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The Great St. Patrick Was Once an Atheist

I can hear the howls of outrage. But before you grab torches and pitchforks and head over to my house, give me a moment. Obviously, Patrick was not an atheist when he began his world-changing missionary work. Yet by his own admission, there was a...

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May All the Angels Smile Upon You on St. Patrick's Day

Shamrocks, wearing green, watching someone dance an Irish jig, drinking green beer — all of these bring to mind celebrations of St. Patrick’s Day. They are cultural reminders of the patron saint of Ireland, St. Patrick, who died in the year 461...

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How Umbrellas Are Like the Seven Sacraments

It was a dismal morning in the Upstate of South Carolina today. Cold and drizzly. As I normally do on any day that is accompanied by rain, I have my umbrella handy. Wielding an umbrella wasn’t always my style. In earlier days, it just didn’t seem...

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Pro-Abortion Leaders Slated to March in St. Patrick’s Day Parade

New York City’s St. Patrick’s Day parade is outwardly a proud celebration of Ireland’s patron saint, and of the Christian faith and Irish heritage of her diaspora. It has been nearly 260 years since the holiday was first observed in New York —...

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Wake Up Parents! There is a Contagion Spreading Among Children

Ever-growing numbers of parents are experiencing the heartbreak of having their children tell them they’re transgender, and some are speaking out about their ordeals. Tragically, like something out of Brave New World, they’re doing so...

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Did the Angel Gabriel Venerate Mary When He Said “Hail?”

Luke 1:29 (RSV-CE) And he [the angel Gabriel] came to her and said, "Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with you!" I got to thinking recently about other scriptural uses of the word, hail (chairō in Greek: Strong's word #5463). As with most...

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10 Things to Know About Death, Judgment, Heaven and Hell

Converting to Catholicism was like being wooed. It was like a courtship, and I fell in love. Among other delights during that courtship, I especially enjoyed learning about (and committing to memory) various Catholic lists – like the seven...

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South by Southwest (SXSW) Leads East of Eden

South by Southwest, or ‘South By’, or just SXSW, is now one of the world’s biggest festivals. SXSW is dedicated to helping creative people achieve their goals. Founded in 1987 in Austin, Texas, SXSW is best known for its Conference and Festival...

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The Best Way to Read a Book

A friend recently told me that one of the things he enjoyed most about reading one of my books was that he could hear my voice as he read it. I think he meant more that he enjoyed the novelty of it rather than that he thinks I have a such a nice...

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What To Give Up for Lent: 40 Lenten Resolutions

With the Lenten season underway, here are a few ideas for how to begin the spiritual journey into the desert to prepare for the suffering, death and resurrection of our Lord. 40. Go to Mass an extra time or two a week. 39. Give up caffeine. 38....