Author Archive for Mary Kochan

Mary Kochan, former Senior Editor of CatholicExchange, is one of the founders and Editor-at-large of CatholicLane.com. Raised as a third-generation Jehovah's Witness, Mary worked her way backwards through the Protestant Reformation to enter the Catholic Church on Trinity Sunday, 1996. Mary has spoken in many settings, to groups large and small, on the topic of destructive cultism and has been a guest on both local and national radio programs. To arrange for Mary to speak at your event, you may contact her at kochanmar@gmail.com.

Aristotle and Manna
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Aristotle and Manna

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To feed the Israelites during their wandering time in the desert, the Lord caused to appear on the ground a flaky substance that tasted like pancakes with honey. At its first appearance, the people quite sensibly asked what everyone asks upon seeing something new, “What is it?”  And that very question became their name for […]

Book Review: <em>The Catholic Baby Name Book</em>
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Book Review: The Catholic Baby Name Book

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Considering that no one in my family is expecting, it might seem strange that I have been so happily perusing a baby name book.  But The Catholic Baby Name Book by Catholic Lane Senior Editor, Patrice Fagnant-MacArthur, is a complete delight and of nearly the same interest whether you are looking to name an expected […]

Help a Catholic Farming Family!
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Help a Catholic Farming Family!

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Please, open your heart and consider this situation. Brian Gadbois is a permanent deacon and his wife Nissa has just, as in today, given birth to their ninth child. A couple of years ago a dream that they had nurtured for many years came true when they purchased a foreclosed and abandoned farm property. As a […]

It's Spring! So...Should you Celebrate the Equinox?
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It’s Spring! So…Should you Celebrate the Equinox?

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Today is the first day of spring because it is the day of the vernal (spring) equinox. Okay, just a quick review of your high school astronomy.  In summer and winter we have solstices — the summer solstice is the longest day of the year and the winter solstice is the shortest day of the year.  […]

The Absolute Easiest Worm Bin Plans and Instructions on the Entire Internet
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The Absolute Easiest Worm Bin Plans and Instructions on the Entire Internet

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If you have a garden you probably already know that earthworms are good for your garden. You may be aware that one of the best fertilizers is worm castings. If you already compost and do your best to amend your soil with organic matter, you are already going a long way toward attracting these garden […]

The One Pertinent Question We Truly Must Ask
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The One Pertinent Question We Truly Must Ask

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In the wake of the horrifying deaths of 20 young school children in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting at Newtown, Connecticut, there is one question that we must ask.  We must ask it while the horror is fresh and we must ask it when the process of grief has eased our shock and pain […]

New Sci-Fi Thriller, <em>The Christus Experiment</em>, is “<em>Da Vinci Code</em> in Reverse”
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New Sci-Fi Thriller, The Christus Experiment, is “Da Vinci Code in Reverse”

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An interview with author Rod Bennett A fascinating new novel is out in paperback today which ought to be of great interest to Catholic Lane readers with a taste for fantasy or science fiction.  It’s called The Christus Experiment and it’s the first major work of fiction by Rod Bennett, author of the popular Catholic apologetic Four […]

Respecting Your Mental Powers
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Respecting Your Mental Powers

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“All men by nature desire to know.” So Aristotle begins his Metaphysics. We desire to know what is and we desire to know it truly and this desire is “by nature” — as every parent of a miniature metaphysician can testify, for “what?” and “why?” are the words his child’s mind lives by from morning to […]

A Spoonful of Grace
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A Spoonful of Grace

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The little boy is playing happily on the kitchen floor. Mommy is busy above, at the counter, far over his head. Things are being retrieved from the cupboards and fridge, but the little boy pays scant attention for he has lately become fascinated with tracing the design on the vinyl floor with his toy car. […]

A Catholic Response to Joel Osteen Broadcast 10/07/12: What to Do While Waiting
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A Catholic Response to Joel Osteen Broadcast 10/07/12: What to Do While Waiting

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This week Joel Osteen’s message, “Trust God’s Timing,” was focused on the attitude that we display while we are waiting for God to answer a prayer. Joel used the examples of someone praying for healing, praying to find a spouse, praying for the return of a wayward child, or praying for promotion at work. Joel said […]

A Catholic Response to Joel Osteen Broadcast 9/16/12: Tests
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A Catholic Response to Joel Osteen Broadcast 9/16/12: Tests

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Joel Osteen’s Sunday message this week, “It’s Only a Test”,  was about how facing up to trials or “tests” can improve one’s character. He led off by quoting the first half of I Peter 4:12 : “Beloved, do not be amazed and bewildered by the fiery ordeal which is taking place to test your quality…” (Amplified Bible).  The historical context of this exhortation by our first Pope was the […]

Please, Profile Me!
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Please, Profile Me!

