I Wannabe a Superhero

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I tell the boys in school that they should be a priest because every boy wants to wear a cape and a cool hat and do amazing things, and what other profession is there today in which you can wear a cape (except being a French policeman) So capes and hats and feats of derring [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...]

Old Monk on Obedience

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If you cannot obey your superior in Christ in the Church, why do you imagine that you will be able to obey Christ himself when he calls? [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...]

A Medieval Madonna Caught My Eye

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Twenty five years ago a medieval Madonna caught my eye and captured my heart. Notre Dame de la Brune is a restored Romanesque image of the Blessed  Mother. It is in the North aisle of the Abbey church of St Philibert in Tournus, France. This church is a fantastic example of Burgundian Romanesque. You can find [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...]


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