Guest Bloggers

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The Nights of Advent and the Loving Mother of the Redeemer

During the Advent season, the Alma Redemptoris Mater is the Marian antiphon for Night Prayer (Compline). While he was still an Anglican, Blessed John Henry Newman translated the antiphon in his Tract 75 of the Tracts of the Times, analyzing the...

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Pro Sports as Substitute Religion

Man was made to worship. It's in his DNA, so to speak, to reach out toward and even to surrender to a Higher Power. The object of his worship will either be the one true God, or any of the myriad of false substitutes like pornography or alcohol...

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7 Ways to Make the Most of Advent

I never have enough time in the weeks leading up to Christmas to feel I’ve properly prepared for the non-sacramental but celebratory traditions of the holy day. However, there are some simple things one can do to celebrate all 22 days of this...

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Seeing the Savior: $450 Million, or Just Priceless?

You may remember the badly-written fact-free potboiler The Da Vinci Code. (If not, I’m told there are many copies available in used bookstores.) Well, when the novel was published it sold millions. Recently, a painting, believed to be by Leonardo...

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Young Adults Ask Christ, “What Would You Have Me Do With My Life?”

One Sunday each month, 60 young Catholic professionals pass the popular shops, restaurants and galleries of New York’s Little Italy, and enter an old cathedral where they spend the afternoon immersed in a very different culture of prayer and...

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“All Have Sinned” vs. a Sinless, Immaculate Mary?

Romans 3:23 (RSV) “since all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” The word for “all” here, in Greek (pas) can indeed have different meanings: as it does in English. It matters not if it means literally “every single one” in some...

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Little-Known Facts About 7 North American Bishops

Here are some interesting facts seven North American diocesan bishops shared with me about themselves of which you may not be aware.   Bishop of Lincoln, Nebraska James Conley, 62, has not only prayed for the end of abortion in front of...

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Reformation Reconsidered: On Re-Discovering the Word of God

I teach at a small evangelical college, and last September I had the privilege of addressing my colleagues on ecumenism from a Catholic point of view. “Ecumenism” is that fancy word for how Christians of varying traditions – Catholic, Protestant,...

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First Sorrowful Mystery: The Agony in the Garden

Meditation on the mysteries often reveals more what we have going on in our own lives than we’d care to admit. The Sorrowful mysteries always anchor me in memories. My dad’s diagnosis of Alzheimer’s, my son’s need for open heart surgery, all the...

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Just Like Narnia: Winter Without Christmas

The English Victorian Christmas is an ideal: the glowing Christmas tree, the carols, figgy pudding, Christmas goose or turkey, special charity for the poor, and the holly and the ivy. Then there’s the more extended English medieval Christmas:...