The Rosary: Heaven Here and Now

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I have never written about this before because it is so personal, but I would like to share what happened the first time I prayed the rosary. I was a young Anglican priest and I was just heading off to make a retreat at the Benedictine monastery of Our Lady of Quarr on the Isle [Read More...]

Building a Beautiful Church in the Poor Part of Town

New Church at Our Lady of the Rosary, Greenville

Here’s a dilemma: my parish is in the worst socio economic area of our town. Across the street from our campus is a crappy old motel which was built along I-85 probably forty years ago. It’s a notorious flophouse. What goes on there? Suffice it to say that they offer weekly, daily and hourly rates…It’s [Read More...]

Exciting Church for Our Lady

New Church at Our Lady of the Rosary, Greenville

Before this blog went to Patheos, every October I ran a “Stick ‘Em Up!” campaign. This was a plea for readers to donate to my work by hitting the “Donate” button and helping out your poor padre blogger. Now, of course, I get sent checks every month for huge amounts from the people at Patheos [Read More...]

Should the Catholic Church be Up to Date?

Should the Catholic Church adapt herself and get up to date? Holy deacon Kandra reports here on a survey on why Catholics stop going to Mass. four major reasons why some Roman Catholics stop going to church, among them: Disagreement with church doctrine on birth control, women as priests, homosexuality; A view that there are [Read More...]

Call on the Woman Who Tramples the Serpent

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So many saints tell us that the Blessed Virgin has great power over Satan. “The rosary is the weapon against evil” they say. “Call on the Blessed Mother in time of need!” they command us. The exorcists say how the demons hate with a terrible hatred the Mother of the Lord. Why is this and [Read More...]

Could St Joseph of Cupertino Really Fly?

St Joseph of Cupertino - Patron Saint of Pilots and Aviators

Today is the feast day of St Joseph of Cupertino. To learn about his life go here. Joseph was born into a poor family in Cupertino, Italy in 1603. His father was a poor carpenter who died before he was born, and his impoverished mother gave birth to him in a stable. The poor boy [Read More...]

Stigmatics Today

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Today is the memorial of the Stigmata of St Francis. Stigmata are one of those unusual phenomena within the Catholic religion which remind us of that the body, mind and spirit are completely interlinked. The word stigmata comes from the Greek word stigma or “mark” and this word is used in Galatians when St Paul [Read More...]

Love and Marriage: What Can Be Done?

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With the upcoming Synod of the Family some Catholics are biting their nails that there is going to be a revolution in church discipline and that suddenly all divorced and re-married Catholics will be permitted to receive communion. Probably not according to Cardinal Pell. The fathers of the church realize that Our Lord’s teaching on the [Read More...]

The Marriage Mess

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Some Catholics are worrying themselves over whether the pope will allow Catholics who are divorced and remarried to receive communion. I am as concerned as anyone else about this issue and feel that the rule cannot be changed without changing the Catholic understanding of marriage. Indissoluble marriage is part of the revelation from Adam and [Read More...]

Why Do Catholics Fall For the New Age Movement?

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I always meet fascinating people and new friends when I come to EWTN to tape programs. I had lunch today with Sharon Giganti of the New Age Deception website. We discussed what made the New Age Movement so attractive to so many Catholics. I traveled to EWTN today in my clericals, and as usual I had [Read More...]

Drill Sergeant Wanted

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It never ceases to amaze me how soft and spineless we are when it comes to our Catholic faith. Everything else takes precedence. “It’s the annual retreat for your sons and daughters. Your kids have to be there.” “They’ve got a volleyball game that weekend we’re so busy I don’t feel comfortable asking my child [Read More...]

The Truth and Charity Trap

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In observing the Christian world in which I live and move and have my being it occurs to me that we too often fall into one of two different traps: we are charitable without truth or we are truthful without charity. By “charity” I mean the desire and inclination to be loving, kind and good [Read More...]

Flexible Marriage Vows? Enter Polygamy

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John Allen reminds us that two thirds of the world’s Catholics are outside the developed world and their concerns about moral matters and family issues are not always the same as ours. While we debate divorce and re-marriage for Catholics and think same sex “marriage” is a hot topic, in many African cultures the difficulties [Read More...]

We’re So Much Better Than ISIS….Really?

In Jennifer Fulwiler’s conversion story Something Other Than Godshe recounts the time when she and her husband began to wake up to the implications of their pro-abortion convictions. She was into her second pregnancy when the reality of their views suddenly clashed with the reality of the ultra sound scan of their new baby. Here [Read More...]

Ten Things to Remember When You’re Fed Up With Other Catholics

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Maybe it’s just me, but I seem to hear an increasing amount of grumbling from about the state of the church. Some folks complain about the new generation of priests, “All these guys seem to care about is lace and china tea cups! Are they all pansies? What’s going on? Why do they have to [Read More...]

How to Use the Lord’s Prayer as a Spiritual Weapon

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I once attended a seminar on the deliverance ministry conducted by the author and psychiatrist Kenneth McCall. During the questions and answers three rather excitable women told Dr McCall that there was a witches coven meeting in their town and they wondered how to get rid of it. Dr McCall was a very softly spoken [Read More...]

St Patrick’s Day Parade: What Would Jesus Do?

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Some Catholics are up in arms over Cardinal Dolan agreeing to be the Grand Marshall of the St Patrick’s Day Parade in New York which has been infiltrated by homosexual activists. Elizabeth Scalia has stirred the pot with this post comparing Dolan to Jesus who ate with sinners, did not condemn the woman taken in adultery, [Read More...]

Jesus’ Ancestors: Murderers, Cheats, Prostitutes, Refugees, Adulterers…

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Today is the birthday of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and at mass this morning I inflicted upon the faithful the long genealogy of Jesus at the beginning of Matthew’s gospel.  It’s here if you want to read it. I did so for a good reason. The genealogy is a very  unusual document. Firstly, it is [Read More...]

Church of Nice or Church of Nasty?

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Some Catholics talk disparagingly of the “Church of Nice” They are referring to the modernist church where indifferentism, complacency and tolerance replace the truly Christian virtues. They object not to niceness, but to a church that is nothing but nice. I’m with them. I can’t stand watered down religion. Modernist Christianity has eviscerated the gospel, [Read More...]

Who is the False Prophet of the End Times?

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I was brought up in a Protestant church steered by dispensationalist theology. The preachers loved to study the Biblical books of prophecy almost like fortune tellers to try to predict the future. They tried to read the Biblical books of prophecy in one hand and yesterday’s paper in the other. That process never yields very [Read More...]

Ten Things I Like About St Gregory the Great

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Here’s a little list. Ten Things I Like About St Gregory the Great He was a Benedictine monk. I’m a Benedictine oblate and the monk in me will always hanker for the cell, the cloister and the bell. He was a scholar. You got to love a Pope who is brainy. He was a liturgist. [Read More...]

Easter and the Atheists

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The last few years have seen a shelf load of worthy books de-bunking what is called the New Atheism. I’m sure it is a mighty good thing to explain and expound the five proofs of God’s existence, but it seems to miss the point. I’d rather present the reality of God’s work in the world [Read More...]


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