Matthew Chicoine

Matthew Chicoine

Preparation (for the King) is King this Advent

Blustery winds, icy streets, and bustle of the holiday happenings form the recipe for the perfect storm. The best way to combat the stress I discovered is through preparation for the storm. Recently my family’s home-life has been strained: my wife’s workload keeps getting increased, my overnight work schedule, stomach flu, and the fact our …

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How the Greatness of John the Baptist Guides Us to the Greatest One

Catholics around the world celebrate the martyrdom of St. John the Baptist. Few saints played a greater role in salvation history. Known as the greatest prophet, he prepared the way for Jesus Christ. Normally, I tend to remember the ending before the beginning of a story. The author Henry Wadsworth Longfellow described it best, “Great …

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Exploring the Epic Moral Mastery of St. Alphonsus Liguori

How do you define mastery? According to the dictionary, mastery is defined as “comprehensive knowledge or skill in a subject or accomplishment.” It usually does not take long to recognize a master. Their works, knowledge, and performance clearly demonstrate them as subject matter experts. Michael Jordan demonstrated a clear mastery of basketball. Mozart displayed a …

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Exploring the Comprehensive Catholicity of Cardinal Newman!

The recent news of the canonization of Cardinal John Henry Newman on October 13 brought immense joy to my wife and I. No other convert to Catholicism has influenced the Church more, in my opinion, except for Saints Paul and Augustine. Living a mere two centuries ago, Newman’s influence on Catholic theology and education is …

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