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Infallible Does Not Mean Sinless

November 11, AD2014 51 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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Everything Matters in What You’re Busy About

October 29, AD2014 2 Comments
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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It Ain’t About the Football

October 2, AD2014 3 Comments
It Ain’t About the Football

I went to see “When the Game Stands Tall,”  the “football movie” as I called it, when I purchased my ticket from the woman at the box office. Though pigskins, helmets and touchdowns frame the narrative, that movie is about far more than football. The film, based on a true story, follows one of the […]

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The Catholic Man Crisis and Why It Matters

September 24, AD2014 51 Comments
The Catholic Man Crisis and Why It Matters

With its roots in Vatican II, the New Evangelization is a recognition that a crisis exists in the Church because large numbers of baptized Catholics have not been evangelized. But perhaps the most critical driver or the crisis has been largely ignored: the Catholic “man crisis.” Without coming to grips with why large numbers of […]

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Teaching About Vocations and Occupations

September 9, AD2014 4 Comments
Teaching About Vocations and Occupations

The Same Old Questions Another semester is beginning, and I am back in the classroom, teaching young college students about the parts and pieces of the human body. I stand before them and introduce myself as “Dr. Hunnell, a family physician”. At some point in the coming weeks, I will begin to get the questions: […]

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Does Education Prevent Children From Coming to Jesus?

August 30, AD2014 25 Comments
Does Education Prevent Children From Coming to Jesus?

My son was a third grader when he first faced prejudice in his classroom. “Mommy, we went to the front of the room to put our tally marks under who we are voting for,” he said. “When I put mine up, the teacher called out my name and said, ‘I am SURPRISED at YOU!’ Everyone laughed, and no one […]

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Did Jesus Really Die and Rise?

August 19, AD2014 164 Comments
Did Jesus Really Die and Rise?

Christian belief boils down to one thing: The literal, bodily resurrection of a man named Jesus, who lived in first century Palestine. If Jesus of Nazareth did not die on a Roman cross, if he was not buried, and if he did not rise again on the third day, alive, then you have no reason […]

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What Is God Calling You To Study?

August 7, AD2014 5 Comments
What Is God Calling You To Study?

Pretty soon, many students will make the return to college to continue their four year academic odyssey. This group will also include recent high school graduates that will officially become college students. The one question they are sure to be asked will be, “What are you majoring in?” For some, it will bring a quick […]

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Catholic Liberal Education Today

July 28, AD2014 5 Comments
Catholic Liberal Education Today

Wisdom and virtue The term Catholic liberal education means an education that is (1) Catholic, as defined by the Catholic Church, and (2) liberal, as in in the liberal arts tradition, the tradition of most Catholic education from the beginning. The two words which together most fully describe the goals of a Catholic liberal education […]

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Evensong and Icons: Exploring My Faith as an Oxford Student

July 24, AD2014 7 Comments
Evensong and Icons: Exploring My Faith as an Oxford Student

When the boys’ choir began to proclaim the psalm, tears pooled up in my eyes. On my last evening in Oxford, a fellow classmate and I went to Evensong at Christ Church University. Listening to the renowned chorus of boys was a nearly perfect ending to my trip. Studying in Oxford from the end of May […]

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God Only Helps Whom?

July 11, AD2014 12 Comments
God Only Helps Whom?

Have you ever heard the story of the man who prayed that God would save him in a flood? He stood on top of his roof, praying that God would save him. Three different rescue teams tried, and when each asked if he was okay and offered to bring him to safety, he turned them […]

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Did Jonah Really Get Eaten by a Whale?

July 1, AD2014 350 Comments
Did Jonah Really Get Eaten by a Whale?

Yes he did, and it can happen to you too. The story in a nutshell is about an obscure prophet named Jonah who was sent by Yahweh to change hearts in the rough town of Nineveh. Jonah tried to escape in the opposite direction but his ship was hit by a storm at sea, a […]

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A Feast of Catholic Learning

June 30, AD2014 6 Comments
A Feast of Catholic Learning

I just returned from a retreat for Catholic educators sponsored by the Institute for Catholic Liberal Education (ICLE) and hosted by St. Agatha Academy of Winchester, KY. Thirteen of us spent five days immersed in learning about liberal, or classical, education, and reading works from some of the greatest thinkers in this tradition. The aim was to help us […]

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Science is a Servant, Not a Master

June 3, AD2014 7 Comments
Science is a Servant, Not a Master

What used to be an annoyance to me has grown into a concern. Some who are hostile to Christianity invoke science not as the fruit of our gift of intelligence, but as something superior to faith or even incompatible with it. Yet we Christians have known for millennia that the two are fully compatible and […]

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Protestantism is Subjective, Catholicism is Objective

May 27, AD2014 71 Comments
Protestantism is Subjective, Catholicism is Objective

Please note: When I address the differences between Catholics and Protestants, I am addressing doctrinal issues; I am not judging anyone\’s personal holiness or love for Christ. Once upon a time, five hundred years ago, a group of Christians broke away from the Catholic Church in protest, declaring that the Bible was a Christian\’s only […]

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Benefits of Being Catholic at a Nondenominational University

May 7, AD2014 10 Comments
Benefits of Being Catholic at a Nondenominational University

\”You are looking into that school?\” Many of my parents\’ friends looked at me with narrowed eyes. \”Every student has to take 20 credits of Bible classes. Imagine that: learning faith from a non-Catholic point of view.\” In response, I smiled nervously and shrugged my shoulders. Despite my excitement at the nondenominational school I had […]

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Pope Francis and the Culture of Encounter

May 6, AD2014 5 Comments
Pope Francis and the Culture of Encounter

As we’ve learned, Pope Francis is not one for detailed expositions of philosophical principles. He makes his points using simple one-liners and neologisms, expressions like, “We cannot be Christians part-time.” Once he even called us “riff-raff.” He leaves it to us to work out the details. One phrase that recurs in the homilies of Pope […]

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