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February 28, 2018

The following paper was submitted to Holy Apostles College for the Fall 2017 Semester; It was originally written on November 29th, 2017.

       “In the eyes of the just God, before his judgment, those who share in the suffering of Christ become worthy of [his] Kingdom.”[1] This is what Pope John Paul II, and all of Christendom before his time, saw in the reality of human suffering. What His Holiness writes about here is nothing more than a parroting of something that the Church had understood since its inception two-thousand years befo...

August 10, 2017

For months, I had been pestering my wife about getting a liturgical calendar for our home. You’d think that with all this Catholic talk I do, we would have a liturgical calendar in every room. After all, who cares if it’s national pancake day, I want to know who’s feast it is. More than that, I’m definitely that one guy who forgets about Holy Days of Obligation until it’s almost too late to get time off of work to go.

Luckily, I came across a liturgical calendar recently that really made sense to me. Anyone who knows me knows that I ha...

July 8, 2017

After a Catholic bride and groom join themselves in marriage, the priest says, “What God joins together, let no one put asunder.” The official Order of Celebrating Matrimony shows the carefully drafted promises that encapsulate the essential elements of marriage. On the wedding day, these promises are witnessed by a representative of Christ’s Church, a priest.

However, as the years pass, the memory of those promises fades. One’s recollection can be refreshed only by watching the wedding video.

To help everyone remember the wedding p...

May 25, 2017

All The Small Things

The other day I received a question from somebody with regard to holding hands during the Lord's Prayer at Mass, and using the Orans posture in lieu of that. Both practices are incredibly common in the Novus Ordo Mass, but what's really the correct way to pray during the Mass?

When discussing this topic, somebody inevitably insists that God will probably not send us to hell for holding hands during the Lord's Prayer, and that following the "mundane" rules isn't a matter of faith and morals, therefore they are flexi...

May 10, 2017

My Own Struggle

As I’ve been mulling over some ideas for my next blog post (I’ve been suffering from writer’s block recently), I realized just today that there are surely not a lack of things I could write about. Rather, I’ve had trouble finding the inspiration to write about them. Lately, there have been so many heavy-hitting problems coming up in Church news that I’ve been overwhelmed by the chaos of it all.

The Gospel according to Matthew certainly hits the nail on the head when it says, "For the gate is narrow and the way is hard, t...

May 5, 2017

See how a simple word search reveals that the Catechism is filled with positivity (and a healthy dose of reality).

April 28, 2017

Over the past week, while visiting my wife’s family up in the Pacific Northwest, I had attended Mass a couple of times. First, for Easter Sunday, which was of course packed with people, and then the following Sunday for the Second week of Easter. The contrast in attendance was staggering and yet somehow not all that surprising. On Easter Sunday, there was practically not even standing room available. Not a soul was going to miss out on Easter Sunday. And yet, for some strange reason, that same love for the Mass (or for God) didn’t see...

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 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 2, 2017

       Just the other day, I was having a conversation with a friend of mine. The topic of past relationships managed to slither up out of the cracks they fell through however many years ago. It was a very interesting conversation to begin with, and probably a pretty healthy one, too. After all, some of the most valuable lessons we’ve learned are forged in the fires of the strong, weak and even volatile relationships that have come and gone throughout our lives. After a while, however, my friend had mentioned that one person from thei...

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