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Marlon De La Torre

Is Thanksgiving a Time to Evangelize?
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Is Thanksgiving a Time to Evangelize?

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One of the most intriguing aspects of Thanksgiving is that we give thanks around a table of food with people, typically family members, we may not care for. Though this point may be denied by some, it is fact of life that not everyone gets along. Sin, by our own free will can lead us […]

What Would You Say to Someone Who Wants to Leave the Catholic Church?
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What Would You Say to Someone Who Wants to Leave the Catholic Church?

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I would imagine that no one ever wants to see a loved one walk away from the Church. This scenario plays out more often than naught with the people I speak to on a daily basis. A day doesn’t go by without encountering someone who is Catholic but not practicing. When I recently taught on […]

Are We Really Teaching the Catholic Faith?
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Are We Really Teaching the Catholic Faith?

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“We who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak and not to please ourselves; let each of us please his neighbor for his good to edify him. For Christ did not please himself; but, as it is written, ‘The reproaches of those who reproached you fell on me. For whatever was […]

What Can Screwtape Teach Us About Discipleship?
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What Can Screwtape Teach Us About Discipleship?

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“By faith man completely submits his intellect and his will to God” (Dei Verbum, 5). Our Screwtape Tendency You may be wondering how the Screwtape Letters can possibly help us in becoming better disciples. If we take the time to carefully dissect what Screwtape’s intent is with the “Patient”, we see the very thing Screwtape is […]

St. John Bosco and the Exercise of Virtue
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St. John Bosco and the Exercise of Virtue

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Is it better to be Prudent or not? When discussing the infamous educational system of St. John Bosco (Preventive System) one cannot help to see how prudent he was in helping the children of Turin. The Method of St. John Bosco A striking characteristic one encounters upon reading about St. John Bosco and his Preventive […]

My Son’s Discernment and His Call for Confession
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My Son’s Discernment and His Call for Confession

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The art of daily discernment is a practice and a virtue that many of us tend to forget and at times ignore. By definition the act of discernment from the Latin meaning discernere means one’s ability to distinguish what is happening around them whether positive or negative and to move toward a sound resolution of […]

Did You Run Out of Sins?
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Did You Run Out of Sins?

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Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman once said: “Faith is illuminative, not operative; it does not force obedience, though it increases responsibility; it heightens guilt, but it does not prevent sin. The will is the source of action.” If the will is the source of action and faith is illuminative because it comes from God, then […]

If You Don't Agree with the Catholic Church, Why Teach the Faith?
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If You Don’t Agree with the Catholic Church, Why Teach the Faith?

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We do not really want a religion that is right where we are right. We want a religion that is right where we are wrong. We do not want, as the newspapers say, a church that will move with the world. We want a church that will move the world. -G.K. Chesterton With the start […]

Bad Catechesis Begets Bad Catechesis
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Bad Catechesis Begets Bad Catechesis

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We do not really want a religion that is right where we are right. We want a religion that is right where we are wrong. We do not want, as the newspapers say, a church that will move with the world. We want a church that will move the world. -G.K. Chesterton Chesterton’s words resonate […]

Oh No, He’s Discovered the Opposite Sex!
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Oh No, He’s Discovered the Opposite Sex!

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As soon as the men of the world perceive that you seek the devout life, they will launch forth all their raillery and slander against you; the most ill-natured will pronounce your altered ways to be hypocrisy, affection, or bigotry; they will assert that the world having slighted you, rejected by it, you turn to […]

How Would Blessed Cardinal Newman Teach The Narcissistic Religion Teacher?
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How Would Blessed Cardinal Newman Teach The Narcissistic Religion Teacher?

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St. James tells us if we lack wisdom to ask God because He will give generously. Our petition should rest on a genuine faith attributed to Him. If not, then the opposite of faith — doubt — will cause us to be like a wave of the seas that is driven and tossed by the […]

Is It Really About Catholic Identity?
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Is It Really About Catholic Identity?

