NYC Cabbie: Evangelism Tips for Dealing with Ughs and Oh-No’s

NYC Cabbie: Evangelism Tips for Dealing with Ughs and Oh-No’s

Recently, a young man and woman hailed a cab from me in front of a bar on Twelfth Street in the East Village at 3:00am. They were going over the East River to their trendy neighborhood in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. After just a few minutes of hearing their profane and lewd conversation, I realized they were “Oh-No’s;” […]

| 04-04-AD2014 | [8]
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What If I Need to Eat? Non-Food Options for Fasting During Lent

What If I Need to Eat? Non-Food Options for Fasting During Lent

As a child I loved Lent despite its  agonizing subject. Thinking about the death of Jesus brought tears to my eyes. Shivers ran up my spine whenever I spoke the words, “Crucify Him!” with the rest of the congregation. The long services filled with a multitude of people crammed into a small space made my […]

| 04-03-AD2014 | [2]
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What are My Jars?

What are My Jars?

So far this year has been a little overwhelming. Even though I know that this is “normal” I still often wish for days that just go as planned. With nine children, we have eleven people worth of possible drama and crisis in the family. Even if only a few of them are doing their share […]

| 04-03-AD2014 | [3]
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Rebuttal – Part 1: 10 Beliefs Christians Have That Really Mess Us Up

Rebuttal – Part 1: 10 Beliefs Christians Have That Really Mess Us Up

A few days ago, a friend sent me an article titled, “10 Beliefs Christians Have That Really Mess Us Up.” I read through the article and then clicked over the the author’s “About Me” page, curious about his background and credentials. As it turns out, the author, Phil Drysdale, claims no formal training in theology […]

| 04-02-AD2014 | [41]
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For Whom Do I Run the Race

For Whom Do I Run the Race

The only thing better than seeing a long lost friend is catching up on the twists and turns of your lives. Last night, I happily was able to speak with a friend after almost two years of radio silence. As often happens when two 20-somethings begin chit-chatting after a long hiatus, our conversation turned to […]

| 04-01-AD2014 | [3]
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Through, With, and In Him

Through, With, and In Him

Editor’s Note: Angelico Press is giving readers a first look at the Preface of their new release, Shane Kapler’s Through, With, and In Him: The Prayer Life of Jesus and How to Make It Our Own. As [Jesus] was praying, the appearance of his countenance was altered, and his clothing became dazzling white. And behold, two men […]

| 04-01-AD2014 | [3]
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What Can a Large White Rabbit Show Us?

What Can a Large White Rabbit Show Us?

A while back I was, as was my habit, reading a popular blog and the comments about the current post there. The usual religious skeptics were there and they always capture my attention. One person in particular caused lots of reaction with this comment: If I said to you that I have an invisible rabbit […]

| 03-31-AD2014 | [15]
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Pope Francis and Reconciliation

Pope Francis and Reconciliation

There is a visiting priest who regularly fills in when our beloved parish priest is gone. He’s articulate, gets right to the point, and my kids love him—and the funny thing is that his homily is about the very same thing every single time he comes. No matter what the week’s readings are, you can bet that Father R. is […]

| 03-31-AD2014 | [7]
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How Do St. Thomas More and St. Thomas Aquinas Inspire You?

How Do St. Thomas More and St. Thomas Aquinas Inspire You?

When we say, “Someone inspires us,” what do we mean? Do we mean someone fills us with good feelings or someone’s example pushes us on to do greater things? The word “inspire” comes from the Latin word, inspirare, which means “to breathe upon, to blow into,” or animate with an idea or purpose. As shown […]

| 03-28-AD2014 | [6]
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Marriage is Not a Fairy Tale

Marriage is Not a Fairy Tale

I read this piece by Simcha Fisher that was a response to this piece by Emma Smith on Catholic Exchange. I thought I would add my piece. I feel like I have a different point of view than both Simcha Fisher and Emma Smith, but I agree with Simcha when she says that marriage is “a […]

| 03-26-AD2014 | [18]
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Wendy Davis, Let’s Talk

Wendy Davis, Let’s Talk

Hey Wendy, that was some filibuster you did as a state senator, last summer. Wow! 11 hours of non-stop talking in an attempt to defeat a bill that would stop abortion on unborn babies capable of feeling pain. Yet, in spite of all that talking, the bill did pass. Don’t blame yourself though. There were […]

| 03-26-AD2014 | [70]
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The Secret To Win-Win Business Deals

The Secret To Win-Win Business Deals

Mom business owners tuned into God’s vision recognize early they must be leveraged. They can’t earn more in less time alone without working with others. Partnerships could include: A business agreement with a colleague A joint venture relationship An employee relationship An outside contractor relationship. Even getting babysitters is making business deals. When evaluating the […]

| 03-26-AD2014 | [5]
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Surprised by The Real Present

Surprised by The Real Present

I am listening to Father Reuben’s homily about Jesus and the Samaritan woman at the well with her earthen vessel when it begins to happen. Father Reuben paints a word picture of their encounter from the point of view of the woman. I find myself there, watching the two of them interacting. I see her […]

| 03-26-AD2014 | [1]
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Living a Holy Life Is Child’s Play

