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Stop Rushing and Be in God’s Presence

October 24, AD2014 0 Comments
Stop Rushing and Be in God’s Presence

Each day is a rush from beginning to end for many people. Scarf down breakfast, run to catch a bus, work all day, pick up the children from school, clean the house, mow the lawn, edit homework late into the night – most of us can barely fit everything that needs to be done into […]

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Keeping Faith When Priests Cause Scandal

October 24, AD2014 2 Comments
Keeping Faith When Priests Cause Scandal

It’s no secret that the Church is comprised of sinners. However, when we become discouraged in the Church, and are perhaps at risk of losing faith and walking away, do we ever stop to remember that Jesus is the Builder of the Church? All throughout salvation history, God has utilized sinners to build His Kingdom […]

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Dynamic Catholic, Alive!

October 23, AD2014 3 Comments
Dynamic Catholic, <em>Alive!</em>

Matthew Kelly identifies Dynamic Catholics as those who are devoted to prayer, study, generosity and evangelization. Yet, only 7% of Catholics are Dynamic Catholics. In The Four Signs of a Dynamic Catholic, Kelly wonders what our parishes and the Church in the United States would look like if we doubled or tripled this percentage. How […]

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A Thought from the Synod On Mercy and Justice

October 23, AD2014 10 Comments
A Thought from the Synod On Mercy and Justice

From confusing interim reports to troubling cardinalatial quotes, the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family provided us with a truckload of interest and intrigue over the last two weeks. And after all the discussion and debate about polygamy and divorce and homosexual unions, after all the rancor and politicking and surprises and such, we […]

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Becoming a Committed Catholic Man

October 21, AD2014 21 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 5 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 4 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 10 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 43 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 14 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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