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The Birth of Hope

By |2020-09-08T03:24:45+00:00September 8th, 2020|

In September we celebrate Our Lady’s birthday. Don’t all good children remember their mother on her birthday? This special celebration in the Church’s calendar points out a fundamental element of Christianity: our hope for eternal salvation. The Blessed Virgin gave birth to the Savior, but Mary’s birth itself was the flowering of divine hope [...]

An Unexpected Refresher Course on the Sacraments

By |2020-08-29T04:32:13+00:00August 29th, 2020|

It was a bit shocking to read recently about the Detroit priest who discovered, three years after ordination, that he had never been validly baptized.  The invalid baptism meant he was not a priest. As Fr. Matthew Hood was reviewing a video of his own baptism 30 years earlier, he heard with his own ears [...]

Matter and Form of the Seven Sacraments

By |2020-08-29T04:45:47+00:00August 28th, 2020|

Matter and form are to the sacraments what money and a purchase agreement (contract) are to buying a house. These two elements (money/contract) are the minimum conditions for a legal act and allow the transfer of a thing from one owner to another. Sacraments work in a similar way. Matter (material or tangible element) [...]

The Ripple Effect of an Invalid Priestly Ordination

By |2020-08-29T15:04:12+00:00August 27th, 2020|

In my recent article at Catholic Stand, “An Unexpected Refresher Course on the Sacraments,” I spoke about the invalid ordination of Fr. Matthew Hood of the Archdiocese of Detroit. Father was viewing a video of his own baptism when he discovered that the deacon who performed the ceremony used the incorrect formula for baptism [...]

The Rosary is Our Lady’s Own Prayer

By |2020-08-19T03:41:45+00:00August 19th, 2020|

St. Dominic’s feast on August 8th is a yearly reminder of importance of the Holy Rosary to the spiritual lives of many Catholics. It is perhaps the Church’s greatest devotion and force of prayer after the Sacraments themselves. The Rosary is Mary’s way of drawing us into the mysteries of Christ and His redemptive acts. [...]

Racism Isn’t Systemic in America – Corruption Is

By |2020-08-04T16:04:40+00:00August 4th, 2020|

There is almost nothing happening in American cities and capitals today that is honest. The claim of unrepentant, systemic racism is the spark that has lit the fire of the current social unrest. We’re told that racism is so deeply rooted in our nation’s consciousness that America is irredeemable.  That is an atrocious lie.  Racism [...]

The Terrible Effects of Eucharistic Deprivation

By |2020-07-16T18:19:46+00:00July 16th, 2020|

Padre Pio once remarked that the world could more readily exist without the sun than without the Eucharist. What a remarkable statement. It is imperative, therefore, to take account of what we gain from the great gift of the Eucharist in our lives and also what we lose due to the terrible effects of [...]

Land of the Free Home of the Frightened

By |2020-05-05T13:28:48+00:00May 5th, 2020|

One day last week I went on my daily run, which takes me down a long street where many people walk their dogs and get exercise. As I approached a lady who was trailing behind a cute little dog, I asked if I could pet him. The lady turned on me with a look of [...]

This Article is Not About the Coronavirus

By |2020-05-04T13:34:10+00:00May 4th, 2020|

Are you tired yet of all the “all Coronavirus, all of the time” news coverage? I certainly am! Well, here’s some relief: this article is not about the Coronavirus. It’s about what comes after. Mom's Sage Advice My mom was a perceptive observer of humanity. Often, when one of her children would have a problem [...]

Saint Joseph the Worker          

By |2020-05-01T00:35:15+00:00May 1st, 2020|

St. Joseph is the friend and ally of all believers: he is the patriarch of God’s holy people, the saint of workers, and the patron of the Universal Church. We owe much to his constant patronage. Only in heaven will we really see how fully the silent saint has interceded for our welfare. Above all, [...]