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Okay, just for the record here is the profile. I am white, a US citizen, in my mid 50’s, a grandmother, and a practicing Catholic. Rosaries, prayer books, medals, scapulars and other such paraphernalia are from time to time located on my person.  I know a few other women who fit that profile and while […]

A Catholic Response to Joel Osteen Broadcast: 9/2/12, Suffering
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A Catholic Response to Joel Osteen Broadcast: 9/2/12, Suffering

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The title of Joel Osteen’s broadcast message this week was “Deal With It!” Joel wanted his audience to understand that there were things in life that we were just going to have to deal with and that would entail suffering. I was very interested to see Joel mention suffering in his broadcast, because suffering is […]

The President Without a Country: A Review of <em>2016 -- Obama's America</em>
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The President Without a Country: A Review of 2016 — Obama’s America

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Breathes there the man, with soul so dead,  Who never to himself hath said,  This is my own, my native land!  Barack Obama is not an American.  No, 2016 — Obama’s America, does not deny that Obama was born in Hawaii; there is not a whiff of the “birther” controversy in this surprisingly engaging documentary. But the film […]

Aristotle and Manna: God's Answer Meets Our Questions
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Aristotle and Manna: God’s Answer Meets Our Questions

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To feed the Israelites during their wandering time in the desert, the Lord caused to appear on the ground a flaky substance that tasted like pancakes with honey. At its first appearance, the people quite sensibly asked what everyone asks upon seeing something new, “What is it?”  And that very question became their name for […]

Politics and Theology -- The Mormon Implications
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Politics and Theology — The Mormon Implications

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As the 2012 presidential election nears, Romney’s Mormon religion has, by necessity, been taken off the table as an issue for most Christians. Thanks to the actions of the Obama administration — with our freedom so imperiled and our nation’s fiscal house so shaky — the troubling aspects of Romney’s religious affiliation, have faded into the […]

Helping Jehovah's Witnesses Get the Picture
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Helping Jehovah’s Witnesses Get the Picture

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Jehovah’s Witnesses want you to live forever with them in paradise on earth. To entice you into accepting their offer of a “free home Bible study”, they will show you brightly colored pictures of idyllic garden scenes, beautiful lakeside homes and children romping with lions. The Jehovah’s Witness will ask: “Wouldn’t you like to live […]

The Context of Our Present Crisis: <em>Sons of Cain</em>
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The Context of Our Present Crisis: Sons of Cain

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As I write this, the country awaits a decision by the Supreme Court regarding the scope of government power and intrusion into all of our lives for the foreseeable future. This is a crisis. It is not a crisis that will be resolved by the Supreme Court’s decision, regardless of the decision. Within our generation, […]

Is Mormonism a Christian Denomination?
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Is Mormonism a Christian Denomination?

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Mormons like Glenn Beck and Senator Orrin Hatch have long given a high profile to this American-grown faith. And with Mitt Romney in the running for the Republican nomination, the question of exactly how to categorize Mormonism has become news. An Evangelical pastor who supports Rick Perry told reporters he thought Mormonism is “a cult”, prompting a […]

Obama and Sebelius Sittin’ in a Tree…
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Obama and Sebelius Sittin’ in a Tree…

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Obama and Sebelius sittin’ in a tree K-i-s-s-i-n-g First comes sex without marriages Then come empty baby carriages The teasing little rhyming ditty familiar to children for generations, of which the above is a parody, bespeaks that even children know something very fundamental about the natural and right order of things – that first comes […]

I Love Flying but I Hate Organized Aviation
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I Love Flying but I Hate Organized Aviation

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Flying is an amazing experience. You just can’t beat it if you want to get anywhere far away in a hurry. The early history of flying reveals the glory days and shows us what flying should be. The planes were made by individuals or by small groups of craftsmen who learned by tinkering. They were […]

In Bible Times
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In Bible Times

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It is a commonplace among believers in God’s written word to express a longing to have lived in the times depicted within its pages. To have seen, perhaps even conversed with, such towering figures of faith as Abraham, Moses, Samuel, and Nehemiah. To thrill at the great victories God granted through Joshua, David, and Jehosaphat. […]

Social Justice and the Holy Innocents
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Social Justice and the Holy Innocents

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Today on this feast of the Holy Innocents, let’s review why it is impossible to make the claim that you care about the poor or about social justice or about human rights and yet vote for anyone who supports abortion.  Those claims are diametrically opposed. It is just a ludicrous as insisting that Herod cared […]

Is Social Media Killing Catholic Media?
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Is Social Media Killing Catholic Media?

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Did you wish all your Facebook friends a Merry Christmas? Sure you did. And probably clicked over to Linkedin, Google+, and Twitter too. Or maybe I am leaving out your favorite social media hangout. Social media is an important part of the online day for many of us Catholics and for many of us it […]

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