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November 29, 2013
The stumbling block of the Crib
By Joe Tremblay

In his Spiritual Exercises, St. Ignatius of Loyola has us meditate on the Crib of Christ during Advent. And to help explain these spiritual exercises is Fr. Bertrand de Margerie’s book, Theological Retreat (1976). He said, “The ‘stumbling block of the crib’ places us face to face with the mystery of a poor God. The infinitely rich is presented to us in the swaddling clothes of poverty.”

The Crib of Christ was every bit as an enigma and stumbling block to the world as the Cross of...

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November 22, 2013
What you may not know about Christmas
By Joe Tremblay

If you ever watched the History or Discovery Channel you may have come across progressive theologians or historians who dismiss out of hand the historical accounts of Christ's birth as told in the Gospels. Quite often scholars look down upon tradition, the testimonies of the early Christians and their ancient writings. For some of these intellectuals, it is beneath them to give any credibility to traditions associated with piety and religious devotion. Yet, by confining their judgments...

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November 15, 2013
A new form of dating; a new society
By Joe Tremblay

The entertainment industry does exceptionally well in highlighting the advantages and thrills of falling in love. What it doesn’t do so well is to give people clues as to how to stay in love. This shouldn’t surprise us because falling in love is a lot of fun and it doesn’t take a lot of work. But this one-sided emphasis on the hormonal and emotional phase of love – while overlooking the sacrifices and graces necessary to sustain a relationship – is a recipe for disaster; both...

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November 08, 2013
ENDA: Employment Non-Discrimination Act
By Joe Tremblay

“Ten Republicans joined with all Democrats in a 64-32 vote to pass the proposed Employment Non-Discrimination Act, known as ENDA. Ten Republicans had voted to advance the measure in an earlier procedural vote,” said Michael A. Memoli. The Senate gave it the thumbs up, now it goes to the House of Representatives.

Reporting for the L.A. Times on Thursday, November 7, 2013 in his article, “Senate passes workplace protection for gay, transgender Americans,” Memoli went to say,

“On...

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November 01, 2013
Hastening the Hour of the Saints
By Joe Tremblay

“To avoid the confrontation with death is a refusal to live life to its fullest.” Msgr. Lorenzo Albacete goes on to say, in his article, Humanae Mortis, that the link between love and life is sacrifice and that the only way for man to gain his life is to lose it, to give it up, to sacrifice it. Indeed, the ultimate sacrifice is at the hour of death in which each person is called to freely give his or her life back to God.

Yet, during life, God gives every person many opportunities...

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October 25, 2013
Wrestling with God: His way of proving souls
By Joe Tremblay

According to a recent Pew Research study entitled, “U.S. Religious Landscape Survey,” less than half of Catholic parishioners believe that they can have a personal relationship with God and approximately one-third of them struggle to believe in a personal God at all. This is most unfortunate because Catholicism, especially gathering around the altar on Sundays, is unintelligible without an active, ongoing and personal relationship with Christ. Moreover, people who have an...

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Frederick Nietzsche, a 19th century atheistic philosopher from Germany, broke new ground in his day by boasting that “God is dead.” Still living in what could be considered a Christian time period, this German philosopher was emboldened by something he recognized. He sensed that Christianity had begun to weaken from within. In his book, Daybreak, published in 1881, he wrote the following:

“[O]ne should notice that Christianity has thus crossed over into a gentle moralism: it is...

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October 11, 2013
Crescendo: from discordant note to symphony
By Joe Tremblay

Crescendo is a short film based on the diary of Maria Beethoven, mother of Ludwig van Beethoven. Pattie Mallette, mother of pop artist, Justin Bieber, is the executive producer. Like Maria, Pattie was also tempted to take the “easy” way by having an abortion as an unwed mother. But she received aid and comfort from people at a maternity house.

The deeper underlying message of the film, in addition to its advocacy for life, is that through the Cross - that is, through suffering -...

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October 04, 2013
Roughly Clad: The man from Assisi
By Joe Tremblay

Monasticism, more than any other way of life on earth, inspires a love of poverty. One man who epitomizes the monastic way of life, arguably more than any other, is St. Francis of Assisi. God raised him up just as the Catholic culture in Italy was beginning to prosper. As Pope Leo XIII said, “Amidst the effeminacy and over-fastidiousness of the time, he is seen to go about careless and roughly clad, begging his food from door to door, not only enduring what is generally deemed most...

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September 27, 2013
Catholicism, Islam and Totalitarianism
By Joe Tremblay

Mohammad was a religious and a political leader. He, along with his followers, conquered other nations by the sword. And henceforth they grew in number through power and conquest. In early Christianity, on the other hand, the followers of Christ were put to the sword and as result, their numbers multiplied. This, I would say, is more miraculous in nature. Conventional wisdom for centuries was that victory was had by killing your enemy. However, the Church grew by leaps and bounds because...

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