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Spiritual Antibodies

Spiritual Antibodies

[ 3 ] 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 […]

Help Mary in Her Mission—Offer Your Communion

Help Mary in Her Mission—Offer Your Communion

[ 0 ] 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. […]

Meet Dr. Bernard Nathanson, Famous Ex-Abortionist

Meet Dr. Bernard Nathanson, Famous Ex-Abortionist

[ 2 ] January 27, AD 2015 |

Last week, hundreds of thousands marched in Washington, D.C. to petition Congress and the Supreme Court to do something about the unspeakable atrocity of abortion in this country.  It’s a story that is routinely ignored by the major media outlets, but it’s one that continues to grow, and even NARAL’s leader has admitted it’s got them […]

Learning Patience

Learning Patience

[ 2 ] January 26, AD 2015 |

{Warning: I mention miscarriage in this post – not mine – but it comes up.} There we were, waiting in the waiting room. Waiting rooms make me nervous. I’d rather sit in my car until its my turn and then just go straight into the appointment. Doctor, dentist, ultrasound, doesn’t matter, keep me out of […]

Don’t Cry Over Spilt Green Chili

Don’t Cry Over Spilt Green Chili

[ 2 ] January 23, AD 2015 |

Arriving home from grocery shopping one afternoon, I sensed an imminent meltdown from my 9 month old son. He was overtired and still upset that I did not let him grab and chew on all of the exciting things he could see in the grocery store. I surveyed the heap of grocery bags in my […]

Against Those Who Call Religious Art Idolatry

Against Those Who Call Religious Art Idolatry

[ 1 ] January 23, AD 2015 |

Often times Catholics are called pagans and idol worshipers for depicting Christ, expressing Him in religious art, and expressing Him in statues. This is true in depicting the saints, angels, and the like. I find these arguments very strange. The most commonly cited “proof” is from Exodus 20:4 and similar passages: “Thou shalt not make […]

Raising family and tiny homes

Raising family and tiny homes

[ 8 ] January 21, AD 2015 |

“The moral causes of prosperity… reside in a constellation of virtues: industriousness, competence, order, honesty, initiative, frugality, thrift, spirit of service, keeping one’s word, daring – in short, love for work well done. No system or social structure can resolve, as if by magic, the problem of poverty outside of these virtues.” St. John Paul […]

Being Old

Being Old

[ 5 ] January 19, AD 2015 |

Recently I helped move my wife’s grandma into her new assisted living facility. It is a nice place, and the folks who live there seem to be pretty satisfied with it. It got me thinking though. I suppose, barring some unforeseen circumstance, I will be old someday. How do I want to do it? I […]

The Infinite of the Intimate: The Vastness of Family & Community Life

The Infinite of the Intimate: The Vastness of Family & Community Life

[ 3 ] January 17, AD 2015 |

The Holy Family as depicted by my wonderful fiancé + + + + + + + + + “The man who lives in a small community lives in a much larger world…” G. K. Chesterton, Heretics Often times it is easy for us to fall prey to the cult of human progress. By this I mean the way […]

Reflections from the Crowds

Reflections from the Crowds

[ 2 ] January 16, AD 2015 |

I volunteered to be part of the “human barricade” in one of the scheduled events during the current papal visit to my country. Our job was to stand behind the row of policemen along the route the Pope would take to the Meeting with Families – partly to prevent the crowd from breaking into the […]