Easter Changes Everything . . .

Easter Changes Everything . . .

“Easter changes everything for us, too. We know that life is stronger than death. Love is stronger than hatred. Hope stronger than despair. We know that Christ is risen, and with us” – Fr. James Martin, S.J A sense of newness blossomed from the doors of Holy Ghost Church in Denver. I sat in the […]

| 04-16-AD2014 | [0]
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More Spiritual Care of Patients

More Spiritual Care of Patients

God gives us all opportunities to be a witness to Him, but Dr. Victor Ajluni wrote a wonderful column illustrating the sacredness of the places our healing professions allow us to go. If you haven’t read it yet, please do yourself a favor and do so. When I returned to the level- 3 neonatal intensive […]

| 04-15-AD2014 | [0]
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How Fasting and Prayer Blessed Me this Lent

How Fasting and Prayer Blessed Me this Lent

Lent, what a season! For some it brings dread, for others it is a time to strengthen their walk with God, and still others it is a missed opportunity for renewal altogether. For me, this Lent has been a wonderful and intense time of great growth in my relationship with God. I have learned many […]

| 04-15-AD2014 | [3]
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Suffering–a Catholic|Jewish Perspective*

Suffering–a Catholic|Jewish Perspective*

Whether we will or not, we must suffer…There are two ways of suffering — to suffer with love, and to suffer without love. The saints suffered everything with joy, patience, and perseverance, because they loved. As for us, we suffer with anger, vexation, and weariness, because we do not love. If we loved God, we […]

| 04-14-AD2014 | [5]
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A Non-Historical Question about Jesus of Nazareth

A Non-Historical Question about Jesus of Nazareth

Peter Kreeft recently presented an essay on the theme that, in his claim to be God, the historical Jesus of Nazareth could not have been wrong and still been a good man. If not God, he would have had to have been a liar, a lunatic, a guru believing in some form of universal divinity, or […]

| 04-14-AD2014 | [0]
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Let’s Do the ‘Washing of the Feet’ Right or Do Away With It Altogether

Let’s Do the ‘Washing of the Feet’ Right or Do Away With It Altogether

So here we are again—approaching Holy Week. A most splendid—the most splendid week of the year! Yes, Christmas brings us the infant God made man, but during this week He fulfills that purpose for which he was conceived of the Virgin Mary. Holy Week, however, comes replete with painful awareness of how many Catholic parishes simply […]

| 04-14-AD2014 | [78]
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Viewing the Passion Through the Eyes of St. Gemma Galgani

Viewing the Passion Through the Eyes of St. Gemma Galgani

Sometimes, it’s good to get a fresh perspective. When we’ve seen the same thing, the same way, over and over again, it can get stale and lose its impact on us. I’ve heard priests say that the best-known passages from Sacred Scripture are the most difficult ones about which to preach for precisely this reason. […]

| 04-14-AD2014 | [1]
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Giving Up <i>‘Vegables’</i> for Lent

Giving Up ‘Vegables’ for Lent

It’s hard to write humor these days. You come up with an idea for a list of funny things to give up for Lent, and some third grader beats you to it. And not just one, but three. The first thing I thought of was vegetables. I was still thinking about it when I stopped […]

| 04-14-AD2014 | [2]
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The Role of Physicians in the Spiritual Care of Their Patients

The Role of Physicians in the Spiritual Care of Their Patients

On the day I graduated from medical school, I took an oath that includes the famous words: “First do no harm.” I am happy to say that in entering my twentieth year as a physician, I have somehow managed to keep my word. But, is that really enough? I don’t think so. In fact, it […]

| 04-11-AD2014 | [4]
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God is Not a Vending Machine

God is Not a Vending Machine

“If God is so good and loving, if He’s really there at all, why didn’t He answer my prayer?” This question has been asked by atheists and agnostics and doubters and believers and skeptics and observers and disinterested third-parties alike. For some it presents a serious challenge to their faith, or to the possibility of […]

| 04-10-AD2014 | [3]
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Good Friday and the Two Mobs

Good Friday and the Two Mobs

In the days leading up to Good Friday, Jesus was encountered by two different kinds of mobs that had entirely different responses to him and thereby suffered two different fates. Both mobs were convicted and condemned, but in very different ways. “This Mob is Cursed” (John 7:49) There were many people in Israel who were […]

| 04-08-AD2014 | [5]
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Contraception at Villanova

Contraception at Villanova

There seems to be a case of the “gimmie-gimmies” going around. While the First Amendment is essentially on trial before the Supreme Court, a student group at Villanova University wants free contraception offered at the Augustinian University, modeling itself after similar programs at Georgetown University and Boston College. While the student group would not be an official […]

| 04-08-AD2014 | [10]
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Conspiracies & Catholicism: Easter Special

Conspiracies & Catholicism: Easter Special

Eostre or Ostara 15. The English Months In olden time the English people — for it did not seem fitting to me that I should speak of other people’s observance of the year and yet be silent about my own nation’s — calculated their months according to the course of the moon. Hence, after the […]

| 04-08-AD2014 | [3]
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A Life of Service and Cheerfulness

