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In Defense of the Immaculate Conception: Part 6

December 18, AD2014 1 Comment
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 0 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 4 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 0 Comments
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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Catholicism & Conspiracies: Christmas

December 16, AD2014 6 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 7 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 4 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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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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Beware the Red Kettle: The Salvation Army and Abortion

December 12, AD2014 48 Comments
Beware the Red Kettle: The Salvation Army and Abortion

It’s Advent and our thoughts naturally turn toward less fortunate souls, longing for basic niceties, and the call for selfless giving. Christ-like love, almsgiving, and prayer are staples of this anticipatory time which brings in the new Church year. The scripture readings at Mass remind us of those in need and our moral obligation toward […]

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In Defense of the Immaculate Conception: Part 2

December 11, AD2014 6 Comments
In Defense of the Immaculate Conception: Part 2

In Part 1 of my defense of the Immaculate Conception, I presented Mary as the “woman” from Genesis 3:15 and Revelation 12 who is at enmity with the devil. I would like to turn now to the scriptural evidence that points to Mary as the “Ark of the New Covenant.” The Ark of the Covenant […]

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In Defense of the Immaculate Conception: Part 1

December 10, AD2014 8 Comments
In Defense of the Immaculate Conception: Part 1

This, the second week of Advent, is quite the Marian celebration. Monday was the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception. Tuesday was the Optional Memorial of St. Juan Diego. This Friday is the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. The heart of the week is the Solemnity. After all, Our Lady of Guadalupe revealed herself to […]

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Friendship for Husbands and Wives

December 10, AD2014 2 Comments
Friendship for Husbands and Wives

I recently read an article over at RealClearReligion, in which author Mark Judge asserted that husbands and wives ought not expect to be, or function as, best friends.  Judge’s views are attributed to Edward Sellner’s work on the subject, based upon the old Jungian concept of “the double”.  Sellner includes this quote in a recent book he […]

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Yes, Catholics Can Judge!

December 10, AD2014 48 Comments
Yes, Catholics Can Judge!

The mainstream media made much hay over Pope Francis’ July 2013 remarks in which he said, in response to a reporter’s question about an alleged “gay lobby” within the Vatican, “Who am I to judge?” The MSM misinterpreted his comment as blanket approval for homosexual acts, and their headlines reflected their misunderstanding. Even now, whenever […]

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We Like Messages, Don’t We?

December 9, AD2014 16 Comments
We Like Messages, Don’t We?

I am getting a pain in my sphenopalatine ganglioneuralgia over the constant barrage of interpretations of Pope Francis’ speeches and impromptu interviews saying that he is “Sending a message that ….”. Pope Francis is not the only famous person who has this supposed message-sending ability. Most of the message senders are in politics or government service […]

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Christmas: Biblical Reflections

December 6, AD2014 4 Comments
Christmas: Biblical Reflections

With Christmas coming up around the corner, I thought it would be a good idea to take a look at some connections in sacred Scripture that may not be evident to the casual Bible reader. The story of Mary and Joseph looking for a place to stay in Bethlehem is rife with meaning. The inn-keepers […]

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If It’s Spiritual You Should Give It Away

December 5, AD2014 11 Comments
If It’s Spiritual You Should Give It Away

The belief that you should not charge reasonable fees for your services, particularly if there is spiritual component to what you offer, hamstrings many Christ-centered mompreneurs. They feel it necessary to donate their services, their time, give gratis workshops and discounted products, or offer a sliding scale. If not, they feel guilty and fear they’re […]

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