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Evangelism, the Laity and the Order of Preachers

November 27, AD2014 0 Comments
Evangelism, the Laity and the Order of Preachers

At the last meeting of our local chapter of Lay Dominicans, a newcomer slipped me a piece of paper that asked simply, “Why do you want to be a Lay Dominican? What do you get out of it?” As a result of writing my response, I have come to realize that the main mission of the Church […]

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Theology: To Teach or Not To Teach

November 27, AD2014 1 Comment
Theology: To Teach or Not To Teach

Teaching Theology is a challenging job (perhaps the most challenging of all the disciplines). During my years, I have become familiar with many of the duties that teaching entails, such as creating lesson plans, moderating discussions, assigning papers/projects/presentations, and last, but not least, issuing grades. In addition, there are the interactions with students and parents […]

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Thankful: My Catholic Family

November 26, AD2014 1 Comment
Thankful: My Catholic Family

You know you’re in your home parish when even though you’ve been away for a long time, the minute you walk in they put you to work. That’s what happened to me recently as I returned to the Bible study class at St. Nicholas of Tolentine Church in Queens. I had been away for nearly […]

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In Everything, Give Thanks

November 26, AD2014 0 Comments
In Everything, Give Thanks

With the Thanksgiving holiday upon us, many of us are preparing our homes for guests, buying food to make a huge meal, and getting ready to celebrate. Maybe our Thanksgiving will be a low-key event with just our little family present; maybe we are traveling to someone else’s home to celebrate. Regardless of how we […]

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People of Progress

November 26, AD2014 1 Comment
People of Progress

“Holiness does not consist in not making mistakes or never sinning. Holiness grows with capacity for conversion, repentance, willingness to begin again”  – Pope Benedict XVI A couple weeks ago, a student brought a gravity bong – a marijuana device – to school. That’s no secret; it was all over the news in Denver. It […]

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NFP: Birth Liberation Not Birth Control

November 26, AD2014 24 Comments
NFP: Birth Liberation Not Birth Control

“Birth Control is a name given to a succession of different expedients by which it is possible to filch the pleasure belonging to a natural process while violently and unnaturally thwarting the process itself.”                                           […]

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In the Still of a Cold, Wintry Night

November 25, AD2014 2 Comments
In the Still of a Cold, Wintry Night

In the still of a cold, wintry night … … all of Heaven burst out in profound joy! A Babe is born in a manger: the King of kings, the Lord of lords, whose name is Emmanuel, the Word become flesh. Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace to those on whom […]

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Heaven is Seeing God

November 24, AD2014 4 Comments
Heaven is Seeing God

We are to know, love and serve God in this life and to share in the paradise of his Beatific Vision in the next life (CCC 1721). We know God only indistinctly in this life (1 Cor 13:12). The fruition of sanctifying grace is the Beatific Vision, which is the theological term for seeing God […]

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Tipping the Sacred Cow of Science–Confessions of A Science Agnostic* **

November 24, AD2014 5 Comments
Tipping the Sacred Cow of Science–Confessions of A Science Agnostic*  **

  Definition of “agnostic” (Oxford): “having a doubtful or noncommittal attitude toward something”  “Behind the tireless efforts of the investigator there lurks a stronger, more mysterious drive:  it is existence and reality that one wishes to comprehend.” Albert Einstein, Essays in Science. “In support of realism there seem to be only those ‘reasons of the […]

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The Family: Created For Joy

November 24, AD2014 2 Comments
The Family: Created For Joy

Next September 22-27, 2015 will be the eighth World Meeting of Families and it will take place in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Pontifical Council for the Family and the Archdiocese of Philadelphia have created a preparatory catechesis for this great event in the life of the Church. The document is called “Love is Our Mission: The […]

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When Government & Values Conflict

November 23, AD2014 4 Comments
When Government & Values Conflict

Thursday night, President Barak Obama spoke publicly of his plans to invoke an executive order allowing millions of those who entered America illegally and those who have stayed beyond their visas to remain in the United States without threat of deportation. Before the speech was finished, the division such an executive order would affect was obvious forcing some to face how often […]

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Dissecting Gossip and Sins of the Tongue

November 21, AD2014 3 Comments
Dissecting Gossip and Sins of the Tongue

There is a popular story about a woman who had confessed the sin of gossip. For her penance she was told to go to the top of a nearby hill, pillow in hand, and cut it open. Shaking all the feathers into the wind, she had to go collect every last feather from the wilderness […]

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Be The Tabernacle

November 21, AD2014 5 Comments
Be The Tabernacle

Can the infinite and eternal God become small enough to fit inside of us, body, blood, soul and divinity?  The ENTIRE Christ, not an abstract omnipresence. If you are a Christian, the answer should be a resounding “Yes!”  Mary was the first person to experience this personal and miraculous relationship with Christ. In the sixth […]

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The “Spirit of Vatican II” Parody Mass

November 21, AD2014 36 Comments
The “Spirit of Vatican II” Parody Mass

Most are familiar with parody. Parody is “an imitation of the style of a particular genre with deliberate exaggeration for comic effect” or “an imitation or a version of something that falls short of the real thing; a travesty”. Parody comes from the Greek parōidia, meaning “burlesque poem”. Parody is mockery. We live in an age […]

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St. Thomas on the Psychology of Advent

November 20, AD2014 2 Comments
St. Thomas on the Psychology of Advent

The phrase lumen fidei, the light of faith, is becoming a more familiar part of our lexicon. The phrase plays a key part in the psychology of St. Thomas. As the season of Advent is now approaching, I decided to meditate, with St. Thomas Aquinas as my guide, on how it is that a baby […]

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Awaiting Christ the King

November 20, AD2014 4 Comments
Awaiting Christ the King

This coming Sunday is a feast with one of the most epic names of any liturgical commemoration: the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe. This feast day is densely packed with historical and theological significance, and we would do well to unpack some of it in preparation for this celebration. The […]

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Have You Abdicated Your Throne?

November 19, AD2014 13 Comments
Have You Abdicated Your Throne?

In just a few days, the Church will celebrate the feast of Christ the King. I never used to be good at remembering feast days or even knowing about them before they happened, but now it’s kind of my job — which has been a huge blessing for my own personal prayer life. I have […]

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