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Practical Lessons for a Deeper Faith this Lent

An Invitation to Enter the Desert with Christ As we begin this Lenten season this Wednesday, we are called to enter the desert with Christ; to turn away from sin and towards our God. Many of us realize that we are called to face difficult questions during this penitential season.  The challenge we face is not only for us to ask those […]






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It is a High Adventure that Leads to Glory

“Being a Christian is not about getting to heaven by the skin of your teeth after a life of cautious mediocrity.  It’s about high adventure that leads to glory, but only through perilous battles.” Peter.  Paul.  Isaiah.  Frodo Baggins.  They have more in common than meets the eye. Of course there are differences, too.  Peter is a small business man, […]






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Catholic Quote of the Day — from G. K. Chesterton

“ ‘The Church is not a thing like the Athenaeum Club,’ he cried. ‘If the Athenaeum Club lost all its members, the Athenaeum Club would dissolve and cease to exist. But when we belong to the Church we belong to something which is outside all of us: which is outside everything you talk about, outside the Cardinals and the Pope. […]






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Do you shoot the messenger?

“In polite conversation, never bring up politics or religion.”  That’s the advice I was given as a child.  And it’s good advice, too, if your aim is to be well-liked.  Politics and religion are risky because they involve deeply held convictions, and if you happen to tread on the convictions of others, you get the same reaction that a dentist […]






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Catholic Quote of the Day — from St. Thomas Aquinas

“To love God is something greater than to know Him.” (St. Thomas Aquinas, Doctor of the Church) January 28 is the Memorial of St. Thomas Aquinas, Priest and Doctor of the Church (1225 – 1274). Print this entry






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What Others Think Of Us

I have had numerous conversations with friends and professional acquaintances over the years on the subject of openly sharing our Catholic faith. I am always a little surprised at how often many of them express strong reluctance to being open about their beliefs. The reasons given have included, “I don’t want to offend anyone.” “We could never do that at […]






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Ignorance of Scripture is Ignorance of Christ

There is a myth that we must lay to rest, once and for all—Protestants are all about the Bible, while Catholics are all about the Sacraments.  While I can’t speak for my Protestant brethren, I can say this with certainty—the Catholic Church has never tolerated any such “either/or.”  Both Scripture and Sacraments are precious gifts from the Lord, gifts we […]






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St. Antony of Egypt

“St. Antony, pray for us that we may know in our hearts the paradox of the saints, that you sought not fame and honors, not self-glorification or accolades, but to serve Him from whom all life flows.” We celebrate the feast day of one of the most remarkable saints of all time, St. Antony of Egypt, on January 17th. He is […]






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The Cana Connection

In the past two weeks, the Church has celebrated the Epiphany and the Lord’s baptism. This coming Sunday we remember the Wedding Feast at Cana. What’s the connection between the Jordan’s water, Cana’s wine, and the Magi’s gifts? Actually, the link is not hard to see. The Magi’s homage shows divinity of this child-king who is to die for his […]






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When I am “the Church”

  What is the Church? Perhaps I used to think that question had an easy answer.  But even flipping open the Catechism will give you several different images, definitions, and nuances.  It’s something Councils have discussed and ink has spilled out from theological pens about for ages.  The Mystical Body of Christ, the Bishops in union with the Pope, the […]