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Our daughter, Evelyn Marie

Filed in Life by on April 17, 2014 2 Comments
Our daughter, Evelyn Marie

I am so happy to spend this Holy Week with our daughter, Evelyn. She was born on March 3rd at 1:14pm in our little apartment and she’s just wonderful. The transition to parenthood has been relatively smooth–the nights are what you’d expect and her vocal chords are certainly getting stronger, but that’s made up by […]

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Pope Francis Loves the Mafia (more than you, and more than me)

Filed in Catholic Church by on March 22, 2014 5 Comments
Pope Francis Loves the Mafia (more than you, and more than me)

Yesterday, I happily watched the viral video of a 25-year old nun singing on The Voice in Italy. There was a much shorter and much less popular video, though, that has kept me up tonight. Pope Francis spoke at a memorial service for victims of the Mafia yesterday, and a Catholic News Service captured the […]

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If Devin Rose played in the NBA: A Review of The Protestant’s Dilemma

Filed in Book Reviews by on March 20, 2014 4 Comments
If Devin Rose played in the NBA: A Review of The Protestant’s Dilemma

(Like this post? Feel free to subscribe or check out my Facebook and Twitter.) If Devin Rose played in the NBA, I would give him the Most Improved Player Award, and maybe even MVP.  When I was at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and trying not to become Catholic, I saw If Protestantism is True  pop up in my search results. […]

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Evelyn Marie’s birth, Father Barron talk

Filed in Life by on March 16, 2014 3 Comments
Evelyn Marie’s birth, Father Barron talk

Hi everyone, Just a quick update to let you know Evelyn Marie Baratta was born on March 3rd, nearly two weeks ago! She is healthy and we are happy. I look forward to writing more posts in the coming weeks. Jackie and I are moved into a new apartment and preparing for little Evie’s baptism […]

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Why Am I So Happy When Others Fail?

Filed in Conversion by on February 28, 2014 2 Comments
Why Am I So Happy When Others Fail?

(Like this post? Feel free to subscribe or check out my Facebook and Twitter.) A Bible verse that has always caught my attention is 1 Corinthians 13: “Love does not delight in evil, but rejoices with the truth.” Contained in the famous “love chapter” of the Bible is a challenge to all of us living […]

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Book Review: History of the Catholic Church

Filed in Book Reviews by on February 20, 2014 2 Comments
Book Review: History of the Catholic Church

  (Like this post? Feel free to subscribe or check out my  Facebook and Twitter) Jackie and I opened up all of our Christmas presents on December 25th, and I kept looking for James Hitchcock’s History of the Catholic Church. She purposefully held it back as the last gift and I was so relieved when I opened it. […]

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Venerating the Saints with Colored Pencils: How to Make a Saint Book

Filed in Life by on February 12, 2014 0 Comments
Venerating the Saints with Colored Pencils: How to Make a Saint Book

Jackie is artistic, and I am not. I revel in reading long books on theology, and Jackie does not. Jackie is a kinetic learner who likes working with her hands, and I like staring at facts and memorizing them. This year, we’ve decided to merge our interests.  Since becoming Catholic, I have been both overwhelmed […]

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3 Daily Decisions That Are Changing my Life

Filed in Life by on February 9, 2014 5 Comments
3 Daily Decisions That Are Changing my Life

(Like this post? Feel free to subscribe or check out my  Facebook and Twitter) Our first child is due March 12, and in the preparation for the baby’s arrival I’m examining how I spend my time more and more. These three daily decisions have had a tremendously positive impact on my life over the past month, and I […]

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Devin Rose’s New Book, Buzzfeed, and the Catholic Land Movement

Filed in Interviews by on January 30, 2014 3 Comments
Devin Rose’s New Book, Buzzfeed, and the Catholic Land Movement

(Like this post? Feel free to subscribe or check out my  Facebook and Twitter) As I’ve mentioned before, not long after I left seminary in February of 2012 I e-mailed Devin Rose and let him know that If Protestantism is True was a great read. Since then we talk on the phone fairly regularly and I’m grateful to […]

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Evangelicals Rethinking Contraception? Thank you, Albert Mohler

Filed in Evangelicalism by on January 15, 2014 1 Comment
Evangelicals Rethinking Contraception? Thank you, Albert Mohler

(Like this post? Feel free to subscribe or check out my  Facebook and Twitter) I’ve watched Albert Mohler’s increasing willingness to speak against birth control with interest. He does not affirm the Catholic position,  but he often sounds like the Cliffnotes version of Humanae Vitae. As early as 2006, Mohler wrote about the issue. Then, just a month or […]

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