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The Stranger Who Saved My Life

August 2, AD 2017 1 Comment
The Stranger Who Saved My Life

By guest writer T.E.W. with Jean Elizabeth Seah. Five years ago, my entire world had collapsed. My mother was dying of cancer, I was unemployed and battling drug addiction, and my first long-term girlfriend, the light of my life, had left me. I was an atheist, and it felt like everything that made my life […]

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Give Thanks At All Times

August 1, AD 2017 2 Comments
Give Thanks At All Times

You say grace before meals. All right. But I say grace before the concert and the opera, and grace before the play and pantomime, and grace before I open a book, and grace before sketching, painting, swimming, fencing, boxing, walking, playing, dancing and grace before I dip the pen in the ink. – G. K. […]

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Moana: the Ocean & the Holy Spirit

July 27, AD 2017 1 Comment
Moana: the Ocean & the Holy Spirit

Guest post by Magdalyn Fiore. A lengthy comparison between the Ocean and the Holy Ghost? What can I say except you’re welcome! I recently saw the Disney film Moana for the first time. As you might know by now, the movie has some encouraging themes, such as stepping up to responsibility, discerning one’s calling, and […]

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Confessions of an Ex-Drug Addict

July 19, AD 2017 1 Comment
Confessions of an Ex-Drug Addict

By guest writer T.E.W., with Jean Elizabeth Seah. I have been all things unholy. If God can work through me, He can work through anyone. – attributed to St. Francis of Assisi My life thus far might seem a waste, even something loathsome, to many people, but now I know it has been redeemed, and […]

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The Joy and Dignity of Work

July 18, AD 2017 0 Comments
The Joy and Dignity of Work

No man is born into the world whose work is not born with him. – James Russell Lowell, poet Ultimately, we all have to decide for ourselves what constitutes failure. But the world is quite eager to give you a set of criteria if you let it. [F]ailure means a stripping away of the inessential. […]

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Prison Societies

July 14, AD 2017 0 Comments
Prison Societies

By guest writer Steve Kellmeyer. It is usually said that Western democracies are the most free societies on earth. But is that true? This video provides a rather different way of deciding what societies constitute prison societies. If the information presented above is accurate, and there is no reason to think it is not, then […]

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A Prophetic Trilogy of Real-Life Catholicism

July 12, AD 2017 2 Comments
A Prophetic Trilogy of Real-Life Catholicism

Have you ever encountered a story – whether in the form of a book, film, television – that seemed written especially for you? As I immersed myself in the fictional town of Narbrook, PA, page after page left me marveling at the magnificence and relevance of “The American Tragedy” trilogy – Fatherless, Motherless, Childless – […]

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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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The Falling Away of Humanity from Experiencing God Through Nature

July 5, AD 2017 5 Comments
The Falling Away of Humanity from Experiencing God Through Nature

The beauty and complexity of the world is meant to continuously point humanity to our Creator. We are surrounded by trees, mountains, oceans, rivers, lakes, and clouds, and within these things much vibrant life is found, full of color and intricacies that are meant to leave us in awe and wonder. With its incredible and […]

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How do we love our neighbors?

July 4, AD 2017 0 Comments
How do we love our neighbors?

When I was young, my siblings and I would often play with a soccer ball in our backyard. Inevitably, someone would powerfully kick the ball and it would go sailing over the privacy fence and into someone else’s yard. While we wanted our ball back, it was a rare occasion that any of us actually […]

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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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God is my (Life) Coach

June 30, AD 2017 1 Comment
God is my (Life) Coach

“Heads up high… I gotta see your eyes.” And so David Belisle began a speech to his team that has been hailed as one of the most inspirational sports speeches ever. Part of its power comes from the fact that we can see the faces of the little boys he’s talking to. We see their […]

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