Guest Bloggers

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The 20th Century Revisited

Actually I am a Christian, and indeed a Roman Catholic, so that I do not expect ‘history’ to be anything but a ‘long defeat’ – though it contains … some samples or glimpses of final victory. —J.R.R. Tolkien [T]ogether through ages of the world...

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The Impact of a Loving Marriage is Greater Than You Can Imagine

June 17 is my parents’ 58th wedding anniversary. Since I’ve been around for all but 10 of those years, I consider myself somewhat of an expert on their marriage. So first, I’d like to say: Congratulations, Mom and Dad! And I’d like to offer an...

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“We Are Greatly Blessed” For the Gift of Fatherhood

Each November, for more than a decade, my father coordinated the annual “Scouting for Food” program in the small town where I grew up. Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts would drop off empty grocery bags at each house in town, and then a week later,...

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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 parable...

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This Father’s Day, Thank the Men Who Defend Life

There’s no shortage of stories surrounding us of men behaving badly — abandoning their children, pressuring their girlfriends to abort, trafficking young girls, making pornography. While these depressing reports bombard us, we seldom hear about...

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An Embarrassment of ‘Riches’ — My Quest for a Namesake

“The patron saint provides a model of charity; we are assured of his intercession” (CCC 2156). Last Sunday, June 9, was the memorial of an obscure St. Richard – this one, a 12th-century English bishop of the Italian diocese of Andria. Never...

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“Spiritual But Not Religious” is a Prideful Thing to Say

I get the sense that it is fashionable to say, “I am spiritual but not religious.” People nod their heads in agreement and think how open-minded spirituality without religion allows people to be. Spirituality, after all, can take so many...

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When the Miracle Doesn’t Come

I remember distinctly a night that had a great impact on my soul, a night that led to a great searching and seeking. It was late. I was sitting amid beeping machines around the hospital bed of my newborn daughter. She had just had extensive back...

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Heaven Comes Crashing to Earth

“Father Matt sounded like he really believed what he was preaching,” a family member observed after our fifth child’s Baptism. Fr. Matt witnessed our wedding vows more than 10 years ago, baptized all five of our children and preached the power...

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St. Elisha ― An Old Testament Saint with Many Fantastic Miracles

Elijah set out, and came upon Elisha, son of Shaphat, as he was plowing with twelve yoke of oxen; he was following the twelfth. Elijah went over to him and threw his cloak on him. ―1 Kings 19:19 Elisha (e-LIE-sha) was a prophet in the northern...