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Accelerated Changes: Disappearing Faith

September 11, AD2014 15 Comments
Accelerated Changes: Disappearing Faith

It took roughly 1,750 years after Jesus Christ walked the Earth for the United States of America to be formed and organized by a group of European refugees seeking religious and political freedom. Yet, less than 200 years later, the country founded upon fundamentally Christian ideals had become the economic engine and global defender for […]

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The Red Sword of ISIS

September 11, AD2014 4 Comments
The Red Sword of ISIS

They bowed their heads to say grace, then started to eat a rare breakfast together when the cell phone rang. The man and his two-and-a-half year old son were the only ones at the table this morning. Normally, they are accompanied by the son’s three older siblings and his mother. Today was different. The others […]

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ISIS and the Just War Doctrine

September 11, AD2014 22 Comments
ISIS and the Just War Doctrine

Let’s not go to war with ISIS.  I know, radical idea; and honestly, I understand why so many people want to. The Islamic State is brutally destroying the Christian foothold in the Middle East. They’ve produced hundreds, if not thousands, of martyrs; and they’re desecrating Christian holy land, in the name of an extremist version […]

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Unity is Overrated and…Divisive!

September 10, AD2014 21 Comments
Unity is Overrated and…Divisive!

Unity…wouldn’t you like a penny for each time you have heard this word praised as some Shangri-la of human goals? I think that I will cough out a lung the next time I hear someone was poetic about how God brings us unity, or how unity is a symptom of peace and brotherhood or, take […]

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Jefferson Davis and Pio Nono

September 9, AD2014 15 Comments
Jefferson Davis and Pio Nono

Jefferson Davis was always a friend to Catholics.  In his youth as a boy he studied at the Saint Thomas School at the Saint Rose Dominican Priory in Washington County Kentucky.  While there, Davis, the only Protestant student, expressed a desire to convert.  One of the priests there advised the boy to wait until he […]

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Teaching About Vocations and Occupations

September 9, AD2014 4 Comments
Teaching About Vocations and Occupations

The Same Old Questions Another semester is beginning, and I am back in the classroom, teaching young college students about the parts and pieces of the human body. I stand before them and introduce myself as “Dr. Hunnell, a family physician”. At some point in the coming weeks, I will begin to get the questions: […]

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St. Clare and The Morning Offering

September 8, AD2014 18 Comments
St. Clare and The Morning Offering

The halls were cool. Large pale ceramic tiles lined the walls. The floors polished by Mr. Jensen every afternoon, so I thought. We knew to be quiet and respectful in these halls, except of course when it was nearly impossible at 3 o’clock and our capacity for stillness was wrung out. We needed to run […]

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How is Evangelization Judging?

September 5, AD2014 14 Comments
How is Evangelization Judging?

“Don’t judge me!” A flabbergasted wrinkle joins my forehead. Wait. What? I was just relating to a friend how the Church changed my mind about birth control, or maybe I was posting a funny meme about modest dress, or showing my picture joining a pro-life rally, when I heard those unbelievable words.             How is […]

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Tuna Melts, Meaning and Marriage

September 5, AD2014 12 Comments
Tuna Melts, Meaning and Marriage

What is a Tuna Melt? The bubbly nine-year-old bounced in the cushioned booth seat after glancing at the menu. “Tuna melt!” she proclaimed. “That’s what I want. A tuna melt!” The waitress smiled. “What kind of cheese do you want on that, miss?” “Cheese?” the girl turned to her mother in a panic. “I don’t […]

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You Can Fly With An Eternity Attitude At A Heavenly Altitude

September 4, AD2014 2 Comments
You Can Fly With An Eternity Attitude At A Heavenly Altitude

The old man was generous to a fault, had raised a passle of kids, and loved even more grandkids. He and one son-in-law, though so different in age, had shared the experience of serving their country, he in combat in WWII in the Pacific and the son-in-law serving stateside during the Vietnam War. The son-in-law […]

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Witness: “Viva Cristo Rey!”

September 4, AD2014 2 Comments
Witness: “Viva Cristo Rey!”

In a time when organized religion and freedom of conscience seem to be dwindling on a daily basis, we as Catholics must make every effort to remain undeterred. We know that during times of great difficulty, the Church has always responded with great men and women, who rose to the occasion. Blessed Miguel Pro is […]

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The Theology of Giving

September 4, AD2014 2 Comments
The Theology of Giving

“Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” The famous story of the rich ruler in Luke’s gospel tells us why we give: to inherit eternal life. The ruler approached Jesus to learn how to attain eternal life, insisting that he had followed all the commandments since his youth. Jesus then told him, […]

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Guest Columnist: Richard Dawkins Needs a Hug From My Daughter With Down Syndrome!

September 3, AD2014 84 Comments
Guest Columnist:  Richard Dawkins Needs a Hug From My Daughter With Down Syndrome!

Poor Richard Dawkins! He’s a bright lad, but he just can’t help stepping in it, can he? Now he’s gone and insulted those of us who love our sons and daughters with Down Syndrome by suggesting that we should have aborted our children. When a mother asks him what to do with her unborn baby with […]

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The Youth Are Not the Future of the Church

September 3, AD2014 6 Comments
The Youth Are Not the Future of the Church

Perhaps you have heard it said that the youth are the future of the church. I’m here to tell you that this statement is not true. The youth are NOT the future of the church; they are not now nor have they ever been.  Have I gotten your attention? Please, let me explain… We know that […]

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Hope in Front of Me

September 3, AD2014 1 Comment
Hope in Front of Me

If there is any process that can take your sense of hope, doubt, faith and trust, put all of them in a blender and see what comes out. The job application process might be just that. The amount of time and energy put into applications, cover letters and resumes is not small. The effect on […]

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When Good Catholics are Bad People: How Do I Heal When Hurt by Those in the Church?

September 2, AD2014 8 Comments
When Good Catholics are Bad People: How Do I Heal When Hurt by Those in the Church?

Years and years ago, I took a volunteer position at our parish. I had been impressed by our pastor’s drive and orthodoxy, leading his congregation and its school to a state of dynamic, authentic Catholicism. At the first meeting, though, a different side of Father showed up than I was used to. He was critical […]

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Time Alone With My Son

September 2, AD2014 1 Comment
Time Alone With My Son

Road Trip! One of my younger kids, my son, is going to be a high school senior this coming school year. He asked me if we could have some “time alone” and go on a road trip to visit various college campuses around our great state of Michigan. With all the kids in our family, […]

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