Author Archives: Dan F.

Rachel Weeping…

“A voice was heard in Ramah,sobbing and loud lamentation;Rachel weeping for her children,and she would not be consoled,since they were no more.” Mt. 2:18 It’s hard to put (figurative) pen to (figurative) paper in light of an event as evil … Continue reading

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Support a Catholic Speaker Month: Steve Ray

This post is a response to the great work that Brandon Vogt has been doing to promote the New Evangelisation, in this case through “Support a Catholic Speaker Month” (September). Since the only Catholic Speaker I have heard speak is … Continue reading

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A Meditation on Faith and Works

I’ve been thinking recently about how different Christians understand ‘faith’.  In particular it has struck me how for most Protestant denominations ‘faith’ is something that you have, a noun and object. You hear phrases along the lines of ‘I’m struggling … Continue reading

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On the obnoxiousness of the phrase “love the sinner, hate the sin”

So I’ve been thinking a lot recently about the frequently used Christianese phrase “Love the Sinner, hate the sin.” (LTS HTS)  Is it just me or is that a really obnoxious thing to say?  I figure that there are only … Continue reading

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Docility to the Bishop’s Authority and American Politics

I’ve been thinking a lot recently about politics.  The Republican Party is currently in the middle of one of the more difficult primary seasons in recent decades.  The current administration is promoting an insurance regulation that directly impinges on the … Continue reading

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Listening to God: Distinguishing God’s voice from Society’s voice.

* Mark Shea mentioned that he might give my blog a plug today for which I am exceedingly grateful.  If this is the first time you have come to my blog, this post is the 5th of a series of … Continue reading

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Listening to God – Listen

 Part 4 of the Listening to God series.  Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3. “Before you speak, it is necessary for you to listen, for God speaks in the silence of the heart.” – Mother Teresa “The trouble with … Continue reading

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Listening to God – Prayer Part 2 – Our Father

This is Part 2 of Listening to God on Prayer.  The first two posts in the series can be found here: Why Listen? and here: Prayer, Part 1. The following meditation is heavily dependent on the very excellent meditation found … Continue reading

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Listening to God – Prayer Part 1

This is the second post in the Listening to God series.  The first post can be found here: Why Listen. “Ask, and ye shall receive; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened.” The strongest one in … Continue reading

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Listening to God – Why Listen?

This is the first post of my notes from the eight week Listening to God study.  The purpose of this study is to deepen your relationships with Jesus Christ by learning how to hear his voice so that you can … Continue reading

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