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Three Catholic, non-fiction books to enhance your faith…

For The Men: Journey To Heaven: A Road Map For Catholic Men (Emmaus Road Publishing): Over the past two years I’ve known him, Randy Hain has been one the most encouraging supporters of my work. So when he asked me to review his new book, I was delighted to return at least one of the many favors I owe him. [...]

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Taking a Pilgrimage with Fr. James Martin’s New Book

When I first heard about Fr. James Martin’s new book, Jesus: A Pilgrimage, I’ll be honest: I wasn’t interested. It wasn’t until I became part of the posting team for the virtual book club at CatholicMom.com that I really committed to it. And the reason I jumped in on that was because of someone else’s passion to read this book as [...]

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The Devil’s War on Silence

There are key strategies of indirect attack that the enemy of our souls uses to significantly disrupt our spiritual progress. One is the corruption of human sexuality. As the analogy of holy spousal love is one of the most effective in understanding divine intimacy, the enemy desires to corrupt human sexuality in order to further obscure what it means to [...]

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The Elephant in the Laboratory

Some say they were pursued by the Hound of Heaven, a Grace that would not take leave, not in the “nights”or “down the days,” the “arches of the years” or the “labyrinthine ways.” That poetry never much resonated with me. The first time I heard it I wondered, “At what rate did he travel, this hound?” Poetry is hard for literalists to appreciate. But if I had to pick [...]

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An Interview with Jef Murray by Tolkien Brazil

Nearly a year ago, I was contacted by Eduardo Stark of Tolkien Brazil, a large and active group of Tolkien and fantasy fans in South America. Eduardo has followed my work as a fantasy artist, and wanted to interview me for their website. The resulting text was, I fear, a bit daunting to translate into Portuguese, or, as is more likely, the Tolkien Brazil [...]

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Why I Chose to be Chaste

I decided very early on in my life that I was going to wait until marriage to have sex. I can’t take all the credit for being some amazingly religious and reverent young man who was destined for greatness in following every verse and commandment I had ever known. Surely being in a private, Catholic school since the third grade [...]

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How the Weakness of the Cross Makes Us Strong

“When I am weak, then I am strong”; “power made perfect in weakness.” Such verses are often cited as key to spiritual growth, but do we really understand what they are talking about? Can anyone ever understand? Yes. If we couldn’t understand it at all, God would not have told it to us. God does not waste words. It is [...]

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How Can I Better Praise God?

Dear Dan, Can you give any help on how to learn to praise God? I enjoy going to Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, and would really like to learn how to praise Him. I don’t feel my words are adequately expressing the praise I really would like to give. Thanksgiving is easier, but I would be grateful for some advice [...]

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Real Life Inspiration Continues with Dolphin Tale 2

Major box office hits are ripe for sequels, but no one expected another installment of Dolphin Tale. The story had centered on the real life rescue and recovery of the baby dolphin Winter who lost her tail. It became bigger than a mere animal adventure when the development of a prosthetic tail brought about the invention of Winter’s gel which [...]