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The Joy of Easter – He is Risen!

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The Joy of Easter – He is Risen! Easter is upon us! Rejoice in the triumph of Christ! On this edition of Divine Intimacy Radio, Dan and Melissa discuss the Glory of the Resurrection and the dramatic changes that it brought about in the lives of His disciples. Show Notes: Rejoice! It’s holy to be joyous. There is no spiritual depth without joy. When the Apostles were being persecuted... Read More

The Authority of CS Lewis

July 23, 2013 by  
Filed under Paul McCusker

Author Paul McCusker

Life, As I Find It Anglican minister J.B. Phillips decided in the late 1940s to create a translation of the New Testament that was readable and comprehensible to the people of Britain. Over several years, and with an endorsement from C.S. Lewis, he succeeded. Many would agree even now that the Phillips translation is a remarkable work. In particular I found his translations of St. Paul’s letters... Read More

By What Authority?

July 20, 2013 by  
Filed under Church Authority, Paul McCusker

Author Paul McCusker

Life, As I Find It As I’ve mentioned before, and will mention again, one of the triggers for my journey to the Catholic faith began with a simple but life-changing question: By what authority does someone interpret Scripture and establish doctrine? What made that question so pivotal for me is that it challenged a few vital assumptions in my Evangelical Protestant theology. It also came up at a time... Read More

I Had No Idea…

June 11, 2013 by  
Filed under Apologetics, Conversion, Paul McCusker

Author Paul McCusker

One of the things I didn’t expect when I became a Catholic was how my “conversion” would bring to light what people really thought of me. And, admittedly, I wasn’t happy with what I learned. On one occasion a close Protestant friend, whom I hadn’t seen in a long time, tossed out this anticipatory statement: “I’m looking forward to seeing you. I can’t wait to find out what you’ve decided... Read More

Drive-By Advice

May 16, 2013 by  
Filed under Apologetics, Paul McCusker

Author Paul McCusker

Drive-By Advice Life, As I Find It I’ve been grateful to those who wrote with advice about handling my Evangelical Protestant friends and family. The only problem, I think, is that some of the advice assumes two things. First, that I’m talking to a willing or eager non-Catholic who really wants to know about it. Second, the other personal is rational. If the first case is true then, yes, it’s... Read More

Drive-By Body Armor

May 3, 2013 by  
Filed under Apologetics, Dan Burke

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After reading Paul’s post about how to respond to ‘Drive-By Theology‘ incidents, my friend, EWTN apologist John Martignoni, gently chided me and said, “Dan, there is a better way to answer in those types of situations then what you offered your audience.” I think John was referring to my advice that Paul referenced at the end of his post. John is very shy that way. He... Read More

Drive-By Theology

May 2, 2013 by  
Filed under Apologetics, Paul McCusker

Author Paul McCusker

Life, As I Find It One of my experiences with my Evangelical-Protestant friends after I became Catholic involved Drive-By incidents. You know the kind: a fast comment, often sarcastic or corrective, with little chance for response. So, I would get hit with Drive-By Bible Verses that are meant to rebuke Catholic teaching, or receive the instantly dismissive “that’s not in the Bible.” Or a Drive-By... Read More

A Stranger In A Strange Land

April 23, 2013 by  
Filed under Apologetics, Paul McCusker

Author Paul McCusker

Life, As I Find It My work often takes me to England – a country I love, in no small part because my wife is English and my son was born there. I have gone with friends and co-workers who sometimes surprise me with their reactions to things that are unfamiliar. One might say, “That’s interesting. Why do they do it that way?” while another might say, “That’s stupid. Why do they do it... Read More

Object Permanence: Purgatory, Spiritual Realities Denial

April 12, 2013 by  
Filed under Apologetics, Paul McCusker, Purgatory

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Life, As I Find It I remember reading about a condition, long thought to exist in babies, where an item only existed if it was within sight. The moment it went out of sight, it no longer existed. The phenomenon was called “Object Permanence” and many psychologists have subscribed to the notion, especially for children under six months of age. The idea of “Object Permanence” came to mind recently... Read More

“Catholic guilt” bad? What of those using it to criticize the Church?

September 7, 2009 by  
Filed under Apologetics, Forgiveness, Fr. Bartunek

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Dear Father John, I know more than a few people who are fallen-away Catholics. They make fun of the Church sometimes, or they make fun of me. But my question has to do with “Catholic guilt.” They mention this sometimes and smirk, like it’s some kind of inside joke on me. I am not sure what they mean by this, but I have a sense that it’s holding them back living their faith. I would like to... Read More

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