Living a Holy Life Is Child’s Play

Just  like C.S. Lewis,  I was Surprised by Joy.  Of course, there are certain serious Catholic bloggers who have a problem with my spirituality. Often traditional, Pre-Vatican ll prophets of doom, who religiously fast and recite prescribed set prayers for hours each day, take the exception to my childlike spirit of joy. Yet this path was […]

| 03-25-AD2014 | [13]
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Blessed John Paul II:  First Pope of the Catholic Resurgence

Blessed John Paul II: First Pope of the Catholic Resurgence

Sometimes a great historical figure is not as recognized as such during his lifetime.  Other historical figures are recognized as monumentally important even while they live.  John Paul II, who will be canonized on April 27, 2014, was definitely in the latter category.  He was the most important Pope of the last century, and the […]

| 03-25-AD2014 | [10]
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Traditionalism and Theology of the Body

Traditionalism and Theology of the Body

When you hear the phrase “Theology of the Body” (TOB), what comes to mind? I’m sure it will depend on your background and will vary greatly. Is “TOB” just a vague buzz-word that you—like a majority of Catholics—have heard but have no direct experience with? Have you actually read Blessed Pope John Paul II’s work? […]

| 03-25-AD2014 | [22]
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Good Friday Should Not Just Be Good Theater

Good Friday Should Not Just Be Good Theater

We have all heard Shakespeare’s famous “All The World’s a Stage” line from As You Like It, wherein we’re reminded that life is but a large play in which we are players who change roles depending on the circumstances that face us. I propose that increasingly this world is Good Friday, and we as Christians will play […]

| 03-24-AD2014 | [2]
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Social Justice at Your Local Restaurant

Social Justice at Your Local Restaurant

So often in conservative circles, being diligent and thrifty with finances is spoken of in the most encouraging terms. We must be responsible with our money and watch every penny. Most often we are being prudent when doing so, but when might we actually be making a mistake with our thrift? As Catholics, many of […]

| 03-24-AD2014 | [18]
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General Confession: Slamming the Door to Satan and Self this Lent

General Confession: Slamming the Door to Satan and Self this Lent

Lent, as you read this, is approximately half done now—soon you will be able to eat candy again, have that evening glass of wine, or say a welcome goodbye to whatever you may have chosen as a Lenten penance this year. It will be over and you (and I) will be quite candidly relieved as […]

| 03-24-AD2014 | [15]
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In Defense of ‘Marriage is Work’

In Defense of ‘Marriage is Work’

Editor’s Note: This is a guest post from a young woman and it exemplifies a gracious response. She wrote as a young woman engaged to be married and excited about her faith, yet was criticized for not writing as something she is not, a woman with years of experience being married. Please join us in […]

| 03-22-AD2014 | [35]
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<em>God’s Not Dead</em>: A Movie Review

God’s Not Dead: A Movie Review

God’s Not Dead opened in the theaters today. It’s a movie with a great premise inspired by several true stories. A Christian college student in secular philosophy class is challenged by his atheist professor with an ultimatum, sign a document denouncing God or prove that God’s not dead. If he is unable to convince the […]

| 03-21-AD2014 | [9]
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Have I Grown Closer To Jesus Today?

Have I Grown Closer To Jesus Today?

As we journey through the forty days of Lent, it’s easy to lose our focus. Even if we remain faithful to our Lenten sacrifices, we can still lose sight of our main goal – growing closer to the Lord. While it is entirely possible that giving up sweets, coffee or beer can draw us closer […]

| 03-21-AD2014 | [4]
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Parental Bragging and Legacy

Parental Bragging and Legacy

I tolerate a lot of parental bragging.  I think its great when children know they’ve made their parents proud. I’m happy for my friends and family when their children excel in school, sports, and extra curricular activities, knowing the humongous sacrifices parents made to give these children golden opportunities.  I’m excited that the world’s future […]

| 03-21-AD2014 | [2]
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Who Cares Who Michael Voris Isn’t Talking About?

Who Cares Who Michael Voris Isn’t Talking About?

It’s been about a month since Michael Voris, of Church Militant TV, posted the article entitled ChurchMilitant.TV Will Not Engage in Public Criticism of the Pope on its website. This article serves as a defense about why his media apostolate will continue to engage in criticizing all clerics and laity alike, whenever deemed necessary to […]

| 03-20-AD2014 | [13]
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Show me your #ashtag

Show me your #ashtag

I started a new job a couple weeks ago, and I happen to be in the office on Wednesday mornings. I walked into my office, sat down at my desk, pulled out my computer and began programs on both my desktop and my laptop. Two Wednesdays ago, as I started my morning “analysis,” #ashtags popped […]

| 03-19-AD2014 | [3]
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Evil is Beautiful

Evil is Beautiful

As I was driving home the other day from the store, I looked on in awe and wonder at the signs of spring evident in the flowers that adorned the pear trees and the daffodils that were scattered and blooming all alongside the roadway. I could see squirrels chasing each other and birds soaring on […]

| 03-19-AD2014 | [0]
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Why You Ought to Come Inside the Church

Why You Ought to Come Inside the Church

G. K. Chesterton remarked once that the Catholic Church is larger on the inside than it appears from the outside. Saints come from all walks of life, and pursue their sainthood in multifarious ways. They include such diverse personalities as the gentle, innocent Thérèse of Lisieux, the acid-tongued scholar Jerome, the mirthful mystic Teresa of […]

| 03-19-AD2014 | [2]
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Should We Shun the God of the Old Testament?

Should We Shun the God of the Old Testament?

“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 […]

| 03-17-AD2014 | [21]
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