Tired of the Fight

[ 3 ] November 18, AD 2014 |
Tired of the Fight

Once again, it seems that the most appropriate and timely thing to write about concerning the Church is Pope Francis. This time, it’s an apparent fight between him and Cardinal Raymond Burke, who is in apparent direct opposition to the Pope. Cardinal Burke, the narrative goes, is far too conservative to like Pope Francis, obviously […]

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Crawling to Heaven

[ 4 ] November 17, AD 2014 |
Crawling to Heaven

If studying the saints has taught me anything, it is that there are many ways to travel the narrow road to Heaven.  While some lived shorter lives which were filled with spiritual difficulties, but ultimately ended early and sweetly, others suffered great pains and tortures to their bodies before finally reaching their resting place, their […]

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Making Your Home Parish “Home”

[ 2 ] November 16, AD 2014 |
Making Your Home Parish “Home”

One of the things that I’ve always loved about the Church is that it is universal. I can walk into a Roman Catholic Church anywhere in the world, and attend, essentially, the same Mass. This was great for me, as a high school and college student. By the time I had begun to take my […]

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Why I Did Invite Family and Friends to My Wedding

[ 3 ] November 14, AD 2014 |
Why I Did Invite Family and Friends to My Wedding

There’s an article doing the rounds on Social Media at the moment. It is titled “Why I Didn’t Invite Family Or Friends To My Wedding”. And that’s great. But here’s why I did invite family and friends (and lots of them, we come from big families) to my our wedding. After four years of dating, […]

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Stay-At-Home-Moms are Warriors

[ 2 ] November 13, AD 2014 |
Stay-At-Home-Moms are Warriors

I am ever more convinced of this: mothers who stay at home with children, especially when it comes to large families, are brave. They put all their chickens in one basket and hope to be good at one thing only: raising well-formed little people. Getting other people to turn out how we’d like them to […]

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Spiritual Reading – Don’t Shun the Classics

[ 3 ] November 11, AD 2014 |
Spiritual Reading – Don’t Shun the Classics

While on retreat, a priest discussed the benefits of spiritual reading. He advised the retreatants to begin by reading authors whose name started with “St.”  We all smiled a bit and tried not to laugh, since it was a silent retreat. Yet there is great wisdom in these words, for the Saints can be great […]

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Parish Closures

[ 17 ] November 11, AD 2014 |
Parish Closures

The sad news that some 55 parishes in and around New York are going to be shuttered (or “merged” with other parishes) has been public for some time now. There are, no doubt, some people who are heartbroken by the news that their beloved parish is among those whose doors are closing. It is almost […]

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How a Trip to the Pool Reminded Me of God’s Love

[ 1 ] November 10, AD 2014 |
How a Trip to the Pool Reminded Me of God’s Love

Summer happens to be not a particularly favorite season of mine.  As a very fair skinned person, summer is a constant reminder of my need for sunscreen.  Lots of it. And often. I have never been the type to just ‘lay out’ in the sun for the day.  Recently I was needing an extra dose […]

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God’s Temples are Under Construction

[ 1 ] November 9, AD 2014 |
God’s Temples are Under Construction

“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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How Many Catholic Churches Are There?

[ 0 ] November 8, AD 2014 |
How Many Catholic Churches Are There?

If someone were to ask you how many Catholic Churches there are in the world, what would be your response? Not small ‘c’ churches referring to church buildings, but rather, Church with a capital ‘C’, indicating the grouping of believers who call themselves Catholic. You may very well respond to the question that there is […]

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Misconceptions about Saints

[ 5 ] November 6, AD 2014 |
Misconceptions about Saints

Many people, including Catholics, have misconceptions about the saints. Consider the following incidents: A journalist interviews the producer of a musical play about the life of St. Lorenzo Ruiz, who, having been in trouble with the law, escaped his native Philippines to Japan where he is eventually martyred for his faith. The producer explains that […]

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Walking Mysteries

[ 5 ] November 5, AD 2014 |
Walking Mysteries

“Anyone who fails to go forward begins to go back, and love, I believe, can never be content to stay for long where it is.” —St. Teresa of Avila Have you ever reached a point in a friendship or relationship where you begin to feel you’re running out of things to talk about? Do you […]

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Be a Window

[ 2 ] November 5, AD 2014 |
Be a Window

Have you ever met someone who just seems to radiate Christ with every fiber of his or her being; where you can just see their love for God reflecting from their bodies? It’s a sort of aura, a glow, that just emanates out and has the profound power to draw people in. It’s a joy that is shown […]

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The Spirit of St. Charles Borromeo

[ 1 ] November 4, AD 2014 |
The Spirit of St. Charles Borromeo

In the opening collect for the Memorial of St. Charles Borromeo, the Church prayed, “Preserve in the midst of your people, we ask, O Lord, the spirit with which you filled the Bishop Saint Charles Borromeo.” The spirit that filled St. Charles was the same attitude that filled Christ Jesus, as we read in the […]

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Theology from the Floor: Humility and Toddlers

[ 1 ] November 3, AD 2014 |
Theology from the Floor: Humility and Toddlers

One of the most surprising things about being a parent is the number of times I realize that my children are really the ones teaching me.  Of course, they’re very small, and they’re not teaching me academic information.  Instead, they have consistently taught me some very powerful lessons about much more important things like what […]

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The Only Thing Needing Reform is Our Hearts

[ 10 ] October 31, AD 2014 |
The Only Thing Needing Reform is Our Hearts

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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