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NYC Cabbie: Sharing Scripture in the Taxi Garage

August 22, AD2014 2 Comments
NYC Cabbie: Sharing Scripture in the Taxi Garage

I wish Catholics were as devoted to reading the Bible as frequently as some Protestants. Granted, many active Catholics do read the Bible regularly, or a daily devotional of Scripture. And to be fair, not all Protestants are pouring over the Holy Book all of their time. But recently, while walking through the taxi garage […]

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Throwing Cold Water on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

August 22, AD2014 2 Comments
Throwing Cold Water on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Trendy — it’s all the rage in today’s works of charity. Never mind that the theological virtue of Charity should be a staple in the lives of any Catholic worth his salt (or leaven). That’s a topic for another day. Our hyperactive culture has found more and more ways to call our fleeting attention to […]

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Just Show Up

August 21, AD2014 6 Comments
Just Show Up

This is hardly the most controversial topic of our time, but I have heard complaints on both sides of the fence on it. Jeans in Mass: yes or no? As a family, we have always had a sort of dress code for mass. The girls have to wear dresses or skirts of reasonable length. After […]

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Frustrations in Prayer

August 21, AD2014 26 Comments
Frustrations in Prayer

Fr. Ronald Knox, an English Catholic of the early 20th century and convert, gave retreats and talks to lay people to help them deepen and improve their spiritual life. In his Spiritual Guidance for Christian Living: A Retreat for Lay People, he gathers two dozen talks and homilies written for lay people and the troubles […]

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You Can Be With Him In Paradise

August 20, AD2014 2 Comments
You Can Be With Him In Paradise

Jesus said, “Not everyone who says Lord, Lord will enter the Kingdom of Heaven, but he who does the will of my Father” (Mt 7:21); yet the Good Thief, whom tradition has named “Dismas,” says “Lord,” and Jesus promises him paradise that very day. “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in […]

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Did Jesus Really Die and Rise?

August 19, AD2014 109 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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Vietnam: A Franciscan Friar Tackles the Improbable – Part II

August 19, AD2014 3 Comments
Vietnam: A Franciscan Friar Tackles the Improbable – Part II

In yesterday’s column (Part I), I told you about a Franciscan Friar, Brother Anthony Pham Dinh Tuyen OFM Conv, beginnings and escape from Vietnam as a young person after the fall of Saigon in 1975, his new life in the U.S., eventual poor health, then news of imminent death. Today, I finish this inspiring story. Can I go […]

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Vietnam: A Franciscan Friar Tackles the Improbable – Part I

August 18, AD2014 4 Comments
Vietnam: A Franciscan Friar Tackles the Improbable – Part I

Imagine finding yourself in a hostile land. It has a history of being violently hostile to everything Christian -  person and property. What do you do if you are a Franciscian friar? If I proclaim the gospel, this gives me no ground for boasting, for an obligation is laid on me, and woe to me if […]

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We, The Church Militant

August 16, AD2014 179 Comments
We, The Church Militant

Well, here we are in the 21st century Catholic Church. We have survived all of the liturgical innovations brought to us by the “spirit of Vatican II,” including clown masses, balloon masses, puppet masses, homemade banners, horrible liturgical music (Sons of God, anyone?), and somewhat-less-than-awe-inspiring architecture for new churches.  For sure, Vatican II was a […]

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Uniting With Christ Through Our Senses

August 15, AD2014 15 Comments
Uniting With Christ Through Our Senses

How do we perceive the Divine and communicate with God as beings who possess both physical and spiritual senses? Some ascetics might try to starve their physical senses to sharpen their inner senses, but such a notion seems to me to be contrary to Catholic wisdom and practice. The Catholic Church  repudiates Gnosticism, realizing that believers […]

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Praying for the Media

August 15, AD2014 6 Comments
Praying for the Media

This last Sunday was celebrated as “Media Prayer Day” here in New Zealand. It was an initiative of a group of Christian Churches of various denominations. They had a good campaign on social media, with a few local celebrities asking people to pray for the media. Why is it important to pray for the media? […]

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Not the Ultimate Sacrifice, But Sacrifice None the Less

August 14, AD2014 2 Comments
Not the Ultimate Sacrifice, But Sacrifice None the Less

Sacrifices can create various levels of personal inconvenience or pain. Typically, this pain (which can probably be more accurately described as a discomfort or dislike) is not a physical one, but usually an emotional or attitudinal discomfort. And, to truly be a sacrifice, it should be a deliberate act. Let’s start with the basics. The […]

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God’s Quiet Whisper

August 14, AD2014 9 Comments
God’s Quiet Whisper

The Old Testament reading from this past Sunday comes from one of my favorite passages in the Bible. At the mountain of God, Horeb, Elijah came to a cave where he took shelter. Then the LORD said to him,“Go outside and stand on the mountain before the LORD;the LORD will be passing by.” A strong […]

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Planned Parenthood’s 2014 Fails

August 13, AD2014 4 Comments
Planned Parenthood’s 2014 Fails

The year is only a little more than half over, but already it is turning out to be a very bad year for Planned Parenthood, the country’s largest abortion provider. Here are some of the highlights–or in this case, lowlights. “If it’s not broken, don’t fix it,” an old adage goes. So Planned Parenthood’s plan […]

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Funding Your Startup Business

August 13, AD2014 2 Comments
Funding Your Startup Business

It’s not uncommon for women to be swept away with the freedom and flexibility the mompreneur lifestyle offers. However, they overlook the financial realities of being a business owner. And a critical business skill is finessing the funding of a startup business or business expansion. Where should you start? KNOW HOW MUCH YOU NEED TO FUND […]

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Renewal and a New Set of Tires to Boot

August 12, AD2014 2 Comments
Renewal and a New Set of Tires to Boot

My car needed a new set of four tires … badly! I bought a used car that was in pretty good shape and knew it needed a few things before it was “perfect” for my hour long drive, one way, to work. I had not realized that the tires were that bad, even though I […]

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The Crippling Consequences of Fear

August 8, AD2014 3 Comments
The Crippling Consequences of Fear

The Desire and the Fear It is so easy to want to start doing better. You read an inspiring article, come across a motivational image, read a book about an awesome saint, or watch a movie about another person who conquered all his difficulties to achieve an ultimate goal, and that desire to be better, […]

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