Heaven, Hell and Your Heart’s Desire

You can go here to listen to my homily for the Fourth Sunday in Advent on two of the Four Last Things: Heaven and Hell [Read more…]

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Join Me for A Jubilee Mercy Year Pilgrimage to Poland

As part of our pilgrimage to Poland we will have the opportunity to pass through the Holy Door which is actually at the Shrine to the Divine Mercy itself! This really is a once in a  lifetime opportunity. Come along with me to visit sites associated with Pope St John Paul II, see his birthplace, [Read More…]

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The Discontented Catholics

Dave Armstrong picks on Michael Voris over here for suggesting that Pope Benedict XVI was shamming illness so he could play hookey from the papacy. Armstrong goes on to point out how dissident conservative Catholics often end up going off the deep end completely. No one is ever as faithful as they are. No one else [Read More…]

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Podcast Homilies – Advent Three

We have started posting my homilies on the Our Lady of the Rosary website To listen to my homily for the Third Sunday of Advent go here [Read more…]

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True Contrition and True Mercy

I am totally one hundred percent in favor of the Jubilee Year of Mercy. I do worry, however, that in our society the idea of mercy is weakened by our lack of understanding about sin and repentance. When we hear “Mercy” we too often think, “Oh, that just means that nasty old Catholic Church has [Read More…]

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Don’t Fall Into the Scapegoat Trap

Don’t fall into the scapegoat trap. In the Old Testament the scapegoat was literally a goat onto whom the people projected their sins. The goat was then sent out into the wilderness to wander alone until it died of thirst or was devoured by the wild beasts. Here’s the passage from Leviticus 16 where this [Read More…]

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The Angel and The Girl

My latest article at Aleteia continues my series Angels of Advent  This week the angel is Gabriel, who appeared to the Virgin Mary at the Annunciation The unique truth of Christianity is that God reveals himself as Love. This love, St. Thomas Aquinas teaches, is the energy force that binds together the three persons of the [Read More…]

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Excuse the Amish in Me

If you want to know the truth there’s Amish in me. My ancestors came to Pennsylvania in the 1770s from Switzerland. They were Mennonite. They settled in Lancaster County along with the Amish. Go to Lancaster County and Berks County. You’ll find lots of Longeneckers. The Amish hunker down and mind their own business. Coming [Read More…]

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St Peter’s Magic Lantern Show

Conservative pundits are all worked up about the super duper climate change slide show on the facade of St Peter’s yesterday. Life Site News here goes all conspiratorial about the connections of the groups that funded the show and how it was all a left wing, climate change, one world government, population control propaganda exercise. Well, [Read More…]

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The Syrian Refugee Solution in Five Easy Steps

The solution to the Syrian refugee problem is simple. It goes like this: First we have to admit that we can’t take everyone. Therefore there has to be a selection process. Quite sensibly we should acknowledge that there might be a problem of terrorists sneaking in as refugees and we want to weed them out. [Read More…]

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Twelve Ways Donald Trump Reflects America Today

Why is Donald Trump so popular? Because we elect the leaders who are like us. We get who we deserve. Far from being a renegade, a wild card or an outsider, Donald Trump is the ultimate twenty first century American. He typifies America. He is America. He can clothe himself in the flag he is [Read More…]

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Debate with Evangelical on The Immaculate Conception

David Gustafson was a classmate of mind at Bob Jones University. We met again after many years and after a long running discussion via email about things Catholic and Protestant we wrote a book together called Mary-A Catholic Evangelical Debate.  The book is now out of print and I’m working to make it available again. In [Read More…]

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The Quest for Mercy

My latest blog at National Catholic Register is Indiana Jones and Finding Mercy The gospel says “Seek and you will find” and one of the ways of seeking is to go on a treasure hunt. This is how I’ve come to regard the ancient Catholic tradition of going on pilgrimage. You set out from home [Read More…]

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Whatever Happened to St Nicholas?

Here is a seasonal piece from Imaginative Conservative on how St Nicholas became Santa Claus How did a fourth century heretic slapping bishop from Southern Turkey wind up being a fat, Coca-Cola-swigging American elf? St. Nicholas was born into a wealthy Christian family in the third century. His parents died in a plague, and having [Read More…]

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The Pyramid of Hate in the Muslim World

This article gives some statistics about the atmosphere of hate in the Muslim world, and it illustrates the difficulty we face in disentangling the Islamic religion from Islamic culture. The Catechism of the Catholic Church is graciously optimistic about the religion of Islam, but in the inter faith section it doesn’t speak of the culture of [Read More…]

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Five Ways Islam is Different from Christianity

It’s easy in a secular, consumerist society to believe that all religions are really pretty much the same. You pays your money and you makes your choice. People see the different customs of the different religions, but put them on one side and they see the similarities. Hey, in the dark time of the year [Read More…]

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Should We Call it “Radical Islam”?

  This article makes specific what we have known for some time: that Hillary Clinton and President Obama refuse to use the term “Islam” when referring to jihadist attacks. Do they have their head in the sand? Their reasons are that they don’t want to help demonize all Muslims for the extremist views and actions [Read More…]

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Ten Things to Understand about Islam

One of the big problems in the strong emotions about Islamic violence is that we in the “Christian” West simply don’t know very much about the Islamic religion. No matter what you feel about Islam, it is worth stopping for a moment to learn more about it. If you want to read more than this [Read More…]

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How to Stem America’s Gun Violence

I’m not a gun owner and the Amish in me makes me tend toward pacifism and non-violence in all cases. However, the lack of common sense on both sides of America’s gun debate is astounding. Liberals who call for gun control can’t seem to see the bumper sticker common sense that “Guns don’t kill people. [Read More…]

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Is Fundamentalism a Sickness?

Pope Francis has been quoted saying, “Fundamentalism is a sickness.” Hey. I’m a graduate of Bob Jones University. Tell me about fundamentalism… Joking aside, is fundamentalism a sickness? I agree. Fundamentalism is a sickness, but that depends of your definition of fundamentalism. I’d say fundamentalism has several characteristics. First is an extreme literalism about religion [Read More…]

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In the Face of Islamic Terror- It’s Time to Ask What You Believe

Do you remember that climactic scene in the third Indiana Jones film? The Nazi sympathizer points a gun at Indiana Jones and says, “It’s time to ask yourself what you believe Dr Jones.” This is the situation the citizens of the secular West must ask themselves. In the first two movies Indiana Jones is pursuing [Read More…]

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Ten Reasons Why Conservatives Distrust Pope Francis

Pope Francis continues to be controversial and confusing with his off the cuff remarks. It makes conservatives nervous. My own feeling is that God is in charge and he has given the church the Pope we need at this time. Pope Francis brings a new approach and a fresh attitude to the papacy. If he [Read More…]

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