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When Good Catholics Are Bad People Part II

October 3, AD2014 5 Comments
When Good Catholics Are Bad People Part II

In part I, we looked at what forgiveness was and wasn’t. But along with prayer and receiving the Sacraments for aid, how can we put it into practice? In his book Forgive For Good, Luskin gives a number of strategies: 1)  Don’t confuse a lack of motivation to forgive with an unforgivable offense. If you were […]

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The Sinner Marching Next to Me

October 3, AD2014 98 Comments
The Sinner Marching Next to Me

I love weekday morning Mass at my church. It is personal, loving, and closer to what I think the Masses must have been like for the early Christians. Only people who really need to come to Mass come to 8am; and we greet one another like old pals walking into the neighborhood bar. We know […]

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It Ain’t About the Football

October 2, AD2014 3 Comments
It Ain’t About the Football

I went to see “When the Game Stands Tall,”  the “football movie” as I called it, when I purchased my ticket from the woman at the box office. Though pigskins, helmets and touchdowns frame the narrative, that movie is about far more than football. The film, based on a true story, follows one of the […]

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The Catholic Church Is All About Rules!

October 2, AD2014 20 Comments
The Catholic Church Is All About Rules!

How many times have you heard this statement before? The Catholic Church is mentioned in conversation and all anyone can say is, “The Church is about rules! Rules, rules, rules!” This comment is usually made by someone who feels they are perfectly capable of making decisions without the interference of religion. When I was teaching […]

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Reflections on Mass and Marriage

October 1, AD2014 2 Comments
Reflections on Mass and Marriage

There have been times when I realized a day was a Holy Day of Obligation and I bristled at the idea of fitting Mass into my schedule. I love Mass, but even with numerous times to pick from it felt like a hardship if there wasn’t one that perfectly fit my schedule. I’ve hardly ever […]

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Stop Begging for Money and Teach Stewardship

October 1, AD2014 20 Comments
Stop Begging for Money and Teach Stewardship

Home for me is a 16 foot travel trailer at a camping “resort” in San Antonio, Texas. One afternoon last week, I was sitting in my lawn chair under the awning, which serves as my living room, when I saw my friend Adam walk by. He was carrying a plastic bag of Hot Pockets and […]

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Is Christ the Head of Your Home?

October 1, AD2014 18 Comments
Is Christ the Head of Your Home?

My husband called on his way home from work, tired and hungry. He had been in Atlanta since before the sun came up, and now he was stuck in traffic. He still had to go back to his office, which meant passing our house (which was still 25 miles away from where he was) and […]

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Hearing the Still Voice in a Noisy World

September 30, AD2014 6 Comments
Hearing the Still Voice in a Noisy World

The Danish philosopher Soren Kierkegaard once wrote: If I could prescribe just one remedy for all the ills of the modern world, I would prescribe silence. For even if the word of God were proclaimed in the modern world, no one would hear it; there is too much noise. Therefore, create silence. And to think […]

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Provoked With Their ‘No-God’

September 30, AD2014 10 Comments
Provoked With Their ‘No-God’

The rhetoric of the American Revolution was mild compared to that of the French Revolution. In Great Britain the monarchy had long since been replaced by the republican form of government by those exercising political power enabled by the power of the new economy. The American colonies merely seceded from the union of Great Britain. […]

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Pope Francis Calls for Synod on the Family

September 27, AD2014 21 Comments
Pope Francis Calls for Synod on the Family

In just a few days, from October 5th-19th, Pope Francis will hold a very special and rare event. An extraordinary synod, a meeting of select bishops to discuss matters of extreme and immediate importance will be held. Pope Paul VI reinstated the synod in 1965 to receive advice on specific subjects. Since that time, only two […]

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“As we forgive those who trespass against us.” Part I: Free Will and Divine Providence

September 27, AD2014 8 Comments
“As we forgive those who trespass against us.” Part I: Free Will and Divine Providence

 Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times?  Matthew 18:21 (KJV) “I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live.” Deuteronomy, 30: “To be a Christian means to […]

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Holy War, Catholic Style

September 26, AD2014 6 Comments
Holy War, Catholic Style

The headlines are graphic and sickening. Christians are being murdered systematically in the Middle East. It seems that while we look on in horror, the world is simply standing and staring in amazement. Unfortunately in some cases, even apathy prevails. As the Senate Armed Services Committee held hearings on the matter this week, they were interrupted twice by […]

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Faith, Tried and Tested

September 26, AD2014 5 Comments
Faith, Tried and Tested

I am sitting here on my couch looking around the room. Candles give off a soft glow, and the fireplace looks warm and inviting. My favorite Christian band is playing on my stereo, and my heart is full of love and praise for God. How can this be? I have had more pain and sorrow […]

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Season of the Doubtful Heart; the Autumn of Emotion

September 26, AD2014 275 Comments
Season of the Doubtful Heart; the Autumn of Emotion

And God said, “Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to separate the day from the night; and let them be for signs and for seasons and for days and years.” (Genesis 1:14) Dark green mountainsides, weary of standing sentinel throughout summer, are slowly changing hue while September pours herself out upon […]

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The Screwtape Epilogue: Pastor Pens Letter Welcoming Planned Parenthood

September 25, AD2014 10 Comments
The Screwtape Epilogue: Pastor Pens Letter Welcoming Planned Parenthood

The Rev. Walter Baer of the Episcopal Church of the Annunciation in New Orleans has penned a letter that could be an epilogue from the C.S. Lewis classic. Screwtape would be proud of this one. The words practically slither off the screen. Rev. Baer is pleased to welcome the new Planned Parenthood clinic to his […]

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The Catholic Man Crisis and Why It Matters

September 24, AD2014 47 Comments
The Catholic Man Crisis and Why It Matters

With its roots in Vatican II, the New Evangelization is a recognition that a crisis exists in the Church because large numbers of baptized Catholics have not been evangelized. But perhaps the most critical driver or the crisis has been largely ignored: the Catholic “man crisis.” Without coming to grips with why large numbers of […]

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How God Reveals Himself in Memory

September 23, AD2014 5 Comments
How God Reveals Himself in Memory

“Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.” – Søren Kierkegaard. A metaphysical principle observed by St. Thomas Aquinas says that “whatever is received is received according to the mode of the receiver.” He is referring to how created beings acquire knowledge of reality. By created beings, he means that we […]

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