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Jimmy Akin

  • God Can Neither Deceive Nor Be Deceived
    Does the Bible indicate God is a deceiver? Recently I was contacted by a reader who was looking for a response to claims made by a Muslim apologist concerning instances in Scripture where God appears to use deception. Let’s talk about that.   What…
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  • The Weekly Francis – 19 April 2017
    This version of The Weekly Francis covers material released in the last week from 3 March 2017 to 19 April 2017. Note: There are several General Audiences that have not yet been translated into English. Angelus 19 March 2017 26 March 2017 2 April 201…
    - 4 days ago20 Apr 17, 1:33am -
  • The Last Days of Jesus
    In this episode of Catholic Answers Live (April 14, 2017, 1st hour), Jimmy answers the following questions: 1:10 What was happening at the Triumphal Entry? 4:50 What is happening with the mysterious incident where the disciples get the animal for Jes…
    - 8 days ago15 Apr 17, 9:39pm -
  • Mysteries of Holy Week and Easter
    In this episode of Catholic Answers Live (April 10, 2017, 1st hour), Jimmy answers the following questions: 2:50 Why don’t Christians all celebrate Easter on the same day? 8:20 How is Easter related to Passover? 10:44 What date was Jesus crucified?…
    - 10 days ago13 Apr 17, 8:22pm -
  • Did God “Pour out His Wrath” on Jesus? And More!
    In this episode of Catholic Answers Live (April 6, 2017, 2nd hour), Jimmy answers the following questions: 01:28 How did people understand the term “church” at the time of Jesus? Was there a pre-Christian use of this term? 05:23 Are people in pur…
    - 13 days ago10 Apr 17, 7:00pm -
  • How to explain the loss of salvation–and more!
    In this episode of Catholic Answers Live (March 30, 2017, 1st hour), Jimmy answers the following questions: 00:12 What “polymath” and “autodidact” mean 03:35 How to respond to the claim that Peter isn’t the rock in Matt. 16.18 because Paul…
    - 17 days ago7 Apr 17, 12:32am -
  • The Weekly Francis – 05 April 2017
    This version of The Weekly Francis covers material released in the last week from 23 March 2017 to 5 April 2017. Messages 23 March 2017 – Message of the Holy Father to the President of the United Nations Conference to Negotiate a Legally Binding In…
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CathApol

  • Hes Not In There
    OK, sometimes the memes are just too funny not to share!Happy and Glorious Easter, my friends!He IS Risen!The CathApol Blog is a portal to the forums hosted by A.C.T.S. the American Catholic Truth Society.http://www.americancatholictruthsociety.com
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  • Stations of the Cross 13 and 14
    The Thirteenth Station -Jesus Is Taken Down From The CrossAnd Placed In The Arms Of His Mother V: We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You. (Genuflect) R: Because, by Your holy cross,…
    - 8 days ago15 Apr 17, 1:00pm -
  • More Progress Between Rome and SSPX
     Letter of the Pontifical Commission “Ecclesia Dei” to the Ordinaries of the Episcopal Conferences concerned on the faculties for the celebration of marriages of the faithful of the Society Saint Pius X, 04.04.2017Your Eminence,Your Excel…
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  • Stations of the Cross 11 and 12
    Eleventh Station - Jesus Is Nailed To The CrossV: We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You. (Genuflect)R: Because, by Your holy cross, You have redeemed the world. (Rise) V: Cons…
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  • Stations of the Cross 9 and 10
    Ninth Station - Jesus Falls The Third Time V: We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You. (Genuflect) R: Because, by Your holy cross, You have redeemed the world. (Rise) V: Conside…
    - 10 days ago13 Apr 17, 6:30pm -
  • Jewish Roots of Catholicism
    I would love to discuss this topic more with you!  Watch the video (below) and enter your comments in the comment section. This comes from an EWTN series, first aired in 2001.  You can purchase all 4 hours of this series by clicking here.At the tim…
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  • Stations of the Cross 7 and 8
    Seventh Station - Jesus Falls The Second TimeV: We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You. (Genuflect) R: Because, by Your holy cross, You have redeemed the world. (Rise) V: Consi…
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The Silversmith Collection

