Author Archive for Trent Beattie

Finally, Catholicism En Français!
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Finally, Catholicism En Français!

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Have you ever wondered what it would be like to read The Story of a Soul by Saint Thérése or True Devotion to Mary by St. Louis de Montfort in their original French? Doing that with new copies was formerly a distant dream or an expensive reality, since there were next to no Catholic books published […]

Avoiding the Climax of Intellectual Stupidity
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Avoiding the Climax of Intellectual Stupidity

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Until relatively recently, atheism just seemed to me like a phase for confused college students—usually nothing to be taken seriously, only something to be outgrown. However, atheism has become more pernicious in recent years. Aside from those who are going through a phase of “amateur atheism” occasioned by trendiness, myopic biology professors, or tough situations […]

Raising the Bar in Every Area of Life
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Raising the Bar in Every Area of Life

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As a two-time NCAA Division I All-American and National Champion high jumper, Bill Thierfelder had long been accustomed to raising the bar in a literal sense. Now, he does so in a metaphorical way by promoting excellence and virtue in every aspect of life. In fact, each light post at Belmont Abbey College is adorned with a […]

Yankees First Baseman Mark Teixeira on the Importance of Fatherhood
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Yankees First Baseman Mark Teixeira on the Importance of Fatherhood

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Mark Teixeira is widely known as one of the best all-around players in baseball. After being awarded the 2000 Dick Howser Trophy, college baseball’s equivalent of college football’s Heisman Trophy, he was taken in the first round of the Major League Baseball Draft in 2001. His professional career includes a World Series championship, two All-Star Game […]

Marian Father Michael Gaitley Spreads Divine Mercy Devotion
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Marian Father Michael Gaitley Spreads Divine Mercy Devotion

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Father Michael Gaitley is quickly becoming known for promoting the Divine Mercy through every means possible. A priest of the Marians of the Immaculate Conception, he is director of the Association of Marian Helpers, which assists others in growing spiritually and raises funds for seminarians. He has two best-selling books in print and speaks at […]

St. Louis Rams' Quarterback Is 'Catholic by Blood'
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St. Louis Rams’ Quarterback Is ‘Catholic by Blood’

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Kellen Clemens has been playing football as far back as he can remember. After learning the game from his father on their cattle ranch, he went on to set high-school records for the state of Oregon in passing yards and touchdowns. At the University of Oregon, he set single-season passing records and ended his collegiate […]

Olympic Medalist Transformed Through Suffering
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Olympic Medalist Transformed Through Suffering

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If things had gone according to his original plan, Mario Ancic would have been playing tennis at the Olympic Games in London this week. However, his life took a different course than he expected. The 6-foot-5-inch Croatian was riding high at the end of 2006. He was already an Olympic bronze medalist, a Wimbledon semifinalist […]

God and Seeker at Boston College
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God and Seeker at Boston College

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Students at Boston College who learn solid proofs for the existence of God have an atheist professor to thank. A little over 20 years ago, a history professor at the Jesuit college was advocating atheism in one of his classes. When Jesuit Father Ronald Tacelli, a professor of philosophy, learned of the class, he thought […]

San Diego Baseball Camp Has Christ at Its Center
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San Diego Baseball Camp Has Christ at Its Center

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Mike Sweeney’s Catholic Baseball Camp, to be held July 24-26 at Cathedral Catholic High School in San Diego, is not your average baseball camp. In addition to the customary fielding, hitting and base-running, this camp will include daily Mass, confession and praying the Rosary. Participants will learn not only how to become great baseball players, […]

Importance of Catholicism Hits Home for Arizona Diamondbacks Player
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Importance of Catholicism Hits Home for Arizona Diamondbacks Player

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The way Willie Bloomquist sees it, he’s living an impossible dream. Of all the players who try to make it to the major leagues, only a relative few actually get there. Bloomquist is one of those few, but he doesn’t attribute this to his own skills. The 34-year-old Port Orchard, Wash., native says he’s not […]

Cleveland Indians' Player Thankful
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Cleveland Indians’ Player Thankful

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If you ask Jack Hannahan what he’s thankful for, be prepared to listen for a while. Hannahan, 32, has plenty to appreciate, starting with the realization of his dream of playing in the major leagues. In 2001, he was named Big Ten Player of the Year at the University of Minnesota and was drafted in […]

Outlawing the Natural Law
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Outlawing the Natural Law

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Dr. Vincent Fortanasce knows the field of medicine as well as anyone. He has studied psychiatry at Yale, neurology at the University of Southern California and orthopedic rehabilitation at Rancho Los Amigos Hospital, one of the top rehab centers in the country. He has spent decades treating thousands of patients, including world-class athletes and celebrities. Many […]

Otherworldly Series
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Otherworldly Series

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Rich Donnelly has a baseball story that is out of this world. Donnelly’s daughter Amy had passed away four years before his trip to the World Series in 1997 with the Florida Marlins, but her presence was felt keenly at the end of the seventh game. The coach has recounted the story to thousands of […]

From Scrupulosity to Lutherosity, Part 2
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From Scrupulosity to Lutherosity, Part 2

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Contrary to Luther’s misconception (see Part 1 ), humility is in reality wise, while pride is foolish. St Alphonsus tells us that “no fool esteems himself foolish, but his folly consists in being a fool without knowing it.” Luther was so foolish that his own pride appeared to him as wisdom. Luther seemed to go […]

From Scrupulosity to Lutherosity, Part 1
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From Scrupulosity to Lutherosity, Part 1

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Many people admire Martin Luther (1483-1546) for his defiance of Church authority in the name of religious freedom. The idea is that Luther stood up to overbearing Church leaders who were no more than pagans in disguise. Luther freed us from unlawful intrusion in the area of conscience, which is supposed to be left to […]

Life-Changing Lessons from St. Alphonsus Liguori
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Life-Changing Lessons from St. Alphonsus Liguori

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What does a man do after reading powerful, potentially life-changing words from a saint? Hopefully he actually changes his life.  Additionally, he could slice and dice the words up, put them in a book, and try to get as many other people as possible to read them.  That’s what I did after reading the works […]

Hope Springs Eternal on the Diamond
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Hope Springs Eternal on the Diamond

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? Ryan Lefebvre is hopeful that [this] Major League Baseball season[...] will be a winning one — but his hopes extend far beyond the diamond. Lefebvre, the television announcer for the Kansas City Royals, began a broadcasting career during his freshman year at the University of Minnesota in 1992 when he called football games on […]

Drawing the Sacred Heart
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Drawing the Sacred Heart

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Despite what other people think, Tracy Christianson insists that she is not a painter.  It’s not that she refuses to acknowledge her God-given talent, but that her portraits are pencil drawings, not paintings. “People are usually surprised to find out that my portraits are drawn with [Prismacolor brand] colored pencils,” says the Seattle artist. “Most […]

The Cruelty of Casual Canonizations
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The Cruelty of Casual Canonizations

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In recent years it has become commonplace to turn funerals into casual canonizations. “Bob is in a better place,” we’re told, which, if taken literally, can only mean Heaven, as neither Hell nor Purgatory are better places than earth. Never mind the fact that Bob wasn‘t very generous with his time or money, drank too […]

Getting Off the Misery-Go-Round of Scrupulosity
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Getting Off the Misery-Go-Round of Scrupulosity

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“Bless me Father, for I have sinned.  It’s been an hour and fifteen minutes since my last confession,” Mike fearfully utters to the priest.  Mike had confessed prior to the Mass he just attended, but during Mass remembered something he did not confess.  This greatly troubled him because he knew it was a mortal sin.  […]