Category: Sacraments

Spiritual Antibodies

Spiritual Antibodies

[ 5 ] January 28, AD 2015 |

“And hearing this, Jesus said to them, ‘It is not those who are healthy who need a physician, but those who are sick; I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners.’” —Mark 2:17 When I was three years old, I had a terrible case of the chicken pox. So terrible, in fact, that my […]

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Help Mary in Her Mission—Offer Your Communion

Help Mary in Her Mission—Offer Your Communion

[ 2 ] January 28, AD 2015 |

Fr. Emil Neubert, SM, one of my favorite Mariologists, wrote many books on Mary including Mary and the Priestly Ministry and My Ideal, Jesus, Son of Mary. Recently, the Franciscans of the Immaculate, through their publishing house, Academy of the Immaculata, have renewed interest in Father Emil Neubert by translating his French works from the 1950’s into English. […]

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Baptism: God’s Humility and Man’s Dignity

Baptism: God’s Humility and Man’s Dignity

[ 2 ] January 14, AD 2015 |

This past Sunday, we celebrated the Feast of our Lord’s Baptism. Meditating on the Gospel reading gives a glimpse into the profound reality of this great sacrament. The most high God went to the Jordan River to be baptized by His servant John the Baptist. The Creator lowered Himself before His creature, allowing John to […]

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Clinging to Tradition

Clinging to Tradition

[ 3 ] December 31, AD 2014 |

This time of year is usually filled with traditions: both family traditions and liturgical traditions, which shape our experience of Christmas. Traditions serve a great purpose in our lives. We are creatures of habit, and circling back to favorite traditions year after year helps us focus on those things that are most important, and it […]

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An Open Letter to Priests

An Open Letter to Priests

[ 3 ] December 4, AD 2014 |

Dear Fathers, In Evangelii Gaudium, Pope Francis wrote, “The Church must be a place of mercy freely given, where everyone can feel welcomed, loved, forgiven and encouraged to live the good life of the Gospel.” When I read this, I thought of all of you priests who spend hours in the confessional, some even staying […]

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God’s Temples are Under Construction

God’s Temples are Under Construction

[ 1 ] November 9, AD 2014 |

“Under Construction”—those were the words that greeted me as I arrived at my diaconal assignment this past summer. On account of the church’s renovation, Masses were held in the school gymnasium. This environment, perhaps, was not the most spiritually uplifting, but it was necessary in order to build a beautiful place of worship that would […]

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Pope Francis Marrying Sinners Is No Surprise

Pope Francis Marrying Sinners Is No Surprise

[ 4 ] 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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Characters of Cana

Characters of Cana

[ 4 ] 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?

[ 5 ] 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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Now, Make Your Act of Contrition

Now, Make Your Act of Contrition

[ 4 ] September 8, AD 2014 |

My God, I am sorry for my sins with all my heart. In choosing to do wrong and failing to do good, I have sinned against you, whom I should love above all things. I firmly resolve, with Your help, to do penance, to sin no more, and to avoid whatever leads me to sin. […]

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Reconsider the Chapel Veil

Reconsider the Chapel Veil

[ 6 ] September 1, AD 2014 |

Over the summer my dear friend and roommate put together a gorgeous video about why many Catholic women are returning to the old custom of wearing a chapel veil to Mass.  I personally started wearing a veil in high school, and often thank the Lord that He lead me to do so.  I highly encourage those […]

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On Polished Wedding Rings

On Polished Wedding Rings

[ 2 ] June 28, AD 2014 |

I always thought that wedding rings should be simple, like tiny little handcuffs that you would use to happily shackle yourself to another person for the rest of your lives. And so, choosing a wedding band was easy when my husband and I married nearly five years ago. It was a simple, white gold band […]

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The Priest’s Sacrifice and Yours

The Priest’s Sacrifice and Yours

[ 1 ] June 22, AD 2014 |

“You received Holy Communion this morning and that is well, but you must do more, make a general confession and offer your communion for the conversion of sinners.” These were the words the Queen of Heaven spoke in 1859 to a Belgian immigrant named Adele Brise in Champion, Wisconsin. In 1917 the children in Fatima […]

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Four Things Faithful Catholics Can Learn from Modernity

Four Things Faithful Catholics Can Learn from Modernity

[ 32 ] June 12, AD 2014 |

We orthodox Catholics tend to be a tight-knit bunch. We’re great at complaining about unfaithful Catholic politicians, and we love to compare shock stories about the worst liturgies we’ve attended. (“Oh yeah? Well, when we were on vacation last summer, we went to a parish and the priest and lectors acted out the gospel! And […]

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Who Died And Made You Pope?

Who Died And Made You Pope?

