The Puri-Fire

2015-01-13T18:49:21-04:00January 13th, 2015|Categories: Patheos|Tags: , , , |

I was talking with a man I'll call Henry today who lost his wife just before Christmas. She was only in her early sixties and had premature dementia. It was a terrible disease. Horrible to see an intelligent, active, prayerful woman laid low, and terrible to see the suffering of her husband and family as they [...]

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Idol Speculation

2014-12-20T11:08:01-04:00December 20th, 2014|Categories: Patheos|Tags: , , , , |

Toppling the Pagan Idols Did the pagans really worship idols? If so, what was going on? To be precise, they did not worship idols as such, but they worshipped the gods who they believed the idols represented. But it was more than that. They also believed that the idols became the channels for the [...]

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Atheism: Don’t Even Think About It!

2014-10-09T07:41:37-04:00October 9th, 2014|Categories: Contemporary Culture|Tags: , , , |

An atheist not only does not believe in God, he doesn't believe in angels or demons. He doesn't believe in heaven or hell. He doesn't believe in the reality of the spiritual realm at all. He can't. An atheist must also be a materialist. This is where  Chesterton's observation in Orthodoxy ring home: Spiritual doctrines do [...]

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Why the Rosary is Not “Vain Repetition”

2014-10-07T10:52:33-04:00October 7th, 2014|Categories: Spirituality|Tags: , , , |

Protestants sometimes charge Catholics with "vain repetition" in praying the rosary. This is a reference to Matthew 6:7 where Jesus instructs, "When you pray to not babble with vain receptions as the pagans do." Sure, when we pray the rosary there is a lot of repetition. The problem is not repetition but vain repetition. If repetition were the [...]

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Ten Things That Changed St Francis Forever…

2014-10-03T14:26:43-04:00October 3rd, 2014|Categories: Saints and Supernatural|Tags: , , , , |

St Francis of Assisi ...and can change you too. One of the things that makes St Francis so popular is that he was so utterly and completely converted. He was rooted and engrafted into Christ through several remarkable events that transformed him from the inside out. It is this profound and radical encounter with [...]

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Make Room for Curmudgeons

2014-10-03T06:11:56-04:00October 3rd, 2014|Categories: Patheos, Saints and Supernatural|Tags: , , , |

St Jerome This week has long been one of my favorites in the church year. Who can resist the sweetness, purity, power and goodness of all these saints and angels celebrated in one week! September ends with the celebration of the great heavenly warrior St Michael, and he is followed a day later by [...]

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Should the Catholic Church be Up to Date?

2014-09-25T07:21:00-04:00September 25th, 2014|Categories: Contemporary Culture|Tags: , , , |

Should the Catholic Church adapt herself and get up to date? Holy deacon Kandra reports here on a survey on why Catholics stop going to Mass. four major reasons why some Roman Catholics stop going to church, among them: Disagreement with church doctrine on birth control, women as priests, homosexuality; A view that there are too [...]

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Easter and the Atheists

2014-09-03T06:32:37-04:00September 3rd, 2014|Categories: Apologetics|Tags: , , , |

The last few years have seen a shelf load of worthy books de-bunking what is called the New Atheism. I’m sure it is a mighty good thing to explain and expound the five proofs of God’s existence, but it seems to miss the point. I’d rather present the reality of God’s work in the world and [...]

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On the Glory of Purgatory

2014-09-02T06:54:30-04:00September 2nd, 2014|Categories: Film Reviews, Theology|Tags: , , |

Saved from Sacrifice: A Theology of the Cross by S. Mark Heim is a fascinating exposition of the thought of Rene Girard to the theology of the atonement or "what really happened when Jesus died on the cross. I'm reading it as part of my research for a book I am working on called The Sacred Sacrifice which will [...]

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10 Things to Remember About the Assumption of Mary

2014-08-14T20:44:14-04:00August 14th, 2014|Categories: Patheos, Theology|Tags: , , , |

During the twenty years it took me to convert from a Bob Jones University student to a Catholic I considered many of the Marian dogmas to be pious opinions. It was okay for Catholics to believe them, but why did they have to go and make them dogmas and therefore make it more difficult for me [...]

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