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SAINT PATRICK, EVANGELIZER OF IRELAND

For all the Irish, Irish-Americans, and those who are just proud of their religion, this story of a great evangelist is for you! We all know that Patrick came to Ireland and kicked out the snakes, but do you know…

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Keep your Kids Catholic – Book Review

I was eager to read Keep Your Kids Catholic by Marc Cardaronella for many reasons.  Many people on social media and sites I frequent had positive comments about it; I need resources to share with my families in our faith…

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The Preacher Trap

A little while ago I wrote about “The Teacher Trap” where teachers of the faith place themselves morally above those that they teach. But there is another aspect to this vein of corruption that I like to call The Preacher…

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Women: set the world ablaze!

We might be knee deep in dirty laundry; keeping kids quiet during mass or taking care of aged relatives and neighbors. These endless tasks seem like meaningless drudgery, but to God they are life-giving pearls of mercy. Whether biological, spiritual,…

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The Acts

I have a confession. I’ve always kind of discounted the Acts of the Apostles. I don’t know why. I don’t have any great analysis of why I never properly gave the Acts its due. Maybe I am an idiot. I…

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What a Mess!

I must admit that as time passes I have become fonder and fonder of our current  Pope Francis.  It has nothing to do with the fact that he is smart enough to tell people the exact same things that I…

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Spread the Fire of His Love

For consider your call, brethren; not many of you were wise according to the flesh, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth; but God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise. God chose…

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Blest Assurance — Part 3

I know that my Redeemer lives! What joy this blest assurance gives…goes the classic Easter season hymn. When it comes to public perceptions and impressions, Catholics in the United States aren’t exactly known for radiating joy of having a “Blest…

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The Difference the Spirit Makes

Readings for Sunday, May 15, 2016 The Feast of Pentecost As a teen, I thought the clergy were supposed to do everything. We laity were just called to pray, pay, and obey. Oh yes, and keep the commandments, of course….

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Should We Debate?

I don’t like to debate. Really, I don’t. I’ve always seen myself as a catechist rather than an apologist. And yet, I find myself in debates at times — often lengthy ones — especially on social media. When I’m in…