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Why Ad Orientem Worship Works

2020-11-20T22:24:36-04:00November 20th, 2020|Categories: Blog|

What is it, from a priest's point of view that I love about celebrating the Mass ad orientem?  A number of things: 1. I no longer have to worry about being in 'performance mode'. When I am facing the people, no matter how much I try, I am looking more at them and focussing more on [...]

Do Catholics Believe in Ghosts?

2020-10-31T11:25:56-04:00October 31st, 2020|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , |

from Guest blogger Paul Thigpen. Paul Thigpen PhD. is an editor at TAN books and the author of hundreds of article and dozens of books on the Catholic faith. His book of prophetic prophecy--The Burden-- is a powerful pointer to the perilous times we live in with a passionate call to repentance. Learn more about The Burden here. GHOSTS [...]

The Guardian Angel and My Little Sister

2020-10-02T08:17:25-04:00October 2nd, 2020|Categories: Blog|

My family were attending a High School football game, and were sitting high up in the bleachers. My little sister Denise--a skinny little thing--was seven years old. When the home team scored a touchdown everyone stood up and cheered. She did too, and as she did, she slipped through the narrow gap between the seat of [...]

Sanity and Sanctity

2020-09-30T07:59:05-04:00September 30th, 2020|Categories: Blog|

It is easy for us to assume that people are either insane or sane. In fact, the sane and the insane or only the extreme ends of a spectrum. Insane people are simply further gone than the rest of us. Saints are at the other end of the spectrum and are truly whole, truly human and [...]

The Flying Monk?

2020-09-18T11:00:23-04:00September 18th, 2020|Categories: Blog|

St. Joseph of Cupertino was a misfit mystic. His life of asceticism was so extreme that some people would say he had an eating disorder, that he was emotionally or mentally ill.

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Lift High the Cross

2020-09-14T21:44:08-04:00September 14th, 2020|Categories: Blog|

Today's feast is The Exaltation of the Cross. The legend is that the Empress Helena, Constantine's mother, traveled to Jerusalem and discovered the true cross. The illustration for this post is the chapel of St Helena--the crypt of the church of the Holy Sepulchre. The local Christians said she could have it, but said she must [...]

Cults, Cliques and Common Sense

2020-09-09T12:25:45-04:00September 9th, 2020|Categories: Blog|

One of the creepiest things about religion is the tendency for those involved to drift into cult-like behaviors. That doesn't mean the devotees are all following the leader like zombie Moonies. Religious groups can drift into cult like behaviors without becoming full blown cults. How can you tell if a religious group is operating like a [...]

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The Day I Met Mother Teresa

2020-09-05T10:48:29-04:00September 5th, 2020|Categories: Blog, Patheos|

I had met James during my seminary days in Oxford and he and I were ordained as Anglican priests at the same time and went to nearby parishes in Sussex. I have always had to have my arm twisted to take vacations, and this was no exception. James was planning a trip to India and wanted [...]

Twelve Things I Like About St Gregory the Great

2020-09-03T13:23:02-04:00September 3rd, 2020|Categories: Blog|

Here's a little list: Twelve Things I Like About St Gregory the Great He was a Benedictine monk. I'm a Benedictine oblate and the monk in me will always hanker for the cell, the cloister and the bell. He was a scholar. You got to love a Pope who is brainy. He got things done. He [...]

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Scapegoating and Social Violence

2020-08-20T09:08:26-04:00August 20th, 2020|Categories: Blog|

The violence in American cities shakes up a whole nation and we immediately look for people to blame. That's the problem. The mark of Cain in the human condition is that we always, instinctively look for someone to blame: someone else. Anyone else. If there is a problem on an individual level or community level we [...]

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