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The Hell There Is!

August 30, AD2014 1 Comment
The Hell There Is!

We’ve all witnessed or experienced it. The screaming and squirming child that does everything in his power to thwart the parent’s efforts to love him and sooth him in his sadness, anger or fear. Sometimes as a parent, no matter how hard we try, our efforts to love seem to bounce off our children instead […]

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Know Thyself: St. Teresa of Avila on Humility

August 30, AD2014 1 Comment
Know Thyself: St. Teresa of Avila on Humility

How do we gain true humility? How well do we really know ourselves? Recently, for spiritual reading I’ve been reading St. Teresa of Avila’s Interior Castle. It’s a book I tried to read before, but it was a bit forced, and never had much impact. This time, I feel like she wrote that book just for […]

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Who Is The Master Of Our Fate?

August 25, AD2014 3 Comments
Who Is The Master Of Our Fate?

I have just discovered that my high school freshman son loves music and listens to vast amounts of it, whenever he gets the chance. Believe it or not, I live in the same house as my son, and I even work from home. However, if you asked me yesterday, “Does your high school freshman son […]

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The Casual Catholic Men

August 25, AD2014 24 Comments
The Casual Catholic Men

What Are “Casual Catholic Men”? There is a Catholic “man-crisis.” Large numbers of Catholic men, while not rejecting the faith explicitly, have implicitly rejected the faith because of a lack of commitment.  They are like an empty suit; the clothes are there, but the man is not. These are Casual Catholic Men, men who are casual […]

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Throwing Cold Water on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

August 22, AD2014 8 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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Frustrations in Prayer

August 21, AD2014 47 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 6 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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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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Abortion’s Message: Be Like a Man, with a Helping of Hypocrisy

August 11, AD2014 9 Comments
Abortion’s Message: Be Like a Man, with a Helping of Hypocrisy

It is nauseating to hear the pathetic mantra that opposing abortion is opposing women and, in fact, that being pro-life is somehow waging a war on women.  I am having difficulty coming up with a more ironic and absurd claim than this one. Between various studies showing a link between abortion and breast cancer, depression, […]

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The Feminine Genius is Not Just Barefoot and Pregnant

August 7, AD2014 5 Comments
The Feminine Genius is Not Just Barefoot and Pregnant

“I could never stay home barefoot and pregnant with kids all day,” my twenty-four-year-old law student self thought. “I’d be so bored; I’d go crazy! I’ll miss adult conversation. I’ll waste my education. I couldn’t say goodbye to me-time. I won’t be able to afford designer purses and exotic vacations.  I refuse to be a […]

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A Lesson of Beauty in the Wake of Death

August 6, AD2014 4 Comments
A Lesson of Beauty in the Wake of Death

Our little city has been reeling. In a very short time, there were two deaths so compelling that they each independently made international news: here and here. In addition, a duo of sisters I am friends with lost a sister of theirs who was a single mom leaving a teen son with no parents or grandparents. […]

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Lost in the city

August 5, AD2014 4 Comments
Lost in the city

He walked into the church in the early morning hours with only socks on his feet, no shoes, and a torn shirt. He walked to the front, pausing once to show a parishioner his stained empty hands. An act of begging perhaps, an act of desperation certainly. Fr. Chris began Mass in the downtown church. […]

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God’s Gift to Man–The Transforming Power of Music

August 5, AD2014 7 Comments
God’s Gift to Man–The Transforming Power of Music

“Music has power to soothe the savage breast.” William Congreve, The Mourning Bride  “This so-called ‘music,’ they would have to concede, is in some way efficacious to humans. Yet it has no concepts, and makes no propositions; it lacks images, symbols, the stuff of language. It has no power of representation. It has no relation […]

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The Ocean of God’s Mercy

August 1, AD2014 13 Comments
The Ocean of God’s Mercy

The cool waters of the shoreline keep lapping at my ankles, and I sink deeper into the spiky sand with the pull of each outgoing wave. Remaining upright becomes an art, with the sea tugging at my footing and the horizon tugging at my eyes and heart. Swelling beyond the last reaches of land, beyond […]

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Immigrant Children: Refugees from Failed States

July 28, AD2014 14 Comments
Immigrant Children: Refugees from Failed States

Bishop Anthony Taylor, ordinary of the Diocese of Little Rock, released a statement concerning the young immigrants who have arrived on our borders. If people understood the hardships of the situation in Latin America, we would not only invoke the inalienable right to immigrate but also the mercy due to refugees.  For many dioceses in […]

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Evangelizing for Life – Chemo While Pregnant

July 25, AD2014 11 Comments
Evangelizing for Life – Chemo While Pregnant

Pope Francis has repeatedly urged us to evangelize. His oft repeated message calls us to share the word of God where we are, saying, “The Church must be in the streets”. As a passionate pro-life advocate, my participation in this call often centers on the sanctity of life. As His creatures, God’s first gift to […]

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Contraception: Sexism’s Greatest Ally

July 24, AD2014 84 Comments
Contraception: Sexism’s Greatest Ally

Something I have always found so intriguing within the parameters of women’s rights debates and feminist issues is how incredibly sacred contraception is to so many women today. It is lauded as a non-negotiable, absolutely critical component to female liberation and body autonomy, a major player in women’s rights and freedom. What joy it is […]

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