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A Question about Marriage

[pullquote] The question: Hi, I am researching the topic of marriage according to the scriptures. My question is: What constitutes marriage? Before you answer I want you to know that I am aware of how this question is not easy to answer. I have been researching it for days now and still have not been able […]

Restoring Love: One Man’s Antidote to Pornography

I’ve been cautiously encouraged by some recent posts on GirlsAskGuys (I’ve mentioned them before).  In the last few weeks, I’ve seen an upsurge in posts about pornography.  Two were from male users asking how to stop.  One even identified himself as an atheist. It’s not enough to simply point out the harm that porn can […]

A Confession Reflection for the Season that is Lenten

I spoke in my previous entry about Pope Francis’ enthusiasm for the Sacrament of Confession.  According to Catholic Radio, he decided to pursue his vocation to the priesthood while attending Confession. The majority of Catholics rarely, if ever attend Confession, a sacrament about which I am very passionate.  In a shared objection with non-Catholics, many disagree […]

Pope Francis: Year in Review

In a time when the Catholic Church is under seemingly constant attack from a secular world that denounces her as irrelevant and out of touch and that also seems to suffer from internal disconnect, I can think of few people more vital today than Pope Francis. Where credit is due We needed Popes John Paul […]

Shrovetide and The International Pancake Day Race!

The day before Ash Wednesday has many different names and traditions, to include Fat Tuesday and Mardi Gras.  However, there is one fairly recent pre-Ash Wednesday tradition that actually takes place right here in Kansas.  It began in England with the observation of Shrove Tuesday.  This tradition is what we know today as the International Pancake […]

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Many Parts, One Body: In Defense of Silent Worship

I hate to say it, but recently, for the first time ever, I left a retreat genuinely disappointed.  I had some things on my heart, chief among them being unhappiness with my job.  These are things for which I usually feel uplift and consolation during retreats.  This time, it was different, but not because of the […]

Hanukkah: It’s a Catholic Thing!?

A few words up front: This is in no way an attempt to hijack a religious holiday from our spiritual elder brothers and sisters; far from it. But the simple fact is: It’s in the Bible.  More to the point, it’s in the part of the Bible that Catholics accept as canonical (i.e.: infallibly part […]

What are Marian apparitions? What do I have to believe about them? What if they are on a grilled cheese sandwich?

A Marian apparition is a purported miraculous appearance of Mary on Earth.  They are not a new phenomenon. “Throughout the ages, there have been so-called ‘private’ revelations, some of which have been recognized by the authority of the Church.  They do not belong, however, to the deposit of faith.  It is not their role to […]

Q: Does God Want Only A Contrite Heart?

A reader asks: I . . . came across the daily readings. They seem to contradict themselves. . . . Hosea 6:1-6: The last couple versus are, “what am I to do with you, Ephraim? What am I to do with you, Judah? For your love is like morning mist, like the dew the quickly […]

Good Book: If Protestantism is True: The Reformati

Good Book: If Protestantism is True: The Reformation Meets Rome was listed on Amazon for $9.99, selling for $8.99 USD brand new. Manufactured by Unitatis Books. There are 25 units left brand new. If you prefer this product in used condition, there are 20 left on Amazon starting at $7.28.What if Protestantism were true? That’s […]

The Flaws of “Sexual Compatibility”

  With today’s divorce rate, no one who wants marriage wants any shadow of doubt.  It’s easy to understand a couple wanting to know each other as much as possible before marrying.  Around this time last year, I published a non-religious defense of saving sex for marriage on Girls Ask Guys (I’ve talked about this […]