Guest Bloggers

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Is Abortion a Biblical Metaphor for Hell?

Gehenna (translated as hell) was Jesus’ standard metaphor for hell: Matthew 10:28 And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell.  (cf. 5:22, 29-30; Mk 9:43, 45,...

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“Rend Your Hearts, Not Your Garments,” Says the Prophet Joel

Rend your hearts, not your garments, and return to the LORD, your God. ―Joel 2:13a Joel 2:13 is a verse that is heard each year within the first reading of Ash Wednesday Mass. The verse reminds Bible readers that achieving interior refinement is...

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Unholy Ire at the Holy Hour of Three O’Clock

As a freelance writer, I spend a bit of time writing political news stories and, occasionally, commentary, for a conservative online publication. My niche there is primarily news coverage related to family, religious and social issues impacting...

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The Rich Young Man Was Shortsighted in More Ways Than One

Sunday’s Gospel highlighted the rich young man who did everything right – except love God more than money. I’ve always interpreted Jesus’ advice to him in a literal fashion, that I should give up my money to get closer to God. This despite not...

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Socialism Has Been Condemned For 20 Centuries

Recently in America magazine, there appeared an article titled, “Yes, democratic socialism is compatible with Catholic social teaching.” While it may be exasperating to see pro-socialism columns like these appear again and again, it’s not...

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Catholics Around the World React to the Canonization

The canonization of the "seven in heaven" this weekend was incredible. I met a lot of great people all over the world, and they let me know their thoughts as well. But first, let me tell you what I experienced.  What is the morning of a...

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St. Hosea ― Illustrating the Forgiveness of God

The word of the LORD that came to Hosea son of Beeri, in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, Hezekiah, kings of Judah, and in the days of Jeroboam, son of Joash, king of Israel. ―Hosea 1:1 Hosea delivered messages of God while the Israelites were...

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Pope Pius XI and the Theotokos

On the Roman Calendar of the 1962 Missal promulgated by Pope St. John XXIII, Oct. 11 is the Feast of the Divine Maternity of the Blessed Virgin Mary. This feast was proclaimed in an encyclical letter issued by Pope Pius XI on Dec. 25, 1931 in...

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Fr. John Barth, Maryknoller Missionary in Africa

Fr. John Barth is a Maryknoll missioner who serves at St. Mary’s Mission Parish in Kitgum, Uganda. The parish is located near the border with South Sudan, where he frequently travels to minister. He recently shared about his missionary...

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On Meeting Pro-Life Pioneer and Catholic Historian Jack Scarisbrick

There is never an easy time to start a pro-life charity. For Dr. Jack Scarisbrick and his wife, Nuala, however, the passing of the British 1967 Abortion Act was the moment when they knew they had to do something. At that time, Scarisbrick was a...