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The Church of Jesus Christ

April 18, AD 2017 0 Comments
The Church of Jesus Christ

To love and believe in Jesus is to obey Him.1 When one searches the Scriptures, it is readily apparent that Jesus established a Church founded on the rock of Peter,2 a corporeal and spiritual community to which all His followers were to belong. Examining history,3 we see that it is the Catholic Church which alone […]

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It is Right and Just: Spending on Glorious Architecture

April 7, AD 2017 4 Comments
It is Right and Just: Spending on Glorious Architecture

Truth is recognized by the beauty in which it manifests itself. Singapore’s Cathedral of the Good Shepherd was recently renovated after suffering massive cracks from nearby construction which destabilized the building. Among the positive comments, one person wrote: “God doesn’t need this. It’s all just human vanity.” Sure, God doesn’t need grand buildings. He doesn’t […]

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Learning About the Sacraments

March 1, AD 2017 0 Comments
Learning About the Sacraments

One good plan for Lent is to spend some minutes a day studying the faith more, or at least one aspect of it, like the sacraments. In fact, it is recommended that Catholics continuously study and review the faith throughout their lifetime, in order to acquire what St. Josemaria Escriva calls “the piety of children […]

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Soul-Changing Sacraments

May 31, AD 2016 1 Comment
Soul-Changing Sacraments

Recently, I was able to attend the ordination of my brother-in-law to the priesthood, and there, before my eyes, his soul was eternally changed, indelibly marked. I’ve witnessed this phenomenon before—I’ve attended many baptisms and confirmations and Easter Vigils, and I’ve even been to another ordination. I’ve also met many persons who’ve been indelibly marked, […]

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Your Vocation is Your Mission

April 3, AD 2016 0 Comments
Your Vocation is Your Mission

On the First Easter Sunday, Jesus appeared to the Apostles and said, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” He astonished them with the reality of His Triumph over death, calmed them with His Peace, and directly informed them that they were going on a mission. And this […]

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Feasting on Advent

November 25, AD 2015 1 Comment
Feasting on Advent

In his stunning work, the Spirit of the Liturgy, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI states that worship requires that God “give back” and reveal Himself to us, otherwise we are simply “clutching empty space” when we try to worship God. Despite attempting to move toward God in our mind or will, we will never find God […]

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Spiritual Retreat: What to Expect and Why Go on One

October 29, AD 2015 1 Comment
Spiritual Retreat: What to Expect and Why Go on One

Perhaps you have heard Catholics mention that they have attended a spiritual retreat at one time or another. Perhaps you have, yourself, been invited to attend one and have hesitated to accept the invitation as you do not know what to expect during spiritual retreats. What, exactly, happens during spiritual retreats? I, personally, aim to […]

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Experiencing God’s Presence This Summer

July 15, AD 2015 0 Comments
Experiencing God’s Presence This Summer

Summer is about half-over now. Here in Wisconsin, the weather is warming up and the humidity is climbing. Flowers are blooming. People are gardening. Pollen counts have been really high this year, making me sick. A lot of summer tourism festivals are happening. Young people are engaged in their sport leagues. But soon summer will […]

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Tackling the “Summer Problem”

June 3, AD 2015 0 Comments
Tackling the “Summer Problem”

Make this summer a living loaves and fishes: take to Him what you have and He will bless it abundantly.

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Who Died And Made You Pope?

June 6, AD 2014 33 Comments
Who Died And Made You Pope?

I hear a lot of talk these days from laymen and women in the Catholic blogosphere who would like to see the Eucharist withheld from certain politicians because of their stance on certain social issues. I won’t disagree that many politicians who claim to follow the Catholic faith are guilty of promoting ideas and actions […]

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What Happens When We Become Like Children?

May 23, AD 2014 1 Comment
What Happens When We Become Like Children?

Since becoming mobile, my one-year-old son has developed a rather terrifying habit of climbing up and diving off anything he can get a leg up on. Of course, I’m always right there to catch him before he face-plants in to the carpet, in which he repays me with heart melting laughter and a goofy smile. […]

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Crawling to Mass

May 20, AD 2014 2 Comments
Crawling to Mass

By guest writer Jean Seah Six years ago, I read an article about a legless African girl called Olivia, who crawled 2.5 miles to Mass every Sunday, sometimes with the sun-beaten road burning her hands. She wasn’t even a baptised Catholic. Her determination to get to the Holy Sacrifice has stayed with me all these years. […]

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‘Consuming the Word’ – Something to Chew On

March 14, AD 2014 0 Comments
‘Consuming the Word’ – Something to Chew On

A Book Review on Scott Hahn’s “Consuming the Word” I have always enjoyed Scott Hahn’s writing style. He makes theology personal and relatable. Almost anyone can pick up one of his short books and get an awful lot out of them. Depending on where one is on his or her faith journey would determine the […]

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Getting the Eucharist

January 31, AD 2014 57 Comments
Getting the Eucharist

Roughly six months after my conversion, I had what I like to think of as my first real “revelation” surrounding Church teaching—specifically the Eucharist. I was sitting in Mass with my wife, trying to pay attention while simultaneously attempting to contain my fidgety baby boy.  At that point in my Catholic life, I had long […]

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“I’m Gonna Confess, Support Me”

November 7, AD 2013 8 Comments
“I’m Gonna Confess, Support Me”

The title is a Facebook status that one of my friends once posted. When I saw it, I thought she was asking for prayers because she was about to receive the sacrament of confession. Only after several other friends posted the same status did I realize that some Facebook game, meme, or even virus is […]

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