Category: Live in Christ

What About That Elephant In The Sanctuary?
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What About That Elephant In The Sanctuary?

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The continuing dissent of the Catholic left from the fundamental tenets of the Catholic Church is not a news flash, and to be clear, the dissent did not start with the campaign leading up to the 2012 election. But the campaign and election did produce a clarification as many Catholic politicians, Catholic university professors, prominent […]

"Gay Sin" Survey Reveals We’re Playing God
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“Gay Sin” Survey Reveals We’re Playing God

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I’m always on the hunt for positive news, there being such consistent media focus on the bad stuff. Most days, headlines essentially read, “Handbasket full; hell in sight.” So a recent headline caught my eye because of its positive tone: “Survey: Big drop in those who say being gay’s a sin.” According to Lifeway Research, […]

The Goal of Chastity
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The Goal of Chastity

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I have suspected for a while now that there is little clarity in our culture regarding the goal of chastity. This is probably in part because there is little clarity regarding the difference between abstinence (which ends at marriage) and chastity (which never ends). But it is also probably in part because chastity contradicts the […]

Sorry, No Steeples
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Sorry, No Steeples

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“Sorry, No Steeple…but we do have a drive-thru” is what the clever, cool, hip billboard sign proclaims. I wasn’t exactly sure what it meant so I didn’t pay it much never-mind. Then another one popped up with something that was, to me, similarly vague: We don’t accept perfect people. Still, not paying attention. Then a […]

Revealing God in Daily Encounters
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Revealing God in Daily Encounters

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I recently attended a brainstorming session focusing on how to best deliver and follow up much needed care to a growing, vulnerable patient population in the community.  Nothing was put on paper at the initial meeting. It was just an exchange of ideas, references, and an intention of good will and future partnership. Later, when […]

The Pewsitter's Guide to Parish Renewal
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The Pewsitter’s Guide to Parish Renewal

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Recently on Facebook, I came across a rather heated discussion about Vacation Bible School (VBS), summertime faith formation programs hosted by many parishes across the United States. These parishes are taking a cue from other Christian communities by offering this kind of special outreach – and at times are even using programs produced by evangelical […]

Men Without Chests, or, What C. S. Lewis Made Me Think About
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Men Without Chests, or, What C. S. Lewis Made Me Think About

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“We make men without chests and expect from them virtue and enterprise. We laugh at honor and are shocked to find traitors in our midst.” ~ C. S. Lewis, The Abolition of Man Sometimes you do your best and things don’t go right. That’s parenthood in a nutshell, I suppose, even when it’s done properly. […]

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Slipping Away

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I was warned.   My mom used to complain how “time flies” the older she got.  In my youthful mind, with three little ones under my feet, I scoffed.  Silly me.  Today, January 4, 2013, would have been her 82nd birthday.  I guess that has gotten me to thinking of all she wisely told me. […]

Helping Young Families: The Church’s Job?
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Helping Young Families: The Church’s Job?

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This past month I’ve been thinking about the difficulties of raising young families. Conversations with friends and family and my own lived experiences have left me wondering how we are supposed to do all that is asked of us in raising a young family. No sleep, diapers, laundry, meals….it’s just crazy hard sometimes! After reading […]

Father, Forgive Us
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Father, Forgive Us

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My initial response to the outcome of the election was visceral. Fixing my eyes on the heavens, tears pouring down my cheeks, I searched for answers in the night sky. I did a lot of praying for this election. Issues that should abhor any God-fearing human didn’t seem to sway, move or even nudge the […]

New Year Plenary Indulgence Prayer, <em>Veni Creator Spiritus</em>: Latin-English
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New Year Plenary Indulgence Prayer, Veni Creator Spiritus: Latin-English

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There is a plenary indulgence (under the usual conditions, i.e., Confession, Communion, and prayer for the intentions of the Holy Father) for singing or reciting the Veni Creator Spiritus on January 1st.    Veni Creátor Spíritus,            Come, Holy Spirit, Creator come, Mentes tuórum vísita,           From Thy bright heavenly throne! Imple supérna grátia             Come, take possession […]

New Year’s Resolutions: Bl. Cardinal Newman’s Way
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New Year’s Resolutions: Bl. Cardinal Newman’s Way

