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New Year Derailed, or Realigned?

New Year Derailed, or Realigned?

Feb 9 19 • 0 comments

Not a resolution was in my mind as I hopped on a plane in late December in anticipation of our newest grandson’s arrival. This was number four for mom, and she usually comes early. I wanted to give her plenty of extra buffer room so she could rest easier. Soon the evening came when I […]

Breaking Open the Word at Home: February 3rd, 2019

Breaking Open the Word at Home: February 3rd, 2019

Feb 3 19 • 0 comments

The Church professes Christian parents to be the “first” teachers of the faith and calls them to be the “best” teachers of the faith (The Rite of Infant Baptism). Godparents agree to assist in this ministry of parents. This resource from “Catholic Lane” is to assist you, parent or godparent, with using the Sunday Mass […]

Being in Love

Being in Love

Feb 1 19 • 1 comment

Aristotle observed that all was in motion. Everything was in a process of change. Whatever stage you observed, there was always a prior movement and prior change. Aristotle realized that we could not go back like that forever. At some point we had to come to an originator of all this motion.

Breaking Open the Word at Home: January 20, 2019

Breaking Open the Word at Home: January 20, 2019

Jan 20 19 • 0 comments

Sunday Mass Readings for the Ministry of Parents and Godparents The Church professes Christian parents to be the “first” teachers of the faith and calls them to be the “best” teachers of the faith (The Rite of Infant Baptism). Godparents agree to assist in this ministry of parents. This resource from Catholic Lane is to […]

Maria von Trapp, From Atheist to <em>The Sound of Music</em>

Maria von Trapp, From Atheist to The Sound of Music

Early on Saturday, March 12, 1938 German tanks and armored vehicles crossed the border into Austria, encountering no resistance. German newspapers printed a phony telegram supposedly from the new Austrian chancellor claiming German troops were necessary to restore order. In reality, it was an aggressive take over. The von Trapp family did not want to stick […]

Breaking Open the Word at Home: Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph

Breaking Open the Word at Home: Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph

Dec 30 18 • 0 comments

Sunday Mass Readings for the Ministry of Parents and Godparents: December 30th, 2018. The Church professes Christian parents to be the “first” teachers of the faith and calls them to be the “best” teachers of the faith (The Rite of Infant Baptism). Godparents agree to assist in this ministry of parents. This resource from Catholic […]

Why <i>Sola Scriptura</i> Still Matters, Part One

Why Sola Scriptura Still Matters, Part One

Dec 28 18 • 32 comments

We are now just over 501 and one years since Martin Luther’s posting of his ninety-five theses on the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg Germany, the spark that lit the fire of what many Protestants still proudly call the “Reformation.” The Banner of the “Reformation” Still Flies Given the climate of cooperation and dialogue […]

Why <em>Sola Scriptura</em> Still Matters, Part Two

Why Sola Scriptura Still Matters, Part Two

Dec 28 18 • 9 comments

In part one we discussed the importance that the Protestant principle of sola scriptura still has this close to the 500th anniversary of the “Reformation.” Now it is time to get into the meat of the argument by examining the classic Protestant interpretation of two key verses of Scripture. “All Scripture Is Inspired” The Bible verses […]

Why <em>Sola Scriptura</em> Still Matters, Part Three

Why Sola Scriptura Still Matters, Part Three

Dec 28 18 • 112 comments

In part two, we left this discussion asking exactly what the point was of 2 Timothy 3:16-17, if it is not the sola scriptura conclusion that Protestants often draw. What exactly was this apostolic authority, St. Paul, saying to Timothy about the Scriptures? Was St. Paul saying that “the Bible” would make the man of God […]

Breaking Open the Word at Home: Christmas

Breaking Open the Word at Home: Christmas

Dec 25 18 • 0 comments

Mass Readings for the Ministry of Parents and Godparents: December 25th, 2018 The Church professes Christian parents to be the “first” teachers of the faith and calls them to be the “best” teachers of the faith (The Rite of Infant Baptism). Godparents agree to assist in this ministry of parents. This resource from “Catholic Lane” […]

Make Family Reconciliation an Advent Tradition

Make Family Reconciliation an Advent Tradition

Dec 19 18 • 3 comments

It is 1535 London.  The prior of the Carthusian monks at the London Charterhouse tries to prepare his brothers for a coming persecution, martyrdom for many of them.  The Prior, John Houghton exhorts his brother Carthusians to prepare their hearts by a general confession to God, and gives leave that every one should choose any […]

Breaking Open the Word at Home: Third Sunday of Advent

Breaking Open the Word at Home: Third Sunday of Advent

Dec 16 18 • 0 comments

Sunday Mass Readings for the Ministry of Parents and Godparents The Church professes Christian parents to be the “first” teachers of the faith and calls them to be the “best” teachers of the faith (The Rite of Infant Baptism). Godparents agree to assist in this ministry of parents. This resource from Catholic Lane is to […]

