On Disbelieving and Believing in the Creation Story

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The Fall & Expulsion of Adam & Eve by Michelangelo BuonarrotiGenesis.Ah, Genesis.Long ago, I remember wrestling with the story of Genesis. I mean really wrestling. I tortured myself with questions. You know the type of questions I am talking about - the faith-shakers. How long were the days in God's life? Was a day really a day? Where did dinosaurs fit into the mix of Creation? How about evolution? How old is the earth? Where did Cain and Abel find their wives? How do we … [Read more...]

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Why I Am NOT Leaving the Catholic Church

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 Five years ago, I became a Catholic. It was Easter Vigil. Beautiful music was sung, holy readings were pronounced and I found myself with four other candidates anxiously standing behind the altar. The moment had arrived. As Fr. Michael approached each of us, he leveled his warm and knowing gaze and swung the smoking thurible in our direction. The sweet smell of incense was potent and delicious. And as the onlooking congregation became obscured by the rising smoke, the beauty o … [Read more...]

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“It Was My Pleasure”: The True Meaning of Memorial Day

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 In all, it lasted about fifteen minutes. But it was our pleasure.They had already arrived. Of course they had. They were veterans. Older and a bit hunched, they smiled, they shook one another's hand and squeezed the opposing arm. "Good to see you," they seemed to say. "Good to see you."And while the cemetery was small, their presence seemed to further sanctify it. Wearing sharp black blazers and pants, white shirts and gloves, they came. Their smart side caps were speckled w … [Read more...]

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I Don’t Fully Understand God (& I’m Okay With That)

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 Job by Leon Bonnat I don't fully understand God. And I am okay with that.Let me explain.Years ago, I thought I had the perfect plot for a Twilight Zone episode.Now, if you are not familiar with the Twilight Zone, allow me to describe it. Originally broadcast from 1959-1964, this suspenseful (if not creepy) series was hosted by the enigmatic Rod Serling. Week after week, Serling ushered you into into a drama that soon became deeply unsettling or horrifying. … [Read more...]

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Releasing the Control I Want; Accepting the Humility I Need

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"Worry about your grades and athletics and your friends will take care of themselves."This was sage advice. And my dad was the source. I was in seventh grade and my family had just moved to a new state and school district. And I was a little stressed. To begin with, seventh grade is not the easiest time to make friends. And let's be honest... thirteen is an awkward, gangly, hormonally tumultuous age under the best of circumstances. But drop that thirteen year-old into a new school … [Read more...]

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“Unlikely” – The Grace of Hoosiers, St. Matthew & Flannery O’Connor

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 He was an unlikely assistant basketball coach. To be sure. Wilbur "Shooter" Flatch was a savant when it came to the game of basketball. Shooter would even confidently quip, "I know everything there is to know about the greatest game ever invented." And so it seemed. He knew the game of basketball, but he was an unlikely assistant basketball coach. That was because Shooter Flatch was an inveterate alcoholic - some would even deride him as "the town drunk". But in small town Hickory, … [Read more...]

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