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Lord, Teach us to Pray: We Live the Way We Love and Love the Way we Pray

By: Deacon Keith Fournier “He was praying in a certain place, and when he had finished , one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples.” And he said to them, “When […]

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I am Glad to Be Back at Beliefnet: It is Time to Begin Again

I have not written a column for Beliefnet in a long time. I have been writing a lot – just in other venues. As is the case with all of us, my life just seems to get busier and busier. […]

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Pope Enters a Monastery – to Teach us All How to Pray in the ‘Real World’

On Sunday, October 9, 2011, Pope Benedict XVI presided over Second Vespers with the Carthusian monks at Serra San Bruno. From the Chapel of that Carthusian monastery he shared beautiful  insights on silence and prayer which should be considered by […]

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A Catholic Activist Looks at the US Presidential Campaign of 2012 and the ‘Catholic Vote’

After Labor Day, the US Presidential campaign of 2012 will move into high gear. Clearly, this is one of the most important elections of my lifetime.  The economy is in a free fall and the sense of fear in the […]

The Christian Vocation and Living in the ‘Fourth Watch of the Night’

As a Deacon in the Catholic Church, I have the joy of proclaiming the Gospel during Holy Mass. The Gospel account two Sundays ago is one of my favorites. It is also one which is familiar – almost too familiar […]

Children as Commodities: In Vitro Fertilization and the Culture of Death

On July 6, 2011 I read an article Wednesday entitled  “Lottery for IVF” in the Sun newspaper out of the UK. The article was written for the Wednesday edition by Emma Little, their health and science Editor. Here are a […]

Choosing to be Catholic: Catholics Returning to the Church

I named this blog “Catholic by Choice” with a specific purpose, to communicate to those who read my writing that I choose to be a Catholic Christian and love the Catholic Church. I am a “revert” to the Catholic Church. […]

Catholics and the Feast of Corpus Christi

On Thursday June 23, 2010,at 7 p.m., the Solemnity of Corpus Christi, the Holy Father celebrated Mass on the square in front of Rome’s St. John Lateran Basilica. Following this Liturgy he presided at the traditional Eucharistic procession from the […]

Lex Orandi, Lex Credendi: Catholic Christians and the Mass

There is a Latin maxim that addresses the centrality of worship in the life, identity and mission of the Catholic Church; “Lex Orandi, Lex Credendi”. The phrase in Latin literally means the law of prayer (“the way we worship”), and […]

Whatever Happened to those Pentecostal/Charismatic Catholics?

This year the Liturgical celebration of Pentecost occurs on Sunday June 12. Among the many biblical accounts we will hear at Mass is this one: “When the time for Pentecost was fulfilled, they were all in one place together. And […]

The Feast of the Ascension is Not an Intermission but a Key to Life

The Ascension of the Lord is not some final act in the earthly ministry of Jesus Christ, in the theatrical sense, though it does complete, in one way, His earthly ministry and the “Paschal Mystery”. Nor is it some kind […]

Simplicity and Communion: We will live the way we love and love the way we pray

As I grow older things are becoming simpler. Left behind with the years was some of my propensity to complicate things. Oh, don’t get me wrong, I have a long way to go. Having been with those preparing for death […]

Forget Heaven: Maybe Stephen Hawking Isn’t Real

On Monday May 15, 2011, scientist/cosmologist/physicist Stephen Hawking gave an interview to Ian Sample, the science correspondent for the Guardian Newspaper of the United Kingdom. It was entitled Stephen Hawking: ‘There is no heaven; it’s a fairy story’. There was nothing […]

Needed: Morally Coherent Christians who are Responsible Citizens

With the first US Presidential debate of the season behind us campaign 2012 is underway in the United States. The issues presented in an election of such significance will immediately engage the entire Christian community. Putting aside the schizophrenic notion […]

Happy Mothers Day: Jesus Called Her Mother and So Can We

On this mothers day, I am drawn once again to reflection on motherhood and its meaning. Many years ago I was an invited guest at a celebration of the life and ministry of an evangelical Protestant leader. It was a […]

‘Doubting’ Thomas Teaches us the Way of Courageous Faith

The Second Sunday of Easter is “Divine Mercy Sunday” in the Catholic liturgical calendar. This year, it also became the day when beloved Pope John Paul II was beatified. Our Gospel (John 20: 19-31) recounted one of the Post-Resurrection appearances […]

Their Eyes were Opened: The Risen Jesus accompanies us on our Road to Emmaus

In keeping with the ancient Christian tradition the Catholic Church celebrates Easter for an octave, eight days. These days are seen as one continual celebration of the great event which forever changed human history. The octave opens into a liturgical […]

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Lord, Teach us to Pray: We Live the Way We Love and Love the Way we Pray
By: Deacon Keith Fournier “He was praying in a certain place, and when he had finished , one of his disciples said to him, "Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples." And he said to them, "When you pray, say: "Father, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come.  Give us each day ou

posted 10:45:49am Jul. 01, 2012 | read full post »

I am Glad to Be Back at Beliefnet: It is Time to Begin Again
I have not written a column for Beliefnet in a long time. I have been writing a lot - just in other venues. As is the case with all of us, my life just seems to get busier and busier. However, I have not been able to get Beliefnet - and its potential for good - out of my mind or my heart. So, I begi

posted 4:06:55pm Jan. 19, 2012 | read full post »

Pope Enters a Monastery - to Teach us All How to Pray in the ‘Real World’
On Sunday, October 9, 2011, Pope Benedict XVI presided over Second Vespers with the Carthusian monks at Serra San Bruno. From the Chapel of that Carthusian monastery he shared beautiful  insights on silence and prayer which should be considered by all who bear the name Christian. His words brought

posted 10:59:44am Oct. 13, 2011 | read full post »

A Catholic Activist Looks at the US Presidential Campaign of 2012 and the 'Catholic Vote'
After Labor Day, the US Presidential campaign of 2012 will move into high gear. Clearly, this is one of the most important elections of my lifetime.  The economy is in a free fall and the sense of fear in the United States is palpable. A majority of people have lost confidence in our elected leader

posted 12:38:32pm Aug. 23, 2011 | read full post »

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