A Life of Service and Cheerfulness

God loves a cheerful giver. (2 Cor 9:7) God calls us to a life of service for our own good. This was true under the order of original holiness and justice. It remains true despite our subjection to original sin. It continues to be true under the economy of the Redemption, in which we are […]

| 04-07-AD2014 | [4]
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When God Spits On You

When God Spits On You

“As he said this, he spat on the ground and made clay of the spittle and anointed the man’s eyes with the clay, saying to him, “Go, wash in the pool of Siloam” (which means Sent). So he went and washed and came back seeing…” John 9: 6-7 This might be one of my favorite […]

| 04-05-AD2014 | [3]
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My Decision to Wear a Veil

My Decision to Wear a Veil

The process by which I answered the call to veil myself was slow discernment. As a list maker, I began to weigh the pros and cons in my mind and eventually wrote several posts outlining my thoughts. Venturing out of our comfort zone is often that way. We ponder and forget, remember and reassess, until […]

| 04-04-AD2014 | [12]
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Breaking Lenten Fasts

Breaking Lenten Fasts

Many people have come asking me what to do if they broke their Lenten resolution. Do they have to find something NEW now? “Ok, think. What have I NOT done in the last week so I can keep ‘not-doing-it’ for the other 3 weeks?” Or, maybe someone out there wants to go to confession, because […]

| 04-04-AD2014 | [13]
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NYC Cabbie: Evangelism Tips for Dealing with Ughs and Oh-No’s

NYC Cabbie: Evangelism Tips for Dealing with Ughs and Oh-No’s

Recently, a young man and woman hailed a cab from me in front of a bar on Twelfth Street in the East Village at 3:00am. They were going over the East River to their trendy neighborhood in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. After just a few minutes of hearing their profane and lewd conversation, I realized they were “Oh-No’s;” […]

| 04-04-AD2014 | [7]
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What If I Need to Eat? Non-Food Options for Fasting During Lent

What If I Need to Eat? Non-Food Options for Fasting During Lent

As a child I loved Lent despite its  agonizing subject. Thinking about the death of Jesus brought tears to my eyes. Shivers ran up my spine whenever I spoke the words, “Crucify Him!” with the rest of the congregation. The long services filled with a multitude of people crammed into a small space made my […]

| 04-03-AD2014 | [2]
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What are My Jars?

What are My Jars?

So far this year has been a little overwhelming. Even though I know that this is “normal” I still often wish for days that just go as planned. With nine children, we have eleven people worth of possible drama and crisis in the family. Even if only a few of them are doing their share […]

| 04-03-AD2014 | [3]
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Rebuttal – Part 1: 10 Beliefs Christians Have That Really Mess Us Up

Rebuttal – Part 1: 10 Beliefs Christians Have That Really Mess Us Up

A few days ago, a friend sent me an article titled, “10 Beliefs Christians Have That Really Mess Us Up.” I read through the article and then clicked over the the author’s “About Me” page, curious about his background and credentials. As it turns out, the author, Phil Drysdale, claims no formal training in theology […]

| 04-02-AD2014 | [41]
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For Whom Do I Run the Race

For Whom Do I Run the Race

The only thing better than seeing a long lost friend is catching up on the twists and turns of your lives. Last night, I happily was able to speak with a friend after almost two years of radio silence. As often happens when two 20-somethings begin chit-chatting after a long hiatus, our conversation turned to […]

| 04-01-AD2014 | [3]
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Through, With, and In Him

Through, With, and In Him

Editor’s Note: Angelico Press is giving readers a first look at the Preface of their new release, Shane Kapler’s Through, With, and In Him: The Prayer Life of Jesus and How to Make It Our Own. As [Jesus] was praying, the appearance of his countenance was altered, and his clothing became dazzling white. And behold, two men […]

| 04-01-AD2014 | [3]
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What Can a Large White Rabbit Show Us?

What Can a Large White Rabbit Show Us?

A while back I was, as was my habit, reading a popular blog and the comments about the current post there. The usual religious skeptics were there and they always capture my attention. One person in particular caused lots of reaction with this comment: If I said to you that I have an invisible rabbit […]

| 03-31-AD2014 | [15]
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Pope Francis and Reconciliation

Pope Francis and Reconciliation

There is a visiting priest who regularly fills in when our beloved parish priest is gone. He’s articulate, gets right to the point, and my kids love him—and the funny thing is that his homily is about the very same thing every single time he comes. No matter what the week’s readings are, you can bet that Father R. is […]

| 03-31-AD2014 | [7]
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How Do St. Thomas More and St. Thomas Aquinas Inspire You?

How Do St. Thomas More and St. Thomas Aquinas Inspire You?

When we say, “Someone inspires us,” what do we mean? Do we mean someone fills us with good feelings or someone’s example pushes us on to do greater things? The word “inspire” comes from the Latin word, inspirare, which means “to breathe upon, to blow into,” or animate with an idea or purpose. As shown […]

| 03-28-AD2014 | [6]
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Marriage is Not a Fairy Tale

Marriage is Not a Fairy Tale

I read this piece by Simcha Fisher that was a response to this piece by Emma Smith on Catholic Exchange. I thought I would add my piece. I feel like I have a different point of view than both Simcha Fisher and Emma Smith, but I agree with Simcha when she says that marriage is “a […]

| 03-26-AD2014 | [18]
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