Tag: Apologetics

Internet Ire and Righteous Results

Internet Ire and Righteous Results

[ 5 ] February 6, AD 2015 |

The readings for February 6, 2015: First reading: HEB 13:1-8 Responsorial Psalm: PS 27:1, 3, 5, 8B-9ABC Alleluia: LK 8:15 Gospel: MK 6:14-29 There is a lot of hostility being generated in the online worlds. I teach my history students that this is the result of fear. Fear prompts a tongue lashing, or a dismissing of people and ideas. Fear […]

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Dealing with Anti-Catholicism

Dealing with Anti-Catholicism

[ 4 ] January 15, AD 2015 |

My country is now in a frenzied mood because of Pope’s arrival. Families, friends, and church groups are making plans to attend public gatherings. Eucharistic adorations and masses are being held for the Pope’s safety. Organizers are rushing last minute logistical preparations, and volunteers are busy with their tasks. Everyone wants to be involved in […]

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JPII and the Crisis of Freedom

JPII and the Crisis of Freedom

[ 2 ] October 10, AD 2014 |

In the classic Bill Murray flick Groundhog Day, Punxsutawney Phil is called a “prognosticator of prognosticators.”  Catholics could borrow that phrase and apply it to St. John Paul II because in 1993, he penned an encyclical which even today diagnoses, with incredible specificity, many of the world’s most serious moral crises. With elections approaching in many […]

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Of Dogma and Definitions

Of Dogma and Definitions

[ 0 ] February 4, AD 2014 |

“The modern world is filled with men who hold dogmas so strongly that they do not even know that they are dogmas. It may be said even that the modern world, as a corporate body, holds certain dogmas so strongly that it does not know that they are dogmas.” –G.K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy In our time […]

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Good for its own Sake?

Good for its own Sake?

[ 2 ] January 18, AD 2014 |

I’m not sure why this came to my mind, but I was praying Daytime prayer and these lines struck me: Come children and hear me that I may teach you fear of the Lord. Who is he who longs for life and many days, to enjoy prosperity? Then keep your tongue from evil and your […]

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Generation Maybe

Generation Maybe

[ 0 ] January 10, AD 2014 |

Then Jesus told his disciples, “If any man would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.” – Matthew 16:24 These are challenging words from Jesus.  They cut to the heart and demand a response.  Jesus invites us to count the cost, and decide whether He is worth […]

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Why Was Jesus Baptized?

Why Was Jesus Baptized?

[ 0 ] January 10, AD 2014 |

This coming Sunday is the Baptism of Jesus, which one of the most confusing topics for Christians. We have Jesus, the Man-God, a person of the Trinity, who sought baptism. It confuses people today and confused John the Baptist as well. Then Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan to be baptized by […]

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Treason, Good Catholic Historical Fiction

Treason, Good Catholic Historical Fiction

[ 5 ] January 6, AD 2014 |

I got a neat book for Christmas called Treason, published by Sophia Institute Press and written by Dena Hunt. I was doubly interested in this book: first because I love historical fiction, especially one with a Catholic milieu, and second because I am slowly working on my own historical fiction book about the “schism” of AD […]

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Catholics and the “Extra Stuff”

Catholics and the “Extra Stuff”

[ 1 ] January 2, AD 2014 |

Recently I had a conversation with a close friend and non-Catholic. Talking about his family’s history in differing denominations, I soon found out that some of his relatives and ancestors are or were Catholic. So I ask him plainly, “Why aren’t you Catholic, what made you decide otherwise?” His answer was a very truthful and sincere, […]

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A Biblical Look at Confession

A Biblical Look at Confession

[ 33 ] December 16, AD 2013 |

A friend of mind had just learned of my decision to join the Catholic faith. He was nice about it, that is, he didn’t give me the “whore of babylon” reaction. He dropped me off after a slice of pizza and said, “You know, there’s just one thing I could never do.” “Whats that?” “Confession. I could never […]

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Answers to a “Pagan Christmas”

Answers to a “Pagan Christmas”

[ 6 ] December 5, AD 2013 |

Charlie gave Linus the pop quiz: what is Christmas all about? Of course, Linus proclaims the birth of Christ (was Linus named after the second Pope?) Today it would have looked more like this: The modern Catholic, and most Christians for that matter, has many fronts to defend, one of them being the so-called “pagan roots.” […]

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If the Church Is Boring or “Redundant”, Is Marriage Too?

If the Church Is Boring or “Redundant”, Is Marriage Too?

[ 3 ] November 20, AD 2013 |

The Catholic Church is often times accused of being too “redundant” and “religious”. Let me respond to this by offering a comparison analogous to marriage. When I was a newlywed (only five years ago) I often wondered when the buzz would wear off. It didn’t seem to for the longest time. See, newlywed is so […]

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Have Yourself a Very Deuterocanonical Resurrection

Have Yourself a Very Deuterocanonical Resurrection

[ 1 ] November 11, AD 2013 |

The readings from yesterday are fascinating. In 2 Maccabees 7 we have the famous story of the mother and sons who were tortured for their faith. Note especially how clearly they express their hope in the resurrection: You accursed fiend, you are depriving us of this present life, but the King of the world will raise […]

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A Defense of Indulgences

A Defense of Indulgences

[ 6 ] September 28, AD 2013 |

When I first heard about indulgences I was pretty skeptical; they can sound so cold, clear-cut and strangely precise in an imprecise world. Now that I understand the role of indulgences a bit more, I have become an avid indulgence collector. My fellow sisters tease me because I get really pumped up when I hear […]

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Whom Would Kindness Kill More: Them or You?