[ 33 ] June 6, AD 2014 |

I hear a lot of talk these days from laymen and women in the Catholic blogosphere who would like to see the Eucharist withheld from certain politicians because of their stance on certain social issues. I won’t disagree that many politicians who claim to follow the Catholic faith are guilty of promoting ideas and actions […]

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What Happens When We Become Like Children?

What Happens When We Become Like Children?

[ 1 ] May 23, AD 2014 |

Since becoming mobile, my one-year-old son has developed a rather terrifying habit of climbing up and diving off anything he can get a leg up on. Of course, I’m always right there to catch him before he face-plants in to the carpet, in which he repays me with heart melting laughter and a goofy smile. […]

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Six Reasons It’s Totally Fine to Never Get Married, a Response to Huffington Post

Six Reasons It’s Totally Fine to Never Get Married, a Response to Huffington Post

[ 10 ] May 21, AD 2014 |

The Huffington Post recently released an article titled “10 Reasons It’s Totally Fine to Never Get Married.”  The reasons are as bad as you might be thinking. Reasons like: – “For men, being married could be connected to being overweight.” – “Most people aren’t in a hurry to get married anymore.” – “Marriage can present a […]

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In Defense of the Family: The Destruction of Divorce

In Defense of the Family: The Destruction of Divorce

[ 17 ] April 24, AD 2014 |

Divorce is an unnatural occurrence. At least, it should be. Unfortunately, we don’t all view marriage through the lens of the Church. We don’t all see marriage as an unbreakable commitment, a Sacrament, or a holy union created by God. Instead, in these modern times, many of us see it as a contract, an agreement, […]

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A Day Without Him

A Day Without Him

[ 1 ] April 17, AD 2014 |

One of the few memories I have of both of my grandfathers is of their reverence for the Blessed Sacrament.  When we would drive past a Catholic Church, my dad’s dad would always tip his hat (I love that he always wore hats) and my mother’s father would inevitably cross himself. I can remember my […]

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‘Consuming the Word’ – Something to Chew On

‘Consuming the Word’ – Something to Chew On

[ 0 ] March 14, AD 2014 |

A Book Review on Scott Hahn’s “Consuming the Word” I have always enjoyed Scott Hahn’s writing style. He makes theology personal and relatable. Almost anyone can pick up one of his short books and get an awful lot out of them. Depending on where one is on his or her faith journey would determine the […]

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When Attending Mass is Tedious

When Attending Mass is Tedious

[ 9 ] February 27, AD 2014 |

Even the most devout Catholics have to drag themselves to mass on some days. What should we do when attending mass seems more like a chore than the spiritual delight it should be? The short answer: go anyway. The supernatural graces we receive from the mass have nothing to do with the euphoria (or lack […]

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Gatecrashing the Trinity: Don Miller and Why Catholics Go to Mass

Gatecrashing the Trinity: Don Miller and Why Catholics Go to Mass

[ 2 ] February 26, AD 2014 |

Don Miller is a prominent Evangelical Christian writer. And he doesn’t go to church much… at all. But wait, I hear you saying, don’t all Christians go to church? Isn’t that kind of a non-negotiable? I mean, how could he not!? Don says he doesn’t go to church because “it’s not how I learn.” He describes […]

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It’s Okay If You Don’t Get It

It’s Okay If You Don’t Get It

[ 2 ] February 5, AD 2014 |

In my last article I talked about a personal revelation from God dealing with the Eucharist. I mentioned that while, at the time, I understood and believed Church teaching on the Sacrament, it took me a while to really get it. I ended by saying that this revelation helped me to understand that it’s totally […]

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Charismatics in Context

Charismatics in Context

[ 21 ] January 30, AD 2014 |

“Certain signs point to a weakening in the sense of mystery in those very liturgical celebrations that should be fostering that sense. It is, therefore, urgent that the authentic sense of the liturgy be revived in the Church. The liturgy…is a means of sanctification; it is a celebration of the Church’s faith, and a means […]

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Marriage as a Vocation

Marriage as a Vocation

[ 0 ] January 30, AD 2014 |

Following the continuation from What Evangelical Catholics Can Learn from Protestants… Protestants don’t typically acknowledge any of the Sacraments except for the older denominations. Though they have valid baptisms, which the Church recognizes, they do not participate in the other Sacraments. While their marriages are not sacramental, most Protestants still uphold the traditional view of marriage […]

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Salvation Outside the Church

Salvation Outside the Church

[ 40 ] January 26, AD 2014 |

“There is no salvation outside the church” What a frightful assertion. You have probably heard it, but do you know where it comes from? This maxim, as best we know, originates with St. Cyprian of Alexandria, who wrote in a letter that “not even the baptism of a public confession and blood can profit a […]

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