Tag: scripture

My Desire for Marriage

My Desire for Marriage

[ 4 ] March 16, AD 2014 |

As I approach ordination to the Diaconate after 12 years in the seminary it’s easy to think about the many “what ifs” in my life. Things such as career, money, jobs, a wife, children, and even a permanent home are things I’ve given up in pursuit of this call. A call, however, is both something […]

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‘Consuming the Word’ – Something to Chew On

‘Consuming the Word’ – Something to Chew On

[ 0 ] March 14, AD 2014 |

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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You Are Enough

You Are Enough

[ 1 ] January 13, AD 2014 |

As in seasons past, our recent Advent, Christmas, and New Year’s celebrations are now only distant memories.  The weather remains quite frigid and winter has not yet let go of its grip. But even if the days remain dark, we know that spring is ever closer and the sun will shine brighter with each coming […]

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Scripture Matters, But Only Science Disproves Science

Scripture Matters, But Only Science Disproves Science

[ 19 ] January 9, AD 2014 |

As I sat up in our Youth Lounge listening to some of the youth group kids rehearse their lines for an upcoming play, I was appalled at the indoctrination I was witnessing. The play was Inherit the Wind, which recalls an early twentieth century trial over the teaching of evolution in school. The debacle sets up a false dichotomy between science and faith, between evolution […]

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Simon Says & Christ’s Supper

Simon Says & Christ’s Supper

[ 1 ] January 6, AD 2014 |

“Eh, Bart, I’m glad you had fun, but I wouldn’t get too into that Catholic Church. With all the sitting and standing and kneeling, it’s like Simon Says without a winner.” – Marge “Mom, that’s blasphemy! I’ll say a rosary for you.” – Bart – The Simpsons, Season 16 Episode 21 (“The Father, the Son, […]

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Why Do Catholics and Protestants Have Different Bibles?

Why Do Catholics and Protestants Have Different Bibles?

[ 8 ] December 28, AD 2013 |

It was one of the odder things about returning to the Catholic Church. Suddenly I realised that I had seven more books, and a few extra chapters, in my Bible than I did as a Protestant. This is because the Protestant Bible has 39 books in the Old Testament, the Catholic Old Testament has 46 (yay […]

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The Problem with the New Evangelization

The Problem with the New Evangelization

[ 4 ] November 24, AD 2013 |

God bless the effort of the New Evangelization. It encapsulates, I think, what many of us faithful Catholics have desired to see (more) publicly for years. Even in my youth I always wondered how so many faithful Catholics relied on their opinion as opposed to integrating the words of the Church, words I found as […]

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Denied the City

Denied the City

[ 4 ] November 4, AD 2013 |

But when sex is divorced from love there is a feeling that one has been stopped at the vestibule of the castle of pleasure; that the heart has been denied the city after crossing the bridge. Sadness and melancholy result from such a frustration of destiny, for it is the nature of man to be […]

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His Burthen is Light

His Burthen is Light

[ 0 ] October 22, AD 2013 |

My training is in Classics. That kind of nearly obsessive focus on grammar bears some peculiar fruit in my day to day life. For one, I find it immensely difficult to sit down with a book and read it. Every sentence, no matter how prosaic, fascinates me. Without meaning to, I find myself immediately engrossed […]

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Why I Hate “Faith Alone”

Why I Hate “Faith Alone”

[ 16 ] October 13, AD 2013 |

Expounding on the importance of our actions for salvation is, I suppose, my primary “thing.” I have been in so many informal debates over the issue that I have started to lose count of them. I have written about the topic many times. And often, I become angry (like God in 1 Kings 11:9-10) at […]

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The Experience of Translating

The Experience of Translating

[ 9 ] September 29, AD 2013 |

Foreign languages, I realize, are not for everyone. Many can go throughout their whole lives content to read Scripture in their native language. I certainly don’t blame them for doing so. Translating Scripture can be like portaging through a swamp—a mire of depth, interpretation, and meaning. That being said, the ability to translate things such […]

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It’s Biblical to Ask Saints to Pray for Us

It’s Biblical to Ask Saints to Pray for Us

[ 25 ] 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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Tradition before Scripture

Tradition before Scripture

[ 2 ] August 4, AD 2013 |

[Author's note: This is a post made originally on my blog that a number of people found useful. I'm still reading and studying for my follow-up piece on the "gay marriage" debate. I wanted to present this to the Ignitum Today readers precisely because of the backlash I got from a number of Protestants (outside […]

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Christians, Be Wildflowers Not Wallflowers!

Christians, Be Wildflowers Not Wallflowers!

[ 16 ] July 6, AD 2013 |

In Matthew’s Gospel, Jesus tells us to “learn from the way the wildflowers grow” (6:28). They do not “work and spin,” they just sway in the wind of their God, accepting whatever comes their way: rain or sun. So what can we learn from wildflowers? Here are some ideas: 1. Embrace Your Uniqueness: Wildflowers have […]

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Give the Pope This Christmas

Give the Pope This Christmas

[ 4 ] December 22, AD 2012 |

When I was young, my mother would bring me to the library every week. Because I was a voracious reader, she did not worry whether I would read the books I checked out. But she did make a rule to help me choose the right books, and it has stuck with me ever since. I could […]

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Not So Complicated

Not So Complicated

[ 1 ] September 22, AD 2012 |

Flying home, the college lady next to me mentioned she was in a “complicated” relationship with someone back home. I smiled and said I’d been there. “Make sure you draw clear lines,” I said. “Relationships don’t have to be complicated.” Perhaps this sounds too simplistic – as I fear the lady took it – because […]

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