Guest Bloggers

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4 Biblical Proofs for Prayers to Saints and for the Dead

1) Praying to Saints (i.e., Asking Them to Intercede): Rich Man and Lazarus A) The rich man in Jesus’ story (known in tradition as “Dives”) asks Abraham to intercede, making two requests: a) relief from his suffering in the “bad” part of Hades /...

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St. Amos – A Prophet and Saint for Oppressed People

But the LORD took me from following the flock, and the LORD said to me, ‘Go, prophesy to my people Israel.’ ―Amos 7:15   Before becoming a prophet, Amos was actually a shepherd. He lived in the 700s BC, when the Hebrew people had already split...

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Here’s What’s So Great About Being ‘Old Mom’

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about being “old mom” versus “young mom.” Back in the day, I used to be “young mom.” I was only 22 when my oldest was born, I was 24 when my sons joined our family, and I was still just 25 when I had my fourth. I...

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Education as if Truth Mattered

The title of this piece, “education as if truth mattered,” is taken from the subtitle of Christopher Derrick’s book, Escape from Scepticism: Liberal Education as if Truth Mattered, published in 1977. Derrick’s subtitle was itself borrowed and...

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Book Offers a Do-It-Yourself Icon Workshop

If you’ve ever wanted to create your own icon but were unable to attend or even find a local workshop, a new book spells out all the steps necessary to do one on your own.  But iconographer Joe Malham’s new book, Drawing to Closer to Christ (Ave...

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Are These 4 Creature Comforts Crowding Out Your Creator?

With the end of the school year upon us, our little babes are completing those notoriously funny questionnaires. You know the ones: How old is your mom? “Twenty-four.” Close, 42. What is her job? “Watch Netflix all day.” Yikes, not quite. What is...

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Saint Barnabas – A Great Encourager of the Faith

Thus Joseph, also named by the apostles Barnabas (which is translated “son of encouragement”), a Levite, a Cypriot by birth, sold a piece of property that he owned, then brought the money and put it at the feet of the...

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Remembering the Day I Met Robert Kennedy

I was 17 years old, turning 18 in a couple of months. I was going to be able to vote in the upcoming election. I was about to graduate from Marian High School in Omaha, Nebraska, in a few days. The day was May 14, 1968. My friend Gloria lived...

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Should Catholics Boycott Ireland?

As a Catholic of Irish descent, I have gone out of my way over the years to buy products (often, comparatively pricier products) from the Emerald Isle. With the recent popular vote to legalize abortion, however, I will be boycotting...

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London, the Sacred Heart and St. Claude de la Colombière

Two years ago, and quite by accident, I saw St. Claude de la Colombière arrive back on the streets of London some 340 years after he had left them.  The occasion was the 2016 return of the saint’s relics to two churches in central London: the...