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Heaven is Seeing God

November 24, AD2014 0 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 0 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 0 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 3 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 4 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 18 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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On Antiphons and Music in Mass

November 15, AD2014 17 Comments
On Antiphons and Music in Mass

This was a difficult article to write. I have felt the pull to write it for quite a while, but I’ve been hoping that someone else would say these things so I wouldn’t have to. I wish to make clear from the get-go here that I support the Catholic Church, my priest, and bishop in […]

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Our Bodies are Living Cathedrals

November 15, AD2014 5 Comments
Our Bodies are Living Cathedrals

When someone talks about a cathedral or church, we often think about a building. Stained glass windows, candles, crucifixes and tabernacles might come to mind. Words like “chapel” invoke different imagery for different people, but there are similar themes and descriptors. These physical places of prayer are important. However, Christians sometimes forget there is another […]

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The Test of Self

November 14, AD2014 8 Comments
The Test of Self

Recently, I started a site called Restless Press, an Australasian site with contributors from around Australasia and the Pacific. Things in my life had been going great. I’d come back from a Catholic New Media Conference. Family life was good. My prayer life was going great, I was progressing well and was in a good […]

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Remaining Tethered to God

November 14, AD2014 10 Comments
Remaining Tethered to God

Recently, I had the privilege of caring for the newest member of our family. Jacob Alexander is two months old, and his mother was returning to work. Since he is the first addition to our extended family in the past 5 years, there are some adjustments being made. We have slowly become accustomed to more […]

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The Grace of Final Perseverance

November 12, AD2014 8 Comments
The Grace of Final Perseverance

In this month of November, when our thoughts naturally turn towards the souls in Purgatory and the fragility of life, it is fitting that we should take some time here to consider a great source of consolation when our own time here draws to a close: the grace of final perseverance. What is “Final Perseverance”? […]

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Infallible Does Not Mean Sinless

November 11, AD2014 49 Comments
Infallible Does Not Mean Sinless

A quick reminder that infallible does not mean sinless. Here are some quick facts about the papacy: 1) All of the 266 popes have sinned, including the first pope, St. Peter, who committed among the worst of sins: He denied Our Lord three times during the Passion. 2) While all of the popes have been […]

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Living The Pro-Life Blessing

November 10, AD2014 20 Comments
Living The Pro-Life Blessing

A few years ago when a journalist interviewed me for an article on Mother’s Day for our city’s major paper, she asked me if I ever regretted not using my degree to pursue a career. I simply stared at her in shock for a few moments, my mind blank. “No”, I finally stuttered, “the thought […]

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