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We need the voice of Anthony Esolen

January 20, AD 2017 3 Comments
We need the voice of Anthony Esolen

Not just the Catholic world, but the whole world benefits greatly from the “voice” of Anthony Esolen and the special instruction he bequeaths to humanity in the numerous writings he has produced during our times. He is a member of the English faculty at Providence College in Rhode Island, but we can easily see through […]

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Laughing at Death

January 19, AD 2017 1 Comment
Laughing at Death

Living by faith includes the call to something greater than cowardly self-preservation. —J.R.R. Tolkien Yet I loathe the thought of annihilating myself quite as much now as I ever did. I think with sadness of all the books I’ve read, all the places I’ve seen, all the knowledge I’ve amassed and that will be no […]

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God is interested in your love life

January 18, AD 2017 2 Comments
God is interested in your love life

The Wedding Feast at Cana miracle is a manifestation of more than just Christ’s power. The story also allows us to see our Blessed Mother’s intercessory influence, Jesus’ approval of human marriage, and His care for humanity to the point of assisting us even with the more mundane items such as wine at a wedding […]

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Water

January 17, AD 2017 0 Comments
Water

God is closer to us than water is to a fish. – St. Catherine of Siena Water is weird. Have you ever had that thought? I’ve been having it lately as I sip from my glass. Water is this transparent, tasteless substance that our bodies naturally thirst for; it composes 71% of the world and […]

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Making a Prayer Fan: Sacramentals

January 16, AD 2017 0 Comments
Making a Prayer Fan: Sacramentals

On my onomastica or name day, the feast of my Confirmation patroness St. Elizabeth of Hungary, my friend Anne gave me a blank paper fan to decorate. I mused aloud about possible designs. “Noah’s Ark? Our Lady of Guadalupe?” “I know, I’ll make it a prayer fan! I’ll write all the names of people I’m […]

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Why Defund Planned Parenthood

January 13, AD 2017 2 Comments
Why Defund Planned Parenthood

With the transition of both houses and the presidency to GOP control, one of the promises that President Trump made seems to be coming to fruition, namely, to defund Planned Parenthood. Let us hope it does because if not it does not bode well for the future of our deal-with-the-devil that we, as pro-life advocates, […]

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Where Is Your Soul?

January 12, AD 2017 0 Comments
Where Is Your Soul?

If anything could prove the existence of a soul, it is the utter emptiness of a corpse. — Mary Doria Russell, Children of God When I was little, I asked my father where our souls were in our bodies. He made a gesture in the general area of his liver while trying to explain that […]

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10 Brilliant Quotes from St. Francis de Sales on Cultivating Peace

January 11, AD 2017 2 Comments
10 Brilliant Quotes from St. Francis de Sales on Cultivating Peace

There is good reason that St. Francis de Sales is the patron of writers—he really had a way with words. During his lifetime, he wrote pamphlets defending the faith that actually converted many people away from heresy. He also wrote books advising laypeople in the spiritual life, which was a revolutionary concept at the time. […]

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Unforgivable Sins/Invincible Ignorance

January 10, AD 2017 5 Comments
Unforgivable Sins/Invincible Ignorance

“Ever since the days of Adam, man has been hiding from God and saying God is hard to find.” –Archbishop Fulton Sheen “We do what the heart tells us, and then we go to confession.” –Cara, Brideshead Revisited (2008) The heart is perverse above all things, and unsearchable, who can know it? –Jeremiah 17:9 God […]

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Thérèse by Dorothy Day: One Saint Writes about Another

January 6, AD 2017 0 Comments
Thérèse by Dorothy Day: One Saint Writes about Another

I adore Dorothy Day. That’s the reason why I picked up this book. Like Dorothy Day, when I first met Thérèse of Lisieux, I wasn’t very impressed. Day describes Thérèse of Lisieux’s Story of a Soul as “pious pap” the first time she read it. But as life goes on and wisdom is gained, opinions change. […]

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Being in Relationship with God

January 5, AD 2017 7 Comments
Being in Relationship with God

An Anglican friend told me that she does not bother to cultivate deep friendships with non-Christians—although she certainly treats them civilly and shares the Gospel with them when they are curious—because she knows she won’t see them in Heaven, unlike her Christian friends like me, with whom she anticipates eternal friendship. This is a logical […]

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A Review of Benedict XVI’s Shortest Book

January 4, AD 2017 1 Comment
A Review of Benedict XVI’s Shortest Book

Yesterday I finished the first book I’ve ever read by then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger. I’m quite proud of myself. This isn’t the first one I’ve started. One of the Lay Dominicans in my chapter has made the argument that Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI will one day be declared a Doctor of the Church. To be declared […]

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Time in Prayer this Year

January 2, AD 2017 0 Comments
Time in Prayer this Year

One of the questions I struggle with sometimes is how much time I ought to be spending in prayer on a daily basis. This is not surprising: my personality has been shaped by an ingrained emphasis on the value of time since I was a child. My dad especially shaped my notions of the proper […]

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Walk In Her Sandals: A Book Review

December 30, AD 2016 0 Comments
Walk In Her Sandals: A Book Review

Plan now to get some of your favorite girlfriends together this Lent to read this book! Walk in Her Sandals is a deep and unique look at Christ’s Passion and the events after His death from a woman’s perspective. Each chapter contains numerous reflections on various aspects of Holy Week and beyond. There is something […]

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Heart-to-Heart: A Look at the Pain of Love

December 28, AD 2016 1 Comment
Heart-to-Heart: A Look at the Pain of Love

If you love me, you will keep my commandments.[1] On the face of it, Christ’s words seem obvious: of course we’ll obey Christ because we love Him! Yet, when it comes down to it, loving the Lord and living His commandments feel like two entirely different propositions. Well, first off, we, as Christians, are defined […]

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