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Something New Under the Sun?

December 22, AD2014 0 Comments
Something New Under the Sun?

In contrast to science, which depends for its advancement upon the gradual temporal development of the technology of instrumentation, philosophy depends upon common human experience had by all throughout the ages. St. Thomas presents five ways of proving the existence of God in the Summa Theologica, Q2, Article 3. He writes within the tradition of […]

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“As we forgive those who trespass against us”. Part III–Free Will and the Problem of God’s Grace

December 22, AD2014 0 Comments
“As we forgive those who trespass against us”.  Part III–Free Will and the Problem of God’s Grace

“Do not say ‘It is the Lord’s doing that I fell away’, for he does not do what he hates.    Do not say ‘It was he who led me astray’,        for he has no need of the sinful…….. It was he who created mankind in the beginning,        and […]

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Do You Get Cheated if Your Birthday is Christmas Day?

December 20, AD2014 2 Comments
Do You Get Cheated if Your Birthday is Christmas Day?

Christmas has always been my favorite day of the year, so hearing we were due to have a baby on Christmas Day thrilled me beyond measure. But being due to have a baby on Christmas day and actually having a baby on Christmas are two different things, and I couldn’t help but think, “Really, who […]

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What is a Holy Family?

December 19, AD2014 2 Comments
What is a Holy Family?

Not even ten minutes pass after Mass, and you find yourself sitting in the parish hall breaking up an argument between the kids who are fighting over a donut. So much for that peace we offered one another during Mass. Ah, peace. We want peace in our homes; we want to be holy families. But […]

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In Defense of the Immaculate Conception: Part 7

December 19, AD2014 2 Comments
In Defense of the Immaculate Conception: Part 7

In Part 6, I took a closer look at Paul’s statement that “all have sinned” (Romans 3:23) and “none are righteous” (Romans 3:10). With this final installment, I would like to address a similar passage from John’s first letter and then conclude with an explanation of how Mary could proclaim that God was her savior […]

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It’s Not Yours! Christmas and Covetousness

December 19, AD2014 3 Comments
It’s Not Yours! Christmas and Covetousness

Christmas shopping, menu planning, cookie exchanges, gift swaps, new TVs, new cars, new clothes … bells, carols, gold and glitter … snowflakes, tinsel and trees … these are all wonderful, happy things. We are still a country abundantly blessed, even in our hard economy. So, what’s been on my mind this Advent season are those […]

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In Defense of the Immaculate Conception: Part 6

December 18, AD2014 4 Comments
In Defense of the Immaculate Conception: Part 6

In Part 5 of this series on the Immaculate Conception, I responded to the claim that Stephen the martyr and even all Christians are just as “full of grace” as Mary. With Part 6, I would like to respond to a passage from Paul’s letter to the Romans, which is perhaps the passage most often […]

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Persevering Through Suffering This Advent

December 17, AD2014 8 Comments
Persevering Through Suffering This Advent

A while ago, I asked a woman what I could pray about for her, and her response was pretty memorable. She asked me to pray for her to suffer with Christ — to suffer well, and that her suffering may be used to bring her loved ones closer to Him. I didn’t know that she […]

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In Defense of the Immaculate Conception: Part 5

December 17, AD2014 7 Comments
In Defense of the Immaculate Conception: Part 5

In Parts 1, 2, 3, and 4, we examined the scriptural evidence for the Immaculate Conception and the sinlessness of Mary. With Parts 5, 6, and 7 (we’re almost done!), I would like to address some of the biblical arguments that Protestants use to discredit that evidence. For this new phase, I am indebted to […]

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How Salvation is Like Marriage

December 16, AD2014 1 Comment
How Salvation is Like Marriage

Salvation is like a perfect marriage. Ask yourself: “Is a perfect marriage a fifty-fifty proposition?” I would say the answer is positively not. Why should each in the relationship give only fifty percent of themselves? No, the only way to make a marriage work is for each involved in the covenant bond to give 100% […]

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Barking Up the Wrong Tree

December 16, AD2014 12 Comments
Barking Up the Wrong Tree

First, let’s get the facts straight about the Holy Father’s comments in the Vatican, the so called “All Dogs go to Heaven” episode. Pope Francis did not console a boy about his dog — that was Pope Paul VI many years ago, and I have no idea how that ever made it past an editor. […]

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Catholicism & Conspiracies: Christmas

December 16, AD2014 8 Comments
Catholicism & Conspiracies:  Christmas

Author’s Note: This is a slightly edited re-run of last year’s Christmas article.  A collection of Christmas and/or holiday myths. I’m going to justify this description by saying a ‘myth’ is a sort of old, sideways conspiracy… please play along! Many of these myths have been spread by well-meaning, but misinformed or mistaken people. Santa […]

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In Defense of the Immaculate Conception: Part 4

December 16, AD2014 10 Comments
In Defense of the Immaculate Conception: Part 4

In Part 1 we saw that Mary is the “woman” from Genesis 3:15 and Revelation 12 who is at enmity with the devil. In Part 2 we saw that Mary is the “Ark of the New Covenant.” In Part 3 we saw that Gabriel’s salutation points to Mary as an extraordinarily graced individual. Here in […]

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The Synod’s Shocking Omissions

December 15, AD2014 2 Comments
The Synod’s Shocking Omissions

The Third Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops met for several weeks in October 2014 and issued the document, “Pastoral Challenges to the Family in the Context of Evangelization.” There has been much commentary about the ill-conceived preliminary Relatio Synodi, which implied that homosexuality had inherent positive gifts, and that divorced and remarried […]

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In Defense of the Immaculate Conception: Part 3

December 15, AD2014 7 Comments
In Defense of the Immaculate Conception: Part 3

In Part 1 we saw that Mary is the woman from Genesis 3:15 and Revelation 12 who is at enmity with the devil. In Part 2, we saw that Mary is the Ark of the New Covenant. Now I would like to examine the salutation of Gabriel, which I think provides some of the strongest […]

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Mission of the Family: LOVE

December 15, AD2014 2 Comments
Mission of the Family:  LOVE

This article is the second in a series of introductory essays on the document “Love is Our Mission: The Family Fully Alive,” the preparatory catechesis for the eighth World Meeting of Families which will take place in Philadelphia next September 22-27, 2015 with Pope Francis. The first essay on the first chapter is here. This […]

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But Catholics DO Have a Relationship With Christ

December 13, AD2014 46 Comments
But Catholics DO Have a Relationship With Christ

I had to stop reading a novel written by one of my favorite Christian authors. One of the characters, a minister, delivered a sermon about how he would rather have a relationship with Christ than belong to a religion of rules. I couldn’t get past that misconception swiped at the Catholic Church. Whoa, preacher! Who […]

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