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Should We Shun the God of the Old Testament?

Should We Shun the God of the Old Testament?

| 03-17-AD2014 | [21]

“The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction: jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust, unforgiving control-freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic, capriciously malevolent bully.” Richard Dawkins, The God Delusion “…the dangers of believing in a God […]

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Virtue is Like Jazz Improvisation

Virtue is Like Jazz Improvisation

| 03-12-AD2014 | [5]

What exactly is virtue, and what does it mean to live a good life? Once again, the Catholic tradition views this question much differently than the modern world does, and the modern world seems to be struggling with its solution. Therefore I think the question deserves a second look. Two Views of Virtue The Rationalist […]

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Lenten Courage: Blessed Clemens von Galen, The Lion of Munster

Lenten Courage: Blessed Clemens von Galen, The Lion of Munster

| 02-25-AD2014 | [6]

“Neither praise nor threats will distance me from God.” – Blessed Clemens von Galen (1878-1946) . The Nazis hated and feared Clemens August Graf von Galen in life and no doubt they still hate and fear him, at least those now enjoying the amenities of some of the less fashionable pits of Hell.  Going into Lent, […]

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Chesterton on Lying: Fresh Evidence

Chesterton on Lying: Fresh Evidence

| 02-05-AD2014 | [13]

“…the Church is always the only thing defending whatever is at the moment stupidly despised.” —G.K. Chesterton, The Catholic Church and Conversion, 1926] “But every man is a casuist or a lunatic.” —G.K. Chesterton, The Catholic Church and Conversion, 1926 Gilbert Keith Chesterton is considered by many Catholics to be among the towering giants of […]

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Feast Day of the Dumb Ox

Feast Day of the Dumb Ox

| 01-29-AD2014 | [2]

“You call him Dumb Ox?  This Dumb Ox will fill all the world with his bellowing.” -Saint Albert the Great, responding to jibes from some of the other students he was instructing aimed at a young Thomas Aquinas Yesterday, January 28th, was the feast day of Saint Thomas Aquinas, who was granted three gifts from […]

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A Catholic Priest Survives the Gulags  – What About America?

A Catholic Priest Survives the Gulags – What About America?

| 01-06-AD2014 | [8]

What is the American equivalent of what the Russian’s called a Gulag? A familiar word to Americans, because of our cold war relations with the Soviet Union. GULAG is actually an acronym for Glavnoe Upravlenie ispravitel-no-trudovykh LAGerei or ”Main Administration of Corrective Labor Camps” that operated the Soviet system of forced labor camps in the […]

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PRESIDENT JOHN F. KENNEDY AND JESUS:  Face-to-Face Encounters

PRESIDENT JOHN F. KENNEDY AND JESUS: Face-to-Face Encounters

| 11-15-AD2013 | [41]

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” (Matthew 7:7) I have always been a visual learner. So early on I was intrigued by this seeming dilemma; What does it mean when someone says, “When you don’t see it, but claim […]

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Remember, Remember

Remember, Remember

| 11-05-AD2013 | [4]

The idiotic anti-Catholic celebration of Guy Fawkes Day, observed each November fifth, was effectively ended in America during the Revolution, in large part due to George Washington.  Here is his order on November 5, 1775: As the Commander in Chief has been apprized of a design form’d for the observance of that ridiculous and childish custom […]

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Laughing at the Demons

Laughing at the Demons

| 10-31-AD2013 | [3]

This year for Halloween snacks, Mom bought a box of 18 packages of bat- and pumpkin-shaped pretzels. If this year follows the pattern of the last five, we’ll have twelve of those bags left Friday morning. Three will have gone to neighborhood urchins, and the other three will have gone to my grandniece and grandnephews. […]

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The Tridentine Fallacy

The Tridentine Fallacy

| 10-28-AD2013 | [14]

What most people call the “Latin Mass” seems to have a bewildering number of names and many of them are imprecise for one reason or another. Perhaps surprisingly “Latin Mass” is the least precise of all. But another label, Tridentine, can be used in a way that is downright troublesome. Among the many names for […]

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Keeping Connected to Christ, St. Teresa Style

Keeping Connected to Christ, St. Teresa Style

| 10-17-AD2013 | [1]

Share this on Facebook   “Life is short, read the saints,” once quipped the late Dr. John Senior, the inspiring humanities professor of Kansas University. In his book, The Restoration of the Christian Culture, he lists a few saintly books that are must reads before we die. One in particular, is apropos to mention this […]

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Fr. Stanley Jaki on the Fátima Miracle

Fr. Stanley Jaki on the Fátima Miracle

| 10-13-AD2013 | [3]

It could have been a sun spot, an air lens, some turbulent clouds, or maybe even eye tricks. The skeptic Benjamin Radford, deputy editor of Skeptical Inquirer science magazine and a Research Fellow with the non-profit educational organization the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry – without investigation or research to support his opinion — suggests that it was likely an illusion […]

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Catholics in the American Revolution

Catholics in the American Revolution

| 10-08-AD2013 | [2]

Nor, perchance did the fact which We now recall take place without some design of divine Providence. Precisely at the epoch when the American colonies, having, with Catholic aid, achieved liberty and independence, coalesced into a constitutional Republic the ecclesiastical hierarchy was happily established amongst you; and at the very time when the popular suffrage […]

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Pharaoh’s Daughter

Pharaoh’s Daughter

| 09-21-AD2013 | [6]

In Exodus 2, the Bible points out that Moses’ parents were Levites. The tribe of Levi would be chosen to perform holy service and they would be set apart by God for His service. I doubt the Levite was certain of his own survival let alone that he was destined for the salvation of Israel out of the bondage of slavery. Moses’ […]

