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Recent Posts

Error Has No Rights

Medievals deeply believed this formula. It fired any number of bonfires that consumed the bodies of heretics. It gave strength to the arms of men

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Is Sacramental Grace Magic?

My friend Ludwig was troubled again. We had talked before about the Catholic understanding of grace, but he still found the notion of sacraments uncomfortable to his Evangelical bones. Ludwig said to me, “It seems to me that the Catholic image of grace is vaguely magical, as though grace is

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God is the Center, Not Us

One of my favorite cartoons is a two-panel piece featuring (on the left panel) a dog looking up in wonder at the little old lady who is scraping table scraps into his bowl. The dog contemplates the face of his mistress in reverential awe thinking, “She feeds me and cares

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How to Make a Holy Hour

A Holy Hour is an hour of time we dedicate to the Lord and ask him to bless with his presence as we make ourselves present and available to him. The image of an “hour” has been part of the Christian tradition since the very beginning. Jesus, in the Garden

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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).

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