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Recommended today on the radio

Posted by on March 18, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Biblical origin of the Hail Mary: Luke 1:28 My interview with exorcist Father Gary Thomas (see at right) Coming Soon book by Dr. Michael Barber

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Meet me in Dallas!

Posted by on March 11, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

I will be emceeing the Annual Bishop’s Pro-Life Dinner in Dallas on the evening of April 18, 2015 at the Irvine Convention Center. Special guest is pop and gospel singer Kathy Troccoli. Kathy and I met briefly in 1995 when I co-hosted the Steubenville High School Youth Conferences on campus that summer. Hard to forget a voice that naturally soulful. Should be deliciously awkward when she tells me she doesn’t remember me, wot. I must say, awkward used to bother me. Now embrace it. We’re buds. Feeeel the awkward, O my people....

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Recommended on “Catholic Answers Live”

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Welcome to my website, new visitors! Whenever I or a guest recommends a book or some other resource, I try and post as many as I can remember at the end of the broadcast. A few recent picks: Free prayer app: iBreviary YouTube documentaries on homosexuality and chastity: The Third Way and Desire of the Everlasting Hills Book on suffering and God’s will: Making Sense of Suffering by Peter Kreeft Book explaining Catholic teaching on contraception to skeptics: Sex Au Naturel by Patrick Coffin (available by clicking at the right)....

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Patrick’s picks

Posted by on February 18, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

As I mentioned on Catholic Answers Live today, since most people do not have a pen and paper handy while listening to live radio, I’m going to start posting books or other recommendables that I bring up on the air. You can do an online search for: The Mental Sufferings of Our Lord in His Passion by Bl. John Henry Cardinal Newman. Makes for GREAT Lenten reading and meditation. He did it all for me and you…

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Kevin Costner’s Big Gamble

Posted by on February 10, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

My latest Cinephile column over at Catholic World Report includes an interview with double Academy Award-winner Lt. Dunbar, I mean Eliot Ness, I mean Ray Kinsella, I mean…. The audio version began airing February 6 at www.catholic.com/focus.    

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Best made movie in history

Posted by on December 25, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Published this two years ago tonight, my analysis of the Frank Capra uber classic It’s a Wonderful Life. Hands down, and up, the greatest film ever made. Merry Christmas.  

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Church is good for men, and vice versa

Posted by on December 8, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Church is good for men because Jesus is good for men. It’s also because contact with other good, strong, loving Christian men is good for men, and because men (despite the posturing and the denial) crave community. Men in particular are drawn to adventures that involve team participation and the call to exceed oneself. Which explains the military, street gangs, sports and hunting teams, knights, and family life. There is a fascinating, detailed study called “The Demographic Characteristics of the Linguistic and Religious Groups in...

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She gave the Word flesh

Posted by on December 4, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

She gave the Word flesh

One of the insights non-Catholics get as they’re being drawn by the mystic magnetism of the Catholic Church is that all Marian doctrines are essentially Christocentric.   Not everyone gets it to the same degree or at the same stage in the journey, but: Jesus alone explains Mary. Any devotions to her derive from devotion to him. Yes, some of the more sentimental “maximal” customs regarding the Blessed Mother — motivated as they may be by a sincere wish to make her better known and loved — give the impression that...

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An Open Letter to Philip Seymour Hoffman

Posted by on February 6, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Dear Phil: Forgive me for addressing a stranger as a friend. The cliché holds true: I feel like I know you. For 11 years now you’ve been the guy who was born to play blogger Mark Shea in a TV movie-of-the-week biopic. You’re one of those Completely Inhabiting the Character kind of actors. And what a range of characters you inhabited. You never got the girl at the end, but very few actors can bring to life the sheer variety of different characters you did: a dumpy baseball manager (Moneyball), a mincing novelist (Capote), an accused priest...

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There are tours, pilgrimages and then there are Steve and Janet Ray LIFE EXPERIENCES

Posted by on September 24, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

I got back on September 10 after a nine-day experience of wall-too-wall, minute-to-minute spiritual growth and enrichment. Steve and Janet Ray of Footprints of God Pilgrimages fame, are in a class all by themselves. From the expert (and encyclopedic) Israeli Christian guide, to the hotel choices, to the TLC given to pilgrims, to the focus on prayerful meditation, to the masterful teachings along the way — it all adds up to a extravagant experience of grace, grit, and gratitude. Bishop Robert Vasa of Santa Rosa, and Father Willy Raymond,...

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