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Looking For God In All The Right Faces

August 14, AD2018 0 Comments
Looking For God In All The Right Faces

Heaven: Open! Jesus gives everyone what they need to find Him. The Magi, St. Dismas, and St. Thomas the Apostle all looked for Jesus in different ways, but they all found Him. He gave the Magi the Star Of Bethlehem. He gave St. Dismas not only a front-row seat at the crucifixion but let him […]

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 Peace? The Trouble With the World is Me!

August 14, AD2018 0 Comments
 Peace? The Trouble With the World is Me!

Brother Taurus was a man with the best of intentions but with a terrible temper that made him impossible to live with. After he fell out with his family he went to Tarsus to be apprenticed to a tailor. When he frightened away half the customers the tailor sent him away before he lost the […]

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Divine Love: A Christian Encounter

August 13, AD2018 0 Comments
Divine Love: A Christian Encounter

Life’s circumstances are full of episodes that allow us to encounter divine Love. Some of these we recognize, but many just pass us by. Suppose that one time, God literally comes by you wherever you may be, and finds you doing whatever it is you are doing; and simply tells you, “Follow me.” What would […]

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Know Thyself: Part II Body and Soul

August 13, AD2018 0 Comments
Know Thyself: Part II Body and Soul

In the last installment of this series, we reviewed a central argument for the partial immateriality of human nature. Specifically, we saw how the mind, in particular, must be immaterial given its power to understand the nature of material things without itself becoming those things. This, however, raises a great many questions – one of […]

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Surprised by Joy: Mother Teresa and C.S. Lewis   

August 12, AD2018 0 Comments
Surprised by Joy: Mother Teresa and C.S. Lewis   

By Father John Catoir JCD The thing I remember most about St. Mother Teresa was her joy. I met her three times in my life. Once when we were giving talks on the same program; once at a Vatican Seminar on Family Life, and once when she asked me to give a week-long retreat to her […]

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The Desire to Worship Well

August 12, AD2018 0 Comments
The Desire to Worship Well

My husband and I were in the Nashville area recently, closing on our new home. We attended Mass at a church where we have previously worshipped. This particular Sunday, though, we were looking through different eyes. Would this be the parish we soon joined? These might be the priest and deacon who will guide us spiritually; […]

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Patrick Coffin: Making Sense of Pope Francis—Philip Lawler

August 11, AD2018 0 Comments
Patrick Coffin: Making Sense of Pope Francis—Philip Lawler

I keep having the same exchange with my seriously Catholic friends whenever Pope Francis comes up in conversation. It goes something like this: we were enthused about the initial days of the election (he was saying things about evangelization that needed saying, he encouraged us to get out of “mindset ruts” and bring the gospel […]

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We Have a Part to Play in Miracles

August 11, AD2018 0 Comments
We Have a Part to Play in Miracles

  Recently, a local priest delivered a compelling homily on the miracles of Jesus. Before his homily was over, he had challenged every person to seek the miracle that their life needs. Unpacking the gospel from that day, he explained that every miracle starts with “something”. He noted that the healing of the Centurion’s daughter […]

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Blueprint for Catholic Living II: The Body Walking in Worship

August 10, AD2018 0 Comments
Blueprint for Catholic Living II: The Body Walking in Worship

The Church is God’s temple on earth, and believers are the living stones that form that holy house. We have been called to follow our Father’s divine blueprint for our lives: building on the sturdy foundation of Christ the cornerstone, living in holy fellowship with one another, being an open door to the lost world, […]

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Contemplating Heaven – Our Ultimate Goal

August 10, AD2018 0 Comments
Contemplating Heaven – Our Ultimate Goal

A life without goals risks losing its meaning and purpose. If we do not have something we are aiming for, then life can easily become like a broken compass that just spins without direction. We may find our self in stagnation, boredom or complacency. Lacking goals, we can be tempted to make decisions based merely […]

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Sometimes Prayer is The Only Answer

August 9, AD2018 0 Comments
Sometimes Prayer is The Only Answer

Who is to say that God does not put you or me, and no other, specifically at a scene for the very purpose of saying a prayer which will make a difference in a life?  Prayer is the conduit of goodness and grace in the world.  Prayer is humanity’s awesome duty to God and to each […]

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Ask Tony: Did the CCC 2267 Rescript Change Catholic Doctrine?

August 9, AD2018 0 Comments
Ask Tony: Did the CCC 2267 Rescript Change Catholic Doctrine?

Many people argue that the rescript issued on August 2, which changed Paragraph 2267 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church to call the death penalty “inadmissible,” was a change of doctrine. In fact, some have gone so far as to treat it as a heresy on a level with denying the divinity of Christ. […]

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Why Isn’t Being Catholic a Habit?

