Apologetics

Recently I’ve received several queries about a video message that Pope Francis sent to an ecumenical gathering in Arizona. A Zenit news story implied that the pope stated that Jesus doesn’t care what kind of Christian you are. But that’s not what he said at all. Here are 9 things to know and share . […]

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Sometimes people make it sound like the Catholic understanding of how to get to heaven is really complex. It’s not. While you can go into any of Christ’s teachings in a lot of very rich detail, he made sure that this one can be understood even by a child. I can summarize it in two […]

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Recently I heard a priest describe something that happened to him in the early days of his priesthood. From his age, I’m guessing this would have been the mid-1970s. He said that, for the first twenty-five years of his priesthood, he had really long hair (down to his waist, if he stretched it out) and […]

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The great day is finally here: Easter, the most important day of the Christian calendar. More important even than Christmas. What happened on this day? Was Jesus’ resurrection a real, historical event? How does the Church celebrate this day? Is Easter a pagan holiday? Here are 8 things you need to know.   1. What […]

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I’m very excited that my new book, The Drama of Salvation, is finally out! This is the first full-length book I’ve had come out since the best-sellingThe Fathers Know Best. We got the advance copies a few days ago, and the full shipment will be in our warehouse next week. It’s going to be available in […]

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Many Catholics are aware that Jesus “opened the gates of heaven” and allowed the righteous dead to go there. The Catechism even says it: CCC 637 In his human soul united to his divine person, the dead Christ went down to the realm of the dead. He opened heaven’s gates for the just who had […]

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The Gospel reading for the Second Sunday of Lent commemorates the mysterious event known as the Transfiguration. This event is hard to understand. Why did it happen? What did it mean? Here are 10 things you need to know.   1. What does the word “transfiguration” mean? The word “transfiguration” comes from the Latin roots trans- […]

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Spanking is quite controversial in some quarters. Some people speak of it as if it is tantamount to child abuse. Other say, that they were spanked as children, that it didn’t do any long-term harm, and that it actually did them good. So I was interested to see Pope Francis’s remarks on spanking in a […]

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Ash Wednesday is upon us again! Here are 9 things you need to know and share . . .   1. What is Ash Wednesday? Ash Wednesday is the day that Lent begins (see: 9 things you need to know about Lent). The name comes from the fact that a particular rite is always celebrated on […]

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1. What is Lent? According to the Universal Norms for the Liturgical Year and the General Roman Calendar [.pdf]: 27. Lent [is a liturgical season that] is ordered to preparing for the celebration of Easter, since the lenten liturgy prepares for celebration of the paschal mystery both catechumens, by the various stages of Christian initiation, and the faithful, […]

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