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A Pious Visit

Pentecost is almost upon us. It is the day when the Spirit was poured out on the Apostles and the Blessed Virgin Mary.  It is the birth of the Church.  It is the beginning of our universal mission.  It is the reason for the Sacrament of Confirmation.  But, it is also the reason that we should love our country, our families, and all those joined to us in faith. Allow me…

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Stirring Things Up

Okay, I have a confession… I’m already behind on my Holy Spirit Novena… you know, the O.G. Novena… the reason we pray novenas… the novena that calls to mind those original 9 days that Our Lady sat with her son’s bffs as they waited for the arrival of the Holy Spirit… yeah, that one. Already behind. It’s Day 3. My Sunday was a day like no other in my life… I…

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First Communion and Fatima

This past weekend, the Church celebrated the 100th anniversary of the apparitions at Fatima, Portugal to Lucia, Jacinta, and Francisco back in 1917.  In addition to commemorating the 100th anniversary, Pope Francis also canonized Jacinta and Francisco Marto, the siblings who were present for the apparitions, but died just a few years later.  With the centenary year upon us, a lot of talk is going on about Fatima, usually focusing…

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Some Wisdom from Visiting the Elderly

Last weekend, I was able to be in New Orleans for a few days to speak about the 100th anniversary of the Fatima apparitions and my new book, but I also had a chance to visit with some family members.  My wife is from New Orleans, and her family has deep roots in the city.  Whenever we come into town we always try to visit as many people as possible,…

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When Shepherds Fight

“What do I do when two priests disagree with each other about something?” “How do I know which one is right?”  I’ve been asked this before, and it is a distressing question.  Not that all priests should always agree on every detail, but people usually only ask this question out loud when it concerns some significant teaching on morality, liturgy, or doctrine.  Of course, I hope the irony of the…

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Marijuana Part 2

As expected, there was some resistance to and controversy around my last post on the morality of Marijuana.  In the comments I saw, there seemed to be a few different approaches to arguing that I am wrong about marijuana.  I do appreciate thoughtful responses and some of those comments were, but most of them were unclear about which part of the argument was wrong.  Therefore, I’d like to maybe clarify…

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Marijuana, Morality, and the Mind

So, it’s 4/20, which is like some kind of holy day for pot smokers. Thus, it seems like a good time to deal with the question: is it a sin to smoke Marijuana?  Once upon a time, it was illegal everywhere and so the answer was easy: it’s sinful to break the law, so it would sinful to smoke an illegal substance.  In recent years, however, a number of states legalized…

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What’s Good About Good Friday?

As a child, I often wondered why we would call this most holy of days “good.”  Good Friday is the height of the Church’s reenactment of the Passion of Christ.  We read the entire passion narrative from the Gospel, then symbolically empty our tabernacles of the Eucharist.  We further cover our statues, and depart from the church in total silence.  Sure doesn’t seem good to me.  Right? From a human…

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A Meditation on Holy Thursday’s Readings

New Liturgical SeasonToday, the season of Lent ends and a new season, the Triduum begins.  Catholics who attend all of our services during these three days can really get an amazing lesson if they pay close attention to the readings the Church has selected for this holiest of weeks.  So, with this in mind, let’s examine today’s readings a bit. By paying attention to the entire Liturgy of the Word (all of the readings,…

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Peter & Judas: Punishment vs. Reparation

What’s the difference?  Judas betrays Jesus, but Peter denies him.  Judas turns his back on the Lord, but 10 of the others were nowhere to be seen after the Garden. Yet, we venerate 11 Apostles (and the replacement 12th) as great saints but we speak only of Judas in hushed tones and as a stern warning.  What is the difference between these two cases of sin and guilt? The answer…

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