Category: Faith

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The Counter-Cultural Message of Saint Nicholas

The feast of Saint Nicholas is upon us and affords us with a perfect time to consider how we celebrate the days leading up to Christmas. A previous post, Santa and the Elf on the Shelf – What are They Teaching Our Children?  conveyed a message of putting focus on the spiritual rather than on the imaginative secular. The point...

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Marriage, A Matter of Grace
Reflections of a 17-Year-Old Bride

Spoiler alert: My husband and I are celebrating 45 years of marriage today (November 29, 2019). I write this perspective, then, from a position of decades of experience. As we are now both in our early 60’s, we have lived through several seasons of an ever-evolving society. Our childhood was a time of coming home when the porch light came...

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Was Chick-fil-A Wrong About the Salvation Army?

  Fast food franchise, Chick-fil-A, became an overnight sensation for its family pleasing menu and friendly staff. Christians continue to appreciate their policy of closing on Sundays. According to a video, published by the fast food chain, “Closing on Sunday is a practice established by our founder Truett Cathy that we still hold true today. It’s not about being closed....

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Clean Your Own House (Soul) First

When assessing the purity of others, it is necessary to make certain that our own house is clean first.  The Gospel of Matthew instructs us to take the plank out of our own eye first. Only then are we able to “see clearly to remove the speck” from another’s eye. In a similar vein, a colloquial tale goes something like...

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I Am Both Martha and Mary

The Gospel of Luke tells us of the dilemma faced by Martha and Mary – the choice between daily responsibilities and spiritual nourishment. This ageless struggle remains to this day. In these hectic times there is even more emphasis on our worldly duties. Life today rushes along like a whirlwind. In a word, we are busy – all the time....

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Why Do Catholics Pray to Mary?

All Christians agree with the practice of praying the Our Father. However, the honor given to Mary by faithful Catholics is often mistaken for worship. This is something I run across quite often. You see, most of my childhood was spent in a primarily Protestant area. While I was growing up, not one of my friends shared my Catholic faith....

54 Day Christmas Miracle Novena

54 Day Christmas Miracle Novena
Will You Join the Grace Force?

    It is indisputable that society is undergoing a period of horrific sinfulness. Even the Catholic Church is not immune. As light shines ever more brightly on the dark underbelly of illicit activity and leanings in the world, the faithful are called to act. This sinful state necessitates supernatural warfare. For this purpose, Father Richard Heilman is initiating the...

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Praying Like Jesus:
The Lord’s Prayer

The Our Father or the Lord’s Prayer is the one prayer that all people of Christian belief have in common. This is a familial prayer we mutually pray and is raised up to the heavens countless times each day. Although the protestant version has an additional doxology (praise response), added as a side note years ago and later made an...