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May It Be Evident to Everyone

July 19, AD2014 15 Comments
May It Be Evident to Everyone

St. Paul reminds us in his Pastoral Epistle to live out our faith so that it “may be evident to everyone.”  [1 Timothy 4:14-16] How is that working for you? For example, while waiting for Mass to begin, do you analyze the people around you? Critique their choice of clothing? Hairstyle? Makeup? How they worship? […]

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Catholicism and Freemasonry

July 19, AD2014 61 Comments
Catholicism and Freemasonry

Way back in 1738, Pope Clement XII wrote an encyclical, In Eminenti, banning Catholics from joining the Freemasons.  Catholics are still forbidden from joining the Freemasons. Let’s take a look at why Pope Clement’s prohibition on Catholics becoming Freemasons still stands today, some 276 years later. History For some historical background, the modern Freemasons were […]

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Temperance: Losing and Finding It

July 18, AD2014 3 Comments
Temperance: Losing and Finding It

Today on Facebook, a friend posted what might be thought of as sage advice. Take a look here. At first, it seems to deal with not losing your temper. Many of my friends and colleagues may like this advice. It’s so practical. So, it was not by chance, I decide, that an article also appeared today in Huffington Post entitled “Sophia – […]

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Desperately Seeking Community

July 18, AD2014 3 Comments
Desperately Seeking Community

Disclaimer: This piece is written in the style of a senior demon, Screwtape, to his nephew a junior demon, Wormwood. This is based on C.S. Lewis’s The Screwtape Letters, which is well worth a read.  My Dear Wormwood, You requested some tips on one of my areas of expertise, loneliness. Lack of companionship, social pain. I work my way through […]

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The Misused Charity Proverb

July 18, AD2014 3 Comments
The Misused Charity Proverb

While I had already chosen my message for this month’s article, it was further reinforced when I attended Mass a few weeks ago because it gave me yet another example to discuss. I will get to that story a little later. “Charity begins at home” is a common proverb, although not one from the Bible’s […]

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Remote Control Contraception: Fertility be Damned!

July 16, AD2014 16 Comments
Remote Control Contraception: Fertility be Damned!

Imagine sending a text to your body for obligation-free sex. You’ll have to wait until 2018 before this invention goes on sale, but when it does, remote controls will do more than just turn on TV’s and cars. They will turn on and off fertility. Who could have imagined such a thing? Bill Gates—advocate of […]

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Four Goal-Setting Mistakes and How to Correct Them

July 16, AD2014 2 Comments
Four Goal-Setting Mistakes and How to Correct Them

I’ve always been one to regularly make and write goals. I hoped my diligence naturally gave me an edge on the life and biz success track. Having goals has certainly helped, but goal setting is a learned art and science. The power of goals comes from activating and uniting your unconscious mind that influences 95% […]

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Creatio ex Nihilo: Theology versus (?) Physics*

July 15, AD2014 20 Comments
Creatio ex Nihilo: Theology versus (?) Physics*

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was formless and void, and darkness was over the surface of the deep and the Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the waters.” Gen 1:1-2 (KJV) “The laws of nature themselves tells us that not only can the universe have […]

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Sam-I-Am and the New Evangelization

July 15, AD2014 2 Comments
Sam-I-Am and the New Evangelization

For several years now we have been hearing about the New Evangelization. It seems to mean different things to different people. There are some who view it as the fruit of Cardinal Ratzinger’s 1969 statement, “The church will become small and will have to start afresh more or less from the beginning.” Since Cardinal Ratzinger […]

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The God Workout: Why Gyms and Hymns are Suffering The Same Fate

July 14, AD2014 7 Comments
The God Workout: Why Gyms and Hymns are Suffering The Same Fate

Christ warned us that following Him is heavy lifting, but that the ultimate prize of eternal salvation is worth the effort. Apparently, fewer and fewer people want to do heavy lifting, either in church or at the gym because, in case you have not noticed, gyms and churches suffer from the same problem of missing […]

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It Is Good That You Exist

July 12, AD2014 26 Comments
It Is Good That You Exist

I have been reading Elizabeth Scalia’s blog for a year or so now and she always gets me thinking. Lately she has repeated the words of Pope Benedict, “It is good that you exist,” which had me thinking about how many of us long to hear those words. Most people hear those words, maybe not […]

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The Benefits of Talking to Your Family About Death

July 12, AD2014 7 Comments
The Benefits of Talking to Your Family About Death

My family has never been one to shy away from talking about death. A number of factors contributed to that being a normal part of the fabric of our family, and my late husband used to have something he would say regularly. He would reference his wishes for his eventual death by saying, “I hope I […]

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God Only Helps Whom?

July 11, AD2014 12 Comments
God Only Helps Whom?

Have you ever heard the story of the man who prayed that God would save him in a flood? He stood on top of his roof, praying that God would save him. Three different rescue teams tried, and when each asked if he was okay and offered to bring him to safety, he turned them […]

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