Category: Religion

The Only Thing Needing Reform is Our Hearts

The Only Thing Needing Reform is Our Hearts

[ 0 ] October 31, AD 2014 |

Today is Reformation Day, the day that in 1517 Fr. Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the door of Wittenburg Castle Church in Germany, starting the Protestant Reformation. As somebody who has stood firmly on ‘both sides’ of the Protestant/Catholic divide, I’ve never been more convinced that today is a day that ought to […]

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Considerations About the Synod

Considerations About the Synod

[ 2 ] October 26, AD 2014 |

In light of the many articles and comments arising from the recent Synod on the Family, I would like to offer some thoughts on the topic at hand that may be helpful for others who are attempting to follow the news on this issue. In any academic setting, and even in every investigative setting, one […]

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The Ten Virtues of Mary Series

The Ten Virtues of Mary Series

[ 1 ] October 23, AD 2014 |

This content was originally published at To the Heights and has been reformatted for the Ignitum Today readers! If you’re a faithful Catholic woman, chances are you’ve heard advice along the lines of, “Just be like Our Lady” more times than you can count. And if you’re anything like me, chances are you’ve silently responded, “What […]

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The Grace of Yes: A Review

The Grace of Yes: A Review

[ 1 ] October 20, AD 2014 |

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

Gratitude, Whos, and Whats

[ 1 ] October 19, AD 2014 |

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

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Pope Francis Marrying Sinners Is No Surprise

Pope Francis Marrying Sinners Is No Surprise

[ 3 ] October 18, AD 2014 |

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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Hawking and the Heavens

Hawking and the Heavens

[ 12 ] October 14, AD 2014 |

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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Characters of Cana

Characters of Cana

[ 3 ] October 12, AD 2014 |

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?

Marriage Formation: Synod Priority?

[ 4 ] October 11, AD 2014 |

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

JPII and the Crisis of Freedom

[ 2 ] October 10, AD 2014 |

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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It Isn’t Mine

It Isn’t Mine

[ 2 ] October 6, AD 2014 |

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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Give It Some Time

Give It Some Time

[ 3 ] October 1, AD 2014 |

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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Beware what Crosses the Jordan

Beware what Crosses the Jordan

[ 1 ] September 28, AD 2014 |

The following was a reflection I prepared for my prayer group, but I am also indebted to them for some of the insights that followed. The following Scripture, from Joshua 7:1-9, sets the stage for this reflection. But the Israelites acted treacherously with regard to the ban; Achan, son of Carmi, son of Zabdi, son […]

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Spiritual Biology – The Sacred Heart

Spiritual Biology – The Sacred Heart

[ 1 ] September 26, AD 2014 |

The human body is an amazing and very fascinating creation. Each organ has its purpose. Every fiber works toward a succinct system, or group of systems, that compose “life.” There is an anonymous quote that states, “No one can whistle a symphony; it takes an orchestra to play it.” In a way, our bodies are […]

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A Conversion of Individuals

A Conversion of Individuals

[ 3 ] September 24, AD 2014 |

Christ spent 3 years forming 12 men. Those men went on to change the world.

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The Absurdity of Divine Love

The Absurdity of Divine Love

[ 3 ] September 23, AD 2014 |

“God was made man…If I could love a leper’s sores, couldn’t I love the boringness of Henry? But I’d turn from the leper if he were here, I suppose…I want the dramatic always. I imagine I’m ready for the pain of Your nails, and I can’t stand twenty-four hours of maps and Michelin guides. Dear […]

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