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Mary Kochan, former Senior Editor of CatholicExchange, is Editor-in-chief of CatholicLane.com. Raised as a third-generation Jehovah's Witness, Mary worked her way backwards through the Protestant Reformation to enter the Catholic Church on Trinity Sunday, 1996. Mary has spoken in many settings, to groups large and small, on the topic of destructive cultism and has been a guest on both local and national radio programs. To arrange for Mary to speak at your event, you may contact her at kochanmar@gmail.com.

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Book Review: By What Authority by Mark Shea

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Resolve to read “By What Authority?” in 2014.

When I Will Concern Myself with the Roman Curia
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When I Will Concern Myself with the Roman Curia

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Who’s in? Who’s out? Who’s up? Who’s down? Who’s headed up or headed down?  Whose influence is waxing or waning? Ah, Rome.  The Eternal City of intrigue. Ah, Vaticanistas. Of making many speculations there is no end. I will concern myself with the goings on of the Roman Curia when: All the dust is gone […]

St. Luke, Evangelist and Historian
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St. Luke, Evangelist and Historian

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Today is the Feast of St. Luke the evangelist. Luke was a native of Antioch and unlike the other New Testament writers, was not a Jew, but a Greek. When we look for Luke in the Scriptures, we first come across his Gospel, but from a historical perspective, his first mention is not in the […]

The Conversation We Need to Have About Charity
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The Conversation We Need to Have About Charity

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“The true protagonist of history is the beggar: Christ who begs for man’s heart, and man’s heart that begs for Christ.” - Fr. Luigi Giussani, founder of Communion & Liberation. On Catholic Lane we are running two articles on the topic of charity with the aim of provoking the kind of conversation about this very important […]

A Whale of an Argument
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A Whale of an Argument

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Have you heard the argument against the existence of God based on the size of the universe? You might find it strange that an argument against God would be constructed based on the enormity of space — something that elicits awe and wonder. But it is, and it goes like this: You see how big the […]

Aristotle and Manna
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Aristotle and Manna

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To feed the Israelites during their wandering time in the desert, the Lord caused to appear on the ground a flaky substance that tasted like pancakes with honey. At its first appearance, the people quite sensibly asked what everyone asks upon seeing something new, “What is it?”  And that very question became their name for […]

Book Review: The Catholic Baby Name Book
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Book Review: The Catholic Baby Name Book

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Considering that no one in my family is expecting, it might seem strange that I have been so happily perusing a baby name book.  But The Catholic Baby Name Book by Catholic Lane Senior Editor, Patrice Fagnant-MacArthur, is a complete delight and of nearly the same interest whether you are looking to name an expected […]

Help a Catholic Farming Family!
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Help a Catholic Farming Family!

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Please, open your heart and consider this situation. Brian Gadbois is a permanent deacon and his wife Nissa has just, as in today, given birth to their ninth child. A couple of years ago a dream that they had nurtured for many years came true when they purchased a foreclosed and abandoned farm property. As a […]

Can It Be?
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Can It Be?

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This is my 19th Easter. For the first 38 years of my life I did not celebrate Easter because I was one of Jehovah’s Witnesses, a pseudo-Christian group with a very strange economy of salvation. It is not easy to describe life in a cult like Jehovah’s Witnesses. It is very dark. Even their light […]

It's Spring! So...Should you Celebrate the Equinox?
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It’s Spring! So…Should you Celebrate the Equinox?

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Today is the first day of spring because it is the day of the vernal (spring) equinox. Okay, just a quick review of your high school astronomy.  In summer and winter we have solstices — the summer solstice is the longest day of the year and the winter solstice is the shortest day of the year.  […]

Two Josephs, Both Alike in Chastity
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Two Josephs, Both Alike in Chastity

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With our attention upon St. Joseph today, it might be good to look back at the Old Testament figure for whom Mary’s chaste spouse was most likely named. That would be Joseph, son of Jacob, grandson of Isaac, and great-grandson of Abraham. Joseph is a popular name for Jewish boys precisely as a memorial of this […]

The Absolute Easiest Worm Bin Plans and Instructions on the Entire Internet
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The Absolute Easiest Worm Bin Plans and Instructions on the Entire Internet

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If you have a garden you probably already know that earthworms are good for your garden. You may be aware that one of the best fertilizers is worm castings. If you already compost and do your best to amend your soil with organic matter, you are already going a long way toward attracting these garden […]

Organizing Your Kitchen
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Organizing Your Kitchen

