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Everything Matters in What You’re Busy About

October 29, AD2014 1 Comment
Everything Matters in What You’re Busy About

It is not enough to be busy: so are the ants. The question is: What are you busy about? – Henry David Thoreau I recently took a couple of daylong drives into the mountains of Colorado. On the first excursion, I visited Estes Park, traveled down the Peak-to-Peak Highway, hiked at Brainard Lake and took […]

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Tearing Down Your Altar to Baal

October 29, AD2014 5 Comments
Tearing Down Your Altar to Baal

In the Book of Judges, we read about the Israelites and their struggle to stay faithful to God following the death of Joshua. Many times throughout the book, God provides a “deliverer” to bring the Israelites out of the oppression or danger they are experiencing. The Israelites stay faithful for a while, but then they […]

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Why Contraception is Wrong

October 28, AD2014 31 Comments
Why Contraception is Wrong

Biblically, the story of Onan in Genesis Chapter 38 was a blunt enough message for the first nineteen centuries of Christianity: preventing children by artificial means was offensive to God. So much so that God summarily killed Onan for it (Gen 38: 8-10). Worse, after Christ’s resurrection, Catholics and protestant theologians gave Onan the dubious […]

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The Darkness of Sin and the Light of Love

October 28, AD2014 5 Comments
The Darkness of Sin and the Light of Love

Where Senses Fail Without love, life would be miserable. Thankfully, we always have the love of God — every minute that we are alive, and whether it is tangible to us or not. The paths of life can sometimes be so dark that no light seems to permeate the blackness of sorrow, sickness, or despair. […]

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The Evil Dictator: A True Story?

October 25, AD2014 4 Comments
The Evil Dictator: A True Story?

Long time ago, in a far away country lived a boy, John, with his parents and one younger sister. One day his parents told him that long ago, in their country, lived a people that a war wiped out. The boy wanted to know more about these people who lived there and walked these same […]

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Christianity is Freedom

October 24, AD2014 5 Comments
Christianity is Freedom

The Christian faith from the beginning is the sacrifice of all freedom…. –Friedrich Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil Freedom consists not in doing what we like, but in having the right to do what we ought.  –Saint John Paul II I know it sounds like a slogan, but freedom is under attack. Look at Nietzsche’s […]

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Stop Rushing and Be in God’s Presence

October 24, AD2014 17 Comments
Stop Rushing and Be in God’s Presence

Each day is a rush from beginning to end for many people. Scarf down breakfast, run to catch a bus, work all day, pick up the children from school, clean the house, mow the lawn, edit homework late into the night – most of us can barely fit everything that needs to be done into […]

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Keeping Faith When Priests Cause Scandal

October 24, AD2014 19 Comments
Keeping Faith When Priests Cause Scandal

It’s no secret that the Church is comprised of sinners. However, when we become discouraged in the Church, and are perhaps at risk of losing faith and walking away, do we ever stop to remember that Jesus is the Builder of the Church? All throughout salvation history, God has utilized sinners to build His Kingdom […]

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Dynamic Catholic, Alive!

October 23, AD2014 7 Comments
Dynamic Catholic, <em>Alive!</em>

Matthew Kelly identifies Dynamic Catholics as those who are devoted to prayer, study, generosity and evangelization. Yet, only 7% of Catholics are Dynamic Catholics. In The Four Signs of a Dynamic Catholic, Kelly wonders what our parishes and the Church in the United States would look like if we doubled or tripled this percentage. How […]

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A Thought from the Synod On Mercy and Justice

October 23, AD2014 74 Comments
A Thought from the Synod On Mercy and Justice

From confusing interim reports to troubling cardinalatial quotes, the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family provided us with a truckload of interest and intrigue over the last two weeks. And after all the discussion and debate about polygamy and divorce and homosexual unions, after all the rancor and politicking and surprises and such, we […]

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A Grandmother’s Legacy: Faith, Family, Zest for Life

October 21, AD2014 2 Comments
A Grandmother’s Legacy: Faith, Family, Zest for Life

The Good Ole Days of Family & Faith The sometimes overwhelming feeling that Catholicism, Christianity, and faith-based initiatives are being replaced by secularism, government, and radical “religious” terrorism can be daunting. History, however, shows us that this is not new. The pendulum swings back and forth throughout human existence. I worry, though, for my grown […]

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Becoming a Committed Catholic Man

October 21, AD2014 22 Comments
Becoming a Committed Catholic Man

In the Midst of Decay There is a Catholic “man-crisis.” Many men who were baptized Catholic have left the Church; the majority of those who remain are “Casual Catholic Men” — men who do not know the Catholic faith and don’t practice it. This large-scale failure of Catholic men to commit themselves to Jesus Christ and […]

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Conspiracies & Catholicism: Halloween

October 21, AD2014 5 Comments
Conspiracies & Catholicism: Halloween

All Hallow’s Eve, when ghosties and ghoulies and long-legged beasties, and things that go bump in the night, are all out in force…. Well, I already dealt with some monsters back in the demon, vampire and Frankenstein articles, but there are still a lovely bunch of little Halloween things to look at. Pag-again? Like pretty […]

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Laity Vocation: Let Us Build the Earthly City

October 20, AD2014 4 Comments
Laity Vocation: Let Us Build the Earthly City

St. Augustine wrote of two cities that men on earth have built. “Two cities have been formed by two loves,” he said. “The earthly by the love of self, even to the contempt of God; the heavenly by the love of God, even to the contempt of self.” I would like to write about the […]

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Father Groeschel is Still Teaching

October 20, AD2014 28 Comments
Father Groeschel is Still Teaching

When I first saw him on television, I didn’t care for him; the grey-bearded monk in his Franciscan habit. He seemed to represent most of what I didn’t like about the Catholic Faith—the ancient religion with its medieval beliefs and rules.  Besides, I was into one of the newest religions, A Course in Miracles, which […]

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Suffering, Catholic Style!‏

October 17, AD2014 66 Comments
Suffering, Catholic Style!‏

A while back on my personal blog, I presented a secular view of suffering. I posited that, for the secular left, suffering is seen as worse than sin or death. Suffering has no meaning, and the goal becomes maximizing pleasure and avoiding pain. There is a very different view of suffering on the Catholic side o’ town. […]

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Don’t Fear the Synod on the Family

October 17, AD2014 14 Comments
Don’t Fear the Synod on the Family

I’ve traversed the murky waters of the reportage going on concerning the Extraordinary Synod on the Family for the past week or so. There have not been many breaths of fresh air in the smog of blogdom, as far as I can see. On the other hand, the vitriol is plentiful. What finally threw me […]

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