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In Defense of the Immaculate Conception: Part 1

December 10, AD2014 9 Comments
In Defense of the Immaculate Conception: Part 1

This, the second week of Advent, is quite the Marian celebration. Monday was the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception. Tuesday was the Optional Memorial of St. Juan Diego. This Friday is the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. The heart of the week is the Solemnity. After all, Our Lady of Guadalupe revealed herself to […]

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Friendship for Husbands and Wives

December 10, AD2014 2 Comments
Friendship for Husbands and Wives

I recently read an article over at RealClearReligion, in which author Mark Judge asserted that husbands and wives ought not expect to be, or function as, best friends.  Judge’s views are attributed to Edward Sellner’s work on the subject, based upon the old Jungian concept of “the double”.  Sellner includes this quote in a recent book he […]

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Yes, Catholics Can Judge!

December 10, AD2014 50 Comments
Yes, Catholics Can Judge!

The mainstream media made much hay over Pope Francis’ July 2013 remarks in which he said, in response to a reporter’s question about an alleged “gay lobby” within the Vatican, “Who am I to judge?” The MSM misinterpreted his comment as blanket approval for homosexual acts, and their headlines reflected their misunderstanding. Even now, whenever […]

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We Like Messages, Don’t We?

December 9, AD2014 16 Comments
We Like Messages, Don’t We?

I am getting a pain in my sphenopalatine ganglioneuralgia over the constant barrage of interpretations of Pope Francis’ speeches and impromptu interviews saying that he is “Sending a message that ….”. Pope Francis is not the only famous person who has this supposed message-sending ability. Most of the message senders are in politics or government service […]

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Christmas: Biblical Reflections

December 6, AD2014 4 Comments
Christmas: Biblical Reflections

With Christmas coming up around the corner, I thought it would be a good idea to take a look at some connections in sacred Scripture that may not be evident to the casual Bible reader. The story of Mary and Joseph looking for a place to stay in Bethlehem is rife with meaning. The inn-keepers […]

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If It’s Spiritual You Should Give It Away

December 5, AD2014 11 Comments
If It’s Spiritual You Should Give It Away

The belief that you should not charge reasonable fees for your services, particularly if there is spiritual component to what you offer, hamstrings many Christ-centered mompreneurs. They feel it necessary to donate their services, their time, give gratis workshops and discounted products, or offer a sliding scale. If not, they feel guilty and fear they’re […]

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The Spiritual Dynamic of Marriage

December 5, AD2014 8 Comments
The Spiritual Dynamic of Marriage

Do you find yourself waiting secretly for your knight in shining armour to whisk you off your feet so you can live happily ever after? Or for a wonderful woman to lift off your depression and sense of aimlessness? Although we laugh at such ridiculous fantasies as the stuff of naïve, lovesick teenagers, we all […]

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Love and Judgment

December 4, AD2014 21 Comments
Love and Judgment

Anyone with a Facebook account has probably seen the following quote at some point, most likely in meme form, along with a tagline from the poster that reads, “YES!”, or “Exactly!”, or “Why can’t Christians get this?”: Buddha wasn’t a Buddhist. Jesus wasn’t a Christian. Mohammad wasn’t a Muslim. They were teachers who taught love. […]

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Edelweiss

December 3, AD2014 2 Comments
Edelweiss

Edelweiss, a show tune written for the musical Sound of Music, refers to the sturdy mountain flower, which in the 19th century became a symbol for the people of the Alps.  In 1907, it became a symbol of the elite Alpine troops of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.  The song is a good reflection of the quiet Austrian patriotism […]

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A Divine Mercy Christmas

December 3, AD2014 2 Comments
A Divine Mercy Christmas

What does Jesus want for Christmas? After all, it’s his birthday. And he has told us what he wants. When Jesus appeared to St. Faustina, to whom he entrusted his messages of Divine Mercy, he told her: “But child, you are not in your homeland: so fortify yourself by my grace and fight for My […]

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Response to Abigail Reimel’s “The Curse of the Planner”

December 2, AD2014 5 Comments
Response to Abigail Reimel’s “The Curse of the Planner”

I asked Abigail Reimel if I could write a follow up to her article about being a planner (found here). I am about 30 years older than her, and those years have taught me a few things. I hope someone older than me will follow up my article. Abigail brought up some helpful points. Our […]

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Home for Christmas

December 2, AD2014 2 Comments
Home for Christmas

So much popular Christmas music deals with going home. I can remember passing around the tissues as the song “I’ll be Home for Christmas” turned a bunch of military wives into a weepy mess. Our hearts longed for home but we were so far away it was impossible to be with our extended families at […]

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Immaculate Mary?

December 1, AD2014 37 Comments
Immaculate Mary?

Taped to my desk is a Christmas card rendition of Herbert Tanner’s “The Annunciation”. It has become a permanent addition to my desk not just because it is beautiful, but also because it resonates a deep truth within me. The painting is of Mary, in a pose of the ‘yes’ that is prayer and a presence […]

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Conspiracies & Catholicism: Monk-y Business

November 28, AD2014 47 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 1 Comment
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 10 Comments
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 3 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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