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Possibly Lying in Confession? Help for the Scrupulous

A reader (who will remain anonymous per my usual policy) writes: The other day I went to confession and confessed my sins some of which were of a sexual nature. I honestly confessed these sins. However, after my confession Father began to give...

O Little Town and Bethlehem: Keeping Christmas Local

One of the most discouraging things about small town America is the way that corporate gigantism has ripped its heart out. This is made all too painfully evident when I drive on the back roads to Charlotte from my home in South Carolina, which is...

Faith Walks on the Waves — Ideology Stays in the Boat

If you’re searching for the meaning of life, I’ve been thinking lately that there are really only three options. The first option is nihilism. That is, that there is no meaning of life and the search for meaning if a fool’s errand, a wild goose...

St. Pantaleon: Patron Saint of Trousers and Lotteries

I love the saints! I love everything about them. Especially the weird, implausible, miraculous and sometimes revolting stories. Do you know why St. Lucy is the Patron of Eyesight and Ophthalmologists? Because pagans tortured for being a...

The Demonization of Authority is Useful to the Demons

My dear Wumpick, So. The patient is questioning her attitude towards authority, and you are not sure what to do with it? I can almost hear your tremulous stutters as you pour out your concern. Never fear, Wumpick. Change is always dangerous for...

Happy Traddies at Clear Creek, Don’t Read the Bible, Messianic Prophecies, and More Links!

Happy Traddies at Clear Creek - Fr. Dwight Longenecker+++ Live Perpetual Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament – Adorecast

Christmas Poems: Jesus’ Carol/Carol of the Angels

I really enjoy writing Christmas poems, and have composed fourteen since 1996. It's a very different form of writing for an apologist like myself, whose subject matter is almost exclusively non-fiction, so it's a fun challenge every time I set...

The Pope’s Warning About Homosexuals in the Clergy

The recently published book The Strength of Vocation: The Consecrated Life Today is the result of a multi-hour interview of Pope Francis by Fr. Fernando Prado. The interview covered a wide variety of topics, one of which was the challenge of...

The Significance of the Immaculate Conception

Catholics celebrate the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception Dec. 8 as a holyday of obligation. What we are celebrating is perhaps a little more obscure. The dogma of the Immaculate Conception affirms that the Blessed Virgin Mary was conceived...

An Unknown Patroness: The Immaculate Conception

Every year for the past eight years or so, our family has had the tradition of taking annual patron saints. This has been the source of some specific blessings, even beyond that gift of coming to know and have the patronage of a heavenly friend...