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Becoming a Committed Catholic Man

October 21, AD2014 0 Comments
Becoming a Committed Catholic Man

In the Midst of Decay There is a Catholic “man-crisis.” Many men who were baptized Catholic have left the Church; the majority of those who remain are “Casual Catholic Men” — men who do not know the Catholic faith and don’t practice it. This large-scale failure of Catholic men to commit themselves to Jesus Christ and […]

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Conspiracies & Catholicism: Halloween

October 21, AD2014 0 Comments
Conspiracies & Catholicism: Halloween

All Hallow’s Eve, when ghosties and ghoulies and long-legged beasties, and things that go bump in the night, are all out in force…. Well, I already dealt with some monsters back in the demon, vampire and Frankenstein articles, but there are still a lovely bunch of little Halloween things to look at. Pag-again? Like pretty […]

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Laity Vocation: Let Us Build the Earthly City

October 20, AD2014 3 Comments
Laity Vocation: Let Us Build the Earthly City

St. Augustine wrote of two cities that men on earth have built. “Two cities have been formed by two loves,” he said. “The earthly by the love of self, even to the contempt of God; the heavenly by the love of God, even to the contempt of self.” I would like to write about the […]

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Father Groeschel is Still Teaching

October 20, AD2014 6 Comments
Father Groeschel is Still Teaching

When I first saw him on television, I didn’t care for him; the grey-bearded monk in his Franciscan habit. He seemed to represent most of what I didn’t like about the Catholic Faith—the ancient religion with its medieval beliefs and rules.  Besides, I was into one of the newest religions, A Course in Miracles, which […]

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Suffering, Catholic Style!‏

October 17, AD2014 31 Comments
Suffering, Catholic Style!‏

A while back on my personal blog, I presented a secular view of suffering. I posited that, for the secular left, suffering is seen as worse than sin or death. Suffering has no meaning, and the goal becomes maximizing pleasure and avoiding pain. There is a very different view of suffering on the Catholic side o’ town. […]

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Don’t Fear the Synod on the Family

October 17, AD2014 12 Comments
Don’t Fear the Synod on the Family

I’ve traversed the murky waters of the reportage going on concerning the Extraordinary Synod on the Family for the past week or so. There have not been many breaths of fresh air in the smog of blogdom, as far as I can see. On the other hand, the vitriol is plentiful. What finally threw me […]

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Leprosy: Vietnam and The Franciscan Order

October 13, AD2014 4 Comments
Leprosy: Vietnam and The Franciscan Order

“Riding one day in the plains below Assisi, he met a leper whose loathsome sores filled Francis with horror. Overcoming his revulsion, he leapt from his horse and pressed into the leper’s hand all the money he had with him, then kissed the hand. This was a turning point in his life. He started visiting […]

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Satan Speaks!

October 11, AD2014 72 Comments
Satan Speaks!

Author’s Note: The following letter is correspondence from a tempter demon on earth to the father of lies, Satan. Everything that Satan says in reply may or may not be truthful, for sure. Dear Satan: My human is too humble. What can I do to instill a sense of pride into his psyche? Very Respectfully, […]

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Spiritual Care for Atheists: Compassion Not Condemnation

October 11, AD2014 19 Comments
Spiritual Care for Atheists: Compassion Not Condemnation

It is easy to become self-righteous, or defensive, when a Christian feels attacked by atheists. However, indignant arrogant rants that bludgeon others with the ‘truth’ treats the unbeliever as an object and not an intelligent person who is also loved by God.  When I am  secure in the Love of God, I can love and respect […]

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“As we forgive those who trespass against us.” Part II: The Moral Responsibility of Evil-Doers

October 10, AD2014 15 Comments
“As we forgive those who trespass against us.” Part II: The Moral Responsibility of Evil-Doers

British woman who joined ISIS calls for beheading of Christians Headline, Christian Today, September 1st, 2014 New York man charged with hate crimes for seven ‘knockout’ assaults Headline, CNN Justice, January 6, 2014 Homegrown jihadist shoots N.J. teen 8 times, calling it a ‘just kill’: report Headline, Washington Times, September 18th, 2014 Scandal of the […]

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I Didn’t See It Coming

October 8, AD2014 43 Comments
I Didn’t See It Coming

Am I the only one that did not see this coming? This week, on Oct. 6, the U.S. Supreme Court let stand appellate rulings in favor of same-sex “marriage.” I did not realize the keg of dynamite had been lit and was just waiting for the Supreme Court to allow the explosion of same-sex marriages […]

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Prayer: Keep The Lights On

October 7, AD2014 17 Comments
Prayer: Keep The Lights On

One fine day, bouncing along the potholes of a boulevard in New York, the driver of the car in which I was a passenger proclaimed in increasingly shrill tones as we passed a cloistered convent: What a waste of life!! What good do those nuns do? They’re not helping anyone! They’re not doing any good […]

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The Perfect Relationship

October 7, AD2014 4 Comments
The Perfect Relationship

I found a magical lamp when I was a little girl. I’m not sure exactly how old I was, but my guess is about 8 or 9 if not younger. It was on Sunday when the Pastor at the First Baptist Church gave the altar call. I remember looking at everyone going up there and […]

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When Good Catholics Are Bad People Part II

October 3, AD2014 5 Comments
When Good Catholics Are Bad People Part II

In part I, we looked at what forgiveness was and wasn’t. But along with prayer and receiving the Sacraments for aid, how can we put it into practice? In his book Forgive For Good, Luskin gives a number of strategies: 1)  Don’t confuse a lack of motivation to forgive with an unforgivable offense. If you were […]

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The Sinner Marching Next to Me

October 3, AD2014 98 Comments
The Sinner Marching Next to Me

I love weekday morning Mass at my church. It is personal, loving, and closer to what I think the Masses must have been like for the early Christians. Only people who really need to come to Mass come to 8am; and we greet one another like old pals walking into the neighborhood bar. We know […]

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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 Church Is All About Rules!

October 2, AD2014 20 Comments
The Catholic Church Is All About Rules!

How many times have you heard this statement before? The Catholic Church is mentioned in conversation and all anyone can say is, “The Church is about rules! Rules, rules, rules!” This comment is usually made by someone who feels they are perfectly capable of making decisions without the interference of religion. When I was teaching […]

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