August 8, AD2018 0 Comments
Why Isn’t Being Catholic a Habit?

“Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.” —Proverbs 22:6 Introduction—Duhigg’s Book about Habits As part of an alumni book club at my alma mater, George Washington University, we read Charles Duhigg’s New York Times Bestseller, The Power of Habit, Why We […]

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Time’s Up for the Bishops

August 8, AD2018 0 Comments
Time’s Up for the Bishops

I’m angry. I’m disgusted. And I don’t like being played for a sucker. The Requirements I Must Meet As a Catholic school teacher, I’ve been required to take several “safe touching” classes. I’ve had to sign document after document in which I agree to abide by Church teaching. I am prohibited from being in a […]

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What a Little-Known Saint Can Teach Us about Responding To a Church in Turmoil

August 7, AD2018 0 Comments
What a Little-Known Saint Can Teach Us about Responding To a Church in Turmoil

Everywhere we turn it seems that the Church is in turmoil or some sort of disagreement. Both celebrated and emphasized by the news media, this turmoil can seem overwhelming and even despairing at time, making one think another great schism is about to happen. Disagreements abound. Immoral clergy are being called out and held up […]

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What Does it Take to Be Human?
On the Genetic Modifications of Embryos

August 7, AD2018 0 Comments
What Does it Take to Be Human? <br>On the Genetic Modifications of Embryos

I did not know yet how far they were from the human heritage I ascribed to them.   —H.G. Welles, The Island of Dr. Moreau INTRODUCTION Some time ago I read in my favorite source of science news, the Drudge Report, this headline from the Sunday Express: “Human-pig HYBRID? Scientists hoping to create part man, part pig […]

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A Woman Clothed with the Sun

August 6, AD2018 0 Comments
A Woman Clothed with the Sun

In Revelation chapter 12, John sees a mysterious vision of “a woman clothed with the sun” (Revelation 12:1). This woman gives birth to the Messiah (Revelation 12:5; cf. Psalm 2:8-9, a messianic psalm), so Catholics believe her to be Mary, the mother of Jesus. Consequently, we often see this passage as strong biblical evidence for […]

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NFP: The Antidote to Sexism

August 6, AD2018 0 Comments
NFP: The Antidote to Sexism

Lili Loofbourow wishes ‘we lived in a world that encouraged women to attend to their bodies’ pain signals instead of powering through like endurance champs. It would be grand if women (and men) were taught to consider a woman’s pain abnormal,’ But a woman’s pain is normal. The Church is the first to teach us that ‘no […]

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Is Our Relationship to Jesus Personal or Intimate?

August 5, AD2018 0 Comments
Is Our Relationship to Jesus Personal or Intimate?

I have come to realize Christians can develop an intimate, rather than just a personal relationship with Jesus. Well-meaning evangelical Christians challenge us to have a ‘personal relationship’ with Jesus but the word ‘personal’ is not found anywhere in the Bible. The question protestant Christians pose can make us feel as if we are missing […]

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The Virgin Mary and the Pro-Life Movement

August 5, AD2018 0 Comments
The Virgin Mary and the Pro-Life Movement

The Solemnity of the Assumption of Mary always reminds me of Pope John Paul II’s visit to World Youth Day in Denver in the summer of 1993. The culmination of the event was an outdoor Mass with 400,000 kids in Cherry Creek State Park. Because of the dry heat that day, it felt like we […]

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Hope Explored and Explained

August 4, AD2018 0 Comments
Hope Explored and Explained

I have not done a word-by-word analysis. I have not counted the occurrences. I have not spent the time necessary to validate the following statement, but, it occurs to me that the simple word “hope” must appear a couple of hundred times in the Bible. The Reason for Our Hope Always be ready to give […]

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What Will You Be Wearing To Your Particular Judgment?

August 4, AD2018 0 Comments
What Will You Be Wearing To Your Particular Judgment?

“But when the king came in to see the guests, he noticed a man there who was not wearing a wedding robe, and he said to him, ‘Friend, how did you get in here without a wedding robe?’ And he was speechless. Then the king said to the attendants, ‘Bind him hand and foot, and […]

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Clearing Murky Waters: God’s Care for our Souls

August 3, AD2018 0 Comments
Clearing Murky Waters: God’s Care for our Souls

Does God care if we sin? How does He look at and treat sinful human beings? I started to think and pray about that, pondering the effects of sin on the soul, God’s involvement in our lives, and what people think and say about sinfulness. So I first thought of my perception of Him. I […]

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On Materialism and Heroism

August 3, AD2018 0 Comments
On Materialism and Heroism

Every time our mailman knocks at the door, I know I can expect an update about his son’s medical school. He has two children and he, like everyone I know, rejoices in his son’s career success. It seems like his job as a father is complete because he got his son into college. I Used […]

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