Whom Would Kindness Kill More: Them or You?

[ 1 ] September 20, AD 2013 |

“Today I told off a cashier who was trashing the president” read the Daily Kos headline. Color me intrigued; I clicked on it. I read it. I cried (figuratively). The writer was just a member of the site, not an official writer, and proudly stated how he actively listens to progressive radio and keeps up on […]

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It’s Biblical to Ask Saints to Pray for Us

It’s Biblical to Ask Saints to Pray for Us

[ 26 ] September 15, AD 2013 |

(This was originally shared here on AnsweringProtestants.com, as part of a longer post.) There is nothing wrong with asking the heavenly saints to pray for us. Many Protestants argue that asking the saints to pray for us is “unbiblical,” while throwing around verses like 1 Timothy 2:5. But they are incorrect. 1 Timothy 2:5 — […]

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Questions and Faith: On Counseling the Doubtful

Questions and Faith: On Counseling the Doubtful

[ 2 ] August 23, AD 2013 |

Anything worth knowing begins with a question. ‎Philosopher Etienne Gibson wrote, “Faith comes to intelligence as a light that overflows it with joy and inspires it with a certitude that does away with question.” I like asking questions, so perhaps I’m sympathetic towards the doubters of this world. I like to see them as truth-seekers, […]

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Considering Atheism? Try Catholicism.

Considering Atheism? Try Catholicism.

[ 6 ] August 12, AD 2013 |

Maybe I’ve spent too much time listening to World Youth Day coverage and reading articles like this one written by a friend of mine who ran our college’s vibrant Catholic Society. I was surprised to find this article by Hemant Mehta on CNN’s Belief Blog explaining why young people are leaving their churches for atheism. […]

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Unlikely Convert

Unlikely Convert

[ 16 ] August 7, AD 2013 |

“I’m never going to be one of those people that baptizes my babies!  Or believes that weird stuff about sacraments and communion!” Yes, I really did say that.  Twelve-ish years ago, my then-boyfriend (but now-husband) and I were sitting in a booth at a popular restaurant in the college town where we lived.  On a […]

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Pro-Life Compassion

Pro-Life Compassion

[ 5 ] July 26, AD 2013 |

In the 2011 film Friends With Kids, two platonic friends decide to have a child together without the entanglements of marriage (which they saw as tearing their other friends’s relationships apart). A year or so after their child is born, Jason (the father) meets “The One” and at their initial meeting, he explains that yes, […]

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Blotted Out from the Book of Life?

Blotted Out from the Book of Life?

[ 10 ] July 22, AD 2013 |

Most Protestants believe that once a person is justified, they cannot lose their salvation. Once written, their names can never be blotted out from the Book of Life. But what does the Bible say? On the one hand, Jesus says to the seventy-two disciples in Luke 10:20: But yet rejoice not in this, that spirits […]

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Why We Cry For The Pope

Why We Cry For The Pope

[ 7 ] November 19, AD 2012 |

(among other things) To our dear separated brothers and sisters, nothing comes across as more counterintuitive to the Christian religion than the Pope. The great german theologian, Karl Adam, gestured at this notion — that the Pope is the real hanging chad of ecumenical dialog — at the end of his diamond-of-a-book, The Roots of the Reformation. He is […]

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Break Me Open: The Discomforts of Evangelization

Break Me Open: The Discomforts of Evangelization

[ 12 ] November 19, AD 2012 |

Often, I wonder what an authentically Catholic, person-centered approach to evangelization looks like.  So many goods, particularly sex, love, the body, and the family, have been twisted and misinterpreted by the culture.  The truth is ours to reclaim. I still can feel the floor under my little carpet square.   Seven years ago, I went […]

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No One Expects the Apostolic Inquisition!

No One Expects the Apostolic Inquisition!

[ 4 ] October 15, AD 2012 |

Here are two great questions to put to your Protestant friends: Apostolic Confession? In John 20:21-23, Jesus gives the Apostles authority to forgive (or retain) sins. Since your Protestant friend likely objects to the Catholic practice of confessing sins to a priest (since, the dichotomy goes, only God forgives sins), tactfully ask her how she […]

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3 Reasons Why Jesus Would Be Rejected

3 Reasons Why Jesus Would Be Rejected

[ 14 ] August 28, AD 2012 |

Are three reasons why people reject the Catholic Church today. I've been thinking about this for some time, ruminating about the common objections I hear against Catholicism. They can be summarized in three distinct yet overlapping categories: ontological, moral and epistemic.

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Mom Can You Ask Dad?

Mom Can You Ask Dad?

[ 5 ] July 24, AD 2012 |

Working with teens, most of my favorite questions deal with Mary. Mary is awesome, and there are a lot of misconceptions about what Catholics do and do not believe regarding her. One of the most common questions is, “Why ask for Mary’s prayers when we can just ask God or Jesus?” The Catechism of the […]

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