Immaculate Deception?

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I had been on the path to becoming a Catholic for nearly twenty years. Coming from an Evangelical, Protestant background I had become an Anglican priest, learned to pray the rosary, understood and accepted the Catholic understanding of the Church, the sacraments and the priesthood. I spent a lot of time in Catholic Benedictine monasteries [Read More...]

Do Catholics Have a Personal Relationship With Jesus?

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In the combox a reader asks, Father, regarding your reference to the “personal relationship with Jesus” that evangelicals emphasize … what is that? I hear that a lot in Catholic circles now also … but I have never seen it explained. How does one recognize that experience or how does it feel? The evangelicals seem [Read More...]

Beam Down Athanasius

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Today we celebrate St Athanasius, and can somebody beam him down? The place is crawling with Arians again. The simple version is that Arius–a Bishop of Alexandria–taught that Jesus Christ was not fully divine. Nearly the whole church followed this new teaching. It made sense, after all for lots of reasons it was a bit [Read More...]

Do Catholics Pray to Mary?

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Do Catholics pray to Mary? It sure looks that way! But there is more to it than that. An increasing number of Protestants are ready to be more open minded about this controversial topic. “I’m ready to honor Mary more than we usually do” said a Protestant friend, “but I’m not going to pray to [Read More...]

May is Mary’s Month

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May is Mary’s month, so I’ll be posting images of the Blessed Virgin, apologetics articles on Mary, excerpts from my writings, devotional pieces. Here is something I wrote on first viewing the Cowper Madonna at the National Gallery in Washington DC: Purity is Power is from the Archived Articles section of the blog and is [Read More...]

Behold the Lamb

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At daily Mass there is more time to stop and pray; fewer concerns about external details and more opportunity to be silent. This morning in this Easter season there seemed to be something new to listen to. I strained to hear. There were words being spoken that were beyond words and the sense of mystery [Read More...]


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