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Prayer Before Sex? It’ll Never Catch On!

When I was a child, I once heard my mother talking with a friend about sex. Not the “oh my gosh!” kind of sex talk. You see, the woman and her husband were very devout; and her complaint was that after they had sexual relations he would pop up, kneel beside the bed, and pray. […]

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Ostia: Augie's Old Stompin' Grounds

No disrespect intended! But since I’ve been talking for the past few days about St. Augustine, I thought I’d round out the series with a few pics from some of his favorite haunts. Back in 2003 or 2004, I had the privilege of leading a group of pilgrims to some of the fun spots in […]

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The Power of a Mother's Prayer

Her son was a wild one.  She had tried to impart solid virtues and a lively faith—but her atheist husband quashed that with his brusque way and bad example. So when her eldest son reached his teens, he broke away—rejecting Christianity for an occult religion, and preferring an easy life of casual relationships and carefree […]

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The Ladder of St. Augustine

The Ladder of St. Augustine By Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Saint Augustine! well hast thou said, That of our vices we can frame A ladder, if we will but tread Beneath our feet each deed of shame! All common things, each day’s events, That with the hour begin and end, Our pleasures and our discontents, Are […]

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The Seashell and the Three-In-One

Augustine of Hippo lived a wild life—abandoning the faith, fathering a child out of wedlock, and rejecting the values of his mother Monica. Monica, however, prayed for her son, that he would turn back to God.  For thirty years, Monica prayed unceasingly for her son—who eventually was converted, and who became one of the Church’s […]

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