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...]

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...]

Dan Savage–I Blame the Fundies

Dan Savage is a person who bullies high school students when he gives speeches against bullying. If you haven’t seen it already, there’s a video clip of him giving a speech to some high school students in which he attacks Christianity relentlessly.  Some Christian teens walk out and he gets even nastier about them. You [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...]

The Absurdity of Evil

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An exorcist told me one of the most disturbing and maddening things about exorcism is that one can rarely diagnose the problem completely. “You see,” he said, “the devil is a liar and the father of lies. Once you have identified the demon you don’t know if you really have or not. The demon lurks [Read More...]


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