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A MODERN PANDORA’S BOX: AMORIS LAETITIA ?

February 22, AD2018 0 Comments
A MODERN PANDORA’S BOX: AMORIS LAETITIA ?

    “But from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female. For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and cleave to his wife;  and they twain shall be one flesh: so then they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not […]

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When It Comes To Our Youth, Silence Is Not Golden

February 22, AD2018 0 Comments
When It Comes To Our Youth, Silence Is Not Golden

Technology is everywhere. These days, one is aware of the unfortunate scenario of individuals sitting around a table, eyes buried in cell phones and other electronic devices. There is the occasional glance upwards, followed by a few words spoken. But, these moments quickly turn back to isolated experiences of happiness and glee. Having been a […]

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The High Priestly Prayer of Jesus

February 21, AD2018 0 Comments
The High Priestly Prayer of Jesus

John 17 contains the longest recorded prayer of Jesus Christ, which he said right after the Last Supper. Jesus, the Eternal High Priest, is in direct conflict with Caiaphas, the Jewish High Priest in the Jerusalem Temple for that year. The Romans had taken over appointing the High Priest from the Jewish Nation, as part […]

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The Healing of the Lord

February 21, AD2018 0 Comments
The Healing of the Lord

A Vision of Healing One morning a few weeks ago, I was laying in bed in a state of semiconsciousness when I saw a picture in my mind. In it, I was laying facedown with three horizontal gashes running across my back, and the Lord stood over me holding a roll of gauze. Knowing myself […]

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Lent : A Time for Transformation

February 20, AD2018 0 Comments
Lent : A Time for Transformation

Lent should be a deep personal encounter with Jesus Christ. It took me a long time to understand that. I suppose that’s because I needed to really want that kind of an encounter with Jesus. Once I decided to actually participate in my spiritual life, everything changed. I began to experience Jesus in a physical […]

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John Michael Talbot debuts podcast on Breadbox Media

February 20, AD2018 0 Comments
John Michael Talbot debuts podcast on Breadbox Media

Breadbox Media is pleased to announced that iconic Christian music singer-songwriter  John Michael Talbot has joined the show lineup with his weekly podcast All Things Are Possible with God! John Michael Talbot has a multi-faceted ministry and has been used by our Lord to bless millions of lives for over four decades. He is a […]

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Just Who Are the Wicked Tenants of God’s Vineyard?

February 19, AD2018 0 Comments
Just Who Are the Wicked Tenants of God’s Vineyard?

Are we the “wicked tenants” Jesus speaks of in Mark 12? Who, me? How could that be? I’m a good person. I try to live the right way and follow where Jesus leads me. Maybe. Even so, it could be that we have been the wicked servants. The Parable of the Wicked Tenants In the parable […]

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Lent: A Holy Pause that Shakes the Soul

February 19, AD2018 0 Comments
Lent: A Holy Pause that Shakes the Soul

When the Lamb opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour. (Revelation 8:1) There is a deep need within the human heart to pause in the presence of profound events, moments so significant that we feel compelled to join ourselves to them and reflect upon the change they bring […]

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The Astounding Humility in Jesus’ Human Nature

February 18, AD2018 0 Comments
The Astounding Humility in Jesus’ Human Nature

Humility is considered by St Augustine to be the foundation of all other virtues – the trait that lays the groundwork on our journey toward holiness. During his own conversion, “he came to see clearly that only a person with humility can follow Christ.” We can often spot when humility is present in someone’s life but […]

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Politics as a ‘Vocation’

February 18, AD2018 0 Comments
Politics as a ‘Vocation’

On two separate occasions in the past six months I have been encouraged to run for office. Well, not me specifically, but me along with the roomful of people attending the same lectures as me. Still, it does tend to give one pause. The speakers, on these two separate occasions, were from complete opposite ends […]

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When Your Children Act Up In Church

February 17, AD2018 2 Comments
When Your Children Act Up In Church

  Of all the Sundays at Mass when my husband and have taken turns taking our 2-year-old or 1-year-old out to calm down, one Sunday not too long ago takes the cake. I can hardly count the number of times I’ve wanted to skip going to Mass since becoming a parent. But it was never […]

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Levitation: Miracle or Science?
The Life and Flights of St. Joseph of Cupertino

February 17, AD2018 0 Comments
Levitation: Miracle or Science? <br> The Life and Flights of St. Joseph of Cupertino

  “Who are these that fly as a cloud, and as the doves to their windows?” Isaiah 60:8 (KJV) When Jesus walked on water, St. Peter mimicked Him and partially succeeded. It happened during a storm and Peter became afraid. He started to sink and called out to Jesus for help. For millennia the incident […]

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A Book Launch, Hidden Mystical Power, and the Art of the Impossible: Part 1

February 16, AD2018 0 Comments
A Book Launch, Hidden Mystical Power, and the Art of the Impossible: Part 1

