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    What is the Purpose of Catholic Blogging?

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    Are Movies, Television, and Books Making us Numb to Evil?

    Sep 18 Are Movies, Television, and Books Making us Numb to Evil?

    In my last piece here at Truth and Charity, I explained that we Christians need to be on guard against the banality of evil, where evil acts becomes so everyday that we do not even notice them as evil. We simply accept them as part of life, and are not rightly shocked at the evils being committed in our world. This idea is not new to Christianity. In fact St. Paul also warns against conforming...

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    The Islamic State and the Banality of Evil

    Sep 04 The Islamic State and the Banality of Evil

    Lately, I have found myself lacking motivation to do my daily activities. It all seems somewhat pointless when I compare my life of relative ease to the lives of the Christians who are dying for their faith in Iraq and in other countries at the hands of Islamic extremists. I go about caring for my children and the house, and wondering why I am here, safe, with all my needs met while others are...

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    Ask Not What You Can Get Out of Mass, But Whether Due Worship is Given to God

    Aug 21 Ask Not What You Can Get Out of Mass, But Whether Due Worship is Given to God

    One of the problems with contemporary Christianity is that too often Christians focus on what they “get out of Church.” I am thinking specifically of the plight parents find themselves in when their sweet newborn grows out of sleeping at Mass and becomes the loud and active baby. Their experience of Mass changes from one of focused prayer with very involved participation to distracted prayer...

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    How the Charismatic Renewal Led Me to a Traditional Life of Prayer

    Aug 07 How the Charismatic Renewal Led Me to a Traditional Life of Prayer

    Recently a friend from church asked me about why I started a new household when I was a student at Franciscan University of Steubenville. At Franciscan, households are groups of men or women who share a common spiritual devotion and way of praying. Usually students join an already existing one, but sometimes a group of three or more students will start a new one. My friend wanted to know if I...

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