Letter #3 to an Agnostic Friend: Philosophy and Science
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1w ago
Dear friend, We’re going to get a little philosophical in this letter. When I was an agnostic, I distrusted philosophy and lent it no credence. This was due to simply not having learned what philosophy was but also because in practice I heard about many different, contradictory philosophies, so I concluded that one could make “philosophy” into whatever one wanted. But just because something can be abused and twisted doesn’t mean that it’s bad, just that it is misused. One of the greatest thinkers to ever live was St. Thomas Aquinas. He lived during the 1200s and was a priest of the Dominican O ..read more
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Letter #2 to an Agnostic Friend: Where to Begin, Prayer and the Bible
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2w ago
Dear friend, In my previous letter, I shared how I personally became a Christian from atheism. As I write these letters to you, I also encourage you to take action to seek for yourself the truth of God’s existence and of Christianity in particular. Here is how I recommend you do that: Say a prayer each day for God to make Himself known to you so that you can believe. Start reading St. Matthew’s Gospel. Here’s a bit more on the prayer part of that recommendation. God is omniscient, so He knows everything. He knows that you currently don’t believe in Him (or maybe are unsure if you do), and He ..read more
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Why Bitcoiners Should Become Catholic
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2w ago
Bitcoin and the Catholic Church: could two things be any more different and at odds with one another? In fact, after reading this article, I hope to convince you that Bitcoin is not only compatible with the Catholic Church, but also that Bitcoiners should become Catholics themselves. Why Bitcoin and the Catholic Church Seem to Be at Odds Centralization vs. Decentralization Bitcoin runs as a peer-to-peer network of computers (let's call them nodes, though special nodes exist, for example, mining nodes). This network is decentralized, meaning that these nodes are being run all over the world by ..read more
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There and Back Again: A Bitcoin Tale
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2w ago
I first heard about Bitcoin when the Mt. Gox implosion happened around early 2014. I saw the Bitcoin price chart and gasped when it went up parabolically to almost $1,200, then collapsed down into the $200s. At the time, I didn't know anything about sound money, fiat currency, or the Federal Reserve, so the idea of Bitcoin seemed crazy to me, even though I was a software developer who could understand the technology behind it. From No-coiner to Bitcoiner Not long after, a friend of mine kept encouraging me to get into cryptocurrency, specifically Ethereum, but intuition told me that Bitcoin wa ..read more
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Letter #1 to an Agnostic Friend: Conversion from Atheism to Christ
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3w ago
Introduction This is the first in a series of real letters I am writing to my agnostic friend. It is intended to provoke thought and discussion between him and I, and hopefully ultimately result in his conversion to Christianity and the Catholic Faith. I printed this first letter and mailed it to him via snail mail. It is not intended to be a proof-text against a hostile atheist (of which I was one), but rather someone who doesn't believe in God but is open to discussing it and considering it for themselves. Hello my old friend, I write to you in what I hope will become a set of letters to sha ..read more
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The Eucharist Really Is Jesus -- Book!
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6M ago
Catholic Answers recently published a new book by well-known apologist Joe Heschmeyer, titled The Eucharist Really Is Jesus: How Christ's Body and Blood Are the Key to Everything We Believe. When I first saw the title of the book, I thought, "I already believe this, so what can this book really add to that?" Turns out, it added a lot! Before I dive into it, be sure to check out Joe's blog Shameless Popery, both in its original site: https://shamelesspopery.com/ and also the newer articles he is writing for Catholic Answers Magazine: https://www.catholic.com/profile/joe-heschmeyer Do ..read more
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Catholic Stock Portfolio for Moral Investing
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1y ago
(Note: I update this post periodically with changes to the investments and the rationale for adding or removing any specific stocks.) Goal: Invest in companies that do not violate Catholic moral teaching We can take a few different approaches: 1. Invest in a Catholic Mutual Fund We could invest only in mutual funds whose ostensible goals are to invest from a moral Catholic perspective (e.g. Ave Maria funds, Aquinas funds). This route outsources our investment decisions to others and comes with the risk that these people or organizations will make poor decisions, either from a Catholic moral po ..read more
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Get Prepared As a Catholic in These Dark Times
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1y ago
I remember when I became Catholic. I thought: “How wonderful this is. I now have access to the full truth and all the graces that God wants to give to me, through the sacraments, sacramentals, and devotions. What more can I ever need?” In the first Lionheart Catholic book, I share my experiences with the tremendous graces that you can avail yourself of as a Catholic. By applying the "recipe of the saints" from this first book, you can prepare yourself spiritually for these dark times, laying a supernatural foundation that comes only from God’s grace. That supernatural foundation of sancti ..read more
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Traditional Latin Mass and the Secret Recipe of the Saints
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1y ago
This is the unpublished, hidden chapter in my book, Lionheart Catholic, with the twenty-first ingredient in the secret recipe of the saints. The Ancient Mass “Hearken to your father who begot you, and do not despise your mother when she is old.”         -- Proverbs 23:22 One of my greatest joys in being Catholic is receiving Jesus in the Holy Eucharist at Mass.  But when I first became Catholic from Protestantism, I found the Mass somewhat of a letdown. Part of that was because most of the Protestant pastors I had heard were very gifted in public speaking. Th ..read more
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Discerning the Priesthood with the Rosary
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1y ago
“The Lord has sworn and will not change his mind, ‘You are a priest forever after the order of Melchiz′edek.’” —Psalm 110:4 I was a new Catholic and very happy. I was single, had recently graduated college, and had started my first job in my new career. Shortly after becoming Catholic, I encountered St. Francis of Assisi. Even as an atheist, I had heard of St. Francis, but now, as a Catholic, I began to learn more deeply about how he actually lived his life. I learned that he practiced extreme poverty and made vows of chastity and obedience. At the time, I could not imagine a more radical way ..read more
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