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Author Archive: Luke Arredondo

Luke is a married father of three. He works as the Director of Religious Education at Divine Mercy Parish in Kenner, LA and has a Master of Arts in Theology from Notre Dame Seminary. He blogs at Quiet, Dignity, and Grace

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The Near Occasion of Sin and Restroom Debates

June 7, AD 2016 0 Comments
The Near Occasion of Sin and Restroom Debates

Debates over North Carolina’s “bathroom bill” and Target’s policy of allowing men and women to use a restroom that doesn’t match their biological sex, but comports instead with their gender identity, have flooded social media lately.  Often, if Catholics get into the debate at all, there is a tendency to be heavy handed and dismissive […]

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Amoris Laetitia, Beyond the Controversy

May 10, AD 2016 0 Comments
Amoris Laetitia, Beyond the Controversy

When Pope Francis issued his post-synodal apostolic exhortation, Amoris Laetitia, the mainstream media and major Catholic websites were all over it, highlighting the broad structure of the document and, mostly, focusing on the tricky issue of just what exactly Chapter 8 of the text means.  If that’s the type of article you’re looking for, look elsewhere. […]

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Considerations on the Question of Politics for (American) Catholics

March 15, AD 2016 8 Comments
Considerations on the Question of Politics for (American) Catholics

Several months ago, I started writing a post about how difficult it is to be Catholic during the peak seasons of political campaigns.  Here’s how I started it: While I’ve admittedly not been paying a great deal of attention to the political ruminations of the GOP, I have noticed the absolutely overwhelming press attention that […]

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Fuller House and John Paul II

March 2, AD 2016 2 Comments
Fuller House and John Paul II

Between the release of the official teaser trailer and the full-blown trailer to Fuller House, the two videos have racked up over 18 million views in the last few weeks.  Very clearly, this show has some major steam behind it.  But it’s not alone in bringing the 90s back.  Fox did a special for the […]

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How My Family Keeps Lent Interesting

February 15, AD 2016 1 Comment
How My Family Keeps Lent Interesting

A few years ago, my wife and I got creative with our Lenten sacrifices.  It was an idea I had, loosely based on a Holy Week retreat I once went on when I was an undergraduate.  The idea is simple, but that’s what makes it so awesome. Many people enter Lent rather blindsided (it creeps […]

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The Force of Mercy

January 18, AD 2016 0 Comments
The Force of Mercy

About a week ago, I joined the cool kids club and got to see The Force Awakens in theaters.  It was a fantastic movie, and because I just finished reading a dissertation on John Paul II, there were a lot of really intense philosophical and theological ideas bouncing around my brain as I tried to […]

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Faith and Femininity in Disney’s Tangled

January 5, AD 2016 4 Comments
Faith and Femininity in Disney’s Tangled

As a father of three girls all under the age of five, I see my fair share of princess tales.  To be perfectly honest, most of them don’t really stick with me, a lot of it is forgettable, and a lot of it makes me wish it was forgettable.  However, on a recent car trip, […]

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The Choice of the Family: A Book Review

August 31, AD 2015 0 Comments
The Choice of the Family: A Book Review

Thanks to the great folks at Image Books, I was able to get a review copy of a The Choice of the Family: A Call to Wholeness, Abundant Life, and Enduring Happiness by Bishop Jean Laffitte, who is the head of the Pontifical Council on the Family and is tasked with preparing the regular World Meeting […]

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Roller Skating, the Wandeirng in the Desert, and the Patience of God

August 20, AD 2015 0 Comments
Roller Skating, the Wandeirng in the Desert, and the Patience of God

For the past couple of weeks, I’ve had a chance to take my two oldest daughters roller skating at a local skating rink.  They’re 4 years old and 2 1/2, respectively and so obviously neither one of them has done much skating.  In fact, they’re still small enough that they need to use the skates […]

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On Beauty and Planned Parenthood

August 3, AD 2015 6 Comments
On Beauty and Planned Parenthood

One of my favorite authors, Dietrich von Hildebrand, makes an interesting argument about the relationship between beauty and virtue.  Essentially, what he said was that we ought to encourage people to attend to beauty, to seek it out in art, music, literature, poetry, and any other venue where it could be found.  We should expose […]

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Thoughts on the Bill Cosby Scandal

July 13, AD 2015 13 Comments
Thoughts on the Bill Cosby Scandal

Though I was born in 1984, I grew up watching re-runs of The Cosby Show.  So, naturally, I grew up really liking Bill Cosby.  I probably didn’t even know that his character had a different name back then.  To me, the character and the person who played him were indistinguishable. Over the last few months, as the […]

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Remembering Another Time the Media Predicted the Church Would Change: 1968

June 16, AD 2015 6 Comments
Remembering Another Time the Media Predicted the Church Would Change: 1968

Over the last few months, especially with upcoming Synod on the Family this Fall, lots of rumors are swirling about what the Church will or will not say.  Chief among those is a speculation in some circles that the Church must, should, and is bound to adopt a new policy legitimizing communion for divorced and […]

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Gay Marriage, Old Testament Verses, and Fundamentalist Hermeneutics

May 22, AD 2015 6 Comments
Gay Marriage, Old Testament Verses, and Fundamentalist Hermeneutics

Lately, while browsing my otherwise innocuous Facebook wall, I have seen a multitude of people sharing a nifty, colorful flow-chart which sarcastically shows how silly it is to oppose gay marriage because the Bible prohibits it.  For some reason, despite generally staying out of debates in public or online about homosexuality and the Catholic view […]

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The Trinity: How to Not Be a Heretic

April 26, AD 2015 1 Comment
The Trinity: How to Not Be a Heretic

Thanks to the mysteries of the internet, I’ve wound up befriending Stephen Bullivant through Facebook over the last couple of years and this January he asked me if I’d be interested in reviewing his forthcoming book on the Trinity.  I was very happy to accept the invitation, but I simply was not expecting any book on […]

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Why Do We Pray, Fast, and Give Alms During Lent?

February 23, AD 2015 2 Comments
Why Do We Pray, Fast, and Give Alms During Lent?

This is a lesson for which I will be forever in debt to Dr. Brant Pitre.  He taught it to me, and I’m passing it on.  But I have to say up front that if you enjoy this post, check out his presentation on it here.  It is amazing stuff! Lent is a fantastic spiritual […]

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