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Conspiracies & Catholicism: Monk-y Business

November 28, AD2014 0 Comments
Conspiracies & Catholicism: Monk-y Business

Why the title? Because “albino assassin monks” is entirely too long of a title for our file formats here at Catholic Stand. However, Silas of The da Vinci Code is a good example of the kind of thing I’m talking about; you may also be familiar with “The Albino” from The Princess Bride.  On to the […]

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Evangelism, the Laity and the Order of Preachers

November 27, AD2014 0 Comments
Evangelism, the Laity and the Order of Preachers

At the last meeting of our local chapter of Lay Dominicans, a newcomer slipped me a piece of paper that asked simply, “Why do you want to be a Lay Dominican? What do you get out of it?” As a result of writing my response, I have come to realize that the main mission of the Church […]

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Theology: To Teach or Not To Teach

November 27, AD2014 1 Comment
Theology: To Teach or Not To Teach

Teaching Theology is a challenging job (perhaps the most challenging of all the disciplines). During my years, I have become familiar with many of the duties that teaching entails, such as creating lesson plans, moderating discussions, assigning papers/projects/presentations, and last, but not least, issuing grades. In addition, there are the interactions with students and parents […]

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Thankful: My Catholic Family

November 26, AD2014 2 Comments
Thankful: My Catholic Family

You know you’re in your home parish when even though you’ve been away for a long time, the minute you walk in they put you to work. That’s what happened to me recently as I returned to the Bible study class at St. Nicholas of Tolentine Church in Queens. I had been away for nearly […]

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In Everything, Give Thanks

November 26, AD2014 0 Comments
In Everything, Give Thanks

With the Thanksgiving holiday upon us, many of us are preparing our homes for guests, buying food to make a huge meal, and getting ready to celebrate. Maybe our Thanksgiving will be a low-key event with just our little family present; maybe we are traveling to someone else’s home to celebrate. Regardless of how we […]

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People of Progress

November 26, AD2014 3 Comments
People of Progress

“Holiness does not consist in not making mistakes or never sinning. Holiness grows with capacity for conversion, repentance, willingness to begin again”  – Pope Benedict XVI A couple weeks ago, a student brought a gravity bong – a marijuana device – to school. That’s no secret; it was all over the news in Denver. It […]

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In the Still of a Cold, Wintry Night

November 25, AD2014 2 Comments
In the Still of a Cold, Wintry Night

In the still of a cold, wintry night … … all of Heaven burst out in profound joy! A Babe is born in a manger: the King of kings, the Lord of lords, whose name is Emmanuel, the Word become flesh. Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace to those on whom […]

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Heaven is Seeing God

November 24, AD2014 4 Comments
Heaven is Seeing God

We are to know, love and serve God in this life and to share in the paradise of his Beatific Vision in the next life (CCC 1721). We know God only indistinctly in this life (1 Cor 13:12). The fruition of sanctifying grace is the Beatific Vision, which is the theological term for seeing God […]

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Be The Tabernacle

November 21, AD2014 5 Comments
Be The Tabernacle

Can the infinite and eternal God become small enough to fit inside of us, body, blood, soul and divinity?  The ENTIRE Christ, not an abstract omnipresence. If you are a Christian, the answer should be a resounding “Yes!”  Mary was the first person to experience this personal and miraculous relationship with Christ. In the sixth […]

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The “Spirit of Vatican II” Parody Mass

November 21, AD2014 36 Comments
The “Spirit of Vatican II” Parody Mass

Most are familiar with parody. Parody is “an imitation of the style of a particular genre with deliberate exaggeration for comic effect” or “an imitation or a version of something that falls short of the real thing; a travesty”. Parody comes from the Greek parōidia, meaning “burlesque poem”. Parody is mockery. We live in an age […]

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St. Thomas on the Psychology of Advent

November 20, AD2014 2 Comments
St. Thomas on the Psychology of Advent

The phrase lumen fidei, the light of faith, is becoming a more familiar part of our lexicon. The phrase plays a key part in the psychology of St. Thomas. As the season of Advent is now approaching, I decided to meditate, with St. Thomas Aquinas as my guide, on how it is that a baby […]

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Awaiting Christ the King

November 20, AD2014 4 Comments
Awaiting Christ the King

This coming Sunday is a feast with one of the most epic names of any liturgical commemoration: the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe. This feast day is densely packed with historical and theological significance, and we would do well to unpack some of it in preparation for this celebration. The […]

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Have You Abdicated Your Throne?

November 19, AD2014 13 Comments
Have You Abdicated Your Throne?

In just a few days, the Church will celebrate the feast of Christ the King. I never used to be good at remembering feast days or even knowing about them before they happened, but now it’s kind of my job — which has been a huge blessing for my own personal prayer life. I have […]

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On Antiphons and Music in Mass

November 15, AD2014 20 Comments
On Antiphons and Music in Mass

This was a difficult article to write. I have felt the pull to write it for quite a while, but I’ve been hoping that someone else would say these things so I wouldn’t have to. I wish to make clear from the get-go here that I support the Catholic Church, my priest, and bishop in […]

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Our Bodies are Living Cathedrals

November 15, AD2014 5 Comments
Our Bodies are Living Cathedrals

When someone talks about a cathedral or church, we often think about a building. Stained glass windows, candles, crucifixes and tabernacles might come to mind. Words like “chapel” invoke different imagery for different people, but there are similar themes and descriptors. These physical places of prayer are important. However, Christians sometimes forget there is another […]

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The Test of Self

November 14, AD2014 8 Comments
The Test of Self

Recently, I started a site called Restless Press, an Australasian site with contributors from around Australasia and the Pacific. Things in my life had been going great. I’d come back from a Catholic New Media Conference. Family life was good. My prayer life was going great, I was progressing well and was in a good […]

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Remaining Tethered to God

November 14, AD2014 10 Comments
Remaining Tethered to God

Recently, I had the privilege of caring for the newest member of our family. Jacob Alexander is two months old, and his mother was returning to work. Since he is the first addition to our extended family in the past 5 years, there are some adjustments being made. We have slowly become accustomed to more […]

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