Category: Spirituality

On Thomas, Doubt, and Being an Outsider

On Thomas, Doubt, and Being an Outsider

[ 1 ] July 3, AD 2014 |

Have you ever felt like an outsider amongst a group of people who all shared a similar experience? Sat awkwardly in the background as they joyfully reminisced? The fact that you missed out on whatever it is that the rest of your acquaintances lived through can possibly leave you feeling isolated and uncomfortable. I imagine […]

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America: Individually Set Apart for Holiness

America: Individually Set Apart for Holiness

[ 2 ] July 2, AD 2014 |

Rather than view the American emphasis on individuals as a prideful perspective that promotes hubris, I believe the American emphasis on the individual is not only compatible with our faith, but is incredibly Catholic….Why? Because, when we stop and look at it, we must agree that God is all about the individual.

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Choosing Peace

Choosing Peace

[ 2 ] June 29, AD 2014 |

In the midst of all of this we are called to something greater. We read in Philippians 4: 6-7, “Have no anxiety about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, will keep your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Peace? What is that? We say. It feels like a meaningless word, and not something we can actually apply to our lives.

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Why Fulton Sheen? Why Now?

Why Fulton Sheen? Why Now?

[ 1 ] June 17, AD 2014 |

Today is a very exciting day for all those who love Venerable Archbishop Fulton Sheen. The Archbishop Fulton John Sheen Foundation’s press release says: The seven-member theological commission who advise the Congregation of the Causes of Saints at the Vatican unanimously agreed that a reported miracle should be attributed to the intercession of the Venerable Servant […]

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When the Joy of Faith is Gone

When the Joy of Faith is Gone

[ 1 ] June 14, AD 2014 |

In this you rejoice, although now for a little while you may have to suffer through various trials, so that the genuineness of your faith, more precious than gold that is perishable even though tested by fire, may prove to be for praise, glory, and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. Although you have […]

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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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And God Made A Father

And God Made A Father

[ 1 ] June 12, AD 2014 |

“I can’t believe you have a freakin’ kid.” I hear that phrase a lot now from my old high school and college friends. “I know,” I say in reply. “It’s crazy.” It is still a little weird to me, I guess. It’s even weirder how time seems to have sped up since the day I […]

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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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Slender Man Stabbing: Five Things You Can Do

Slender Man Stabbing: Five Things You Can Do

[ 2 ] June 7, AD 2014 |

The news is full of violence. It is hard not to become desensitized to the terrible ways humans treat humans. A recent story that really tore at my heart was the stabbing of a 12-year-old girl by two of her friends of the same age. The two girls, Morgan and Anissa, say they plotted the […]

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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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By This the World Will Know We are Christians

By This the World Will Know We are Christians

[ 1 ] June 2, AD 2014 |

“How good and how pleasant it is, when brothers dwell together as one!” –Psalm 133:1 The recent embrace of Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew in the Holy Land was an immense encouragement to the cause of Christian unity. Before the entire world these two leaders of the Catholic and Orthodox Churches, respectively, put aside […]

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They Will Know We are Catholic by How We Highlight Our Bibles

They Will Know We are Catholic by How We Highlight Our Bibles

[ 1 ] June 2, AD 2014 |

The other day, while waiting for my laundry at the laundromat, I read St. Paul’s Letter to the Romans in my Jewish Annotated New Testament. There I was, sitting on the floor, book open in front of me, highlighter in one hand and soda in the other and it dawns on me. I see that […]

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Worshipping Together

Worshipping Together

[ 6 ] June 2, AD 2014 |

Last week, I joined a friend of mine and some teens from the Church he works at and attended a worship concert at a nearby Christian Church, an experience that was totally foreign to me. I have always been Catholic, which means that I’ve experience lots of Catholic parishes and not much else, so this […]

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Joan of Arc: Model of Strength

Joan of Arc: Model of Strength

[ 0 ] May 30, AD 2014 |

In our glorification of Joan’s work and martyrdom, I believe it becomes a temptation to gloss over the Joan of Arc who was tried before being burned at the stake. The Joan who was taken to trial is the Joan we should – and can – aspire to be, because the Joan at trial was incredibly human.

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The Messy Power of the Holy Spirit

The Messy Power of the Holy Spirit

[ 4 ] May 29, AD 2014 |

This fiery church we see in the Acts of the Apostles is the one Pope Francis spoke of at WYD Rio when he said, “What do I expect as a consequence of the Youth Day? I expect a mess. There will be one. There will be a mess here in Rio? There will be!

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Some Obstacles to Happiness

Some Obstacles to Happiness

[ 0 ] May 27, AD 2014 |

“If you are unhappy, I question whether you are truly Christian.” So concludes my columnist-colleague and brother Dominican, TJ Burdick, at the close of his latest column. And there is something to be said for Mr. Burdick’s conclusion: the happy are those who are blessed, and blessedness (ergo, happiness) is described for us by Jesus […]

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