The Challenge Before Us

(I am out of town until Sunday. Perusing over some old articles, I thought this one – which I originally published on Dec. 31, 2014 – was worthy of a reprise. Interestingly, Susan Skinner – who writes the Veil of Veronica site, and I first met each other because we had basically the same vision […]

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The Middle Coming

(In my last piece, I said, in exasperation, that there is no “middle coming.” That was hyperbole – and wrong. I meant that there is no middle coming in the sense of Jesus coming in his normal humanity. I was frustrated because some have tortured the Church’s authentic teaching on the middle coming to mean […]

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Invincible Armor

By Charlie Johnston “Hear me, all of you, and understand: there is nothing outside a man which by going into him can defile him; but the things which come out of a man are what defile him.” – Jesus Christ, Mark 14-15 When I was on the road over the last few years, occasionally I […]

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Concerning Islam

(I have been struggling with the bug that has been going around these last few dates. A commenter asked me to reprise what I had written about Islam a few years ago. I published this piece in November, 2015. The only thing I would change comes in Item 4 of my summary at the bottom, […]

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From the Fiery Furnace

(This was a comment by a faithful Priest who is a longtime reader and occasional commenter here. It describes the view from the pulpit from those who, despite the trials of these times, endeavor to live their mission with fidelity and fortitude. I liked it so much I reprint it, with permission, as a stand-alone […]

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Clergy Be Holy

(Two of the things that worry me these days are actually flip sides of a single coin. On the one hand, I worry that some people are going to be indiscriminate about condemning honorable – though sometimes timid – clerics because of the hideous behavior of some in the clergy. On the other, I worry […]

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