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Important Rules for Catholic Fathers

During a coffee meeting with a friend not long ago, he said, “You seem to have your act together on the fatherhood front. What’s your secret?” I was surprised and taken aback because I don’t think I have my act together at all. I don’t mean that out of false humility. I pray every day to be a better husband [...]

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Encounters with Angels

A visit to the local bookstore will reveal a whole shelf of books on angel encounters, angel channeling, and angelology. There’s even a book called The Physics of Angels which tries to blend quirky physics theories with the theology of St Thomas Aquinas. A quick look at the books on offer make you realize that the New Age understanding of angels stretches [...]

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Daily Catholic Quote from St. Josemaría Escrivá

“When we were little, we kept close to our mother in a dark alley or if dogs barked at us. Now, when we feel temptations of the flesh, we should run to the side of Our Mother in Heaven, by realizing how close she is to us, and by means of aspirations. She will defend us and lead us to [...]

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They Know I’m Catholic, Right?

I gave a talk one Sunday morning to the men’s club of a large Atlanta Methodist church at the request of an old friend. When he asked me to speak to this group months before the talk, I responded with a question which I would ask him repeatedly every time we got together: “They know I’m Catholic, right?” I engage [...]

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Dear Chemistry Student

Dear Chemistry Student, Once upon a time, at the ripe old age of 21, I was a high school chemistry teacher. I know people often have a bad reaction to studying chemistry. It seems difficult, abstract, and useless. Indeed, you don’t need to know that water molecules have a distorted tetrahedral arrangement in which the H—O—H angle is 104.5° to be able to get on with [...]

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Confessions from a Reluctant Evangelist

I flirted with fundamentalism during my college years. I’d met a group of Christians who talked about their faith with the same zeal as a weight lifter, all beefed up on steroids and vanity, might talk about his health regimen. They called this “being on fire for Christ.” I still wince every time I hear the phrase. I mistook their [...]

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The Only Acceptable Rebellion

Come on, we know better than the Church, don’t we? After all, this is the twenty-first century and times have changed. Modern man is fully capable of deciding what is good and moral on his own, right? All the really smart people in the media, government and academia who encourage us to embrace abortion, contraception, euthanasia and same-sex marriage can’t [...]

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Grace Trumps Dysfunction in Marriage

Got dysfunction? Everyone has from one extent to the other: a harbored resentment, stubbornness, or jealousy, all the way to major issues such as addictions or mental illness. The dysfunctional parts of our personalities are the ones that interfere with happy marriages. Lack of forgiveness and lack of unconditional love makes us dysfunctional as marriage partners and as Catholics. I [...]

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Great Prayer Tool for Catholic Professionals: The Jesuit Daily Examen

Over the years I have had numerous discussions with Catholic professionals around the country about making time for prayer and reflection during the busy work day.  People have been interested in how I keep the Jesuit Daily Examen on my calendar, so I am sharing it here along with suggested times.  The Examen is one of the most effective (and [...]

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Daily Catholic Quote from St. Dominic

“A man who governs his passions is master of the world. We must either command them or be enslaved to them. It is better to be the hammer than the anvil.” (St. Dominic, Priest, Founder of the Friars Preachers, Confessor) August 8 is the Memorial of St. Dominic, Priest (1170 – 1221). If you liked this quote, please share it [...]