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One thing you will search in vain for in the Catechism of the Catholic Church is any discussion of the phenomenon of ghosts. That doesn’t

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How Do I Feed People?

Following up on yesterday’s post, I ask simply, “How do I feed people?” For me, the biggest reality behind my encounter with Jesus was discovering

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Big Laws, Small Laws

The other morning I was standing there in the shower when a little epiphany hit me on my soggy head. As I reached up for the shampoo bottle I noticed something my eyes had seen hundreds of times but my brain had never comprehended till that moment. There are instructions

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Divine Hatred, Divine Love

Most of us modern Christians congratulate ourselves that we’re tolerant and not judgmental. All that Old Testament brimstone is old hat. We’ve advanced and evolved. We’re more forgiving than our ancestors. But then a story like this catches our eye: Shouting, “This is YouTube material!” a 27-year-old British man urinated on a

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Green Christmas

Washingtonians like me have to cope with extremes in the weather. Whether it’s summer or winter, the weather is always extremely temperate. So, for instance, every June it rains. If you live in Washington, you know this and you know how to quell the sense of violated rights when, this

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About Mark Shea

Greetings! I’m Mark P. Shea, a Catholic author and blogger who’s also done a spot of podcasting and even acting here and there, as well as radio and TV work. My latest book, The Church’s Best-Kept Secret: A Primer on Catholic Social Teaching was published in September 2020 by New City Press. Other works include By What Authority?: An Evangelical Discovers Catholic Tradition (Ignatius), Mary, Mother of the SonThis is My Body: An Evangelical Discovers the Real Presence (Christendom), and Making Senses Out of Scripture: Reading the Bible as the First Christians Did (Basilica), Salt and Light:  The Commandments, the Beatitudes, and a Joyful Life (Servant), The Heart of Catholic Prayer: Rediscovering the Our Father and the Hail Mary (Our Sunday Visitor) and The Work of Mercy:  Being the Hands and Heart of Christ (Servant).

I can also be found on Facebook (here and here) and Twitter. If you like my work and want to see more of it, please become one of my supporters on Patreon…..