  • My Epiphany Epiphany
    First of all, I want to say that I am convinced that this "epiphany" is a result of me going to confession right before Mass. Confession rids your soul of sin and allows you to be more open to the Holy Spirit working in your life. Yesterday we celeb…
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  • Finibus by Jonas Perez -  Reviewed
    Q: Where did you get the idea for your most recent book?A: The lack of the whole image of Christ and God. Really. I just wanted to show and make art that had to do with Christ as a warrior and King... rather than mercy and kindness that we all see an…
    - 7 Jan 17, 6:44pm -
  • Catholic Education Podcast: Ep. 002
    Want audio only? iTunes  |  RSS Show Notes On this episode:We explore the permeation of faith within the Music Education? What are some strategies and tips that can help bring about permeation? How can we build relationships between parishe…
    - 8 Dec 16, 3:39am -
  • Catholic Education Podcast: Ep. 001
    Want audio only?  iTunes  |  RSS Show Notes​ ​On this episode:We explore the permeation of faith within the Math and Science areas of study. What are some strategies and tips that can help bring about permeation? How can we build relat…
    - 4 Dec 16, 10:31pm -
  • If you're too busy to pray...
    This very popular quote from St. Teresa of Calcutta usually elicits one of two responses from me. Depending on the state of my prayer life, and the inflation level of my ego, I usually react one of two ways to this gem.PREACH!When my prayer life is o…
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  • Lost & Found
    This post was originally written on Tuesday, September 13, 2016St. John Chrysostom, pray for us.  I began prayer time today by listening to Bishop Robert Barron’s Homily on this weekend’s Gospel (Luke 15:1-32), which reflects on the parable…
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  • Book Review: Everyday Stewardship
    With apologies to Denethor, the steward of Gondor  (in The Lord of the Rings), 'stewardship' is a term not often used in everyday secular conversation.  Stewards make many appearances in scripture: Joseph was the steward of potiphar (Genesis 39),…
    - 18 Sep 16, 6:00am -

Standing on my Head

  • How to Be a Catholic Tree Hugger
    The Holy Father Pope Francis exhorted us all to be better stewards of the earth’s resources, and that is not only good Catholicism. Its good common sense. However, has anybody else noticed how Catholics who are keen on Earth Day seem to be taking t…
    - 2 days ago21 Apr 17, 7:50pm -
  • Renewal, Roots and Rain
    “Mine O Thou Lord of Life. Send my roots rain.” wrote G.M.Hopkins in a poignant sonnet that voiced his disappointment with life. It’s here and worth a read. It came to mind when I was pondering from where true renewal comes in the Church. I’m…
    - 2 days ago21 Apr 17, 7:26pm -
  • Reformation or Revolution?
    As we approach the 500th anniversary of the start of the Protestant Reformation there are some voices in the Catholic Church calling us to celebrate this event. I certainly think it is possible, in an irenical spirit to commemorate the event, but w…
    - 2 days ago21 Apr 17, 2:35pm -
  • Fideism R Us
    There is a funny sort of fideism around which is a popular form of a philosophical error. Fideism holds that faith is superior to reason and special knowledge can be had by faith alone which is superior and maybe even contradictory to that knowledge…
    - 5 days ago18 Apr 17, 11:44pm -
  • Free Wil…from Debt
    Did you know that college debt keeps a large number of men and women from pursuing their call to the priesthood and religious life? Most dioceses and religious orders expect their applicants to have a college degree, but that means the young men and…
    - 5 days ago18 Apr 17, 1:11pm -
  • Is Easter the Religion of the Goddess Ishtar?
    The weary old theory that Christianity is just paganism warmed up always circulates around this time of year. Armchair atheists like to point out the similarity between the word “Easter” and the Near Eastern goddess “Ishtar”. The problem is,…
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  • Why Christianity is Unique
    It is fashionable to think that all religions are pretty much the same. They teach people to be good and spiritual and make the world a better place right? Wrong. There are basically four types of religion: 1. Paganism 2. Moralism 3. Spirituality…
    - 6 days ago17 Apr 17, 6:04pm -

Mark Shea- Catholic and Enjoying It

  • On the Air with Doug O’Brien at 5 PM Eastern…
    …on Connecting the Dots. Give us a call at 1-573-4BREAD4.
    - 2 days ago21 Apr 17, 6:12pm -
  • Yesterday, Deacon Steve Greydanus and I…
    …celebrated his first Easter as a Deacon and 25th Easter as a Catholic by talking about our respective journey’s into the Church. We also celebrated being two dorks laughing at their own jokes by telling dorky jokes and laughing at them.
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  • Next week, in Catholic Weekly, I will be starting a series on the Death Penalty
    Here is Exhibit A on why: Man Executed in Arkansas Last Night Chose Communion for His Last Meal How was justice achieved against this guilty-as-sin fake penitent who richly deserved death?: [Ledell] Lee insisted upon his innocence from the day of his…
    - 2 days ago21 Apr 17, 5:27pm -
  • How Ken Burns Would Have Made Star Wars

