Failure Is Always An Option

March 5, 2014

Each year during Lent, I hope for an epic fail. Don’t get me wrong, I also hope each year to try my best to be the best Christian I can be. Lent is a gift that allows us to focus on being more attentive to prayer, to let go of our own self centeredness through […]

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Fasting & Abstinence

March 4, 2014

“When you fast, do not look gloomy like the hypocrites. They neglect their appearance, so that they may appear to others to be fasting. Amen, I say to you, they have received their reward. (Matthew 6:16) People often ask about how Catholics define fasting and abstinence for the season of Lent, as those words can have […]

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Time for a Tune Up

March 3, 2014

Some of the best advice ever given me has to do with maintaining an automobile. Change the oil and air filter, check the tire pressure often, and get regular tune ups. While I am by no means an expert when it comes to cars, I know how to handle the basic things. The key to […]

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Finding More of God During Lent

February 26, 2014

Even though the season of Lent is still a week away, it is not too early to begin preparing for the Church’s annual season of preparation. Each year we set aside time and space during Lent to work on our spiritual health through a focus on prayer, fasting and almsgiving. One way we might approach […]

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Pope Francis on Christian Unity

February 20, 2014

This video of Pope Francis speaking to a Pentecostal Conference on Christian Unity captures his humanity quite well. He radiates simplicity. My favorite quote from the pope’s short message: “And let’s pray to the Lord that He unites us all. Come on, we are brothers. Let’s give each other a spiritual hug and let God […]

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Saint Valentine, pray for us.

February 14, 2014

A friend of mine recently expressed the opinion that Valentine’s Day is the most ridiculous of all our fake holidays. When it comes to “fake holidays”, I can usually take them or leave them, depending upon how I’m feeling. For those of you looking for something beyond a reason to buy flowers, cards and candy, […]

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When giving alms, it is best to avoid trumpets.

January 29, 2014

“Take care not to perform righteous deeds in order that people may see them; otherwise, you will have no recompense from your heavenly Father. When you give alms, do not blow a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets to win the praise of others. Amen, I say […]

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Fr. Barron on St. Thomas Aquinas

January 28, 2014

Here are some reflections on St. Thomas Aquinas in honor of his feast day.

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Win A Free Copy of the Summa Theologica

January 27, 2014

One of the best online resources for those wishing to learn more about Catholic theology is the New Saint Thomas Institute. NSTI was recently begun by Dr. Taylor Marshall. It is meant to provide a resource for those wishing to delve deeper into our Catholic Tradition without having to enroll in a formal academic program. The […]

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Pray for your persecutors

January 17, 2014

You have heard the commandment, ‘You shall love your countryman but hate your enemy.’ My command to you is: love your enemies, pray for your persecutors. This will prove that you are sons of your heavenly Father, for his sun rises on the bad and the good, he rains on the just and the unjust. […]

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Ever have one of those days?

January 15, 2014

The pope has them too. I can’t imagine how tiring it must be to be the pastor of the entire world. There are days when each of us need a moment to press the pause button before continuing with our day. An acquaintance of mine likes to remind me that it is possible to restart […]

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Pope Francis urges new cardinals to have simple and humble hearts

January 13, 2014

Vatican City, 13 January 2014 (VIS) – Published below is the letter sent today by the Holy Father to the future cardinals to be created on 22 February, whose names were announced publicly following the Angelus prayer on Sunday. Dear brother, On the day that your designation as part of the College of Cardinals is […]

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January 13, 2014

“From this time on, many of his disciples broke away and would not remain in his company any longer.” (John 6:66) Growing up in the Bible Belt, I have often heard talk of the Antichrist.  It has always been interesting to me that many of the more fundamentalist Christians tend to identify the pope as […]

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