Category: Spirituality

The Difference Between Hockey, Football, and Soccer is Catholicism

The Difference Between Hockey, Football, and Soccer is Catholicism

[ 17 ] April 1, AD 2014 |

*Warning* I’m an unabashed fan of hockey. I am biased, and I do believe hockey is not only the best sport but the most analogous to Catholicism. Imagine my delight when I discovered Alyssa Bormes book, “The Catechism of Hockey,” which is published by The American Chesterton Society. It’s a delightful book, but maybe more […]

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Searching for Love

Searching for Love

[ 2 ] March 30, AD 2014 |

Our world is filled with a lot of hatred. One must only turn on talk radio or the nine o’clock news to see this. For whatever reason, it seems so easy to hate or dislike other people. This hatred can spew over into our daily conversations with others about certain individuals. But why do we […]

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Catholic Youth, Unite! Part III

Catholic Youth, Unite! Part III

[ 1 ] March 27, AD 2014 |

As I’ve discussed in the first two parts of this series, Pope Francis has made it clear that he wants to see the Catholic youth mobilized, spreading the Gospel, and bringing the truth of the Church to the world. So far I’ve discussed two ways the youth can answer the Pope’s call: through being active […]

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Embracing the Cross or Leaning on a Crutch?

Embracing the Cross or Leaning on a Crutch?

[ 3 ] March 26, AD 2014 |

From the time of Karl Marx, who famously said that religion “is the opium of the people,” to our own days when modern secularists think that religion is a crutch for the weak, atheists and those who scoff at religion view it as some form of escape from the problems of daily life. Some of these […]

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Which Battle are You Fighting this Lent?

Which Battle are You Fighting this Lent?

[ 1 ] March 22, AD 2014 |

This week, we are in the midst of the battle. Lent is a battle. It’s our “campaign of Christian service,” as the Ash Wednesday collect says. At the beginning, we can be so gung-ho about Lent. We’ve gathered our weapons and put on the armor of God. (If we have loins to gird, we might even do that […]

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Catholic Youth, Unite! Part II

Catholic Youth, Unite! Part II

[ 0 ] March 21, AD 2014 |

My last article was the beginning of a brief series on how young Catholics (myself included) can answer Pope Francis’ call to be a force for Christ and his Church. Now, I’d like to discuss the next step. As I mentioned last time, we can’t stay in the parish forever. In order to continue moving […]

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Duke’s Porn Star and Pope Francis’ Lenten Intentions

Duke’s Porn Star and Pope Francis’ Lenten Intentions

[ 25 ] March 15, AD 2014 |

Pope Francis’ Lenten message for 2014 calls all Catholics to confront destitution in its varying forms of extreme poverty, spiritual destitution, and moral destitution. He writes: “Moral destitution…consists in slavery to vice and sin. How much pain is caused in families because one of their members – often a young person – is in thrall […]

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Made You Look

Made You Look

[ 0 ] March 9, AD 2014 |

I recently had the opportunity to take my one and a half year old son out for the day. On a rainy, cold afternoon, the mall was my best bet. He had a field day strutting about the stores, and especially loved the life-sized, pink polka-dotted dog at a particular women’s lingerie store. While he […]

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Five Ideas for Lent

Five Ideas for Lent

[ 1 ] March 5, AD 2014 |

In case you are still needing some inspiration for Lent, here are some ideas you could find interesting. Lent isn’t only (or even mainly) about “doing things”, but I do think it’s good to plan and prepare such an important season.  1.     Crown of thorns I found the idea of a homemade crown of thorns […]

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Catholic Youth, Unite!

Catholic Youth, Unite!

[ 1 ] February 28, AD 2014 |

Throughout his papacy, Pope Francis has engaged the youth and young adults of the Church, speaking directly to them numerous times, and encouraging them to become significantly more active in their spiritual lives. As a 24-year-old millennial myself, I feel blessed to be among the vast audience of Catholic young people that the Pope is […]

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Five FREE Activities for Lent 2014

Five FREE Activities for Lent 2014

[ 2 ] February 27, AD 2014 |

Need something to do for lent? How about these FREE activities. Some are from the best Catholic Universities and Colleges, others are for you and your family. Enjoy 1. Lenten Journey with Jesus: A Virtual Tour of the Geography of Jesus (March 5 – April 17, 2014) Absolutely free course offered by Holy Apostles College […]

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What Are You “Exchanging” for Lent?

What Are You “Exchanging” for Lent?

[ 2 ] February 26, AD 2014 |

As Lent approaches, everyone is asking their kids, and deciding for themselves, “What are you going to ‘give up’ for Lent?” Why am I putting “give up” in quotation marks? “Give up” is in quotation marks because it is not the most appropriate term for the action that we perform during Lent.  Instead, as Venerable […]

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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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Is Religious Life Repulsive?

Is Religious Life Repulsive?

[ 31 ] January 18, AD 2014 |

The vows of religious life are repulsive, at least according to an article Br. Justin Hannegan recently wrote in Crisis Magazine provokingly titled: Sacrificing Religious Life on the Altar of Egalitarianism. He writes: All forms of religious life, at their very core, consist of three vows—poverty, chastity, and obedience—and each of these vows is repulsive […]

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Why Bother to Learn Anything At All, Anyway?

Why Bother to Learn Anything At All, Anyway?

[ 3 ] January 17, AD 2014 |

There are way more things to know in this Universe than you have the brain cells to record, and any one field of human study has probably by this point generated more data than a human mind, with a lifetime of study, could internalize. We should feel small standing up against the ocean of numbers, […]

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