Book Review: <em>Dreams for your Grandchild</em>

Book Review: Dreams for your Grandchild

Dec 14 18 • 0 comments

  Dreams for your Grandchild by Allen Hunt is both a lovely book and a practical book. Subtitled, The Hidden Power of a Catholic Grandparent, the book is a mixture of exhortation, relevant suggestions, and inspiring stories. Writing a book about the relationship between Catholic grandparents and their grandchildren is as challenging as writing about […]

What Husbands Want Their Wives to Know

What Husbands Want Their Wives to Know

Dec 14 18 • 0 comments

This piece serves as a follow up from my previous article entitled, “What Wives Want Their Husbands to Know.” While these articles are in no way exhaustive, they are common stumbling blocks I encounter in my work in marriage ministry. Both in the preparation side and marriages in crisis. One young husband stated after reading […]

Our Lady of Guadalupe, We Need You More Than Ever!

Our Lady of Guadalupe, We Need You More Than Ever!

Dec 12 18 • 0 comments

Hundreds of millions of people around the world today will celebrate Masses to honor an appearance of the Blessed Mother made 481 year ago.  December 12, 1531 Our Lady of Guadalupe put an end to the Mayan culture of death. Mary was the woman, clothed in the sun, with the moon at her feet, who […]

Breaking Open the Word at Home: Second Sunday of Advent

Breaking Open the Word at Home: Second Sunday of Advent

Dec 9 18 • 0 comments

Sunday Mass Readings for the Ministry of Parents and Godparents The Church calls Christian parents to be the “first” teachers of the faith and the “best” teachers of the faith (The Rite of Infant Baptism). Godparents agree to assist in this ministry of parents. This resource from “Catholic Lane” is to assist you, parent or […]

A Look at Advent in Our Home

A Look at Advent in Our Home

Dec 7 18 • 0 comments

Last Sunday we began the holy season of Advent.  Today I’ll offer a few thoughts and ideas on what works for our family to keep this season holy and prayerful. Our family begins this season with Confession and Adoration. While we never quit going to Confession throughout the year, our family has taken a three-month […]

Breaking Open the Word at Home: First Sunday of Advent

Breaking Open the Word at Home: First Sunday of Advent

Dec 2 18 • 0 comments

Sunday Mass Readings for the Ministry of Parents and Godparents Introduction The Church calls Christian parents to be the “first” teachers of the faith and the “best” teachers of the faith (The Rite of Infant Baptism). Godparents agree to assist in this ministry of parents. This resource from “Catholic Lane” is to assist you, parent […]

Spend This Advent with Mary

Spend This Advent with Mary

The holidays are upon us and the scramble to get ready for Christmas has officially begun. There’s so much to do but preparing for Christmas is about getting ready for the birth of Jesus. No one prepared for that moment more in union with God than the Blessed Mother did. So what better way to […]

Breaking Open the Word at Home: Sunday, November 25, 2018

Breaking Open the Word at Home: Sunday, November 25, 2018

Nov 25 18 • 0 comments

Sunday Mass Readings for the Ministry of Parents and Godparents The Church calls Christian parents to be the “first” teachers of the faith and the “best” teachers of the faith (The Rite of Infant Baptism). Godparents agree to assist in this ministry of parents. This resource from Catholic Lane is to assist you, parent or […]

Swords into Plowshares: How to Deal with Family Friction During the Holidays

Swords into Plowshares: How to Deal with Family Friction During the Holidays

Nov 22 18 • 0 comments

Holiday time means family time. And family time can sometimes mean friction time. We come together with intentions of good will, but as soon as someone says something we disagree with, or does something that offends us, we can be quick to pull out our swords and spears. The great prophet Isaiah speaks of people […]

Breaking Open the Word at Home: Sunday, November 18, 2018

Breaking Open the Word at Home: Sunday, November 18, 2018

Nov 16 18 • 0 comments

Sunday Mass Readings for the Ministry of Parents and Godparents The Church calls Christian parents to be the “first” teachers of the faith and the “best” teachers of the faith (The Rite of Infant Baptism). Godparents agree to assist in this ministry of parents. This resource from Catholic Lane is to assist you, parent or […]

The Top 9 Most Prestigious Catholic Schools in the U.S.

The Top 9 Most Prestigious Catholic Schools in the U.S.

Nov 16 18 • 0 comments

If you grew up in a Catholic household or attended a Catholic secondary school, then a Catholic university will feel familiar. Besides familiarity, Catholic universities offer many other advantages for the young faithful student. Many emphasize service to others, Mass, and a structured environment, as well as traditional scholarly pursuits. The Catholic Church typically runs […]

couple, romance, marriage, dating, love

Addicted to Romance

Are romance novels an innocent pastime or something more dangerous? While I was working on Amazing Grace for Married Couples, a story we ended up not using involved a woman who became addicted to romance novels. It seems she is not alone. I’ve gone to garage sales and saw tables full of romance novels for […]

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