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Seven More Books for Catholic College Students

Seven More Books for Catholic College Students

[ 2 ] August 28, AD 2014 |

The college semester is upon us again, and at most universities the new academic year is either now beginning or has recently begun [1]. For the returning students, this means a return to familiar stomping grounds and reunions with friends before the courses really buckle down into the semester grind. For the new students, it […]

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Wake Up, The Glory of the Martyrs Shines Upon You!

Wake Up, The Glory of the Martyrs Shines Upon You!

[ 3 ] August 25, AD 2014 |

In his moving novel, Silence, Japanese-Catholic author Shusako Endo once described the continent of Asia as a “swamp” that choked the sapling of the Gospel and made it uninhabitable for Christianity. That image has always haunted me because a part of my own journey — as a convert to Christianity from Buddhism — has been to […]

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ISIS, Robin Williams, and “Those Who Mourn”

ISIS, Robin Williams, and “Those Who Mourn”

[ 9 ] August 12, AD 2014 |

The descriptions are many, the adjectives are abundant. Travesty. Horrific. Incomprehensible. Senseless. You can’t scroll down one page on Facebook without seeing a shared link of the pain, suffering, and death of people around the world. The implications of such extreme evil and despair are difficult to wrap our minds around. We want to grieve […]

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Pope Francis’ Dream for the Church: What Would Happen!

Pope Francis’ Dream for the Church: What Would Happen!

[ 4 ] August 4, AD 2014 |

So apparently I am not the only one who loves Pope Francis! Of course it is one thing to like someone and another thing to follow them and what they ask of you! I was very blessed that his monthly evangelization intention for the month of July was for the laity, serving around the world […]

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Dear Homeschooling Parents, Public and Private School Teachers

Dear Homeschooling Parents, Public and Private School Teachers

[ 1 ] August 2, AD 2014 |

I have a gift for you.  In my decades of teaching experience, I have been introduced to a myriad of delivery strategies, management techniques, intervention ideologies and even public speaking tips. While some have proven to be very effective, very few I would consider fruitful. Even in education, there is money to be made by […]

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<em>Embracing Edith Stein</em>: A Review

Embracing Edith Stein: A Review

[ 4 ] July 27, AD 2014 |

Anne Costa’s book, Embracing Edith Stein, was my traveling companion on my recent trip to Missouri. I wish I had spent more than a few hours with the book. I fully intend to revisit her someday when I have several days to digest her teachings. Anyone who has followed my blog for any length of time […]

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The 'Sorry, Not Sorry' Phenomenon

The 'Sorry, Not Sorry' Phenomenon

[ 1 ] July 14, AD 2014 |

Chances are that if you are on any one of the major social media sites, you”ll know what I”m talking about when I refer to the “sorry, not sorry” or “#sorrynotsorry” phenomenon. But just in case you aren”t familiar with the phrase, folks tend to post it when they feel like they should be sorry about posting […]

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Believe in Jesus, or else…

Believe in Jesus, or else…

[ 5 ] July 5, AD 2014 |

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Ask and it will be Given to you: Vocations in the Entitlement Society

Ask and it will be Given to you: Vocations in the Entitlement Society

[ 4 ] July 4, AD 2014 |

Vocations in the Entitlement Society In the seventh chapter of the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus says, “Ask and it will be given to you.” That works wonderfully as a tweet or Facebook status, it is short and sounds nice. Yet, the problem with only looking at one part of the chapter leads the reader to take […]

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The Little Ones, the Hidden Ones, the Saints

The Little Ones, the Hidden Ones, the Saints

[ 3 ] June 30, AD 2014 |

Somber. Quiet. Reflective. These are some of the feelings that marked last weekend’s centennial commemoration of the start of World War I. Although the historical causes are complex, this much is true: Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria-Hungary was assassinated by a Serbian nationalist, Gavrilo Princip, one hundred years ago on June 28th, 1914. From this […]

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Book Review: Gene Wolfe’s <em>The Wizard Knight</em>

Book Review: Gene Wolfe’s The Wizard Knight

[ 3 ] June 24, AD 2014 |

An entertaining book might be enjoyed on the first reading, but discarded after the second. A good book, on the other hand, gets better after the second reading, and a great one never grows old no matter how ancient. One might learn more upon the fiftieth reading of Plato’s Republic than from the first or […]

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Taking the Gospel to the streets of Facebook

Taking the Gospel to the streets of Facebook

[ 2 ] June 23, AD 2014 |

I could be very mistaken, but I suspect that the majority of readers here and at other Catholic blogs are somewhat in the choir. If I were to do a survey, then I would bet that our audience here is somewhat like the audience of the active members in parishes. We enjoy our Catholic faith, […]

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My Dream Has Come True

My Dream Has Come True

[ 2 ] June 18, AD 2014 |

If 10 years ago you were to have told me I would be a Christian, I would not have believed you. If five years ago you were to have told me I would be a Catholic, I might have puked. If on the day of my confirmation to the Catholic Church you were to have […]

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Book Review: <i>Partners in Holiness</i> by Melaine Ryther

Book Review: Partners in Holiness by Melaine Ryther

[ 1 ] June 17, AD 2014 |

Goodreads | Amazon Partners in Holiness is a poignant book telling us little-known stories about saints and how their angels guided them. It is a powerful reminder of how our Guardian Angels are ever-present, helping us in times of trouble. We can’t see these friends, and usually forget their presence. The book opened my eyes […]

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Five Books That Changed My Life

Five Books That Changed My Life

[ 16 ] June 17, AD 2014 |

Books come into our lives at different times for different purposes, sort of like friends. And like friends, some have a great impact and stay with you forever. Here is a list of five books (aside from Sacred Scripture) that have changed my life. It is not a reflection of the five best books out there, […]

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Busy Mystic

Busy Mystic

[ 2 ] June 9, AD 2014 |

I turn away with an ineffable sense of loss, From the overwhelming presence of the thunderous Dove To the silence of Monday morning push and shove. But then amid the rush and rumble and toss, In traffic, the grocery line, or while arguing with my boss I pause; and looking up I see above My […]

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