Help! There’s a Mennonite in Me

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You have to understand that I have a Mennonite in me. I can’t help it. He lurks there in his black hat and chin beard watching me and nodding knowingly. He’s one of my ancestors. They were all Mennonites and Amish and various sorts of Pennsylvania Protestants. Go to Pennsylvania Dutch country today and see [Read More...]

Did Jesus Have Brothers and Sisters?

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I was brought up as an Evangelical fundamentalist Christian and when we read the verses in the Bible that spoke of Jesus’ “brothers and sisters” we concluded that they were the other children of Joseph and Mary. What I didn’t know is that this idea was unheard of in the early church, and that even [Read More...]

Mary Queen of Heaven: The Bible Tells Me So

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Calling Mary the “Queen of Heaven” seems to most non-Catholics a title too far. How can the simple girl from Nazareth be “Queen of Heaven”? Isn’t that a pagan term? In fact, isn’t the “Queen of Heaven” actually condemned in the Bible? In Jeremiah 44 the Hebrews are blamed for turning back to false gods [Read More...]

Mother of God in the Month of May

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Having a sandwich with my buddy–a former Baptist–when we were discussing the Mother of God. “Mary is the defender of Christian orthodoxy” I explained. “If you have the wrong view of Mary you will almost certainly have the wrong view of Christ. If you have the right view of Mary you will almost certainly have [Read More...]

Immaculata: from the Head to the Heart

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It is often said that the longest journey is from the head to the heart. In other words, we can sometimes understand something intellectually, but until it gets into the heart–the seat of emotion and the seat of our will–it will only ever be a good idea. This is what happened to me with the [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...]


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