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Contra Sola Scriptura, from Peter Kreeft

I just love a good analogy.  Here is one I recently came across in Catholic Christianity, Peter Kreeft’s summary of the Catechism of the Catholic Church.  This is from his section 7, “Faith and Scripture,” and is given to illustrate one … Continue reading

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NFP Leads to Vocations?

We once had a young seminarian over for dinner, and I asked him if his fellow seminarians were willing to speak the truth about the evils of contraception to their flock (something I see many current priests unwilling to do).  … Continue reading

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The Sign of the Moth

As the moth is drawn irresistibly towards a light, sometimes resulting in its death, so we must let ourselves be drawn irresistibly towards God, who is Light (1 John 1:5), which will result in the death of our sinful selves…and … Continue reading

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My Weekly Prayer Intentions

Several years ago, I came up with this weekly schedule of prayer intentions that correlates with the mysteries of the rosary.  Throughout each day I offer my “prayers, works, joys, and sufferings” for the following intentions. On Mondays we meditate on … Continue reading

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Catholic and Christian: Surprise!

An important step on my journey to the Catholic Church was finding and reading Catholic and Christian: An Explanation of Commonly Misunderstood Catholic Beliefs by Alan Schreck (the 1984 version).  It was the summer of 1999, and I was preparing … Continue reading

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Life is a Parable

As Father David Kuetner explained in a homily at St. Peter Chanel Catholic Church (Sunday, June 17, 2012), Jesus taught so much in parables because life is itself a parable.  A parable is a story about something that we are familiar … Continue reading

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My Journey to the Catholic Church

(The original version of this piece appeared in Fuller Theological Seminary’s student publication, the Semi, in 2004 under the title “From Campus Crusade to Catholicism.”) In the summer of 1999, I flew to Colorado to attend Campus Crusade for Christ’s … Continue reading

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True Freedom

Two intriguing quotations pointing to true freedom:   “In essentials, unity; in nonessentials, liberty; in all things, charity.”  (St. Augustine)   “The laws of the Church preserve the freedom of the Holy Spirit.”  (I read this on http://www.canonlaw.info: “Leges Ecclesiae … Continue reading

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Handmaid of Your Handmaid

Luke 1:38 from the Vulgate: “dixit autem Maria ecce ancilla Domini fiat mihi secundum verbum tuum” Vanessa, consecrated to Jesus through Mary:  “Ecce ancilla ancillae tuae (Behold, I am the handmaid of Your Handmaid).”

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Full of Signs: A New Way of Seeing the World

I will never forget a moment during my sophomore year at Stanford when I first realized a new way of looking at the world.  That year was one of great spiritual growth for me thanks to my involvement with Campus … Continue reading

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