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Degrees of Sin — Separation from God

November 7, AD 2017 3 Comments
Degrees of Sin — Separation from God

Sin is not wanting too much, but settling for too little. It’s settling for self-gratification rather than self-fulfillment. — Scott Hahn, First Comes Love: Finding Your Family in the Church and the Trinity It should have been better that all the stars should have fallen from Heaven than that one soul should have ever committed […]

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Leisure: Rest & Virtue vs Distraction & Dissipation

October 31, AD 2017 0 Comments
Leisure: Rest & Virtue vs Distraction & Dissipation

“Regret is a waste of time.” Dream said. “No, I think regret is when people realise they’ve wasted all the time they’ve had.” Chris argued. — Mary Borsellino, The Boy Who Gave Away His Birthday The Christian life is a harmonization of the contemplative and the active life. We see from Genesis that God rested […]

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Superheroes: Overcoming trauma, and Self-sacrifice

October 17, AD 2017 0 Comments
Superheroes: Overcoming trauma, and Self-sacrifice

All it takes is one bad day to reduce the sanest man alive to lunacy. That’s how far the world is from where I am. Just one bad day. You had a bad day once. Am I right? I know I am. I can tell. You had a bad day and everything changed. Why else […]

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Listen and Ask Before You Give

October 10, AD 2017 0 Comments
Listen and Ask Before You Give

Lawyers are taught to listen carefully to what our clients say and to ask questions, because a client might think that one issue presents the right course of action to take in court, but in reality a detail that may seem incidental to them could present a stronger case with a different line of argument. […]

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The Church Embraces All People: Thoughts on the Beatification of Fr. Stanley Rother

October 3, AD 2017 1 Comment
The Church Embraces All People: Thoughts on the Beatification of Fr. Stanley Rother

“They must be going to the beatification!” I yelped happily, as I pointed towards a well-dressed group of people walking down the sidewalk. It was early in the morning on Saturday, September 23rd, and I could not contain my excitement. Several minutes later, I found myself also walking down the sidewalks of downtown Oklahoma City. […]

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Sacramentals: holy gifts

September 26, AD 2017 0 Comments
Sacramentals: holy gifts

The lady on the bus Since watching Touch, my boyfriend has had a habit of reading number plates and, now that he’s Catholic, relating them to the faith. One day he was riding a bus when he noticed “MAS” on a car, and chuckled to himself, seeing it as a reminder to go to Mass. […]

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Fatherhood and Redemption in “Pirates of the Caribbean 5”

August 15, AD 2017 0 Comments
Fatherhood and Redemption in “Pirates of the Caribbean 5”

[Caution: spoilers ahead] Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is a moving paean to fatherhood. The entire movie centers around Henry Turner’s quest to release his father Will from a curse damning him to eternal servitude on The Flying Dutchman. The movie opens with 12-year-old Henry locating the sunken ship which holds […]

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A Vicarious Grief Observed

August 13, AD 2017 0 Comments
A Vicarious Grief Observed

On the recent Feast of the Transfiguration of Our Lord, my priest-uncle-spiritual-director, Father Jim, suddenly lost his brother Allan. Father Jim was abroad teaching a short course in Canon Law when Uncle Allan had a massive myocardiac infarction. I have never met Uncle Allan, since he lived far from Metro Manila. But Father Jim said […]

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Review of “Christian Dating Simplified”

August 8, AD 2017 1 Comment
Review of “Christian Dating Simplified”

Aaron K. Torch’s Christian Dating Simplified: A Short, Practical Guide to the only Four Questions You Need to Ask is an enjoyable read, weaving scriptural exegesis and personal experience into a compelling analysis of how to date in a holy and healthy manner. As a Catholic who has studied scriptural theology, I have quibbles with […]

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The Vocation of Motherhood

August 4, AD 2017 0 Comments
The Vocation of Motherhood

One of the most insidious and harmful ideas that mothers labor under is the idea that we can raise flawless children. Rationally we know this isn’t true, but emotionally we throw ourselves into this impossible task. It is honorable and understandable to try to always do best by and for your children. But this can […]

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The Seven Deadly Sins in “The Jungle Book”

July 11, AD 2017 0 Comments
The Seven Deadly Sins in “The Jungle Book”

The Jungle Book (2016) is a masterful adaptation of Kipling’s book, paying due homage to the classic Disney film with its meshing of the familiar soundtrack with exquisitely-rendered new visuals. It is also a tale of growing up in a dangerous world, of fulfilling one’s telos or true end, and of choosing to practice virtue […]

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Witness to Love

July 3, AD 2017 2 Comments
Witness to Love

A few years ago I had the opportunity to give a talk at John Paul the Great Academy in Lafayette, Louisiana. While I was there I enjoyed the hospitality of Ryan and Mary-Rose Verret, a young Catholic couple with three children. It was a wonderful stay, a great experience of traditional Cajun hospitality. The Catholic […]

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