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St. Michael

“Mi-ca-el,” or “Who is like to God?” Such was the cry of the great Archangel when he smote the rebel Lucifer in the conflict of the heavenly hosts, and from that hour he has been known as “Michael,” the captain of the armies of God, the type of divine fortitude, the champion of every faithful soul in strife with the powers of evil. 213 more words


Mercy and the Law

There are few topics more likely to get Catholics hot under the collar than the topic of this piece. Pope Francis comes in for a lot of criticism for his emphasis on God’s mercy. 575 more words


Confessing the Sins of American Exceptionalism

Is a belief in American exceptionalism a sin?

That was the question I posted on Facebook after watching the Republican and Democratic national conventions this summer. 1,542 more words

Theology And Culture

Give me the bad news first

Works matter. No doubt about it. And any evangelical worth his or her salt (Matthew 5:13) will tell you that. Are we saved by faith alone? 1,156 more words


1 Kings 16-18; Acts 6

1 Kings 17:8-9 So the Lord said to him: “Move on to Zarephath in the land of Sidon and stay there.  I have designated a widow there to provide for you.” 89 more words


"The Good Place" typifies all false religion

Caution: This trailer contains some crass humor typical of prime-time television these days.

If you were to ask 1000 random people why God should let them into Heaven when they die, recent polls indicate around 10% would say they don’t believe in God. 359 more words


Poised on the precipice of grace

Frances writes on next Sunday’s Readings : By any account, these Readings all seem pretty grim, and for us wealthy and secure westerners it’s difficult to take them seriously. 940 more words