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My Friend Al Kresta: Story of an Unsung Hero and Modern-day Prophet

September 30, 2013

This article is a great read and inspires one to hope for the faith and country. Al Kresta and I have been good friends since 1983 when I first met him upon my return from living in Switzerland. Al was dressed in knickers and a goutee at the time, playing the part of my then [...]

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For those who thought religion was dead or the Catholic Church irrelevant: Feast your eyes on this!

July 30, 2013

For over a hundred years we’ve heard the foolish obituary, “God is dead!” The Enlightenment enlightened us to this truth and told us we were alone in the Universe. No God! We men are in charge and the center of all things. We shape our destiny, we create meaning for our existence, we can rid [...]

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In Light of the Zimmerman Acquittal – Self-Defense?

July 14, 2013

There will be many opinions and the discussion and wrangling will go on for quite a while, I suppose. Unhappily, this promises to further divide our country, especially along racial lines. However, I am not getting into that discussion here. Rather, it is important to understand the teaching of the Church on the matter of [...]

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Islam: Not Peace, but a Sword

April 26, 2013

Why didn’t interfaith dialogue prevent the Boston jihad bombings? “…the positive achievements that we Catholics have attained in our inter-religious dialogue with devout Muslims…” — Bishop Robert McManus of Worcester, Massachusetts, February 8, 2013 Why didn’t that “inter-religious dialogue with devout Muslims” in the Boston area, which is where McManus is, prevent the Boston jihad [...]

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Bishop Finn Comments on the Rogue “National Catholic Reporter”

January 30, 2013

Thought you would be interested to read this commentary by Bishop Finn, Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph, on his–and many other Catholics’–concern about the editorial content of “The National Catholic Reporter”. This paper is published in Kansas City and continues to promulgate stances that are not consistent with Catholic teaching. He issued this statement on [...]

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Excellent Summary and Explanation of the Pope’s New Book on The Infancy Narratives of Jesus

December 27, 2012

Not only a good summary of “The Infancy Narratives of Jesus of Nazareth” but also of the Pope’s thought in general. A short, crisp enjoyable read – especially over Christmas. Click here for the article in Catholic World Report.

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Christians Happiest People – Major European Study

December 12, 2011

Surveys Find Christians Happiest People in Europe Posted By cninewsletter On December 8, 2011 (6:15 pm) A study of the effect of religion on happiness has revealed that Christians are the happiest people in Europe. The study was an empirical analysis of the effect of religion on happiness, using data from three waves (2002/2003, 2004 [...]

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Movie on the Mass Hitting Theatres Friday

December 8, 2011

Movie on the Mass Opens Friday By Tim Drake A 3-D animated movie about the Mass opens in select theaters this weekend. It hardly seems possible. Yet, it’s true. That alone makes the movie, “The Greatest Miracle” a “miracle.” Trust me when I say it’s unlike any other movie you’re likely to ever see on [...]

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Know Someone Who Loves the Bible? – A Christmas Gift Idea!

November 23, 2011

I spent two years of my life writing my book St. John’s Gospel: A Bible Study Guide and Commentary. It was one of the “richest” periods of my life and I put on scuba gear and dove into that profound Gospel written by the very old man (almost 100 years old) who had laid his [...]

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New Catholic Vote Ap Free from iTunes and Android

September 29, 2011

I JUST DOWNLOADED THIS ON MY IPHONE! SOUTH BEND, Indiana, SEPT. 28, 2011 ( The company that put confession preparation on the iPhone now has a tool for Catholic voters: CatholicVote Mobile, aimed to mobilize and unify those who want to get the Church’s view to Congress. Little i Apps, LLC, makers of Confession: A [...]

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For Girls and Guys that Love Them

September 26, 2011

Teresa Tomeo has a new book — Extreme Makeover. It is for girls. I have a bunch of girls! I am a lucky man! I have a beautiful wife, three gorgeous daughters and four princess granddaughters, not to mention my 90 year old mother who is still full of life, modesty and humor. Guys are [...]

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Why the Riots in London?

August 15, 2011

Since Janet and I were in England during the riots, the whole situation was a bit more poignant for us than if we had been far removed. British headlines and editorials immediately attempted explanations and suggested band-aids to fix the problem. I said to Janet and our friends again and again that the flurry of [...]

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Gaga over Gaga

July 8, 2011

A Cultural Dissection by my friend Liz Lev: Who’s Judas? Who’s Lady Gaga? Whatever qualms about form and meaning that contemporary art might raise, at least Calatrava and Arnaldo Pomodoro can lay some claim to the hard-earned title of artist. This week I was confronted with another use of the title, the pop star. While [...]

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The King’s Speech

May 9, 2011

If you haven’t watched this new movie yet, I highly recommend it. Janet and I watched it on the plane and were quick transfixed by the excellent acting and emotional story. It was one of those delightful discoveries where my wife and I look at each other with expressions of happy surprise. Only later did [...]

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An Evening with Paul Badde

May 4, 2011

“The Face of God” is a great new book that reads like a detective novel yet it is true. Paul Badde’s tracks down the face cloth of Christ which had been found in the tomb after Jesus’ resurrection. It is a great read and I encourage everyone to get a copy from Ignatius Press, either [...]

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Detroit News Reports on Steve Ray and His Group in Rome

April 30, 2011

Very cool. Detroit News called me in Rome and asked for an interview. Click here to read the article.

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