Guest Bloggers

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In London Stands a Statue of the Long-Forgotten Lenten King

As Lent starts there is a statue in central London that it would be good to contemplate It is not a religious statue, nor is it well known. Standing in the heart of London, outside the National Gallery, the statue is passed daily by the...

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The Death of a ‘Beggar Saint’ is Announced

The death in Bulgaria of Dobri Dobrev has been confirmed.  He was aged 103. The death of a beggar is not normally announced on the BBC. The deaths of beggars in Bulgaria are even less likely to be reported here. So who was Dobrev that he...

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How Can I Help Someone Forgive Me?

A few weeks ago, I wrote a blog pondering how difficult it can be to forgive another person. Forgiving another can be a terribly difficult thing to do; for more serious or complicated offenses it can be a process rather than a single event. For...

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Fr. Longenecker Missed a Big Reason Catholics Don’t Evangelize

Fr. Longenecker recently published one of those classic click-me internet articles called “10 Reasons Catholics Don’t Evangelize.” You click it because (a) you already know Catholics don’t evangelize and (b) you want to hear his 10 reasons,...

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How to Prepare for the Next 40 Days

The goal of Lent is to go into the desert, to allow ourselves to experience emptiness. We can’t hear God if we’re not listening. We won’t recognize our need for God unless we allow ourselves to become aware of our own lacking. In a culture that...

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Amazing Parallels Between Mary and the Ark of the Covenant

The Church fathers loved to delve into Holy Scripture and find deep meanings and parallels; or types and shadows. One of the titles they gave to the Blessed Virgin Mary was New Eve or Second Eve: because the first Eve said “no” to God and brought...

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14 Reasons I Returned to the Church

1. Jesus is Lord The incarnation is the pivot point of history. God became man so that man could become God. Once you understand and accept this it's like a thunderclap. I spent a long time not believing it. When I found myself no longer able...

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A Catholic Doctor Looks at 17 Misconceptions About Sex

With the sexual misbehavior of prominent people in the news daily, a helpful read for many would be Sexual Wisdom: A Guide for Parents, Young Adults, Educators, and Physicians (available on Amazon), a book released 20 years ago by California...

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The Good, the Beautiful, the True — and the Family

Back when I was young and engaged to be married, when my now-husband and I were both still college students, I spent a lot of time dreaming and thinking about ideals. (I probably should have been studying for my upper-division Family Systems...