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Tag: Apologetics

What the CDC taught me about sin

October 31, AD 2016 1 Comment
What the CDC taught me about sin

One of the things I run into a lot in talking about faith with those who do not share the faith, is the question of sin. Some will go to the extreme and say that “sin” is just a social construct and there really is no such thing as sin. That kind of moral relativism […]

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Does Evil Disprove God?

June 15, AD 2016 2 Comments
Does Evil Disprove God?

In an apologetics course I am taking this semester, we recently discussed the argument often propagated by atheists that God must not exist due to the existence of evil in the world. Based on the arguments for God’s existence in spite of evil, found in “The Handbook of Catholic Apologetics” by Peter Kreeft and Ronald […]

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Book Review: Mysteries of Salvation History

October 1, AD 2015 4 Comments
Book Review:  Mysteries of Salvation History

“I have my Bible in my pocket,” said Edgardo C. De Vera, a Filipino apologist, to a group of three Protestants with whom he was discussing. Intrigued, they asked to see it. De Vera then fished out his Rosary from his pocket and declared, “The Bible is in the Rosary and the Rosary is in […]

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Book Review: The Curious Little Catholic Series

April 23, AD 2015 2 Comments
Book Review: The Curious Little Catholic Series

When I first heard of the new Curious Little Catholic series I jumped for joy. As the mother of a two year old and a 14 month old, I am always looking for ways to enrich their faith lives and especially look for Catholic items and toys to bring to Mass (I’d let my kids […]

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Internet Ire and Righteous Results

February 6, AD 2015 5 Comments
Internet Ire and Righteous Results

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

January 15, AD 2015 4 Comments
Dealing with Anti-Catholicism

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

October 10, AD 2014 2 Comments
JPII and the Crisis of Freedom

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

February 4, AD 2014 0 Comments
Of Dogma and Definitions

“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?

January 18, AD 2014 2 Comments
Good for its own Sake?

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

January 10, AD 2014 0 Comments
Generation Maybe

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?

January 10, AD 2014 0 Comments
Why Was Jesus Baptized?

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

January 6, AD 2014 5 Comments
Treason, Good Catholic Historical Fiction

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”

January 2, AD 2014 1 Comment
Catholics and the “Extra Stuff”

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

December 16, AD 2013 33 Comments
A Biblical Look at Confession

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”

December 5, AD 2013 6 Comments
Answers to a “Pagan Christmas”

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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