Author: Shaun McAfee

Do You Have a Spiritual Director? Maybe You Should…

We’re not alone in the journey to heaven. There are many players on our team who keep us in line, strengthen us, coach us. We have people who we learn from and others whom we are teaching. Guardian Angels, the Saints, Pastors, brothers and sisters in the faith, etc. We all need this whole team in order to get there. There’s a very important person too many people get by without. But none of us wants to just “get by.” In fact, once we realize we are finished “getting by” we need this person: the Spiritual Director. What is...

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Is Facebook’s new Policy That Bad?

Recently, Facebook updated its policy on user profile names. The bottom line is that Facebook will no longer allow for occupational prefixes to to be included in a person’s public name – a change that has some concerned. This affects Catholics particularly because there are many priests, deacons, and religious in the ecosystem who currently have a profile name with a “Fr.” or “Sr.” or “Deacon” as part of their name. Many are objecting to this citing that the priesthood is not a mere occupation but is a sacramental reality, or that it is otherwise anti-Catholic. I don’t think that...

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The Narthex is Back!

[iframe style=”border:none” src=”http://html5-player.libsyn.com/embed/episode/id/3309259/height/50/width/350/thumbnail/no/theme/standard-mini” height=”50″ width=”350″ scrolling=”no” allowfullscreen webkitallowfullscreen mozallowfullscreen oallowfullscreen msallowfullscreen] Check out the latest episode of The Narthex! Links mentioned in the podcast” Catholic Blogger Awards March for Life Checklist Common Misconceptions About Large...

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The Catholic Scholar’s Most Needed Tool

Since converting to the Catholic Church I’ve had a hunger for knowledge and evangelization. This led me to start another Masters program; I wanted a MA in Dogmatic Theology. Soon after enrolling and getting started, I realized there was an ocean of material to learn. Not just this, but I didn’t know of any way to organize it all in order to make the most of my time and energy. Studying multiple subjects at once, and taking vastly different courses semester-to-semester, I needed to be flexible. Synoptic Gospels while studying the Summa, then to the Documents of Vatican II and the Church Fathers, onto the apocrypha and the rest...

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2014 Was Epic

This blog post might seem like a bit of bragging. That’s not to poison the well because I had a lot of breakthrough in 2014. But, just as well, my 2014 did not go as expected, and I’m always an “aim high” kind of guy. I just did not imagine so many things coming to fruition so quickly, so many doors opened, and blessings galore. Of course, the year wasn’t perfect, after all, Peyton Manning did choke, the USA was beat in Sochi, I got my first book rejection… 2014 was in many ways like a self-reflecting version of...

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