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Why Bother Attending Mass?

September 2, AD2015 0 Comments
Why Bother Attending Mass?

I hate the Sunday mornings when I am in such a bad mood as we leave the house until it has me questioning why we are even going to church in the first place. Our morning starts off good enough, but then Leo gets into the cereal, spreading it all over the kitchen, while another one won’t […]

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How to Solve Social Problems

September 2, AD2015 0 Comments
How to Solve Social Problems

The news is saturated with the buildup to the presidential election of November 2016 and to the primaries which begin in February 2016. The current presidential term is not three quarters over and we are focusing on the next one more than a year away. Who will be the prudent leader with the brilliant program, […]

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14 Ways to Help Your Child Maintain Catholic Faith in College

August 30, AD2015 2 Comments
14 Ways to Help Your Child Maintain Catholic Faith in College

No doubt college is an exciting and dangerous time, a time of independence mixed with heavy doses of temptation, but that doesn’t mean it can’t also be a time of spiritual growth as well. As we send our children off to college, it is important to remember the influence we still have over them and to encourage them […]

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The Catholic Church is Right on Infant Baptism

August 30, AD2015 15 Comments
The Catholic Church is Right on Infant Baptism

On a recent episode of the Catholic Answers Live radio call in show, a Protestant caller vehemently objected to the Catholic practice of infant baptism. After quoting Romans 10:9, “If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Jesus from the dead, you shall be saved,” he […]

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Threats to Catholicism on College Campuses

August 29, AD2015 13 Comments
Threats to Catholicism on College Campuses

I was angry, but not as angry as I should have been. I was kind of curious, too: What would she say? How could the speaker justify her actions? How could my Catholic university justify its actions?” I sat in the classroom listening to the woman from Planned Parenthood and wondered again why my Catholic university had allowed this […]

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Full-Time Mother: My Decision Of Vocation

August 28, AD2015 2 Comments
Full-Time Mother: My Decision Of Vocation

I have recently taken the plunge of quitting my job and officially becoming a full-time mother. This might sound cliché on these circles of Catholic blogs, but for me, especially living in Portugal, it is outrageous. While about 29% of mothers stay at home in the USA, only 6.3% do so in Europe. Plus, Portugal […]

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Culture Wars: To Whom Shall We Go?

August 28, AD2015 4 Comments
Culture Wars: To Whom Shall We Go?

“There are two ways of getting home; and one of them is to stay there.” -G.K. Chesterton, The Everlasting Man It is tempting to cut and run when things get hard. As I am sure we have all experienced, what is best is not always what is easiest; what is right is not always what […]

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St. Augustine: What Has Been Injured Shall Be Renewed

August 28, AD2015 2 Comments
St. Augustine: What Has Been Injured Shall Be Renewed

I had made a point of not watching the recent videos exposing the barbaric evils of Planned Parenthood and Stem Express, put out by the Center for Medical Progress. You find out what is in them without that. Why expose myself to seeing images I would not be able to erase from my mind? Why […]

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Conspiracies and Catholicism: Lucifer

August 28, AD2015 4 Comments
Conspiracies and Catholicism: Lucifer

Lucifer, the Morning Star, Satan, The Devil, ruler of hell, fallen angel . . . There are a lot of different ways to talk about the theological bad guy, and a whole lot of incorrect “common knowledge” references that are more dramatically useful than theologically sound.  Being dramatically useful and theologically incorrect doesn’t make them evil or irrelevant, […]

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Why Do We Still Expect Marital Fidelity?

August 27, AD2015 6 Comments
Why Do We Still Expect Marital Fidelity?

  The fallout from the Ashley Madison “data dump” has only begun. Much of the media attention has focused on B-list celebrity Josh Duggar, from his parents’ broken hearts to the inevitable amateur long-distance psychoanalysis and condemnations of the purity movement. However, sidebars do go into the hundreds of federal employees who have accessed the […]

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Combatting Planned Parenthood: How To Serve and Protect Life

August 26, AD2015 0 Comments
Combatting Planned Parenthood: How To Serve and Protect Life

I met my husband because of the pro-life movement — I interviewed him for a radio story as I was covering a 40 Days for Life campaign. Since then I’ve attended countless 40 Days for Life rallies, prayer events, pro-life talks and parties — and all as a participant instead of as a reporter. Unfortunately, […]

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Edith Stein On Becoming the Best Version of Yourself

August 26, AD2015 5 Comments
Edith Stein On Becoming the Best Version of Yourself

Is the idea of destiny just a useful fiction, a dramatic device to move a story along or is it something more than that? Consider the classic movie When Harry Met Sally, where the man and woman cross paths over the course of years, destined to be together, but always miss the mark. Why are […]

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One Child More

August 24, AD2015 30 Comments
One Child More

China has its evil and harmful “one child” policy. I propose for American Catholics a “one child more” policy. I think we should encourage all American, Catholic, married couples to ask themselves, “Could we have one child more?” Who Benefits from “One Child More?” The child who is the “one more.” He is blessed to have life, […]

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Planned Parenthood Protest: Educating One Heart At A Time

August 24, AD2015 5 Comments
Planned Parenthood Protest: Educating One Heart At A Time

*On Saturday, August 22, 2015, the Respect Life Committee of St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church (my own parish!) hosted one of hundreds of nationwide protests against Planned Parenthood, calling for an end to its federal funding. When my friends and I arrived at Planned Parenthood’s Arizona headquarters in Phoenix, there were already plenty of […]

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Why Research on Aborted Babies Is Wrong

August 23, AD2015 2 Comments
Why Research on Aborted Babies Is Wrong

Planned Parenthood has vehemently defended its practice of selling (yes, selling) the body parts and tissue of aborted babies to biomedical companies for use in scientific research. (In fact, Catholic Stand’s Editor Emeritus, Dr. Stacy Trasancos, has already written several articles detailing how the practice of using aborted fetal tissue for research has been quietly ongoing for […]

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A Few Questions for Planned Parenthood…and Ourselves

August 22, AD2015 4 Comments
A Few Questions for Planned Parenthood…and Ourselves

The seven undercover videos of a behind-the-scenes look at Planned Parenthood that have recently been released by the Center for Medical Progress have sickened many of us. I just shudder every time I think of those images of human babies lying strewn out in a “pie dish,” as they call the specimen trays, cut up […]

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We Will Be Seen As Barbarians Because Of Abortion

August 22, AD2015 23 Comments
We Will Be Seen As Barbarians Because Of Abortion

The Republican presidential debate from a few weeks ago was largely devoid of any significant moment. There was, however, one candidate that actually said something quite profound about the future of our country. Discussing his stance on abortion, Florida Senator Marco Rubio noted, “I believe that every single human being is entitled to the protection […]

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