Are We Using Religious Education and Confirmation as a Stick and Carrot?

Apr 21 Are We Using Religious Education and Confirmation as a Stick and Carrot?

Growing up in a faithful Catholic family, I received the sacraments at the ages regulated within the Dallas diocese – the same ages more or less seen around the country. Naturally, my baptism occurred about a month into my life and I recall nothing – life changing graces received. I received my first communion sometime around the age of reason and didn’t like the taste of the...

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Video: Crux Fidelis – Veneration of the Cross

Truth & Charity contributors Matt and Andrew Sciba sing in the St. John Berchmans Cathedral schola on Good Friday, 2012

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Good Friday morning read

Apr 18 Good Friday morning read

This is probably the third year in a row that I’ve recommended Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman’s Discourse 16. Mental Sufferings of Our Lord in His Passion as a must-read for Good Friday. The stations of the cross and the sorrowful mysteries of the Rosary focus us on the physical sufferings of Jesus, and perhaps some emotional ones too as He underwent the humiliation of the...

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Ordinations in Dachau

Apr 11 Ordinations in Dachau

Our department’s administrative assistant knows that I’ve traveled to Germany in the past as faculty advisor for our study abroad trip to Luneburg. While there, we visit the Neuengamme concentration camp. A few days ago he gave me a booklet he purchased at Dachau (this is about as close a link as I can get). Aside from the horrific stories about the camp itself, there were occasional...

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The Feast of The Annunciation: Mama Mary Loves Us!

Mar 25 The Feast of The Annunciation: Mama Mary Loves Us!

Today is the Feast of The Annunciation of Our Lord.  It holds particular significance for me because it is the anniversary of the day my wife learned that we would be parents for the first time. My wife Mikki and I married in September 2005, just four short months after graduating from college.  We tried to for three years to get pregnant, and were diagnosed in Summer 2009 with “unexplained...

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Lenten Practices: Almsgiving

Mar 21 Lenten Practices: Almsgiving

I’ve looked at resources on prayer and fasting the last two weeks, so we’ll round out our trio of Lenten practices by discussing almsgiving today. There is obviously an aspect of almsgiving that involves monetary donations; the fifth precept of the Church (“You shall help to provide for the needs of the Church”) means that the faithful are obliged to assist with the...

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