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When Good Catholics are Bad People: How Do I Heal When Hurt by Those in the Church?

September 2, AD2014 2 Comments
When Good Catholics are Bad People: How Do I Heal When Hurt by Those in the Church?

Years and years ago, I took a volunteer position at our parish. I had been impressed by our pastor’s drive and orthodoxy, leading his congregation and its school to a state of dynamic, authentic Catholicism. At the first meeting, though, a different side of Father showed up than I was used to. He was critical […]

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Time Alone With My Son

September 2, AD2014 0 Comments
Time Alone With My Son

Road Trip! One of my younger kids, my son, is going to be a high school senior this coming school year. He asked me if we could have some “time alone” and go on a road trip to visit various college campuses around our great state of Michigan. With all the kids in our family, […]

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St. John Paul II’s Rapprochement with Science: A Quest for Common Understanding

September 1, AD2014 5 Comments
St. John Paul II’s Rapprochement with Science: A Quest for Common Understanding

“Science can purify religion from error and superstition; religion can purify science from idolatry and false absolutes. Each can draw the other into a wider world, a world in which both can flourish.”  St. John Paul II, Letter to Rev. George Coyne, S.J., Director of the Vatican Observatory.  “Christianity possesses the source of its justification […]

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A Dark Age of Reason

September 1, AD2014 9 Comments
A Dark Age of Reason

Adam’s sin weakened the will and darkened the intellect of all his progeny. God promised a redeemer to remedy the human condition. Every time I read the address, which Pope Benedict XVI gave in 2006 at the University of Regensburg, I become more impressed with his outline of the surge in faith and reason in […]

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The Hell There Is!

August 30, AD2014 4 Comments
The Hell There Is!

We’ve all witnessed or experienced it. The screaming and squirming child that does everything in his power to thwart the parent’s efforts to love him and sooth him in his sadness, anger or fear. Sometimes as a parent, no matter how hard we try, our efforts to love seem to bounce off our children instead […]

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Know Thyself: St. Teresa of Avila on Humility

August 30, AD2014 3 Comments
Know Thyself: St. Teresa of Avila on Humility

How do we gain true humility? How well do we really know ourselves? Recently, for spiritual reading I’ve been reading St. Teresa of Avila’s Interior Castle. It’s a book I tried to read before, but it was a bit forced, and never had much impact. This time, I feel like she wrote that book just for […]

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Does Education Prevent Children From Coming to Jesus?

August 30, AD2014 17 Comments
Does Education Prevent Children From Coming to Jesus?

My son was a third grader when he first faced prejudice in his classroom. “Mommy, we went to the front of the room to put our tally marks under who we are voting for,” he said. “When I put mine up, the teacher called out my name and said, ‘I am SURPRISED at YOU!’ Everyone laughed, and no one […]

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Thoughts from a New Momma

August 28, AD2014 4 Comments
Thoughts from a New Momma

Just over two months ago, I was joined in sacramental union to my beautiful bride, and before the ink had even dried on our marriage certificate, God saw fit to add to our joy and our number by blessing us with a baby on the way. In the week or so after we received this news, […]

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A Framework for the New Evangelization

August 28, AD2014 10 Comments
A Framework for the New Evangelization

In his 1990 encyclical, Redemptoris Missio, Pope Saint John Paul II writes: “God is opening before the Church the horizons of a humanity more fully prepared for the sowing of the Gospel. I sense that the moment has come to commit all of the Church’s energies to a new evangelization and to the mission ad gentes.”[i] We’ve […]

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Review of “Science was Born of Christianity”

August 27, AD2014 41 Comments
Review of “Science was Born of Christianity”

In 2002, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld tried in vain to explain to the Washington Press Corps that the most difficult stage of risk assessment is identifying the information you don’t know you don’t know, what he called “the unknown unknowns.” In every project plan, there are impediments we can’t identify because they don’t stand […]

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Conspiracies & Catholicism: The Inquisition

August 26, AD2014 5 Comments
Conspiracies & Catholicism: The Inquisition

Bouncing off of last month’s mention that the Spanish Inquisition didn’t burn witches, I decided I’d talk about what “The Inquisition” is and what they did. Mandatory reference: “I didn’t expect some kind of Spanish Inquisition!” “No-one expects The Spanish Inquisition! Our chief weapon is surprise, fear and surprise; two chief weapons, fear, surprise, and ruthless […]

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Who Is The Master Of Our Fate?

August 25, AD2014 3 Comments
Who Is The Master Of Our Fate?

I have just discovered that my high school freshman son loves music and listens to vast amounts of it, whenever he gets the chance. Believe it or not, I live in the same house as my son, and I even work from home. However, if you asked me yesterday, “Does your high school freshman son […]

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The Casual Catholic Men

August 25, AD2014 24 Comments
The Casual Catholic Men

What Are “Casual Catholic Men”? There is a Catholic “man-crisis.” Large numbers of Catholic men, while not rejecting the faith explicitly, have implicitly rejected the faith because of a lack of commitment.  They are like an empty suit; the clothes are there, but the man is not. These are Casual Catholic Men, men who are casual […]

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A Kindness to My Papi

August 25, AD2014 7 Comments
A Kindness to My Papi

We all thought Papi was being a big baby when he stopped leaving the house. In the past year, he had become needy, asking us to drive all the way to his house to buy his groceries at the supermarket that was literally across the street from his apartment. We were frustrated that he was […]

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Pro-Life Messages in Ten Popular Movies

August 24, AD2014 6 Comments
Pro-Life Messages in Ten Popular Movies

Often Christians lament the darkness in the world around us. War, abortion, euthanasia, and murder are regular occurrences even in our own communities. No wondering Saint Pope John Paul II labeled now as “the culture of death” in Evangelium Viate. Yet, hope remains. Sometimes when we focus so much on the evil, we fail to […]

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NYC Cabbie: Sharing Scripture in the Taxi Garage

August 22, AD2014 6 Comments
NYC Cabbie: Sharing Scripture in the Taxi Garage

I wish Catholics were as devoted to reading the Bible as frequently as some Protestants. Granted, many active Catholics do read the Bible regularly, or a daily devotional of Scripture. And to be fair, not all Protestants are pouring over the Holy Book all of their time. But recently, while walking through the taxi garage […]

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Throwing Cold Water on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

August 22, AD2014 8 Comments
Throwing Cold Water on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Trendy — it’s all the rage in today’s works of charity. Never mind that the theological virtue of Charity should be a staple in the lives of any Catholic worth his salt (or leaven). That’s a topic for another day. Our hyperactive culture has found more and more ways to call our fleeting attention to […]

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