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The Holy Bible and Sacred Tradition comprise the Word of God

“Deacon Mike, why do we believe that it belongs to the Church to interpret the bible? Can’t we just read the bible for ourselves? The guys I do bible study with say that we (Catholics) add things that are not there.” A young man who participates in a “non-denominational” bible study recently asked me this question. This question comes up from time […]

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Catholic Quote of the Day — from Pope St. John Paul II

“At stake is the dignity of the human person, whose defense and promotion have been entrusted to us by the Creator.” (Pope St. John Paul II, Sollicitudo Rei Socialis, Encyclical, 1987) October 22 is the Optional Memorial of St. John Paul II (1920 – 2005).   Print this entry

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Christianity and the New Paganism

The most serious challenge for Christianity today isn’t one of the other great religions of the world, such as Islam or Buddhism. Nor is it simple atheism, which has no depth, no mass appeal, no staying power. Rather, it’s a religion most of us think is dead. That religion is paganism—and it is very much alive. Paganism is simply the natural […]

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Catholic Quote of the Day — from St. Pio of Pietrelcina

“Temptations, discouragement and unrest are the wares offered by the enemy. Remember this: if the devil makes noise, it is a sign that he is still outside and not yet within. That which must terrify us is his peace and concord with the human soul. That which comes from Satan begins with calmness and ends in storm, indifference and apathy.” […]

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Catholic Quote of the Day — from Pope St. John Paul II

“The Church draws her life from the Eucharist. This truth does not simply express a daily experience of faith, but recapitulates the heart of the mystery of the Church.” (Pope St. John Paul II) October 22 is the Optional Memorial of St. John Paul II (1920 – 2005).   Print this entry

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A Motley Crew: the Saints (and why I love them)

I love saint stories.   I know I’m not alone—even the saints loved saint stories. St. Ignatius of Loyola’s conversion was spurred by reading the life of Christ and the lives of the saints. Edith Stein stayed up all night reading the life of St. Teresa of Avila. There is an attraction in the radical witness of holiness that the lives […]

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A Catholic Response to the Planned Parenthood Videos

“Let not your heart be disturbed… Am I not here, who is your Mother? Are you not under my protection? Am I not your health? Are you not happily within my fold? What else do you wish? Do not grieve nor be disturbed by anything.” (Our Lady of Guadalupe to Juan Diego) I felt physically sick this morning watching the […]

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What I learned from a 161-year-old barbecue

The last weekend of July is usually one of the hottest of the summer in Tennessee. In a little town fifty-five miles west of Nashville, that weekend boasts an annual festival that was once listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s largest outdoor barbecue. Pork shoulders are nursed all throughout the night so that they’re done […]

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Suffering Transfigured by Love

The love in which God embraces each of us is one of the great truths revealed to us throughout salvation history, but especially through and in Jesus Christ. To come to a better and deeper understanding of this love, we are continually invited by God into a deeper communion of prayer with Him… to come to know Him as He […]