Guest Bloggers

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How Sentimentality Leads Young Catholics Astray About Homosexuality

Since coming back to the Church after having a same-sex relationship, I have often been asked to speak to young people about the Church’s teaching on chastity and homosexuality. These are challenging conversations, since it seems that most young...

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What The Prodigal Son’s Father Teaches Us About Love and Truth

Of all the parables, the story of the Prodigal Son is perhaps the most beloved.  Many of us who have encountered the Father of Mercies in the sacrament of Penance see a parallel to our own lives, as well we should.  Yet, one aspect of this...

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Always Be Prepared to Defend Your Faith

I recently reconnected with an old friend and fellow parishioner named Kate.  Kate and I hadn’t seen each other in years, so after chancing to meet, we arranged to get together the following week to chat and catch up. Over coffee, Kate told me...

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Global Warming and the Sexual Revolution

Many Catholics dismiss the whole Global Warming brouhaha as a kind of intellectual and moral scam—and for serious reasons. First, Global Warming enthusiasts tend to be sexual revolution enthusiasts as well. When I went online to look for images...

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Catholicism is True and Denominationalism is Anti-Biblical

In John 17:22 Jesus prays that the disciples would be “one, as we are one.” And in John 17:23, He desires that they (and us) be “completely one” (NRSV), “perfect in one” (KJV, NKJV),   “perfectly one” (RSV, NEB, REB), or in “complete unity”...

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How Much Do You Know About Cardinals?

“Cardinals all live at the Vatican, right? They’re all bishops, too.” “I also heard you can’t be pope unless you’re a cardinal first.” “They all wear red because of the blood of the martyrs, and they are like the senate for the Vatican.” “But...

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When You Have Less Than a Day at an Abbey

And I will never, never, never Grow so old again. — Van Morrison Wide-eyed and wonderful, Katharine was awed by the rocky terrain as we made our way north from Denver to Virginia Dale. “Look at how high those mountains are,” she...

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The War of the Pews—the Other Battle of New Orleans

I know. If an event from American Catholic history is known as “the War of the Pews” it probably won’t be edifying. But that is a misperception. There is a happy ending to this “war.” This year marks the 175th anniversary of the consecration of...

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What You Can Do During the Fortnight for Freedom

The Fortnight for Freedom is from June 21—the vigil of the Feasts of St. John Fisher and St. Thomas More—to July 4, Independence Day. Sponsored by the U.S. Bishops, the two weeks are meant to highlight the current threats to our freedom to...

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A Prayer Book for the Rest of Us: Seeking Jesus in Everyday Life

When I first discovered the Catholic internet, it was thanks in part to Happy Catholic, the blog that, over almost a decade-and-a-half later, Julie Davis still maintains with the cheerful orthodoxy-meets-pop-culture that has always been a...