St. Michael and Spiritualism: a Hidden History?

Originally published at Catholic Stand on November 28, 2015.

During the research for my book Pope Leo XIII and the Prayer to St. Michael, I came across some intriguing research on the movement known as “Spiritualism” or “Spiritism.” Regretfully, this was an area that I was not able to incorporate much in the book. I would like to sketch briefly the “hidden” history between the Spiritualism movement and the prayer to St. Michael the Archangel.

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Religious Pluralism and the Contemporary World

Originally published at Catholic Stand on September 15, 2015.

Several weeks ago, I published an article entitled Contemporary Culture Wars: Is History Repeating? Since the publication of that article, some significant issues and/or events have compelled me to reflect further on the theme of contemporary culture wars. I will continue to explore this subject here as a continuation of my previous article.

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A Year of Living Like Paul

Originally published at Catholic Stand on February 6, 2016. I am happy to say that the LCHF diet continues to work well for me as I maintain my weight loss.

This past January 20 marked the one year anniversary of the death of my friend, Paul Coakley. Last year I wrote two articles about my thoughts on his life, death and subsequent impact upon me. Now that a year has passed, I would like to offer another reflection upon said impact.

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Reflecting on “Living Like Paul”

Originally published at Catholic Stand on August 17, 2015.

It is hard to believe but it has been nearly seven months since my friend Paul Coakley went to receive his eternal reward. His wife, Ann, has asked people to write about how they have since been “living like Paul.” It is difficult to explain how I have been doing this without going into the background.

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Thanksgiving Travels

Hi Everyone! I hope you are all enjoying the Thanksgiving holiday weekend (for those in the United States)! This post is a little update about my own life and travels.

I am in Minnesota for the holiday, a little over 5 hours from my home. I am spending the break with some good people outside of the Twin Cities. I left work on Tuesday and braved the oncoming snow storm, arriving at my destination around 8:30 p.m. with a 15 to 20-minute delay. The weather and a bad car wreck was the cause of the delay. It made me appreciate more so that I have been driving for so long in the South that it is important for me to get used to driving again in the North. Thankfully, I got new tires back in September that are made for this sort of weather.

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