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Most of us make and break the same New Year’s Resolutions each year:  eat less, exercise more, spend less, get out of debt. . . and on and on.  My resolutions, while well-intentioned, often fall away by the end of January. This year, I’ve decided to do things differently.  Instead of putting all the emphasis […]

Inaccurate Reporting on Medjugorje is a Disservice to All Catholics
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Inaccurate Reporting on Medjugorje is a Disservice to All Catholics

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On the British tabloid Daily Mail Online, there recently appeared an article by Chris Rogers and Marshall Corwin concerning the six alleged seers of Medjugorje.  Rogers and Corwin write a fairly simple article that recounts some basic history of Medjugorje.  It also mixes the authors’ own experience with Medjugorje and the alleged seers.  I would […]

The Holy Innocents
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The Holy Innocents

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With nothing but the angel’s words as confirmation of her condition, she hastened toward her cousin’s house to see if the impossible had indeed come to pass. It had. Amazingly, inexplicably, the devout old woman positively glowed as she regarded her much younger kin, at once gratified and awestruck at the hidden miracles that rested, […]

5 Ways to Keep the Christmas Spirit Alive in Your Heart
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5 Ways to Keep the Christmas Spirit Alive in Your Heart

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The calendar reads December 27th. Secular society has us fully ensconced in “after-Christmas” sales and is already prepared to move us along to Valentine’s Day. And yet we Catholics know that in terms of the liturgical season of Christmas, we’re just getting started. Some of you may fall prey to the “after Christmas blues” that […]

Facebook Friends vs. True Friends
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Facebook Friends vs. True Friends

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During the early years of Facebook mania, I posted pics of my kids, events, travels, anecdotes and chanted with the universal FB voice: “Look how great I am; how amazing my life is; how many people like me!” While I really wanted to post about how great God is, a social network broadcasting my religious […]

Joy Suffering Joy
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Joy Suffering Joy

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The early Church had a rough go of things.  In addition to the refining of orthodox understanding of Christ’s teaching and intentions regarding the Church it was a challenging time internally, as some controversy resulted from those who felt that converts should be required to undertake the entire law.  The Council of Jerusalem resolved many […]

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Christmas and Secularism’s Futility

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Every December cultural warriors mourn the incessant attacks on Christmas and secularism’s rise in society. News headlines carry stories of modern day Herods banning nativity scenes, religious performances, and even the word “Christmas.” Just as a majority of young people profess they will have less prosperity and opportunity than their parents, many people now expect […]

A Baby Changes Everything
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A Baby Changes Everything

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In the quiet of night, a young mother holds her baby to her, admiring his fingers and toes, exploring the features of his face. Her son is new to this world, a gift from God. She is like every other new mother, filled with wonder and exhaustion and, perhaps, fear. She is very young. Is […]

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Thank You for Coming!

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  When I entered this world, my Blessed Mother and her most chaste spouse, Joseph, welcomed Me with loving arms, eyes and hearts. A choir of heavenly angels surrounded and serenaded us! My heart leaped for joy when the humble shepherds came and paid Me homage. I smiled! We waited. But none of the religious, […]

Christmas is a Time for Christians to Engage with the World
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Christmas is a Time for Christians to Engage with the World

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Render unto Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God,’ was the response of Jesus when asked about paying taxes. His questioners, of course, were laying a trap for him. They wanted to force Him to take sides in the highly-charged political debate about Roman rule in the land of Israel. […]

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For Those Who Suffer at Christmas

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As we begin the Christmas season, we contemplate in earnest that manger scene. The One who was all light emerged from the darkness of the womb. He who was perfect Love entered a world in which, in just a few short months, his parents had to flee their home in order to keep him from […]

The Empty Manger
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The Empty Manger

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During Advent, Christians gather around the Manger, as yet empty. “Come, Lord Jesus, do not delay,” the Church’s liturgy prays. Just as the Baby in the Manger represents for us the greatest Gift God brings, so the emptiness of the Manger represents the deep needs of the human heart — needs that not only we […]

War on the Meaning of Christmas
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War on the Meaning of Christmas

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I recently saw a Jon Stewart monologue that really got me thinking. Stewart was making fun of Fox News’ “War on Christmas.” Stewart asks how could there possibly be a “War on Christmas” when Christmas, as a holiday, has become so bloated that this year it finally took over Thanksgiving. In 2012, before the turkey […]

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