8 Ways to Die From a Bible Misprint

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Mark Twain famously said that one must be very careful of reading health books because you could die of a misprint. If that’s true of health books, it’s even more true of the Bible. Proverbs tells us that “He who keeps the commandment keeps his life; he who despises the word will die.” (Pr 19:16) And Jesus definitely said don’t fear the books that can destroy the body, rather fear those that can destroy the body and soul… or you… …Continue Reading

7 Reasons Christianity is the Most Persecuted Religion in the World

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I have a new post up on Ignitum Today on the 7 Reasons Christianity is the Most Persecuted Religion in the World… Last night, I asked my family what percentage of religious persecution in the world they thought was directed at Christians. They guessed about 30%. After all, they said, Christians are about one-third of the global population so that would make sense, right? When I told them it was closer to 80%, they initially refused to believe me. Safe in our… …Continue Reading

Book Review: Embracing Edith Stein

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St. Edith Stein, or St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, has always been a saint I thought I would love. A modern martyr, an extraordinary philosopher, a thoroughly Catholic feminist, a woman of deep compassion and joy and a Carmelite to boot! Whenever I’ve tried to read her though, or stumbled across quotes from her, she always left me cold and more than a little confused. As much as I loved the idea of Edith, Edith herself remained elusive. So when I… …Continue Reading

The Hands of the Priest Give Us Jesus

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Do you know why I love being human? Opposable thumbs. Okay there are other things too but seriously, with opposable thumbs human hands are fantastic. Without opposable thumbs, we couldn’t handle the fine motor skills required to make and use tools — or build civilisations. Without opposable thumbs, our hands simply would be as useful as our toes, great for walking on but hopeless for much else. Smart phones would be a nightmare. I was thinking about this the other day when… …Continue Reading

Don’t Date a Guy Who’s “Willing” to Wait for Sex

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Arleen Spenceley has a brilliant post on why she won’t date guys who are “willing” to save sex for marriage. This is the kind of guy who says he’s willing to want if that’s what you want. He loves you and will do that if that’s what makes you happy. Arleen gives four great reasons why you shouldn’t date such a a man but my favourite is this one: Because I don’t want a man who acts chastely; I want a man who is chaste.We… …Continue Reading

When You Feel Ashamed & Helpless at the Persecution of Christians

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Today, I had my first class on the Trinity, one of the theology units I’m taking this semester. In it was a young Iraqi Christian, a Chaldean Catholic who is studying for the priesthood. As we went around and introduced ourselves, you could feel the heaviness in the room when he spoke. We are suffering, he said simply, and no one will help us. In that moment, I felt shame, helplessness and defensiveness all mingled together. All I want to do… …Continue Reading

Incense Perfume: The Liturgical Gift You’ve Been Praying For

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My beloved liturgically-correct readers, I bring good news! You know how you could never get enough incense in your life? How you felt lonely, angry and even incensed without your fragrance of choice, your eau de thurible? I give you La Liturgie des Heures. As I’m sure you, my uber-cultured readers know, that is French for the Liturgy of the Hours and it’s basically parfum de incense. And no, I’ve just made up an incense perfume… although I wish I’d thought of… …Continue Reading

Great News from a Reader: He’s Becoming Catholic!

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I want to share a wonderful email I got from a reader, David the other day. He contacted me to ask some questions about mortal sin and confession, explaining that: “I am a protestant-ish, guy, who is seriously contemplating the Catholic Church. I have been heavily influenced by Catholic writers over the course of these last few years. I have nagging questions that really burn me, and I need some help getting answers!” I emailed back about a week later — and the next morning,… …Continue Reading

Dear Pope Francis, I Don’t Want To Be the Most Beautiful

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Dear Pope Francis, The other day you gave an interview. It was your first interview with a female journalist since you were elected pope. Unfortunately, in a few short sentences, you managed to touch on everything I find problematic about the Church’s attitude to women. I certainly don’t think this is the full extent of the Church’s teaching on women, and I know if you could easily add more, but I hear a lot of this kind of thing, and honestly,… …Continue Reading

Calvinism vs. the Sacred Heart of Jesus

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What is Calvinism? Calvinism is an heresy. It was the invention of John Calvin (1509 – 1564), a Protestant Reformer who was based primarily in Geneva. Calvin was brilliant, harsh and unfortunately for us, persuasive. Calvinism is growing among Protestants today — and it almost killed my faith. Like all good heresies, Calvinism is an intellectually coherent theological system that destroys the heart of Christianity.  It starts with a true premise, namely that God is sovereign and all-powerful. It then makes this the controlling… …Continue Reading