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  • On the air with Deacon Steven Greydanus at 5 PM Eastern
    …on Connecting the Dots to talk about what’s happening at the movies. Give us a call at 1-573-4BREAD4!
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  • Way to Go, Rick Steves
    My neighbor the Travel Guru gives four million samoleons to house dozens of homeless women and kids. I’m pretty sure he’s not a Christian (judging from some of the commentary on his shows). But guess what? Neither are any of the people in the Par…
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  • Rod Bennett and I had a ton of fun yesterday…
    …talking about Constantine, gnostic gospels and why they were not “suppressed by the Church”, how “winners write the history” is a lie, the Trail of Blood theory, as well as article ideas and what it all has to do with a boring book called…
    - 3 days ago20 Apr 17, 7:47am -

The Curt Jester

  • The Weekly Francis – Volume 173 – 19 April 2017
    This version of The Weekly Francis covers material released in the last week from 3 March 2017 to 19 April 2017. Note: There are several General Audiences that have not yet been translated into English. The Weekly Francis is a compilation of the Holy…
    - 4 days ago20 Apr 17, 1:34am -
  • Parish deploys MOAC during Easter Vigil
    In what started as a friendly competition between parishes in Archdiocese of San Antonio has quickly spiraled out of control. Each year the size of the Pascal Candle was getting taller and wider requiring more and more effort in processing the candle…
    - 6 days ago18 Apr 17, 2:51am -
  • The Catholic Rapture
    While Catholics don’t believe in a rapture as expounded by a segment of Protestants, there is indeed a seeming Catholic rapture. You can observe this on Sundays when the Mass is longer than an hour. Catholics can be very literal about the scripture…
    - 7 days ago16 Apr 17, 8:08pm -
  • Using Apps during Mass
    Since I started attending the Traditional Latin Mass on Sundays I thought it was time to get a good 1962 Missal to use. I had considered buying the one from [Baronius Press][press]. For one I have other of their books and they are super high quality…
    - 12 days ago12 Apr 17, 12:56am -
  • Palm Cross
    Here is how to make a Palm Cross.  
    - 14 days ago9 Apr 17, 11:49pm -
  • Life Hacker
    “Give Us Your Questions for Planned Parenthood” an article from lifehacker.com. Lifehacker is a general tech blog with so-called life hacks. Well Planned Parenthood literally is Life Hacker
    - 15 days ago8 Apr 17, 11:58pm -
  • Seeking Jesus in Everyday Life – Book Review
    As a long time fan of Julie Davis I was delighted to receive a review copy of her latest book – which is released today. Seeking Jesus in Everyday Life: Prayers and Reflections for Getting Closer. I have become more an more of a fan regarding the g…
    - 17 days ago7 Apr 17, 12:47am -

Reflections of a Catholic Scientist

  • God's Periodic Table...And Evolution
    The  Crab Nebula and the Periodic Tablefrom   NASA/ESA Wikimedia Commons"Those distinct substances, which concretes generally either afford, or are made up of, may, without very much inconvenience, be called the elements or principles of them.” …
    - 9 days ago14 Apr 17, 9:14pm -
  • More St. Augustine: Bearing Our Cross
    St. Augustine and the Fires of Wisdomfrom Wikimedia Commons"Christ, Son of God, if You had not wished to suffer, You would not have suffered.   Show us the fruit of Your Passion." --St. Augustine, Commentary on Psalm 21The quote above also bears on…
    - 11 days ago12 Apr 17, 10:05pm -
  • Why Didn't Jesus Come Down from the Cross?, The Final Test of Faith
    Hypercube** Crucifixion, Salvador DaliFair Use, Wikipedia Likewise also the chief priests mocking him, with the scribes and elders, said,He saved others; himself he cannot save. If he be the King of Israel, let him now come down from the cross, and…
    - 12 days ago11 Apr 17, 10:10pm -
  • More St. Augustine: "Lent is the Epitome of our Whole Life"
        St. Augustine and the Fires of Wisdomfrom Wikimedia Commons  “Fasting cleanses the soul, raises the mind, subjects one’s flesh to the spirit, renders the heart contrite and humble, scatters the clouds of concupiscence, quenches the fire of…
    - 38 days ago17 Mar 17, 1:24am -
  • Intersections--Chapter 2 Complete.
    Hello faithful readers  ( : > ) ).   Finally Chapter 2 on Intersections of Quantum Mechanics with Catholic Teaching is finished.   I've added material to the primer on quantum mechanics--angular momentum, the uncertainty principle, Bell's Theorem-…
    - 38 days ago16 Mar 17, 8:22pm -
  • Imtersections--Chapter 1 complete
    Hello faithful followers:  Chapter 1 in its entirety is up for review here.    The usual password applies.  Thanks for looking.
    - 48 days ago6 Mar 17, 8:57pm -
  • God doesn't accept bribes!On Giving up for Lent
    High Priest Offering Sacrifice of a Goat at the Templefrom Wikimedia CommonsFor thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it: thou delightest not in burnt offering.The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God,…
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