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With Christmas busyness behind, the yard in winter dormancy, and tax season still far enough ahead not to be urgent, it’s that time of year when thoughts turn to home organization. Our God is not a God of confusion and disorder, but a God of peace (1 Cor. 14:33). Order brings peace to our minds and […]

The One Pertinent Question We Truly Must Ask
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The One Pertinent Question We Truly Must Ask

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In the wake of the horrifying deaths of 20 young school children in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting at Newtown, Connecticut, there is one question that we must ask.  We must ask it while the horror is fresh and we must ask it when the process of grief has eased our shock and pain […]

New Sci-Fi Thriller, The Christus Experiment, is “Da Vinci Code in Reverse”
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New Sci-Fi Thriller, The Christus Experiment, is “Da Vinci Code in Reverse”

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An interview with author Rod Bennett A fascinating new novel is out in paperback today which ought to be of great interest to Catholic Lane readers with a taste for fantasy or science fiction.  It’s called The Christus Experiment and it’s the first major work of fiction by Rod Bennett, author of the popular Catholic apologetic Four […]

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Respecting Your Mental Powers

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“All men by nature desire to know.” So Aristotle begins his Metaphysics. We desire to know what is and we desire to know it truly and this desire is “by nature” — as every parent of a miniature metaphysician can testify, for “what?” and “why?” are the words his child’s mind lives by from morning to […]

A Spoonful of Grace
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A Spoonful of Grace

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The little boy is playing happily on the kitchen floor. Mommy is busy above, at the counter, far over his head. Things are being retrieved from the cupboards and fridge, but the little boy pays scant attention for he has lately become fascinated with tracing the design on the vinyl floor with his toy car. […]

A Catholic Response to Joel Osteen Broadcast 10/07/12: What to Do While Waiting
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A Catholic Response to Joel Osteen Broadcast 10/07/12: What to Do While Waiting

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This week Joel Osteen’s message, “Trust God’s Timing,” was focused on the attitude that we display while we are waiting for God to answer a prayer. Joel used the examples of someone praying for healing, praying to find a spouse, praying for the return of a wayward child, or praying for promotion at work. Joel said […]

A Catholic Response to Joel Osteen Broadcast 9/16/12: Tests
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A Catholic Response to Joel Osteen Broadcast 9/16/12: Tests

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Joel Osteen’s Sunday message this week, “It’s Only a Test”,  was about how facing up to trials or “tests” can improve one’s character. He led off by quoting the first half of I Peter 4:12 : “Beloved, do not be amazed and bewildered by the fiery ordeal which is taking place to test your quality…” (Amplified Bible).  The historical context of this exhortation by our first Pope was the […]

Please, Profile Me!
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Please, Profile Me!

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Okay, just for the record here is the profile. I am white, a US citizen, in my mid 50′s, a grandmother, and a practicing Catholic. Rosaries, prayer books, medals, scapulars and other such paraphernalia are from time to time located on my person.  I know a few other women who fit that profile and while […]

A Catholic Response to Joel Osteen Broadcast: 9/2/12, Suffering
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A Catholic Response to Joel Osteen Broadcast: 9/2/12, Suffering

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The title of Joel Osteen’s broadcast message this week was “Deal With It!” Joel wanted his audience to understand that there were things in life that we were just going to have to deal with and that would entail suffering. I was very interested to see Joel mention suffering in his broadcast, because suffering is […]

The President Without a Country: A Review of 2016 -- Obama's America
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The President Without a Country: A Review of 2016 — Obama’s America

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Breathes there the man, with soul so dead,  Who never to himself hath said,  This is my own, my native land!  Barack Obama is not an American.  No, 2016 — Obama’s America, does not deny that Obama was born in Hawaii; there is not a whiff of the “birther” controversy in this surprisingly engaging documentary. But the film […]

When Things Fall Apart Inside
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When Things Fall Apart Inside

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Depression. A dictionary or thesaurus gives us some striking synonyms: a hollow, a cavity, a sinkhole. It is where something inside has given way causing the surface to fall in. The person experiencing depression has had that experience — the experience of something inside giving way, the loss of some internal structure or support. Elijah […]

Aristotle and Manna: God's Answer Meets Our Questions
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Aristotle and Manna: God’s Answer Meets Our Questions

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To feed the Israelites during their wandering time in the desert, the Lord caused to appear on the ground a flaky substance that tasted like pancakes with honey. At its first appearance, the people quite sensibly asked what everyone asks upon seeing something new, “What is it?”  And that very question became their name for […]

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