Slow Down and Think

[ 1 ] October 21, AD 2014 |
Slow Down and Think

By the time this post will actually be present on the good old internet, the Synod on the Family currently taking place in Rome will have concluded. While it might to you, then, seem a bit dated for me to write a commentary on a Synod that is over and probably will have fallen out […]

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The Grace of Yes: A Review

[ 1 ] October 20, AD 2014 |
The Grace of Yes: A Review

The cover appropriately displays a fish out of water. Ever felt like that? Like you were in over your head? Like you were way outside of your comfort zone? Then this book is for you! Part spiritual memoir/part advice book, like many of Lisa Hendey’s writings, it takes you to the heart of a life […]

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Gratitude, Whos, and Whats

[ 1 ] October 19, AD 2014 |
Gratitude, Whos, and Whats

Everyone likes to hear the words, “Thank you.” Here is why deep down we all recognize a personal God.

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Catholic Musician Eliot Morris

[ 1 ] October 18, AD 2014 |
Catholic Musician Eliot Morris

I first came across the artistry of Eliot Morris when I attended a talk by Matthew Kelly from Dynamic Catholic. In between Matthew’s intriguing prose, Eliot Morris graced our eardrums with his poetry and guitar strumming. Throughout the day, the two preached with incredible melody, so much so I couldn’t decide which one my soul […]

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Pope Francis Marrying Sinners Is No Surprise

[ 3 ] October 18, AD 2014 |
Pope Francis Marrying Sinners Is No Surprise

Last month Pope Francis seemed to shock the world by marrying twenty couples in a ceremony at St Peter’s Basilica. Aside from the fact that Popes don’t get the opportunity to preside at weddings all that often, what provided the real shock value was that amongst the couples, some had cohabited, one had a child […]

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Death With Dignity or Assisted Suicide?

[ 5 ] October 15, AD 2014 |
Death With Dignity or Assisted Suicide?

Last week, a viral story started making the rounds about a young woman named Brittany Maynard, a 29 year-old newlywed who was diagnosed with brain cancer in January. After an initial diagnosis of having possibly ten years left to live, her doctors later revised the estimation (in light of the severity of her cancer) to six months. […]

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Flawless or Holiness; What’s a Parent to Do?

[ 2 ] October 15, AD 2014 |
Flawless or Holiness; What’s a Parent to Do?

As a new parent, I have quickly noticed that everyone has an opinion about the best way to raise my child. Authors, other parents, parishioners, and even strangers on the street are quick to offer advice or criticism of my parenting. As if this were not enough, society tells parents that they are not smart […]

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Hawking and the Heavens

[ 6 ] October 14, AD 2014 |
Hawking and the Heavens

Chesterton once observed that men generally have two attitudes towards dogma: some consciously recognize their reliance upon it, and others attempt to deny that reliance. He concluded that, ironically, it is the latter who are ultimately the more dogmatic. I was reminded of this observation a few weeks ago [1], when I saw the latest […]

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Synod Psych Up

[ 1 ] October 14, AD 2014 |
Synod Psych Up

Much has been said about the Synod on the Family, underway in Rome right now. Ink has been spilled, opinions made, worry and confusion abound. We hear the drama between bishops, opinions from both sides of the spectrum. Frustration, fear, hope and excitement, all tied together in these historic weeks. As a young, newly married […]

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Characters of Cana

[ 3 ] October 12, AD 2014 |
Characters of Cana

With the month of October underway, the Catholic world has commenced the Month of the Rosary. During this month, Catholics are encouraged to pray the rosary more often and meditate on the mysteries of Christ’s life.  In 2002, Pope John Paul II gave the faithful a fourth set of mysteries, the Mysteries of Light, which […]

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Marriage Formation: Synod Priority?

[ 4 ] October 11, AD 2014 |
Marriage Formation: Synod Priority?

Marriage. A journey with the person you love, giving yourself freely, without reservation, in a life giving relationship for the rest of your lives. A marital relationship is the essence of what a family is based on, and a family is the building block of society. Professional development. The acquisition of skills and knowledge, for […]

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JPII and the Crisis of Freedom

[ 2 ] October 10, AD 2014 |
JPII and the Crisis of Freedom

In the classic Bill Murray flick Groundhog Day, Punxsutawney Phil is called a “prognosticator of prognosticators.”  Catholics could borrow that phrase and apply it to St. John Paul II because in 1993, he penned an encyclical which even today diagnoses, with incredible specificity, many of the world’s most serious moral crises. With elections approaching in many […]

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Patron Comics

[ 2 ] October 9, AD 2014 |
Patron Comics

Much has been commented on the evangelizing power of painting, sculpture, music, literature, theater, and film. What about comics? Anthony James Perez from the Philippines believes comics can be a potent medium to transmit the word of God. Together with a team composed of Gilbert Monsanto (penciller), Raymond Ferrer (inker), Bryan Arfel Magnaye (colorist), Jayboy […]

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It Isn’t Mine

[ 2 ] October 6, AD 2014 |
It Isn’t Mine

There is a tendency in ministry to talk about what we do as “ours” or “mine”. I’ve fallen into that trap more times than I can count. My ministry is growing or my program has seen much change and improvement. Wrong. This ministry I’m blessed to work with isn’t mine. It is God’s – He just lets me be […]

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Pregnancy and Hope

[ 5 ] October 2, AD 2014 |
Pregnancy and Hope

In the last month or so we’ve had the joy of sharing this news with our loved ones. Since this is our second baby, the sharing is a little more subdued; mostly just us telling our friends as we see them. It’s not even “Facebook official” yet. I’ve realized something in the time that’s gone […]

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Give It Some Time

[ 3 ] October 1, AD 2014 |
Give It Some Time

It seems like every announcement from Rome creates instant clash between different Catholics. One side is “See, Pope Francis is getting rid of the old guard.” The other side is “See, Pope Francis is getting rid of the old guard.” Time after time, I wait and see what time will tell, and time and again […]

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