Baby Joy!

Baby Joy!

I am happy to announce the birth of my daughter!  It has been almost 2 months already.  I cannot stress enough how wonderful it is to watch your baby come into this world and watch them grow.  I have a 3 year old boy now also and he is beginning to come around and enjoy his little sister.  Life is so precious, enjoy it! And if you would like to help out a growing catholic family, don't forget to purchase my book on Amazon!...
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How Ron Paul, the Philadelphia Flyers and Falling Off a Bridge Saved My Soul – Part 3

How Ron Paul, the Philadelphia Flyers and Falling Off a Bridge Saved My Soul – Part 3

Part 1 Part 2 The bridge I worked on in New York City was movable.  It rotated about its center. We were at the end of the project so I spent a lot of my time alone.  I had to take some measurements one day from inside the bridge where the steel beams ran.  There was about a four foot drop so you really had to be careful while you were in there.  I miss-stepped and landed hard on one foot.  My back and legs felt severe pain.  I felt embarrassed, so I shook it off and forgot about it.  Months later I started to date the woman who would become my wife.  She was worried about my health, she was an organic vegetarian and got me to stop eating so bad and drinking so much.  In a couple months I dropped 30 pounds.  One night while on the bridge I felt for the first time what I later pieced together was...
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How Ron Paul, the Philadelphia Flyers and Falling Off a Bridge Saved My Soul – Part 2

Part 1 It was the last game of the regular season for my team, the Philadelphia Flyers, in 2010.  They were playing their fierce rival, the New York Rangers. It was a very important game because whomever won would go to the Stanley Cup playoffs, the loser would go to the golf course.  After three periods and an overtime, there was still not a winner.  This meant the game would go into a shootout. The Flyers were awful at shootouts, all year I watched them lose to a shootout.  The Rangers on the other hand, were one of the best in the League in the shootout, my team was as good as done. I was watching the game at my parents' house with my cousin.  Things had started to settle down after my grandmother passed away.  My cousin and I were nervously awaiting the shootout when my Mom got home from some retreat.  She told me she brought back some rosaries, and...
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How Ron Paul, the Philadelphia Flyers and Falling Off a Bridge Saved My Soul – Part 1

How Ron Paul, the Philadelphia Flyers and Falling Off a Bridge Saved My Soul – Part 1

In light of a recent attack on my beloved libertarianism by the Pope, I have decided this was a good time to write about how I turned my life around. I had heard about Ron Paul on a train heading into New Jersey from Philadelphia on my way home from college during the 2008 election cycle. I was never one to pay much attention to politics and voiced my frustration at people trying to get me to choose a side, "I think they are all [donkeys]!" I would say.  That's when a friend told me to check out Ron Paul, he was different.  He told me a little more but I wasn't comprehending what he was saying.  I ended up voting for Ron Paul in the primaries, but for Obama in the final vote.  I wasn't fully convinced that Ron Paul was telling the truth, I saw McCain as just another Bush, so I said to myself "If Obama gets in...
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Historical Context of Our Lady of Fatima

Tomorrow, May 13, 2017 marks the 100th Anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima's first apparition to the three children in Fatima, Portugal.  Her message is as important now as it was then.  Below is a summary of the events surrounding the apparitions along with other events happening in the world around that time. World War I - July 28, 1914 - November 11, 1918 Armenian Genocide - Began April 24, 1915. This is the worlds first reported genocide which involved the extermination of Christian Armenians while under the rule of the Ottoman Empire. The reported end of this atrocity is in 1923. 1st Visit from the Guardian Angel of Portugal (sometime in 1915) The Angel gave the children his first prayer: My God, I believe, I adore, I hope, and I love Thee. I ask pardon for all those who do not believe in Thee, do not adore Thee, do not hope in Thee, do not love Thee. This prayer was repeated three times. 2st Visit from...
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Suffering as a Gift

Part of living life is knowing that suffering is inevitable.  In one way or another, we will feel pain.  Some handle their pain differently than others.  How a Prodigal Catholic should start to think about pain is important. Pain is caused by mans propensity to sin.  God is good, but he is also Just.  So, when we violate the laws of God, we must suffer.  Understanding this, it is important to offer our pain for sins committed.  A simple prayer whenever we suffer in any way is the following: O Lord, Thy will be done; I offer this to Thee for my sins. Being able to give up our sufferings for sins is a gift.  As my book describes, indulgences are required to pay for the temporal punishment due to sin.  In giving up our sufferings on Earth for our sins, we can reduce or eliminate time required to suffer in purgatory.  Whether it be for ourselves, or the souls in purgatory. And never...
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War can be Stopped

War can be Stopped

There was a story I remember as a child about a man sitting upon a rooftop during a flood.  People came with a boat to save him and he told them “No thank you, God is going to save me.”  The boat left and the waters rose higher.  A rescue helicopter came to save him and the man told them “No thank you, God is going to save me”.  The helicopter left him there and the waters rose higher.  Finally, a sea plane landed to save him and the man again said “No thank you, God is going to save me”.  The plane left and the waters overwhelmed him, the man perished.  Upon entering his judgement he asked God why he hadn’t saved him.  God replied, “I tried, I sent you a boat and helicopter and a sea plane and you rejected me!” As World War III looms closer to becoming a reality, I can’t help but wonder if we are...
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What makes one Mortal Sin better than another?

What makes one Mortal Sin better than another?

"I can't believe THAT GUY is still around acting just fine when I am dealing with so much pain..." I've heard this basic thought multiple times recently.  It bothers me to hear it because instead of accepting one's own suffering as reparation for sins, they are committing sin against the 5th commandment.  This person is wishing their own pain was being cast against another. Pondering deeper on this thought, it really has roots in an idea that one persons vices are better than another.  A disturbing example of this is in the realm of sexuality.  There has been huge outbursts from all points of view on the subject of homosexuality. Trying to follow the back and forth debates can be dizzying.  If you take a step back and look at what the church teaches, it is clear that the issue has a much deeper problem. The teaching in the church is that EVERY sexual act be open to the transmission of new life. ...
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HE IS RISEN!

HE IS RISEN!

But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they came to the tomb bringing the spices which they had prepared. And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men suddenly stood near them in dazzling clothing; and as the women were terrified and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, "Why do you seek the living One among the dead? "He is not here, but He has risen... (Luke 24:1-6) Happy Easter to all!  May your families be blessed.  Enjoy the thoughtful reunion with whatever you gave up for lent. I hope this Lenten season brought you closer to God....
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Five 1st Saturdays

Five 1st Saturdays

The Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to Lucy of the Dorothean Sisters, a visionary of Fatima, in 1925.  Below is from Fatima.org On December 10, 1925, the Most Holy Virgin Herself appeared, and beside Her, borne by a luminous cloud, the Child Jesus. The Most Holy Virgin put Her hand on her shoulder and showed her, at the same time, a Heart surrounded by thorns which She held in the other hand. At that same moment, the Child said to her: ‘Have compassion on the Heart of your Most Holy Mother, covered with thorns with which ungrateful men pierce It at every moment, and there is no one to make an act of reparation to remove them.’ In other words, people are sinning against the Immaculate Heart of Mary and Jesus is asking for reparation for these sins by the faithful.  We are tasked to perform an act to pay the debt these unrepentant men owe. Continuing: Then the Most Holy Virgin said: ‘Look, My...
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