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The Apparition that Changed the World: A Review of Jean Heimann’s New Book on Fatima

May 5, AD 2017 6 Comments
The Apparition that Changed the World: A Review of Jean Heimann’s New Book on Fatima

The following review was originally written on the blog Sacrifice of Love. It is republished here with permission from the author. With depth and simplicity, Jean Heimann’s new book, Fatima: The Apparition That Changed the World (Tan Books 2017), instructs and inspires as it delves into the story of Our Lady of Fatima. However, instead of […]

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Extraordinary Jubilee: Extraordinary Divine Mercy

November 4, AD 2016 0 Comments
Extraordinary Jubilee: Extraordinary Divine Mercy

This year is the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy. I am sure that many of us still recall the Jubilee song of 2000: It’s a time of joy, a time of peace/A time when hearts are then set free…/It’s the time to give thanks to the Father, Son and Spirit/And with Mary, our Mother, we sing […]

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Have You Talked to Your Angel Today?

October 2, AD 2016 0 Comments
Have You Talked to Your Angel Today?

God, in His merciful goodness and abundant love, assigned an angel to protect and help me as I stumble awkwardly towards Heaven. Furthermore, God has assigned a guardian angel to each person, which we know from both Scripture and the Tradition of the Church. “For he commands his angels with regard to you, to guard you […]

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Amoris Laetitia, Beyond the Controversy

May 10, AD 2016 0 Comments
Amoris Laetitia, Beyond the Controversy

When Pope Francis issued his post-synodal apostolic exhortation, Amoris Laetitia, the mainstream media and major Catholic websites were all over it, highlighting the broad structure of the document and, mostly, focusing on the tricky issue of just what exactly Chapter 8 of the text means.  If that’s the type of article you’re looking for, look elsewhere. […]

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The Catholic Church is “Crunchy”, Too

April 20, AD 2016 2 Comments
The Catholic Church is “Crunchy”, Too

God’s plan for us and His revelation that is passed down through the Church certainly touches on all human aspects of life, including politics, but is not a simple “left” or “right”.

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Salvation through Wrinkles

March 3, AD 2016 2 Comments
Salvation through Wrinkles

“I prefer a family with tired faces from generous giving, to a family with faces full of makeup that know nothing of tenderness and compassion. I prefer a man and a woman, don Aniceto and his wife, with faces that are wrinkled due to the daily struggles over the fifty years of strong married love; and […]

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Making A Murderer, Loving the Guilty

January 26, AD 2016 0 Comments
Making A Murderer, Loving the Guilty

It is the heart of Christianity, though, to leave the safety of innocence and take the pain and suffering of someone else’s guilt upon yourself…Fight to preserve the innocent, but fight just as hard to restore the guilty.

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Obedience in the Year of Mercy

January 13, AD 2016 4 Comments
Obedience in the Year of Mercy

Truly, we need obedience to remain one with the Church, learn proper humility, and open ourselves to the graces that flow from God’s merciful heart.

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Don’t be too narrow

December 21, AD 2015 12 Comments
Don’t be too narrow

After all these years, what has Pope Francis meant by the thought of being “narrow?” I have heard it plenty of times in different circumstances and that word seems to be pretty important to his line thought. Here are a few quotes and news snippets over the years: April 10, 2014: “When this phenomenon of narrow […]

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Pope Francis, the Good Politician

November 4, AD 2015 16 Comments
Pope Francis, the Good Politician

Pope Francis is a celebrity, taking over mainstream magazines and news stations, generating talk all over the globe about his actions and the Catholic Church. Yet he is also an enigma, a wild card, a man full of surprises, something he has in common with Jesus. The Pope’s trip to the U.S., as expected, produced […]

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America After Francis: 8 Ways to Keep the Francis Effect Going

October 20, AD 2015 4 Comments
America After Francis: 8 Ways to Keep the Francis Effect Going

If you are American, or know an American, or ever look at the Internet, you may have noticed that Pope Francis was in the US this week. And we may never be the same. CNN broadcast hours of Catholic programming. Political leaders wept openly. A million people went to Mass with him today. Millions more watched. […]

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Servant of the Servants of God: Reflections on Pope Francis’s Visit to NYC

October 2, AD 2015 1 Comment
Servant of the Servants of God: Reflections on Pope Francis’s Visit to NYC

It seems as though New York City is still in a daze after our visit from the Holy Father last week. He was here for just two short days, but his impact is still being felt. Many of my friends and I were able to attend one of the pope’s public events on Friday—the Central […]

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Pope Francis Makes Me Uncomfortable

September 15, AD 2015 26 Comments
Pope Francis Makes Me Uncomfortable

I have a confession to make. Well, if you read the title of this post, you already know, but here it is again: Pope Francis makes me uncomfortable. I know that as a Catholic I am probably not supposed to say that (or feel that way), but it’s true. Ever since he was elected Pope, […]

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Pope Francis is Human

September 12, AD 2015 4 Comments
Pope Francis is Human

Last month I wrote a post analyzing the National Geographic cover story entitled “Pope Francis Remakes the Vatican”.  I read the article skeptically, expecting to come away feeling frustrated with slanted reporting, and still knowing hardly anything about what Pope Francis was actually doing.  Instead, I found myself enjoying the inside look at the Pope shared […]

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Pope Francis is Coming! Are We Ready?

September 7, AD 2015 0 Comments
Pope Francis is Coming! Are We Ready?

I gripped my cell phone harder as I listened to my aunt speak about Pope Francis. Stunned, questions ran through my head. As she talked on and on about his visit, all I could do was wonder: Why have I not been jumping up and down for months? After all, Pope Francis is arriving in […]

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