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April 29, 2013

Last week while I was working at my computer, my phone chimed with an incoming text. I decided to go with the distraction, so I picked up the phone to read:

I need to miss adoration tonight. Are you going to be there? If not, I'll make it.

The text was from my partner in eucharistic adoration. We fill the same late-night slot at a local parish that offers perpetual adoration. I quickly responded, "No worries, I'll be there."

The brief...

April 24, 2013
Harry Potter and Tom Riddle (aka "Lord Voldemort")

In the wake of grave evils, the most recent of which being the bombing at the Boston Marathon, people usually want to know, "What causes someone to do something like this?" How could two young men—one a husband and father, the other barely out of high school—plan and execute a crime that has caused three deaths and injured nearly 300 more?

Many look around for external triggers. In the...

April 18, 2013

Do you know just how hard it is to go to Mass once a week and on a handful more days each year? Judging by the questions the apologists at Catholic Answers receive on the subject, you would think that trying to find a Catholic church at which a Catholic can attend Mass is as difficult a venture as manned space flight to Mars.

When I first started answering this question, I assured each questioner that if it is truly impossible to get to a church for Mass on a Sunday or holy day of...

April 11, 2013

One fairly regular question the apologists receive at Catholic Answers is "Who is the patron saint of [insert need or desire]?" While the answer to many such questions can be found at sites like the Patron Saints Index, more than a few are not readily answerable. I remember one person who wanted to know the patron saint of skateboarders. Not exactly a patronage that the Congregation for the Causes of Saints is going to...

April 5, 2013

If I were to compile a list titled "Common Catholic Misconceptions of the Catholic Faith," near the top would have to be this Catholic misconception about the nature of sanctity:

The saints are to be considered perfect in their earthly lives, to such an extent that all that they did while in this life is considered right, just, and necessary for Catholics to imitate in their own lives.

We see this misconception play out in the multitude of ecclesial...