On the 15th February, I had the honour of sharing the launch of my book,  Wisdom from the Christian Mystics with Kevin Grant, former editor-in-chief of the Catholic Universe and MD of the Catholic Herald, at the Athenaeum Club in London. His book ‘More Deeps Further Shallows’ is an engrossing work of poetry that you cannot […]

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The Insidiousness of the Culture of Death

February 16, AD2018 0 Comments
The Insidiousness of the Culture of Death

My mother died on February 26, 2006. She spent most of February in the hospital. When it became clear she was never going home, medical staff suggested we utilize their new inpatient palliative care unit. Mom would be their first patient. We thought she would die more comfortably there, so we agreed. Staff was compassionate. […]

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How Jesus Changed Jewish Prayers as Echoed in His Our Father

February 15, AD2018 0 Comments
How Jesus Changed Jewish Prayers as Echoed in His Our Father

The Our Father, the Lord’s Prayer, is the most recited prayer in the Catholic Church and in all Christian denominations around the world.  It has been said that this prayer is “Jewish to the bone.” The various parts of the prayer find their roots, sometimes verbatim, in prayers of the Jews existing long before Jesus […]

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Modern Stoicism: A Critique

February 15, AD2018 0 Comments
Modern Stoicism: A Critique

Realization of a Trend A few years ago, I first became cognizant of the widespread appeal of stoicism in modern culture at a family reunion. Somehow my cousin and I had both found ourselves outside on my aunt’s patio reading our books. I cannot recall what book had me engrossed, but I do remember that […]

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Why Sex Belongs in Marriage

February 14, AD2018 5 Comments
Why Sex Belongs in Marriage

Sex is great and belongs in marriage. Yet, when it comes to sex, Catholics often get a bad rap. Many people look at our beliefs about sex, specifically our belief that it should be reserved for marriage, and conclude that we are simply puritans who think it’s dirty and needs to be limited as much […]

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The Eroticism of Harrison Lemke’s “Song for St. Valentine”

February 14, AD2018 0 Comments
The Eroticism of Harrison Lemke’s “Song for St. Valentine”

Some counter-cultural attitudes are actually pretty widespread. An obvious example is an attitude towards Hallmark holidays like Valentine’s Day. Shirking the yoke of corporatized romance, chocolates in pink wrappers, and garish cards isn’t exactly an underground movement, whispered about at the margins of society. And Catholics have unique ways of being counter-cultural on this day; […]

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Discernment: It May Not Turn Out The Way You Expect

February 13, AD2018 0 Comments
Discernment: It May Not Turn Out The Way You Expect

There are many beautiful things in and around the Catholic church.  One of the things that most people may not get to see is the discernment process of men and women who are trying to decide on the next phase of their lives. Over the passage of time, I have had the distinct honor of […]

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Valentine’s Ash Wednesday: Death-to-Self for Love

February 13, AD2018 3 Comments
Valentine’s Ash Wednesday: Death-to-Self for Love

What are your plans for Valentine’s Ash Wednesday? Sex and Death The combination was bound to happen eventually; it will happen again in 2024 and 2029, then not again until the 22nd century. Most people I know personally or through social media have taken it fairly well. One person did wonder if, since some bishops […]

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Finding Grace and Happiness – The Powerful Story of Venerable Hermann Cohen

February 12, AD2018 3 Comments
Finding Grace and Happiness – The Powerful Story of Venerable Hermann Cohen

A few weeks ago, I stumbled across the conversion story of Venerable Hermann Cohen (also known as Father Augustine Marie of the Blessed Sacrament) and was deeply moved. Never having heard of this man before, I have not been able to stop thinking about him since. If you are struggling with sin, his remarkable story will […]

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Change Your Hearts, Not Your Laws

February 12, AD2018 1 Comment
Change Your Hearts, Not Your Laws

As Valentine’s Day approaches this year, our country is in the midst of a cultural watershed moment. Unfortunately, there does not seem to be a clear sense of direction about where to go from here and how to bring about lasting change. I am referring to the #MeToo movement and all of the revelations of […]

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The Popcorn Cathedral Debuts on Breadbox Media

February 11, AD2018 0 Comments
The Popcorn Cathedral Debuts on Breadbox Media

There’s  a lot of action happening over at Breadbox Media including a TON of new faces who have come on board. Each week in this article I will feature one of our great shows. Recently Rod Bennett debuted his brand new podcast The Popcorn Cathedral. Rod Bennett is the author of “Four Witnesses; The Early […]

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Confession: Please Stay With Me and Hold My Hand

February 11, AD2018 2 Comments
Confession: Please Stay With Me and Hold My Hand

Lately, with short days and schedule changes, making it over to the local parish for confession has been a challenge. Earlier this week, I thought I would do well to receive this sacrament again but didn’t know when the opportunity would arise.  Our directives say that we receive it frequently and regularly (Constitutions 3:11).  This difficulty […]

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