for a small, mutual admiration society. The rest are tempted to quit when it seems like the world is wearing […]

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On the Integration of Substantial Change, Creation, and Evolution

March 11, AD2018 5 Comments
On the Integration of Substantial Change, Creation, and Evolution

Substantial change, creation, and evolution are commonly acknowledged to be topics in philosophy, theology, and science, respectively. The integration of theology with philosophy within human knowledge is clearly manifest in Catholic seminary education, which places the study of philosophy prior to the study of theology. In contrast to philosophy and theology, which are primarily concerned […]

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Where is God’s Will?

March 5, AD2018 5 Comments
Where is God’s Will?

“Thy Kingdom come, thy will be done” we pray in the Our Father. “Not my will, but yours be done” (Luke 22:42), prayed Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane. For someone seeking to live as a disciple of Christ, finding God’s will for our life is essential. It is something to keep learning about for […]

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The Joy of Being Catholic

February 28, AD2018 4 Comments
The Joy of Being Catholic

Anyone and everyone should be Catholic: God wants it because it is the best way to be a fulfilled human being. But how is someone Catholic?  What does it mean to be Catholic?  Who is a good Catholic?  If you were arrested for being Catholic, would there be enough evidence to convict you? Keep in mind that […]

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Rebellion or Reverence: A Consideration for the Church

February 25, AD2018 2 Comments
Rebellion or Reverence:  A Consideration for the Church

Even in this time of Lent in the Church, the world rolls on without any serious attention to God. Even within the Church, we often see more attention given to Fish Fry’s than we do Stations of the Cross. It’s a sad statement of our times that many appear to have chosen the wide path […]

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