Faith, Family, and Fatherhood — Conversion

The Calling of St. Matthew

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Feast of St. Matthew the Apostle

Matthew 9:9-13

Many scholars today try to dismiss Saint Matthew's seemingly instant conversion. They reason, not based on scripture, that Saint Matthew probably knew Jesus for a while beforehand and this was just his way of telling his readers when he left everything to follow Jesus.

It sounds good but I'll stick with what I read. Matthew got up and followed him. I...

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What do I still lack?

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Pope Saint Pius X
Matthew 19:16-22

It is easy for me to place myself in the shoes of the rich young man in today's Gospel. Not because I am rich of course but because I too like the path of least resistance. I too want to lean on my past accomplishments and not be challenged to go the extra mile.

As always I like to focus on the repeats in the Gospel and with this passage we have the word "good"...

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Wordy Wednesday Book Recommendation

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16 years ago I was not going to Mass and didn't even know if I believed in God. My brother handed me a book that would forever change my life. It really spoke to me about living a real Catholic life and did so in the form of a novel that made it easy for me to read. Before I even finished the book I was asking how I might go to Confession or at least talk to a priest.  This, after being away from the Church and living a hedonistic life for over a decade. Many others have had...

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10 Books That Straightened Out My Life

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10 Books That Straightened Out My Life - Part 1 of 3

In 1998 I came back to the Catholic Church after years of living only for myself. It has been 15 years now that I have been trying to live the life of a good Catholic. There have been highs and lows, victories and defeats in this struggle and I am sure there will continue to be until the end.

I've told my conversion story over and over to...

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10 Books That Straightened Out My Life - Part 3 of 3

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Part 1 of 3
Part 2 of 3

As I stated in Part 1, the title of my book would be The 10 Books That Straightened Out My Life: And the 5 Books the Helped. This post will focus on those 5 books. At the end I will list all 15 so they are in one place for easy reference.

I was not a reader until my conversion. After my conversion I fell in love with books. That's probably why I have a bookstore and have...

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