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Purgatory and Mudpies

2021-11-03T14:31:09-04:00November 3rd, 2021|Categories: Blog|

I remember when and why I began to believe in the reality of purgatory. It was after taking a funeral and I wondered where the person who had died had gone. It struck me that the doctrine of purgatory (which I had up to then rejected as "unBiblical") was simply common sense. I had come to [...]

An Episcopal Statement on Means of Population Control

2021-10-29T12:37:42-04:00October 29th, 2021|Categories: Blog|

This bit of satire from the archives, but still relevant as the POTUS visits the Vatican and the members of the Catholic hierarchy continue to tiptoe through the minefield of abortion politics: When a local Catholic priest denied Reinhard Heydrich communion because of his support of the so called "final solution for the Jews," local Catholic [...]

Why I’m Leaving Twitter

2021-10-26T10:59:51-04:00October 26th, 2021|Categories: Blog|

I am going to find it difficult to leave Twitter, but when I examine my relationship with the micro-blogging site, I think I will have no regrets in the long run. I originally joined Facebook and Twitter in order to promote my blog posts and drive traffic to my main means of sharing the Catholic faith--this [...]

On Making a Good Confession

2021-10-18T10:21:53-04:00October 18th, 2021|Categories: Blog|

When I was a high school chaplain I used to explain to the kids that a sin was not just something that made you feel bad. Often I'd get folks in the confessional who would "confess" that they were angry with another person. Anger is not necessarily a sin. The Bible says "Be angry but sin [...]

A Pictorial Life of St Therese

2021-10-16T07:29:47-04:00October 16th, 2021|Categories: Blog|

Book Review by guest blogger Lisa Comerford As grace brings life to the soul, so pictures bring life to the story. Fr. Didier-Marie Golay’s Living on Love is a portfolio of the work of art that was the life of St. Thérèse of Lisieux. A vast number of images, historical information, and excerpts of various writings [...]

Why Conversions are Discouraged

2021-10-14T12:29:18-04:00October 14th, 2021|Categories: Blog|

Today's news is that the former Anglican Bishop of Rochester, Dr Michael Nazir Ali, has been received into full communion with the Catholic Church and the rumor is that he was discouraged from taking this step not so much by his Anglican colleagues, but by very high ranking Catholic prelates. Converts to the faith and those [...]

Is Impatience a Sin?

2021-10-08T16:27:49-04:00October 8th, 2021|Categories: Blog|

In the confessional I often hear folks confessing impatience. I must confess that I sometimes become impatient with impatience because I don't really think it is a sin. For something to be a sin your will has to be engaged, and by definition being impatient is not willful. It is a stumble it is not an [...]

Abuse? What Abuse?

2021-10-07T12:23:32-04:00October 7th, 2021|Categories: Blog|

The Catholic Church in France is reeling with a report that over the last sixty or seventy years tens of thousands have been abused by priests, nuns and religious. The response, of course, is one of shock, dismay and horror. We condemn all forms of abuse--especially sexual abuse of minors. However, it is fair to ask [...]

Working with Your Guardian Angel

2021-10-02T08:08:44-04:00October 2nd, 2021|Categories: Blog|

The Scriptures promise that God sends to each one of us a guardian angel. What is the guardian angels' role and what is our proper relationship to our angel? First we should reject false understandings of the guardian angel. The angels are not gods or goddesses, neither is your guardian angel your "spirit guide", your soul, [...]

Purity and Power

2021-09-29T08:06:00-04:00September 29th, 2021|Categories: Blog|

In the quest for purity it is easy to think the goal is simply to stop being impure in our thoughts and actions, but the goal is more than that. To stop doing bad things is laudable, but we are called to actually do good things. It is good to stop committing adultery. It is better [...]


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