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Imagine a Bishop exercising his rightful authority to assure authentic Catholic teaching and practice in Catholic Schools. If this proposition sounds reasonable, then you will find Bishop Vasa of the Diocese of Santa Rosa, CA to be a reasonable man. He had requested/required that all Catholic School teachers to publicly affirm Catholic Church teaching and […]

Screwtape on Stage: An Interview with Max McLean
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Screwtape on Stage: An Interview with Max McLean

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As someone who has long appreciated the catechetical value of CS Lewis’ The Screwtape Letters, it was a great pleasure for me to have the opportunity to interview Max McLean, director of the stage adaptation of The Screwtape Letters and its lead actor, portraying Screwtape. McLean originated the role of Screwtape in New York, Chicago, […]

The Penitential Rite and Keeping Your New Year’s Resolutions
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The Penitential Rite and Keeping Your New Year’s Resolutions

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Did that which is good then bring death to me? By no means! It was sin, working death in me through what is good, in order that sin might be shown to be sin, and through the commandment might become sinful beyond measure. We know that the law is spiritual; but I am carnal, sold […]

Hispanics, the Catholic Vote, and the New Evangelization
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Hispanics, the Catholic Vote, and the New Evangelization

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 “Are you still without understanding?” – Mt 15:16 With the election still raw in the hearts and minds of many, the political commentary is in full gear and will be for many weeks to come. Many in the Catholic blogosphere have either urged calm, or warned of a potential martyrdom heading our way. Whether you […]

The Catechism Saved my Soul
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The Catechism Saved my Soul

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“About this we have much to say which is hard to explain, since you have become dull of hearing. For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the first principles of God’s Word. You need milk, not solid food; for everyone who lives on milk is […]

10 Things to Consider When Sharing your Catholic Faith
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10 Things to Consider When Sharing your Catholic Faith

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“Conversion requires convincing of sin, it includes the interior judgment of conscience, and this, being proof of the action of the Spirit of Truth in man’s inmost being, becomes at the same time the start of a new grant of grace and love” — Blessed John Paul II, DeV 31; CCC 1848 “I can’t believe […]

Did Jesus Really Sin?
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Did Jesus Really Sin?

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Did Jesus really sin? Apparently nearly 60% of all practicing Catholic within the Diocese of Camden, NJ believe so. This was the findings of a religious survey  commissioned by the Diocese of Camden, with the intent and purpose of finding out what people know and understand about their Catholic faith. These results should put all […]

The Creed: A Spiritual Treasure
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The Creed: A Spiritual Treasure

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In his masterpiece, An Essay on the Development of Christian Doctrine, Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman at the age of fifteen describes his initial conversion toward the teachings of the Catholic Church where he, “Fell under the influences of a definite creed, and received into my intellect impressions of dogma, which, though God’s mercy, have […]

I Teach to Save Souls
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I Teach to Save Souls

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Imagine someone coming up to you and without hesitation telling you: “I desire to save your soul.” This is exactly what St. John Bosco would do in his attempt to rescue the kids of Turin, Italy from the depths of despair.  He would make his point very clear to the youths he would encounter in the […]

The Way of the Cross: Christian Living During Lent
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The Way of the Cross: Christian Living During Lent

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I’m not strong enough. Imagine if these were the words you told Christ when He asked you to take up your Cross and follow him. St. Mark’s Gospel reminds of us this very notion where Christ provides us with His unique blueprint on discipleship: And he called to him the multitude with his disciples, and […]

Dark Evangelization: The Mandate as the Gospel of Mammon
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Dark Evangelization: The Mandate as the Gospel of Mammon

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The great theologian and catechist Frank Sheed wrote in his book Are We Really Teaching Religion: “The aim of teaching religion is that at minimum, children should emerge with a tremendous devotion to Christ, Our Lord, with an awareness of Him, a considerable knowledge of His Life and Personality, and a desire to increase that knowledge” […]

A New Year’s Moral Resolution for Fathers
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A New Year’s Moral Resolution for Fathers

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One of the most amazing things about fatherhood is my children’s capacity to analyze every little thing I do. Give them an inch and they will take it a mile with anything I either said or did. No one ever wants to be challenged or corrected for their wrongs. This is a basic fact of […]

Teaching Through the Senses
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Teaching Through the Senses

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[U]ntil we account for the knowledge which an infant has of his mother . . ., what reason have we to take exception at the doctrine, as strange and difficult, that in the dictate of conscience, without previous experiences or analogical reasoning, he is able gradually to perceive the voice, or the echoes of the […]

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