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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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The Ultimate Advent / Christmas / Winter Song Collection

On Advent, Christmas (Holiday), Christmas (Secular), and Winter Music It’s no secret: I love Advent.  I find something terribly saddening when people start playing Christmas music in October (or earlier), and then cease playing it on December 26th, thereby messing up the entire Advent season and Christmas season.  Not because I dislike any of these songs, but […]

Book Review: Finding God in the Hobbit

The book up for review this month is Jim Ware’s Finding God in the Hobbit. Kurt Bruner writes the introduction, and muses upon the sadness of a childhood that didn’t involve hobbits when it could have.   I have to agree.  As an only child of a single mother, such fantasy books did not populate my […]

The Magicians Twin: C. S. Lewis, Scientism, and the Future

C. S. Lewis passed away 49 years ago yesterday (November 22, 1963).  His death was little noticed here in the states, as it happened to coincide with a startling event: The assassination of John F. Kennedy.  However of the two men, Lewis’s legacy has proved startlingly vital compared to Kennedy’s. The above video is a […]

The History Of Christianity In One Comic (and a bunch of text)

In the last 500 years in particular, however, what Christianity is has gotten…”muddy.”  Cloudy.  Hazy.  It’s hard to tell what is what, because by modest estimates, there are between 3,000 and 30,000 different Christian denominations in the world today. Some teach that there are no sacraments, some that there are 7.  Some teach that Jesus was God […]

The Myth of Overpopulation and the Coming Demographic Winter

The End is Nigh! The situation must be getting dire; Slate and the Wall Street Journal are running pieces on the problem facing the world that seems to have come from out of left field: Underpopulation. Says Slate: A somewhat more arcane milestone, meanwhile, generated no media coverage at all: It took humankind 13 years to […]

The Workings of the Holy Spirit in the Conclave

As we joyfully receive Pope Francis, we must look into the mysterious ways in which the Holy Spirit guides our cardinals in the election process. Before this Conclave, the Associated Press wrote about the politics involved. As with any worldwide organization, there will be competing sets of ideas and determination of one side to see […]