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“Set the Prisoners Free” Different Meaning 2,000 Years Later

“Set the Prisoners Free” Different Meaning 2,000 Years Later

| 09-15-AD2013 | [2]

As a writer, I often spend more time than I’d like to admit with a dictionary and thesaurus. This is not because I don’t know how to spell, although without spell-check that would be a valid reason. It is because I am adamant about choosing the best word to convey the message I am attempting […]

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The Pope, The Clown, and The Cross

The Pope, The Clown, and The Cross

| 09-10-AD2013 | [7]

In 1957 comedian Red Skelton was on top of the world. His weekly comedy show on CBS was doing well. He had  curtailed the drinking which had almost derailed his career. Not too shabby for a man who had started out as a circus and rodeo clown and who was now often called the clown prince of American […]

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Our Lady of Peace, Please Pray for Us

Our Lady of Peace, Please Pray for Us

| 09-07-AD2013 | [9]

Lately, I feel like I’m living in Middle Earth; J.R.R. Tolkien’s mythical world where death and destruction abound. For anyone who has read Tolkien’s trilogy (The Hobbit, The Twin Towers, and The Return of the King), or at the very least watched Peter Jackson’s film adaptations, you can appreciate this reference. Our world today appears […]

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Tradition vs. Traditionalism

Tradition vs. Traditionalism

| 09-05-AD2013 | [93]

The Communion song this last Sunday at the 11:30 a.m. Mass was “The Servant Song”. One might say it’s one of those Gather Hymnal songs that traditionalists point to whenever they compare the richness of the traditional Latin Mass to the relative poverty of the Novus Ordo Mass that’s been with us the last forty-odd […]

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Confiteor — Good For The Soul

Confiteor — Good For The Soul

| 08-24-AD2013 | [2]

I confess. Somehow in this culture it seems like a weak little phrase. It lacks self-confidence. It suggests that you are not going to defend yourself. It admits that you are wrong—where the modern world has almost no requirement that you ever do so. It’s out-of-step, odd, anachronistic. Given that, though, it is also revolutionary. […]

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Should Francis Take on Birth Control? A Response

Should Francis Take on Birth Control? A Response

| 08-21-AD2013 | [81]

Robert McClory recently wrote an article for the National Catholic* Reporter, opining that Pope Francis should revisit the question of the morality of birth control. As per usual for the Reporter, this dissent from Church teaching contains many problems. Problem #1: Terminology. This is a widespread problem, so I can’t really fault McClory, but his […]

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Honest Abe and Dagger John

Honest Abe and Dagger John

| 08-13-AD2013 | [3]

Archbishop John Hughes (1797-1864) of New York, was a titan within the Catholic Church in America in the nineteenth century. Overseeing with skill the explosive growth of the Church in New York, and helping lead generations of Catholic immigrants out of poverty, he also found time to take part in the public affairs of his day, […]

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The Language of Tradition

The Language of Tradition

| 08-02-AD2013 | [5]

At the very edges of the culture you sometimes hear about how tradition is coming back. You hear how the John Paul II generation is coming into the seminaries, the monasteries, the parishes. You hear about how the Traditional Latin Mass is starting to pop up where you least expect it. You hear about how […]

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Meek, Pious and Brave as a Lion

Meek, Pious and Brave as a Lion

| 07-16-AD2013 | [2]

Peter Paul Cooney was born in County Roscommin, Ireland in 1822.  He went with his family to America at the age of 5.  Raised on a farm in Monroe, Michigan.  Studying at Notre Dame it was perhaps fated that he would become a Holy Cross priest, although he wasn’t ordained until the age of 37.  […]

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Donna D’Errico & the Secret of Ağrı Dağı

Donna D’Errico & the Secret of Ağrı Dağı

| 07-15-AD2013 | [5]

Donna D’Errico is a real life modern day explorer. She’s getting ready to journey into the most amazing and remote location in the world, Mount Ararat in Eastern Turkey, to follow her life’s quest. Ağrı Dağı is the Turkish name for the mountain. What’s the secret to be found there? She’s looking for Noah’s Ark. You may remember […]

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We Are All Saints . . . In Progress

We Are All Saints . . . In Progress

| 07-13-AD2013 | [7]

We are called to be saints. Granted, it is a rather lofty directive. Few people ever really feel up to the challenge. We struggle with our earthly duties and challenges while viewing sainthood as a celestial attainment reserved for “the chosen.” However, Scripture clearly tells us that we must “strive for that holiness, without which […]

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God and the Holocaust

God and the Holocaust

| 07-11-AD2013 | [9]

It’s difficult to overstate the impact the Holocaust has had on both Jewish and Christian theology … but it can be done. The philosophical influences responsible for the domination of secularism among the intellectual elite were making themselves felt among theologians even before Hitler rose to power, challenging the orthodox understanding of human suffering and […]

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Unraveling Saint Buddha

Unraveling Saint Buddha

| 07-06-AD2013 | [21]

I see his blood upon the rose And in the stars the glory of his eyes, His body gleams amid eternal snows, His tears fall from the skies. I see his face in every flower; The thunder and the singing of the birds Are but his voice—and carven by his power Rocks are his written […]

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Socrates or Jesus?

Socrates or Jesus?

| 07-01-AD2013 | [6]

     In his book, Socrates: A Man for Our Times, the author Paul Johnson suggests that getting to know Socrates better might help us through our current struggles.     While I agree with the suggestion of getting to know him better, I also sense that getting to know Socrates may better help us understand Aquinas and […]

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