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April 10, 2017

The Real Definition of Radicalism

What does it mean to be “radical?” One would have you believe that radicalism is always a bad thing. In fact, radicalism is often likened to terrorism, evil, and any sort of over-the-top “crazy” behavior. But what if I told you that Jesus was considered a “radical” person? Further, what if I told you that Christ loves us radically? The reality is far from the conception, the idea that radicalism in itself is problematic. Concisely stated, it’s not. In reality, the first actual definition of “Radical” i...

April 4, 2017

If a Catholic person who accepts all of the teachings of the Church is discerning the use of NFP, I would imagine they would be open and receptive not only to Church teaching, but Logic and Reason, and God’s providence, to come to a sounder decision and to make peace with that decision. It’s with this assumption I make these points, from a position of reason.

A Look at Some Scenarios

As I mentioned just above, I presume that a fellow Catholic, who loves the Church, is ready and willing to accept all aspects of official Church teaching....

March 29, 2017

Because of the vast amount of information and content I’d like to cover, this post is part one of a two part series. Please be sure to stay tuned for Part II of this post series. Thanks!

What is Natural Family Planning?

One of the more hot-button issues facing the Church today, particularly in the west, is the vast and wide use of contraceptives and birth control, and, a Church-supported method of regulating pregnancy called “Natural Family Planning” (NFP), which has been discussed, debated, and fought over for nearly two millennia.

For...

March 24, 2017

A Need for Trust in God

In a world that’s inundated with natural evils, it’s no wonder why so many people rely on the providence of God. Without it, it would be hard to reconcile sickness, famine, violence, natural disasters, and any other hard fact of life. Even when it comes to tough questions, like deciding whether to take a different job, or discerning how many children God intends for us to have, God’s divine providence can reassure us in our decisions and reminds us that we are not in control.

The other day, I was discussing with...

March 21, 2017

When faced with a serious moral decision, people make that decision based on several things. First, they must educate themselves on the situation at hand; second, they need to be able to read their conscience; and third, they need to consult their faith. One of the greatest gifts that God gives us is the ability to develop a well-informed conscience that can help to guide us through our more serious moral dilemmas. It is possible, however, to have an underdeveloped conscience that can be detrimental to the spiritual life.

Historically,...

March 17, 2017

Warning: The content in this post is not necessarily suitable for young readers. It contains graphic imagery and involves real events and people. Please use discretion.

Among the travesties and evils of the world, few seem to mount in importance for me quite like pornography does. Although I try to make a point to combat evil on all fronts, pornography and masturbation have been significant for me because of the very personal impact they’ve had on my own life.

I was first exposed to pornography at a young age, maybe 9 or...

March 15, 2017

Over the past several decades, the Catholic Church has been very stern in its warning with regard to “New Age” ideas and concepts. One such concept, although not necessarily “new” is the idea of reincarnation. Reincarnation is the idea that once a person has completed their journey on earth and dies, they are reborn with the same soul, but in a new body. This concept is usually seen as another opportunity to grow as an individual, to correct mistakes that were made in a “past life,” and to make one’s self worthy of heaven by trial and...

March 13, 2017

Catholics are no strangers to rules and guidelines with regard to faith and morality. In a manner of speaking, it is the strictness and the structure of the faith that attracts so many. But for all of the Catholics who love those rules, there are droves who leave the Church because of some misunderstanding of the rules, decrees, doctrines, disciplines and guidelines by which all Catholics are obliged to live their lives.

Often, it is easy to think of these things as restrictive, boring, square, you know… awful. I’ve even heard the Chur...

March 10, 2017

When I go to mass, I go in as a sinner. I still remove my hat, I still mark myself with holy water, and I still genuflect to Our Lord before I sit down… But I do so as a selfish, carnal, sinner. At times, I fail to act with charity, piety, or with reverence. There’s no question that I’m not the epitome of the Catholic life. After all, no living person is.

Having said that, some other things are equally true. I love my faith, I’m always seeking a deeper, more intimate knowledge of God through the gift of the Sacraments, and I really do...

March 8, 2017

Driving in to work this morning, I was listening to a popular Christian radio station. I live in a small town, so the mainstream stuff is basically all I’ve got in the car.

I was listening to one of the more popular songs and I really started paying attention to the lyrics. I noticed that, in several of these songs, there was a common but concerning theme; an idea that not only propagates complacency and carelessness, but a blissful ignorance to the full truth about God, salvation, and faith.

Now, I realize that these mainstream Christi...

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